For a walk with Restless Jo this week, I have some beach photos to share.
This month (August 2016) I realized there is a simplicity about the beach that I have often overlooked.
In my last beach post (here) I noted how some beach things are timeless – like the small foldable chairs we use today are similar to the ones we used in the 80’s and 90’s. Flip flops never seem to change too much and beach towels seem constant. Today’s post has a few more timeless things, with an emphasis on the simple.
Different Generations enjoy the beach in different ways….
And why not add a splash of comic humor?
If you had not had a chance to make it to the beach in a while – maybe this post – and Kenny’s Coastal song, can give you a bit of virtual beach – because hey – many times our virtual visits can bring simple beauty our way.
I have enjoyed some nice beach posts recently – and here are a couple of snippets that enriched my week.
Tish Farrell (HERE) described the beach this way:
“Of course a beach can be a dramatic place any time of the year – changing and unchanging all at once, figuratively and physically. How we treat with it reflects our current mood or emotion – heightening or lowering it, depending on our inclinations.”
and Narami (here) said this:
“There’s this thing about the sea; it washes almost everything away. Dirt, sadness and uncertainty. It will both rid you of all your filth – inside and out – and ground your thoughts, rooting them clearly up front as if they had never left you.”
and GC (here), the Nibbled News guy, shared this:
“For some folks island living is a must. For me it is a treat to be enjoyed — short term and not dwelt upon.”
All three of these quotes speak to me.
Tish’s comment reminds me of the year round beauty of the sea, which then interacts with our current life stance.
Narami’s words remind me of how the sea does wash things away – or can – literally and figuratively. The cleansing properties of the sea water – mineral rich and so nice on the skin. The sea atmosphere – so softening and soothing – for some of us – the beach can be mentally refreshing and grounding….
And then GC’s comment reminded me as to why we left Florida and walked away from beachside living. It was great, but was not our heart’s desire. Sometimes we watch the show called House Hunters International (not sure why that show is so addicting…) and we see folks who REALLY want to live the beach life – they move far away to live in Costa Rica or some island somewhere – and I say, “Good for them.” Many of them have worked for decades and are now celebrating the fruits of their labor with a second home or beach relocation. So really – wonderful for them – but for us – we like a change of seasons and we really NEED sweater weather too.
In closing, I wish I could remember the blog I read this on, but a blogger recently wrote that their garden had its “late summer going on…”
And that is how I feel as August winds down. I have my late summer going on with a bit of a tan from a handful of easy beach trips, along with a fresh perspective for fall from the summer pauses and different books I was able to read. I also have new focus regarding some arduous projects I have been tackling,
I guess I feel that simple joy that allows me to be grateful….
I am grateful for access to the BEACH (because we were in landlocked Colorado for many years) I am grateful for BLOGGING life… because it does enrich – and of course, for time to read some BOOKs.
If you have your “late summer on” and are in the mood for a special read – you HAVE to check out “A Gift from the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
In this classic book, now in its 50th anniversary print, Anne shares her reflections on age, love, solitude, and contentment as she pondered during a short vacation by the sea…. (and there are about 700 used copies for a penny on Amazon right now – so really – why not pay shipping and have this book delivered….).
Or maybe you have already read this book. My hubs said he read it as a required reading in high school.
Have you read it? If so, did you like it? Could you live beachside for the rest of your life and be content – or do you need some sweater weather too?
Okay – for more walks with restless Jo – go HERE, where Jo also happens to have a SEA/Nautical theme this week as she featured the massive and beautiful Tall Ships in Northeast England.
author update – I know that I cannot include links to the all of the Beach posts I have enjoyed this month of August, but had to share this poem (washed away sand) and photo from A bit of Wiggle Room (here):
upcoming scheduled posts: Thursday’s Doors and Friday’s Visual Venturings ABF.