Mid January

January is never the warmest month at the beach, but we have had some wonderful 68 degree days that we enjoyed to their fullest including a wonderful afternoon walking at Brookgreen Gardens with three friends, walking the beach, and sitting on the balcony in the sun with our afternoon coffee.

Over the weekend, we had a couple of pretty cold days dropping down into the teens, We stayed inside away from the ice on the roads that they’re not use to handling and consoled ourselves with some really good key lime pie. Reading, sewing, finishing a survey for master gardeners, and watching the Chiefs and Brady were on the agenda.

Living at the beach, with a wall of windows, we get a front row seat to watch the ocean, how the sun bounces off the water, and its wildlife. We saw the dolphins go by a couple of times which is always a thrill, but I can never get a decent photo. The shrimp boats seem to be coming in closer to shore this year, and I’ve never had a pelican just sit and pose before.

I’ll be hoping for another garden walk this week, finish a bag I’m working on, and I’ve got three gardening webinars – UNH hydroponics at home and two mornings of UMass jumping worm conference regarding the invasive worms. I saw you scrunch up your nose at the idea of a worm university, but I’ve got to know my enemy, right.

Have a wonderful week where you are, stay well, and remember, it’s only 55 days until spring.

You’ve got to have a good imagination, and watch at about the 6 second frame to catch the black spot surfacing. A videotographer with an iPhone I’m not. 😎

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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67 Responses to Mid January

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Great photos, Do teens at the ocean feel colder than inland teens? I don’t think anyone was looking outside during that KC game. If you turned away, you missed something. Wild finish.

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  2. What a beautiful, beautiful place! No wonder you love going there. Much as I love the north and winter, the draw of the ocean is very strong. Couldn’t find the dolphin, but I can sure imagine the thrill of seeing them leap.

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  3. Oddment says:

    I saw the dolphin! Even better, I saw those waves, and even a few seconds of those was therapeutic! Your photos are wonderful. Being cooped up anywhere at all, especially in the cold, isn’t very appealing, but that view compensates a little — and with key lime pie? Oh, yes. There’s an art to making the best of things, and I think you have it. Oh, and I covet that red and white camelia!

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  4. Murphy’s Law says:

    Hah! I caught the β€œblack spot surfacing”! I can’t believe the way that pelican is just sitting there hoping you get his best side! He probably wanted you to take a video of him.

    The last photo where the boat is passing through the sun’s reflection is outstanding.

    Camellias are beautiful. Nice to see a colorful, blooming flower this time of year.

    Hope you get that garden walk this week. I hope too it’s not too stressful for you and Dennis to be eating key lime pie, having coffee on the balcony, and having these views whenever you look out your windows! Lol!
    Ginger

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    • I’m glad you caught the black spot. I will keep practicing just maybe I can do better. πŸ™‚
      The sun on the water is like a piece of art for sure. Yes, that’s how we’re keeping the stress down – key lime pie, good coffee, and the balcony. πŸ™‚ I’m going to get my walk in today – it’s 50. Thank you, Mother Nature.

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  5. Lovely photos, I saw the dolphin, and yes, anticipated the Chiefs and Buccs games here, too (such a dopey call on our TB!) — what wild finishes! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy that wonderful stretch of ocean — hoping the temps come up to speed for you soon!

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  6. I’m enjoying the photographs, especially the flowers! Green fever here!

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  7. Sheree says:

    Could sit on the beach watching the water all day

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  8. Judy, it dipped into the 30’s on the last day of our visit to Palmetto Bluff, SC last week. Personally, I prefer 50’s with full sun, but hey, beggars can’t be choosy. Your Camelia photos made me smile. We saw lots of those in bloom at the resort where we were staying. They certainly brighten up an otherwise beige landscape. P.S. I saw the dolphin – good catch!

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    • Yes, 50 sure beats 30. πŸ™‚ I’m always in awe of the Camelias. It certainly isn’t something we see up in cold country. Glad you caught my black spot. I’m positive you would be able to catch a much better shot or video based on all those gorgeous water shots you did when you visited the east coast.

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  9. Joyce says:

    I saw the black spot! Exciting! And your sun reflection photo is like another slice of what heaven must be like. I find it humorous that β€œforeigners” like me to southern states are utterly fascinated by shrimp boats, dolphins, camellia blossoms in winter, and pelicans! The natives just give a glance and say, β€œoh, those things!”

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    • Yes, you are so right. I’m grabbing my phone or camera, and the locals just keep on walking. πŸ™‚ A couple of times a day, a large group of pelicans or seagulls come swooping by close to the balcony, and I’m in awe. The shrimp boats were anchored right where we could see their lights at night for a couple of weeks. Come morning, they would start their sweep back and forth, two or three at a time but varying sizes. Now, they must be fishing other waters. It is kind of like watching a huge aquarium. πŸ™‚

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  10. Your view is wonderful! I saw the dolphin! What kind of gulls are those? That brown pelican posing was really cool!! I rarely see them anymore living up in the high desert now.

    Are you making another tote bag?

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    • The seagulls look like the ones we see up north, but I’m not positive. In the years, I’ve been coming down here, I’ve never gotten up close to a brown pelican. As I approached, I was concerned he was hurt, but some people in front of me got too close, and he took flight and moved further up the beach. I did make another bag, and I even used a pattern. πŸ™‚ I’m going to make another one, so I’ll do a post with some photos.

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  11. What a gorgeous beach! I can’t wait for beach-walking days to return in my part of the world.

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  12. Nancy says:

    I saw the dolphin(s) two times… I saw them! Very cool! I am so glad you are there and enjoying the Ocean, the ocean breezes and the ocean views! Fun with a capital F!
    And an Epic Football Weekend! On the edge of our seats til the last second!
    Life is Good, isn’t it?

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  13. Ally Bean says:

    I swear I can smell the scent of the camilla through the screen. I know it’s not really warm where you are, but warmer than here. I shall not be jealous of you. Enjoy

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  14. syt says:

    I saw the dolphin, also enjoyed the flowers

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  15. Easy to spot the dolphin, just don’t blink at the wrong moment. πŸ™‚ Mmmm, key lime pie. Did you make it?

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  16. I saw it! Your view is so calming… I bet you love just watching the waves (and the dolphins). We’ve been having some gorgeous weather here too and doing a few beach walks. I’ll be making a key lime pie soon for my husband’s birthday… any tips?

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    • Glad you caught it, and I bet you could dream up some good short stories here. πŸ™‚ I did not make it because we can find it locally made at the grocery store. Make key lime dessert in a jar at home, and there are a ton of recipes online. Finding the one with just the right amount of fresh lime is the key. I hope your pie is delicious, and your hubby has a marvelous birthday.

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  17. pbmgarden says:

    I saw it too! Always a thrill. Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures.

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  18. Eliza Waters says:

    Still beats winter in N.E. I envy you walking beaches and visiting gardens, and seeing dolphins, too! I’ll be curious to see what you glean from the jumping worm seminar. They are increasing exponentially and like other invasives, aren’t easy to control.

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    • I’m looking forward to seeing what I can learn too because since they took Early Bird fertilizer off the market, there doesn’t seem to be any way to address them. Removing the adults by hand does nothing to the cocoons filled with eggs for the next gardening season.

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  19. Sounds lovely! I love being by the water. I could live there full time!

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  20. germac4 says:

    What a gorgeous place to spent the winter Judy, a beautiful beach, interesting gardens to visit, and even more special, friends to catch up with every day. A true holiday! Very impressive to fit in time for gardening webinars, especially the jumping worm conference. We had a smile, you are a true Master gardener!

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    • It is nice, and it’s like having spring twice which is a wonderful thing. Those worms are a major issue because they are depleting the soil of nutrients needed to grow food or support trees and other plants. There aren’t a lot of people talking about them because there currently is not a way to address them. According to google, you have native worms while we do not have native worms. I hope you never have to deal with these guys. The cold kills the adults but not the cocoons holding the eggs so the cycle is repeated every year.

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  21. I actually love that there are webinars on worms. πŸ™‚

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  22. BERNADETTE says:

    I love to get up early, walk the beach, and watch the pelicans fish. It always amazes me that they don’t break their necks.

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  23. You did a great job of capturing that dolphin! They are so fun to see. Glad you are enjoying your time at the beach!

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  24. Mid-January may not be the warmest month, but it’s certainly a beautifully colorful one, based on the vibrant camellias you shared! And kudos for capturing the dolphin, I mostly get great wave shots instead πŸ˜€

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  25. Eilene Lyon says:

    You sure had me at β€œkey lime pie”! The photos are a temptation, too, as I love the oceanside. I did catch the blip of the dolphin!

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  26. bikerchick57 says:

    Oh, Judy, how I wish I could feel the 68 degree warmth and sun. It is so COLD here that it is making me feel lethargic. I’m getting up in a few minutes to make a bean and veggie stew and that should help keep me off the couch and feel the winter doldrums.

    Enjoy the warmth, the beach and the pelicans. Pelicans in WI are a sign that it’s spring and I can’t wait to see them again. Have a lovely day and week!

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  27. slfinnell says:

    Oh man! That Chief’s Nation just keeps growing each year! Remember the paperbag era? I’ve hung on all along I’m proud to say πŸ™‚ And thanks for the invasive ‘enemy’ info each time. I believe I heard about those Japanese Beetles from you first. It’s always something, right?!

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    • My husband had season tickets for years and enjoyed it immensely. He watched every minute of that game. πŸ™‚ Yes, it seems like there is a new gardening enemy each year. This worm is bad news. If you garden, you might want to look it up so you can recognize it. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. πŸ™‚

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  28. Josh Sanders says:

    Definitely could be colder. Looks beautiful 😁

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  30. Beautiful beach. I have never seen real Pelican 😡

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