Monday, April 4, 2016

By the Sea

Welcome...and Happy April, everyone!
Spring break is over for us and we enjoyed our long weekend at the sea shore.


This is the scene that greeted us when we arrived on Thursday afternoon.


Even though we had temps in the mid 70's, the water was still quite cold.


They were brave enough to get in...


...but these tough guys couldn't take the chilly waters for very long.


They stayed on dry land for the most part.
  

 I was up every morning before daybreak...my favorite time to take in the wonder of it all.
 

The clouds blocked much of the sunrise but I was still in awe...


...and I never tire of this magnificent sight.


The breaking of each wave creates a totally unique picture than the one before. 
  

I sat on the sand for probably an hour just watching the seagulls as they anticipated breakfast. 
For the longest time, it was just me and the birds.


And speaking of birds, these big guys were quite the entertainers.

 This is the easy way to get the fish special for lunch...


...you just wait patiently until one of the fisherman on the pier throw one to you...
...and down the hatch it goes in one gulp!


See those boats way out there?
The one on the left is the Dredge Savannah, a dredger vessel,
 currently at work pumping sand in to help restore the receding coastline.

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Here she is up close.
Can you imagine what a monumental task something like this would be?
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So in between rain storms, we had plenty of fun and got what we came for...
a little sun, sand, sea and Britt's Donuts.


A trip to Carolina Beach without eating one (or five...or six) of them just isn't right!
Visiting here too often is definitely hazardous to your health....oh, but they are SO GOOD!


The view from eight floors up as Dylan soaks up a few waning rays
and finally, Sunday morning's sunrise.


Why is it that the best day at the beach is the day you have to check out??
It's all good though...just being here, no matter the weather is a balm to the soul.

Enjoy your week, my friends :)

Linking with:
Mosaic Monday

41 comments:

  1. These are beautiful views! We are on spring break this week and I wish I could be at the beach!

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  2. I am such a beach girl, Debby! These photos just make me squirm with wanting to visit SoCal again! So happy you were able to enjoy a few days away! Blessings, Cindy xo

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  3. I'm another sunrise-at-the-beach woman ..... I'm down on the beach every morning at sunrise with my dog. It's the best part of the day. It looks like you had a lovely holiday!

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  4. Simply beautiful! I am now wanting to visit the beach! I'm happy you had a great time. Take care and have a nice week!

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  5. Hello, gorgeous views and lovely skies. I am so glad you all had a fun time at the beach. The pelicans are cool, I love to see them. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  6. Looks like quite the holiday, there is nothing nicer than a stroll on the beach to balm the soul. Take care.

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  7. Looks like a wonderful getaway and your beach shots are just lovely! :) Off to see your wisteria next .

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  8. So pretty! It's too bad the weather didn't cooperate the whole time, but it sounds like you guys still had plenty of fun. I love the picture of the cloudy sunrise.

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  9. I need some respite by the beach!


    Donna@GardensEyeView
    and LivingFromHappiness

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  10. Beautiful beach pictures. Love to see the water.
    Could use some temperatures in the 70's around here. Only 20 degrees this morning!!

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  11. Looks like we had the same idea. Nothing like time at the sea, and your pictures are beautiful. I love this quote from George Washington Carver: "I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in." I love tuning in.

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  12. I can feel the stress just blowing away in the sea breezes! Gorgeous ocean views & comical birds!
    That must have been a wonderful time away to unwind & enjoy your family.

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  13. That looks like the best relaxing vacation!!!! Great photos!!!!

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  14. Your photos are gorgeous Debby! We went to Myrtle Beach once and I found it quite chilly as well (in early April) as the wind was off the water every day. I loved the sunrises and sunsets though and the beach to walk on (to keep warm!). It's such a relaxing place to be next to the ocean with the waves crashing on the shore. I'm glad you had a lovely visit. Hugs, Pam

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  15. Sounds like a lovely trip - so peaceful. I feel fortunate that though I live in the mountains, I can visit the ocean every time I visit my family. There is something so soothing about the steady waves, the beauty of the sunsets. Somehow I am always reminded of the steady tide of God's presence in my life. Never ceasing, never taken for granted in its beauty.

    GOD BLESS!

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  16. Wow! What a beautiful beach! It sounds as if your trip was a good one. I'm glad for you all. That donut looks really good.

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  17. Oh my!!!! Gorgeous water scenes.

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  18. The beach has been calling my name for awhile. Even more so after seeing your beautiful photos. Sure sounds like you had a wonderful time!

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  19. Beautiful photos ... I love the beach! Thanks for your encouragement . And few questions! I will be here for weeks! XI

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  20. That's such a beautiful beach! And I love the sunrise photos with all the gray color....amazing! Looks like a painting! Hugs!

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  21. How beautiful there! I always find the ocean restorative. So glad that you were able to get away and enjoy the beach.

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  22. Thank you for visiting my blog : ) This looks like a wonderful trip. Sunrise at the seashore is one of my favorite things too.

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  23. Your beach photos are wonderful and today was the perfect day for me to see them. Amara (my granddaughter) and I are headed to the beach ourselves today only on the opposite coast. We are lucking to live only 6 miles from the California coast so a one day vacation is always close by. Her school had a late spring break so other than the birds we should have a lot of sand to ourselves!

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  24. Debby, this sounds/looks wonderful to these eyes of mine. I bet it was refreshing to be there. And that second full-sized photo with the pelicans is absolutely wonderful.

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  25. Beautiful photos of your time at the beach. Sounds like you had an awesome time.
    ~Cindy

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  26. Down by the sea.... Oh Debby, what a beautiful time you must have had! Your photos alone show the joy you must have experienced by the sea :)

    How I would love to dig my toes into the sand and feel the salty breeze on my face. So glad you were able to get away and enjoy yourself.

    And of course your photos are amazing! Love to you!

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  27. Sigh...Your photos as always leave me awe struck, Debby.
    I would say it looks like you had a delightful time away, so happy for you.
    I'm afraid I would have more than one of those yummy looking donuts too. After all, you were on holidays right?
    Thank you for sharing your time with us.

    Blessings~~

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  28. Sigh...Your photos as always leave me awe struck, Debby.
    I would say it looks like you had a delightful time away, so happy for you.
    I'm afraid I would have more than one of those yummy looking donuts too. After all, you were on holidays right?
    Thank you for sharing your time with us.

    Blessings~~

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  29. Oh, it looks as if you had a brilliant time.
    All of your photo's are quite lovely and a joy to look at.
    Isn't that sunrise just perfect ...

    Take care

    All the best Jan

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  30. I'm glad you had such a good time away. Your pics are spectacular, especially the sunrise. There's nothing quite like doing exactly what you did each morning.

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  31. I'm so glad you had such a wonderful trip to the beach and got to enjoy your grandsons, too! As always, your photos are gorgeous.

    Warm hugs,
    Carol

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  32. Absolutely breathtaking photos! I would love a dozen donuts!

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  33. Its all just so beautifully amazing Debby! Glad you had fun!
    We are re-doing our den this weekend, but I'll be dreaming of the beach now... :)
    Hugs, Amy

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  34. Great pictures. You've really captured the beauty.

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  35. I am always amazed by your photos, Debby. It looks like everyone had a good time at the beach. Sometimes I long to see the ocean, and got to see it when we visited Jess' house recently. I saw many white sea gulls, but not the grand Pelican like you have on here. Such beautiful pictures, truly.

    I wanted to ask you if you know what the purple flowers are on my post today. They are in front of the housing development that I live at, and I'm not sure what they are. I don't think they're lavender, but who knows. I thought I'd ask you since you know a lot about flowers.

    Have a relaxing weekend.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Debby, I think the purple flowers are Spanish Lavender. A blog friend mentioned lavender, so I looked up pictures and saw some that were called Spanish Lavender. Thanks for the tip. :)

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  36. Great beach photos.
    Merle............

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  37. YOu have a lovely blog here, my Dear.

    Oh happy sigh.... To be at a beach! It has been so long.

    We used to go to Cape Cod, every autumn, for a few days. But my husband's eye sight has deteriorated and I don't drive on big roads now. So we don't get there any more.

    You are so lucky! But you must know that. :-)

    Gentle hugs,
    Tessa
    Upper NYS

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  38. This looks like such fun. And gorgeous weather. Lucky you.
    Amalia
    xo

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  39. This reminded me of a poem that I always liked. :-)

    Sea Fever
    BY JOHN MASEFIELD
    I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
    And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
    And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
    And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

    I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
    Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
    And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
    And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

    I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
    To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
    And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
    And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

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    1. I do miss seeing the real ocean. The Gulf of Mexico just wasn't the same. :-)

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