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

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Walking Towards December ~ A Beach Walk

Hi everyone! All the leftovers from Thanksgiving should be finished by now and it's time to get out and enjoy the brisk late fall/ early winter beach. Some of these photos were taken earlier in the month, before we had the shocking and anomalous deep freeze last week. Oh and that snow!

Beautiful November colors in the dunes....

Could these green leaves in the center be the velvet leaf weed I am searching for?

All fall we have been watching the dredging boats, working on H Sandy beach repairs, an ongoing somewhat sporadic project done by the US government? and the Army Corps of Engineers.

The boats used are multiple---one very large barge with suction pumps and hoists and who knows what all. This ship siphons up sand from the seabed and sends it through a 12"? diameter tube, a quarter mile long, up onto the beach.Then there are large but a bit smaller boats, plus each has its own tugboat! These smaller boats are in charge of setting the suction tubes and the flotation devices that hold the tube in position. There is also a strange superstructure on the beach, called The Crab, which is a lookout post and a site evaluator, and a surveying tool.

Meanwhile back on land huge equipment came and pounded large pilings into our dunes. It was pretty awful, my house shook like an earthquake for weeks and Mo was scared. The constant rumbling and shaking was oddly upsetting or nerve wracking, even when one knew it was not indeed an earthquake.

Not thrilled with these pilings, they are ugly and much taller than any natural dune formation. They also spoil my view! Will they help collect sand as the years and even eons go by, or will they be expensive eyesores? I don't think anyone really knows. 

So anyway, the sand sucked from the seabed will be moved with, again, giant machines to form faux dunes. The dunes they built a few years ago have settled in nicely, so that may be okay. Will sand be pushed into the piling forests mechanically? We don't know, yet another mystery.

All this background is because....the dredged sand is already yielding up new and interesting beachcombed treasures. The lure of the beach hunt has returned.

Here is a large patch of rare pink sand!

My friend found this  very large, fortunately used, old brass gun shell. A 20 mm round marked USA 1943. You can see how big it is.

Research shows us that this WW2 shell was an anti-aircraft round, from small ''cannons'' used on US warships. More info HERE

How? Why? When, where? It must have quite a story to tell.

Then seaglass has returned, but for now at a rather far away beach near the surfing beach.

My daughter came home one morning with quite a haul.

Some beauties, a cobalt bottle neck:

A green milk glass or Jadeite shard with fluted edges.

The beach is too far for me to walk there and back especially after my recent fall and thrice daily Mo walking duties. If we get a warm gorgeous day I think I'll get a lift over to the surfing beach, then I'll walk one way home, maybe three miles?

Sunsets have been long and so beautiful. Very much ''of Autumn"; not a winter-y sky.

Mo was happy to don his coziest fall plaid jacket that frigid 19* day.

But mostly he'd rather just lie in bed on cold grey days.

I'm excited to welcome December soon. My holidays have evolved since my kids were wildly excited Santa believing toddlers, but every year is wonderful because we are together. New memories, new ideas, new traditions.  (Money not Legos!)


Your thoughts?



gone to the beach...

A more technical description, with wonderful photos!,of a similar ongoing operation, from this past summer HERE  The main difference is here they are adding to the dune structure, filling areas that they believe are flood channels [ooops, no, guys, maybe NOT! Here is the flood break, about 50 feet east of the piling installation, sigh]

and in the other project they are widening the beach. If they widen MY beach I am going to buy a golf cart, my beach is huge in recent years.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Food and Festivity

Hi! Now that we have digested our big dinners,

Doug the Pug
I'll check in to say Hi and describe the holiday menu. I  mentioned I didn't host the Thanksgiving meal, my friends who are the wonderful chefs did the party instead.

Their decor is always magazine-perfect.

I love the serenity of their soft greys, with the focus on the food and guests. [I know I get carried away with my tchotchkas sometimes, oops].

The food! So delicious.

I made the stuffing: cornbread with dried apricots, dried cranberries, chestnuts, sausage and bacon. Lots of fresh sage, fennel seeds. And creamed onions with lemon pepper and nutmeg.


Starters :  charcuterie platter and wines/ beer.
goat cheese with cranberries, horseradish white cheddar, hummus, prosciutto, spinach yogurt dip, savory lemon cheese cake. 
Interesting tiny crackers from TJ's.
Main course

Turkey with my Gravy

Cornbread stuffing

purple mashed sweet potatoes

roasted Delicata squash with cinnamon

Roasted brussels sprouts with diced pancetta
creamed onions

Stuffed mushrooms

red or rose wines/ artisan beer


Vegan pumpkin pie with coconut milk ice cream

Dense chocolate raspberry torte

Mixed berry tart with whipped cream

coffee tea

All so good!

Mo was well-behaved! He sat quietly, alertly watching from his big bed.

Then approaching during turkey time. Just. In. Case.... a tidbit might fall.

After dinner we played cards and sipped wine and laughed, enjoying the relaxed day. NO one glued to the football games, hooray.

The day was nice but extremely cold. 19*. Mo had insisted on sitting out anyway, he loves the sun.

Our pre-dinner walk through the beach lane was brisk; sadly the extreme cold and wind has killed off all the late blooming flowers; once again the view is quiet and dull. Too soon, much too soon.

I hope your Holiday was fun too!

On a Blogger note: I have fixed the comment notification [yet again] and can now respond to comments in a polite and timely way. Sorry for anyone who was overlooked, it got a a bit messy for a couple weeks.

PS When I stopped by my friends' house on Friday, not a trace of autumn or Thanksgiving remained. All was glittery white beach Christmas, just so beautiful and magical. Hahaha, it will take me weeks to accomplish the switch.



gone to the beach....