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At the beach

Beachcombing
Beachcombing

Here about the beach I wandered,
Nourishing a youth sublime,
With the fairy tales of science,
and the long result of Time.

~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

Horse and rider
Horse and rider

Did you have a good weekend?  Do anything exciting?  Or not exciting, but worth mentioning?

Gazing out to sea
Gazing out to sea

M and I spent a good part of our weekend laboring outside.  I’ve been mowing and planting, and shoveling mulch.  M has been digging a trench and laying in pipe to help move water away from the house and into the rain garden.  We also had one of those “it’s always something” events in the late afternoon on Saturday.  M had to go into the crawl space under the house to put some pipe in, and he discovered that our hot water heater is leaking and causing flooding under the house.  We knew we’d have to replace the hot water heater at some point.  We hoped it would last another year or two, but no dice.

Naturally this was discovered on the weekend when it would cost a fortune to have a plumber come out so M macgyvered a temporary fix until we can get someone out here to just replace the whole darn thing.

Where are my feet?
Where are my feet?

The temperature was in the 80’s yesterday so after three or four hours of working outside and working up a good sweat, M and I called it quits and went to the beach to cool off.  And boy, did we cool off.  It was 83°F here at the ranch, and 61°F at Assateague Island.  The water temperature, in case you want to know, is in the 40’s.

Going for a wade
Going for a wade in the bay

We took a nice, long walk, and when we were almost back where we started, we took off our boots and went for a wade in the sea.  It was refreshing and invigorating.

Great beach hair
Great beach hair

No visit to Assateague is complete without spending some time with the wild horses.

Foraging
Grazing

I was hoping to see a foal or two.  I know they’re out there, but we didn’t encounter them yesterday.

Nudge
Almost nudge

I have more to show you.  It will have to wait until tomorrow.  The weather folks are saying we will get rain tonight and tomorrow.  I’d like to finish planting my herb garden before the rain arrives so everything will get a good soaking.  Watering with the hose keeps plants alive, but they seem to thrive and grow when they are watered by the clouds and sky.

For those inquiring minds who would like to know, the herbs going into the herb garden are oregano, garlic chives, regular chives, and lemongrass (which I hope will do well at the back, near the fence, since it grows so tall).  I potted some rosemary, and will be planting lavender out near the scrounger’s garden where it is sunny and dry.

Together
Together

Thank you for stopping by, and taking another short walk with me.  I hope you had a great weekend, and that Monday has been treating you well.  When the rains come I will have some time to visit you at your place, and hopefully get caught up a little.

Moving along
Moving along

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Blueberry blossoms in the rain garden.  (No spring post seems complete without a flower or two.)
Blueberry blossoms in the rain garden at sunset. (No spring post seems complete without a flower or two.)

Today’s joys:  Showering and getting clean after a full day of outdoor work; seeing the first Monarch butterfly of the season; ice cubes and cold water; the little pink flowers blooming outside the office window; my granddaughter’s 9th birthday.  Happy Birthday, Emma!

 

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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

20 thoughts on “At the beach

  1. Just storybook beach hair. Such lovelies. Love the bird footed wading zone.
    It was 70’s this morning and 50 now – colder the next few days ( darn where’s that coat – again!)
    Now that’s one good thing about being able to get under a house. Glad you caught the water heater when you did. We did some basic home and yard stuff all weekend (ugh…yard work difficult with Molly still apprenticing with landscaping). Looking for basil to replace a huge bush that just flung up it’s branches and died last week – though it had made it, but no. Really will miss that one – bees will too.
    Lemon grass…that’s an idea!

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    1. It’s the kind of storybook beach hair I wish I had, PhilosopherMouse. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the birds. It’s going to cool off here, too. Might have to cover the plants in the garden.

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  2. I planted lemon grass here a couple of years ago but ended pulling it out as it turned so woody. I hadn’t grown it before, so didn’t really know if this was to be expected!

    If we had horses on our beaches here I know that I would spend more time at the beach. Have you seen the movie “Nights in Rodanthe”? It stars Diane Lane and Richard Gere and it is through this movie that I discovered that horses like the beach! I loved the movie, but must read the book, written by Nicholas Sparkes. Now you are heading into summer over there, perhaps we will see more of your gorgeous horses! 🙂 Happy Birthday to Emma. x

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    1. I haven’t seen that movie, Joanne. I’ll look for it. And thank you for the birthday wishes for Emma. 🙂 I think lemongrass is supposed to get woody as it grows larger. Supposedly you can peel off the outer layers and use the tender inside of the stalk.

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  3. I was amazed at how much further along our blueberries are here on the west coast. I haven’t taken a close look for days, but I’d bet they’re about ready to set berries.The horses are simply gorgeous and wonderful.

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  4. So glad you made it to the beach! And you’re very lucky that the water heater caused flooding under the house and not IN the house….that happened when I still lived in Indiana and the water heater broke.

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  5. Love this post – the beach, the horses, the birds. Sounds like you are quite busy and getting lots done. Hoping to make similar use of my time off from school next week for spring break.

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    1. Thank you, Karma. 🙂 It has been a busy time, but we were gifted with a rainy day today, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to rest a while. Are you doing anything special for spring break?

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Comments are delightful and always appreciated. I will respond when I can (life is keeping me busy!), and/or come around to visit you at your place soon. Thank you!

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