Friday, 31 July 2015

31 July

For the life of me, I cannot remember the name of this plant.

I even called me mum, the expert in all things flowery,

and she couldn't get it either

of course, something could have been lost in the translation over the phone,

periwinkle-blue-purple-ish anual

that looks sort of like a tansy but isn't 

and is usually very short but sometimes can be taller....

I don't know why she couldn't pop it right off the top of her head  ;)

feel free to mention its name in the comments....please

it looks quite pretty - growing by the sea in the Swampscott town commons


It's been beastly hot and humid here...hardly manage to get outside for walking at all

yesterday morning I went to the beach to sit at the edge of the shore

I saw a sort of older father there with his little son, who was really just a toddler

the waves were rather large and a bit rough coming in and the boy 

was getting knocked about some even though his daddy was holding him

I had noticed while walking the beach in the early mornings this past week

that some little chap had left two yellow plastic tonka trucks on a big flat rock

they had been just sitting there all week

so...I grabbed them up and walked over to the father and son

and handed them off

Both were quite appreciative as they  hadn't brought any little sand toys along

everytime I happened to glance over in that direction I could see them 

building a little Tonka truck village in the sand.

what goes around - comes around

My beautiful daughter, Bonnie, came over to visit the other night. 

We walked the beach and had some pizza and a beer.

We got to talk a bit since it was just the two of us.

I just love the company of my daughters so very much.

I am gobsmacked by their awesomeness. 

Wednesday evening Joe and I packed up a little bag and headed over the causeway

to the Swampscott by the Sea Summer Concert Series

we sat on lawn chairs in the town commons in the setting sun

listened to a local bluegrass band,

and on the way home we watched the almost-but not quite full blue moon

rise over the Atlantic

last night our neighbors invited us over for a cocktail

it was nice to get out for a bit as we've been kind of holed up in here in the air-conditioning

Flower Friday

Thursday, 30 July 2015

30 july

last night Joe and I packed up the lawn chairs 

and drove on into town to check out the

Swampscott by the sea summer concert series

We listened to a great local bluegrass band,

sat next to a sweet older couple

and watched the little children run around and dance about all over

boys chasing girls - girls chasing boys

frisbee games, picnic dinners

and a small group of boys riding their bicycles around and around the park

all to a backdrop of the beautiful Atlantic ocean

It was killer-hot out 

but the sun set and a bit of a sea breeze kicked in

as we turned to go home the full blue moon was rising over the beach

blessed by a beautiful evening

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

29 july for clam

although in this instance it is just the clam shell

the clam itself having only just recently

been eaten by a seagull

for a breakfast


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

28 July

I'd like to buy the world a home 

 and furnish it with love

 grow apple trees and honey bees 

and snow white turtle doves 

I'd like to give the world some hope

 that's the real thing

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Monday, 27 July 2015

27 july

the good

this is a plaque on a wooden bench in Marjoram park

which overlooks the Atlantic ocean 

and the Boston skyline

the random

 there are big jars of sea-glass all over my house

i like the way the sunlight splinters through them

on the windowsills

the Grand Pram was on Saturday

a race in a snub-nosed rowboat (a pram)

around a lobster boat

a Narragansett beer is tossed to you from the lobster boat

and you must catch it and return to shore with it

(Narragansett is the beer they drank in the movie Jaws)


there are races for the little kid in prams and kayaks (they don't have to catch a beer)

a race for the Nahant Sailing Program (which the event is a fundraiser for)

a stand up paddle race

and the final event (where the beer is) the Grand Pram itself!

everyone must wear a life-vest (PFD)

and the harbormaster/coast guard boat is in the water just in case

Sunday, 26 July 2015

26 july

the first day the boys went to the park and rec camp

Jack wore a t-shirt that said "Selfie"

from then on that was his nick-name at camp


the Nahant Grand Pram

25 July, 2015

notice the can of beer mid-air

*you must be in a pram -it can be homemade
(a flat-bottomed, snub-nosed boat used as a fishing vessel or tender for larger vessels)

*you must row around the lobster boat
*you must catch the can of Narragansett beer that is tossed to you from the lobster boat
*you must bring the beer can back to shore
*two people per pram
*all aboard must be wearing a life-vest

all of this supports the Nahant sailing program
and the Harbormaster's boat is out there as well in case it is needed

there are 5 or 6 races: little kids, stand-up paddles, kayaks, Nahant sailing program kids,

and the final event -the grand pram

where the winner get's to take home the official grand pram oar
till the following year

one word

but the greatest of these is LOVE

i love this

orange-creamsicle soda

orange soda poured over vanilla ice cream

served with a straw and a spoon

white on white

I'm pretty sure this is not what the prompt intended

but it's summer and you get what you get

my white shorts on top of my white duvet

and my very light aqua shirt, which is so soft and faded it is almost white

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Friday, 24 July 2015

24 july

All in the Downs the fleet was moor'd...

when black-eyed Susan came aboard

Black-eyed susan's  are blooming about

one of my very favorite flowers

 another one of my favorites is

kite surfers in my town

Nahant is on of only a few places in Massacusetts

where kite-surfing is possible

we can see them from the living room window

sometimes they get as high as 30 feet in the air

that is the Boston sky line on the left


I rode my bike to the community gardens to get some vegetables for dinner

the harvest is quite limited at this time of year

but the zinnias are in riotous bloom


We had some wicked wet and humid days

but then a beautiful ocean breeze came in to cool everything down


My mum invited me over for an impromptu dinner

she grilled swordfish and asparagus and corn on the cob

it was delicious
  Flower Friday

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

22 july

B... is for the beach

and, of course boys....

who since time imemorial have loved poking jellyfish

with stick and scaring the girls with them. 


22 july


Let all you do be done in love
1 Corinthians 16:14

"I was answered in spiritual understanding, and it was said: What, do you wish to know

your lord's meaning in this thing? Know it well, love was his meaning. Who reveals it to you?

Love. What did he reveal to you? Love. Why does he reveal it to you? For Love...So I was taught

that love is our lord's meaning."

Julian of Norwich

I am prone to wander

I am prone to wander away from those Christians who are filled with hatred

far, far away from them.

In the past few months I have started reading my bible again

and come back to the revelation that

God is love

There is absolutely nothing else.

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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

21 july

 discovery of a jellyfish

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Monday, 20 July 2015

20 july

the random

this little fuzzy bumble was a compete photo-bomb!

He buzzed right into my viewfinder after I started to take focus.

the good

sunrise has been particularly beautiful of late

this one woke me and drew me out to the beach in my jammies

the fun

Joe was home early all last week

so after lunch the four of us walked over to the beach to play in the waves

the water is the perfect temperature...not too cold and not too hot

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