I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, July 15, 2012

"Summer Afternoon....ah, summer afternoon....''

Hi! Today we finally had a break from the oppressive heat and humidity.

I was able to emerge from my airconditioned cocoon and I took my sewing and beach chair down to the shore for a lovely bit of relaxing sewing time.

It's been a few days! All my walks, these hot days have been at dusk....

I had to check up on my seagull friends.

Here's a handsome little lady! [I always forget what these smallest pretty gulls are called, I'll look it up and tell you.... They are very sweet, friendly but not agressive.]

And a typical two parents with their [sorry] ugly, cranky teenager!

hering gull family

I walked for awhile before settling down to work...

My friend Mel had mentioned fearing cut feet if she walked in the surf barefoot...

So I had to take pix of the very clear warm water, almost 80*!---and very smooth sand...

...and a little video of  seaglass hunting in the rare-in-summer outwash spots.....

The beach has some unraked seaweed which is not so nice, but shells and treasures are few.

It was hard to round up a handful of white clam shells to anchor my sewing and take pictures.

a chalk white pretty quahog

Here is the Heart and Hand block for the Porch quilt. I am enjoying the project so much I 've snuck a few extra blocks in work while I have time and focus and good sewing light.
LOL, note the very crooked pointer finger? Sometimes it's a bit hard to get shapes just right when the wind [but so lovely sea breeze!] is 15-20 mph. That's a little redo there, I think.

And here is that French fabric, plus flour sack quilt scraps, made into hearts for lavender sachets.

I'll fill them tomorrow and enjoy the day since the  heatwave is expected back on Monday, sigh.
We ended the wonderful day with grilled Mexican salads and Mason jar margaritas on the deck...candles, sunset, scent of the potted stargazer lilies...and fireworks over the ocean, from the next town to the west....

That's how summer is supposed to be! Just...perfect!

Hope you're all staying cool!



................gone to the beach

self-portrait in summer