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I love the book Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. I read it for the first time probably in my teens; I have re-read it many times since. I usually have my own copy which I have written in and marked up, and one pristine copy to give as a gift. If you haven’t read it, it is worth checking out.

I was working in a bookshop in 1998 and I came across this journal: Gift from the Sea, a Guided Journal, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. I immediately purchased it and ordered another. Because I am plagued by the “too-beautiful to write in” affliction the second journal is to write in, the first to “keep”. I have no idea what I am keeping the unwritten-in one for; but there it is.

I had a chance to use the second journal in 2004 for a trip my sister and I took to an island cabin, by the sea. In so many ways it was a recreation of the idyllic conditions of the book. So I had to record every moment.



In this picture the book is on the top, the left is the blank journal, and the right is, obviously, written in.

The journal pages are beautiful. Every so often one whole page is taken up by a quote from the book.



Each page has shells.


And some pages have a quote from the book in the upper left side.


I have visited the island many times since, although never under the exact same conditions. I’m glad I have not one but two beautiful journals to fill with sand, shells and the sea.

Note: I apologize for the poor quality of the photos – I will try to fix them up!