This Precious Stone Set in a Silver Sea

This royal throne of kings…

… this sceptred isle.

This earth of majesty…

…this seat of Mars.

This other Eden…



This fortress built by Nature for herself.

Against infection…

…and the hand of war.

This happy breed of men…

…this little world.

This precious stone…

…set in the silver sea…

…Which serves it in the office of a wall.

Or as a moat defensive to a house,

Against the envy of less happier lands,—

This blessed plot…

…this earth…

…this realm…

…this England.

Words by William Shakespeare, from King Richard II. Act ii. Sc. 1.

All images copyright 2014 Naomi Baltuck

Click here for more interpretations of The Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy Place.

Click here for more interpretations of The Weekly Travel Theme: Silver.

Here are links to more of my posts on England…

Where Are We?  Where’s Walter?  And Where Is That Fleeting Moment?

Tempest in a Teapot

Does This Make My Butts Look Big?


    1. Thank you so much for your visit, and taking the time to leave such a generous comment. I hoped someone hadn’t already decided to use this passage, which I have always loved!

    1. Thank you! It’s fun to know which photo appeals most to whom–it seems to be different for everyone. Thanks so much for the visit, and for taking the time to comment.

      1. Hi JB,
        That’s wonderful! I’ve never been to Sicily and would love to learn more. Is there any chance that you might make it the subject of a post? Have a great holiday!

    1. Dear Millie,
      When you go, I’m sure you are going to bring travel journals and sketchbooks to record your adventures in, and they’re going to knock our socks off. Thanks so much for the visit.

  1. Naomi, you have really caught England at it’s best. Stunning photos, my favorite is the village street, must be in Devon somewhere … or???? Stunning post, true pleasure to land here this sepia morning.

    1. Hi Viveka,
      Thank you for the visit, and for taking the time to comment. That is Gold Hill in Dorset. I was in England looking for the setting for a historical novel (The Keeper of the Crystal Spring), when I stumbled upon that view a block off the high street of Shaftesbury. It turns out to be a much photographed site. Far From the Madding Crowd, starring Julie Christie, was filmed there.

      1. Far from the Madding Crowd, from 1967,- one of my favorite movie – and Julie Christie was so stunningly beautiful. Wasn’t Terence Stamp in the movie too as Sergeant Troy. Beautiful movie and a very beautiful man.

  2. Fabulous! Jewel of the North Atlantic….I think this quote was included in the Great Muppet Caper movie, when they get thrown out a plane’s baggage port and land in front of Peter Ustinov (?) wondering where they are.

    1. Hi Dianne,
      So good to hear from you. I really appreciate your feedback on the photos–I almost didn’t include the shot with the ewe and her lambs, so it’s great to know that it was your favorite.
      Best wishes for the New Year!

  3. Excellent Naomi – who woul;d want to be anywhere else? Love the bargain in the window – who would buy only two or three kings? Would the cobbled street be a corner of Shaftesbury?

    1. Hi Roy,
      How’d you know? Shaftesbury, yes! My sister and I were trying to choose a setting for our novel, and came across that view a block off the high street–no warning or directions–just stumbled upon that gorgeous view. It turns out to be one of the most photographed spots in England!

    1. Dear Footsy,
      I think your weather is similar to ours here in the Pacific Northwest. It’s why our grass is so green and the gardens so prolific. I love my silver city by the sea, but a little more sunshine here too wouldn’t be such a bad thing, especially in the midst of winter.
      Thanks for the visit!

  4. You should get an award just for using text from Richard II. It’s like the under-done play and way too overshadowed by R III, although I suppose that is somewhat understandable.

    Love the silver sea pic especially! As an admirer of your blog for a while now, I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. You can view the nomination at Dear Writers ( Keep up the awesome work, Naomi!

    XO Laurel Leigh

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