Postcard from the beach

Whether it is sunny and warm or cool, gray and foggy, life is good at the beach.

When I walk, there is always something interesting to see.

I only saw the dolphins once this week, and they barely broke the surface, but I was walking on the beach and caught a surfer enjoying the waves near the pier. He kind of reminded me of a pelican’s landing when his ride came to an end. πŸ™‚

There are a lot of wonderful restaurants and food destinations here. We tried a new one this week – Parlor Doughnuts in Pawleys Island. Let me tell you, Dunkin Donuts will never be the same. πŸ™‚ They’re a little pricey at $19 for half a dozen, but they were fun to try.

We also have someone in the building who likes to write in the sand, and their messages certainly bring a smile to this woman.

A group of six friends had a nice afternoon at Brookgreen chatting, laughing, and enjoying the gardens. Laughter really is the best medicine. The turtles are not out yet – too cool.

The rest of the time I’ve been reading (Beverly Connor and Linda Fairstein), sewing, and watching the new Reacher series on Prime. I made a really pretty bag for a friend and forgot to take a photo. I guess that’s because I was still sewing on it up until the hour before we went to enjoy an at-home dinner with them.

We enjoy restaurants and groups like everyone else, but we’ve found a real benefit to not eating in and avoiding crowds – we have wonderful conversations and enjoy the entire time more with a couple or a couple of friends. It’s quality over quantity.

The Walking Iris has provided eight blooms so far with a double on one day.

The plant itself looks like an iris, the flower looks more like an orchid, and the fact that the bloom only lasts one day reminds me of a day lily.

With the temperature at home set at 50Β°F, I bring one of my two pots with me in case the other one decides to expire because of the cold. It was given to me by a good friend who has since passed, and when it blooms I think of him.

I hope your have a great week, and we’ll do the same. ❀️

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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52 Responses to Postcard from the beach

  1. Those donuts look ginormous but, tasty! Your walks along the beach look lovely and the sandscripted notes made me smile too.

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  2. Murphy’s Law says:

    Wonderful post Judy. Notes in the sand, walking iris continues to bloom, the treasures you found on the beach, and that one lone person sitting on the beach, not to mention the wild and crazy surfer, all make for fun times and photos for us to enjoy!

    Then there’s the doughnuts! Mouthwatering, to say the least. It sounds like you’re having a grand time and I’m so happy for you and Dennis.

    Happy Monday!
    Ginger

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    • The beach is like an ever changing scene. Today a few folks are walking, but they are all bundled up with hoods, hats, and gloves. I couldn’t count the number of folks with metal detectors that pass by. They must find something worth their time because there sure are several of them. Those doughnuts were delicious, but I think I’d better detour around there next time.

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  3. I’m enjoying your postcards from the beach Judy, as I sit here staring out my window at ice-encased lilac trees!

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  4. Oddment says:

    What wonderful images! I especially love the one of the lone watcher on the beach, but, oh, those doughnuts! Sometimes you just have to splurge. The iris is an exquisite remembrance. And, yes, quality over quantity — it applies to friends AND doughnuts!

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  5. John Hric says:

    That jellyfish had me scratching my my head till I read the caption. At first it looks like a shallow round hole. Stay warm and enjoy the donuts.

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    • Wasn’t that the weirdest thing. There have been times in the past when I’ve seen numerous smaller ones all over the beach, but this day there was this one gigantic thing with weird colors in the center. You tend to not think about all the creatures living in that ocean. Good reminder to be respectful.

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  6. Judy, your beach images are wonderful! Winter is my favorite time to walk on the beach. Yum, donuts! How is the Reacher series? Did they find a good actor to play Reacher? Happy February!

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    • I walk with a few people out there and think about how busy it must be in the summer. I like it better this way. πŸ™‚ The donuts were great! We’ve watched two episodes of Reacher, and it is good so far. They have Alan Ritchson, 6’2″ with a definite six pack of abs playing Reacher, and it is pretty darn believable. We’re spacing them out so it lasts a few weeks. πŸ™‚

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  7. Oh, those donuts! I am a fiend for donuts, and once wrote a piece called “Desperate for Donuts,” which chronicled my search for the best donuts in Maine. πŸ˜‰ That walking iris is a beauty. Such a lovely way to remember your friend. Finally, those beach walks look oh so beautiful, no matter the weather. Finally, I like going out to eat as much as the next person, but my favorite thing to do is have people over for coffee, tea, and muffins. Then, as we sit around the table we can discuss to our hearts’ content the things that catch our interest. Unfortunately, don’t feel safe to do that just yet.

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  8. Joyce says:

    What a beautiful, serene color palette. I like speculating on the gull photo. What is she thinking? β€œHey! This is OUR habitat and these people with shoes and tires think nothing of invading it!” Or….”the culprits who left these tracks also leave us some mighty tasty snacks!”

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    • It is pretty funny because sometimes they just don’t move, and I have to detour around them. Or in this case, I just stopped and took the photo, and she just sat there. πŸ™‚ They impose a $250 fine for feeding them, but it never fails we see someone almost daily out there throwing feed. It is always interesting

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  9. beautiful photos!

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  10. bikerchick57 says:

    I would love to wander on that beach, Judy. It looks so inviting and I’m positive it’s warmer than here. I started watching Reacher over the weekend and I love it. The actor who plays Reacher was also in the DC Comics Titans series and I like him in that as well.

    Have a wonderful week!

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  11. Marilyn says:

    My walking iris has three buds and hasn’t flowered yet. I think the buds have been there for also a month. Maybe they’re not getting enough light although they are in the same spot as last year and I had tons of flowers.

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  12. Ally Bean says:

    I like the sand writing messages and not because it suggests that there’s somewhere that is free from snow right now. Enjoy your days, hope it gets warm enough for the turtles to make their appearances.

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  13. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice photos… love the positive sand messages! Hard to believe spring is only 5 weeks away… wow. That’ll go quick and we’ll be back in the garden in no time!
    Have a great week!

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  14. It all sounds quite wonderful, Judy. How wonderful to see a lovely message in the sand every day. And those donuts – you can’t beat a really good one. Have a lovely week.

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  15. Nancy says:

    I’m Late, I’m Late for a very important date! Right here with you.
    The beach pictures are fabulous… and I had a donut yesterday tooooo! Our hostess for our Book Club served amazing donuts.
    And you and I are Kindred Spirits. I’m sewing a project… reading… and we just finished Reacher!
    Enjoy those blooms… Have a blessed week my friend!

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  16. Green with envy because it’s cold, cold, cold up here. And icy, too. We binged the whole Reacher series. Garry loved it. I read the books, but I loved it too. Yeah, violent, but you know? Sometimes, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as watching the bad guys getting dead.

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    • Wish I could send you some warmer weather. We’re spacing Reacher out because cable TV selection is so bad here right now. πŸ™‚ We’ve read all the books too. Yes, they sure picked the right actor for the job, and sometimes it does feel right to just put the bad guys down.

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  17. BERNADETTE says:

    What an unusual and beautiful plant and it is wonderful to have a remembrance of your friend. When my son died, I gave everyone who came to the service a rosemary plant for rememberance.

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  18. I wanted to check in finally and see if you made your southern trek; and if so, how you’re managing with this year’s c-c-c-old winter! But it appears you’re managing just fine, thank you very much. Glad to see you’re enjoying yourselves! – Marty

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    • Oh my goodness, my BP just went up. What a nice surprise visit. I hope this finds you and Gorgeous doing well and enjoying your much too l-o-n-g blogging break. πŸ™‚ Has that pile of books been whittled down and your other writing goals met? You have been missed, but we understand. Thank you for the visit!

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      • It’s good to check on people; otherwise they change on you and everything gets out of whack! I had to make sure you’re still writing about beautiful things and doings. πŸ˜‰ My break has been wonderful, in spite of omicron keeping us mostly homebound for most of November, and all of December-January. But last night we went out to a restaurant for the first time, and later this week we’ll go back to the gym. So it’s good to do normal things again. I’ve read LOTS of books, yes! Am finishing up one now on the making of the Godfather movie (“Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli”). My writing projects unfortunately move slowly and without much to really show at this point. I’m not seeing literary agents lining up just yet. πŸ™‚ Be well and stay warm!

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  19. germac4 says:

    There is something very calming about being at the sea, even on cloudy days…and to be able to catch up with friends over coffee and doughnuts……..what could be better in this crazy world!

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    • A blogging friend, Dorothy, referred to the ocean sound as ‘the earth breathing.’ I think of that when I’m walking. It still is a crazy world and who knew three years later we’d still be seeking safe ways to maneuver around. Stay well.

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  20. Dan Antion says:

    Sorry I’m late to the show, Judy. My inbox was deep. I like the notion of “quality over quantity” I think a lot of us have discovered that during the pandemic. I hope you continue to find new and fun ways of sending your time as well as new and tasty donuts.

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  21. Prior... says:

    Great post and the lily at the end does close like an orchid and hope the one you took make it
    – and liked the driver video

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  22. Tina Schell says:

    As winter in the south goes, this one has been pretty darned cold Judy. On the other hand I expect it’s WAAAYYYYY more sunny and warm here than at home so I’m sure you’re enjoying it. I also assume you’ve made friends there through the years, which makes it so much nicer for you. Enjoy the sunny days and the beautiful beach. Loved your foggy opening image and the closing pier shot!

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  23. pbmgarden says:

    I love your postcard photos, especially the one of the fisherman looking through the pilings. Great composition. And I enjoy your Walking Iris every year. It’s phenomenal in its beauty.

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