One of our favorite summer pastimes is spending a leisurely day on the beach. It not only quiets the soul and soothes the mind, but refreshes both body and spirit. There's just nothing like it...
And of course the dogs enjoy it immensely.
Seems like anywhere we go, Ruby meets old, dear friends. She has such an open and amicable attitude, that people and animals find her inviting. This day was no exception.
Strangers but only a moment ago; playmates and pals forevermore. If only people were so open and welcoming in spirit, our world would be a much more pleasant place.
With the mild climate and ample moisture, flowers grow with wild abandon. Aren't they beautiful?
My precious little family. :)
My desire is to as closely as possible, duplicate some of these soft, tranquil beachy colors for our bedroom and use the same creamy white for the trim as I've used in other rooms of our house.
Yes, one more of those many projects that are continually swimming around in my head.
My beautiful girl. How I love this dog!
Isn't this a great shot? Oh, how I would love a little beach cottage with a trail leading down to the beach, just like this one!
We love to take walks through little beach town neighborhoods admiring the cottages, the gardens and the ingenious and whimsical decorative ideas people come up with.
These two friendly fellows were just quietly watching us on our stroll...aren't they just adorable? :)
Beautiful hydrangeas! I do believe they grow better at the beach than just about anywhere. Just incredible!!
And then of course, we always find beauty right in our own backyards. This familiar site always gives my heart a flutter, and a reason to whisper a little prayer of thankfulness. Our wonderful ponies, safe and sound.
With our summer drawing to a close, and the touch of cool autumn breezes beckoning, I always feel a sense of urgency. The deep inward need to hurry and enjoy, before our days shorten and the fall rains arrive. I want to take in all that our summer has left to offer and not waste one precious moment of it.
Already my thoughts are turning to cozy fires by the wood stove, making sure our stockpile of firewood is aplenty, storing the flavors of summer for our enjoyment later, securing bedding for the horses and of battening down the hatches in preparation for the shorter days and colder temperatures. My tendency to "squirrel" for the winter is beginning...
Last night a friend and I canned peaches. 24 beautiful quarts of summer sunshine. Applesauce and zuchini won't be far behind. We're thinking about buying either a quarter or possibly a half of a beef from another friend. With more concerns about our nation's food supply and the safety of it, purchasing from small, organic farms and people we know personally, is just a little more insurance that what food we put into our bodies is a healthy and safe choice.
What end of summer traditions do you have, or do you? Do tell...
Lorie @ Cingspots