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Quotes from the Masters: Grahame

The languid days of summer have set the mood for this week’s quote.  Besides, I hear that there has been quite a lot of “messing about in boats” on the Thames, lately.

“There is nothing– absolutely nothing–half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”  Kenneth Grahame, from  The Wind in the Willows

I’m offering this post as a blogging challenge.  I invite you to use the quote as an inspiration for your own post this week and interpret it as you like, using a photograph, a story, a reflection, a poem, a song, a recipe, a cup of tea –whatever!  Please title this one, “Quotes from the Masters: Grahame” and please add the link to this page on your post.  I’d be delighted to see a link to your post on the comments section of this page, too.


  1. a strawberry patch

    There is just something about boats that makes me relax :)!

    • Agreed! Even imagining sailing along a blue sea with gentle breezes, beneath fluffy clouds is relaxing…ahhhhh!

  2. I made it! Now I need the rest of the evening to read the other entries (it’s ok, the football’s on).

    • I thought that I had responded to this ages ago, Jo. So sorry! But really, your post is fabulous and well worth the wait. Thanks for joining in!

  3. Thanks for this new and interesting challenge!

  4. Hi Robin, I posted my “Quotes from the Masters: Grahame” and here is the link…asters-grahame/ Thank you for sharing the challenge! 🙂

    • This is a charming post about a delightful Boy Scout tradition of holding a “raingutter regatta.” Thank you so much for sharing these happy moments, Jamie!

  5. TBM

    Ok…you know I’m stuck inside with rain so let me putting my thinking cap on and find a photo. I’m pretty sure I have a few of the Thames. Does the challenge run all week?

  6. Hi Robin Jean Marie. I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award!

  7. Hi Robin! I posted my story and here’s the link: Thank you for such a fun challenge! Meg

    • I’m so glad you joined in, Meg–thanks!
      And what a terrific photo!

      • I really enjoyed this challenge – and thank you!

  8. Definitely wouldn’t mind messing around with a boat – word of the wise 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Righty-ho, Choc Chip Uru! It’s one of those free-spirit pleasures of life.

  9. I am honored to nominate you for the One Lovely Blog Award! Please pick-up your award at . Congratulations!! 

    • Oh, my, Jamie! It’s so kind of you to think of me for that lovely award. Thank you so much!

  10. I’m going to have to skip this challenge. I’ve never messed with a boat not even as a kid with a toy boat. I just don’t have a clue what the quote means.

    • Okay, you’ve got a pass on this one, Genie.
      But I feel the urge to mail you a toy boat… (or maybe I can “ship it”). Tee hee.

  11. Diana

    I read The Wind in the Willows to our kids years ago, and it is one of our all time favorites! Thanks for reminding me!

    • How nice! I want to pull out that book again–and I keep thinking of that “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” in DisneyWorld . 😉

  12. There’s nothing I’d like more than to be messing about on a boat right now. Great theme. Alas, may struggle for time.

  13. Lovely picture Robin. I love that quote, and The Wind in the Willows! (I think I may also have to read it again!) 😉

    • Glad you like it, Cathy. I’m hankering to pull out that book now, too–and pass it around to my kids again. 🙂

  14. Hi Robin! I’m thinking about Venice for this… 🙂

    • Ah, but of course!
      I’ll certainly look forward to your post. 😉

  15. Robin, I love, love, love this quote! Thank you for sharing it; I had never heard it before. My family has always had boats and some of my earliest memories are of my Grandma holding onto my life jacket as I leaned over the railing. Wonderful memories! And you mentioned England in there! Also where is your photo from? It’s beautiful! 🙂

    • Thanks, Kerry! And thank you for sharing those joyful childhood memories. When Josh is just a wee bit older, you can read “The Wind in the Willows” to him. 😉
      The photo is from Santorini, Greece–the boat took us to the volcano.
      Enjoy your weekend. =D

  16. Great photo and challenge. I am in again! Have a super Saturday! 🙂

  17. What beautiful boats, and a lovely photo of them. I wanted to do last week’s challenge but then I forgot, so I’m going to do it this week, thank you!

    • Well, I’m rather chuffed about that, Lorna! Can’t wait to see what you do, you clever gal. 😉

      • I’ve done it! Unfortunately I seem to have lost a lot of my photos of boats, so I didn’t have many to choose from, but never mind. Thanks for the challenge!

        • Wow, Lorna–lightning speed! Thanks for joining in.
          Now to your post…;-)

          • I just happened to be sitting here looking for something to distract me from what I should be doing, when your post appeared and provided the solution! 🙂

            • I’m honored to be the source of your distraction. 😉 And, yours was a terrific post! Thanks again.

  18. Beautiful shot, looks like Santorini.

    • Good eye! Good eye! One of those boats took us to the volcano of Santorini.
      So how ’bout it, Madhu–would you like to join in this week’s challenge? I’m sure you have some fab photos and stories to share. 😉

  19. Reblogged this on Romancing the Bee and commented:
    I’m going to re-read The Wind in the Willows!!

  20. One of my absolute favorite quotes!

    • Since I chose it, I’m seeing it everywhere. 🙂 (I just saw it on a card at Trader Joe’s!) It’s a happy-living kind of quote that makes you smile to hear it–so glad you like it!

      • Isn’t that odd?? And wonderful, of course!!
        I’m going to re-read Wind in the Willows today, I think… 🙂

  21. The pictures are beautiful!


  22. That’s beautiful, where was it taken?

  23. Ah, yes! The trip! Glad I’m helping with the London transport, Deborah. 😉

  24. Yours was a wonderful post, Jo, and well worth the wait. Thank you for joining the challenge with such fantastic photos and stories!


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