Victory Of Water

Earlier this week, World Whale DayI received this beautiful #ring, an early birthday gift from my ma & pa. The design is inspired, in part, by an ancient Pictish ring and also by the ocean. It was crafted by ‘treasure hunter’ and creative talent, Claire at Roche Designs. I absolutely love it - and the symbolism behind it too...
Its arrival on World Whale Day feels serendipitous because the inscription on the ring means Victory of Water. It’s a reminder that clean water - flowing in springs, rivers and lochs, inside tanks and taps, in the ground beneath our feet, in the oceans within and all around us - is our life force. It is our essence. And water creatures are our guides.
In particular, the whale is a powerful indicator of the state of our oceans. When they become disorientated or fall silent, we can take it as a warning that we too have drifted dangerously off course. Nowadays it’s happening all the time.

So my World Whale Day wish is that we keep speaking up for our seas - and taking positive action to create powerful ripples of change in our own lives - because we need a victory of water over pollution, ignorance, greed and indifference.
‘No blue, no green. No water, no life.’
- Sylvia Earle
‘We have a responsibility, every one of us. We may think we live a long way from the oceans, but we don’t. What we do here...has a direct effect on the oceans – and what the oceans do then reflects back on us.’
– Sir David Attenborough
Maybe, one day, I’ll get to pass this ring down to my daughter. And I’m sure most of us have ‘jewels’ that we want to offer future generations but those gifts would be worthless without healthy oceans, waterways and eco systems. The most precious treasures we can give our descendants are sparkling waters (the un-bottled kind) and oceans filled with whale song. Xoxo
Ps. If you’d like to learn more about protecting our water and defending the whale, you can find info via greenpeace.

Whale tail image by Pascal Mauerhofer, via

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