Gone To The Beach

Nothing makes me happier than to hang up my GONE TO THE BEACH SIGN and head for the cottage!

Just the sound of the word BEACH conjures up a passel of images doesn’t it? After all, going to the beach means different things to different people depending on the kind of beach farmgirl you are. For some, nothing but an escape to a tropical paradise will do. White sand, warm, sparkling turquoise blue water, snorkeling and cocktails at sunset is the only way to go. Or, maybe you prefer an overcast day or two mixed in with your sunshine having your cake and eat it too. Me? Well, I like them all! I’ve had the good fortune to dip my toes in the sand of a slew of shorelines over the years. Lake Tahoe, Hawaii ( Oahu and Maui ); California Beaches: San Diego, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, San Jose, San Francisco, Mendocino, Point Reyes National Sea Shore, Carmel and Monterey. Oregon Beaches: Fort Bragg, Crescent City, and Lincoln City. Bar Harbor, Maine, Aruba, Truro beach, The Cape Cod National Sea Shore, Falmouth beach, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard and the Outer Banks of North Carolina just to name a few! While each of them is dreamy in their own way (especially Maui) my heart belongs to a small peninsula on the south shore of Boston.

 Psst. Hey…We’re on vacation… Wanna come too?

Okay, there is one thing that makes me just as happy as heading to the beach. Meeting a fellow farmgirl/beach sister in person!

Before we cross the bridge and head down to the beach I have some VERY EXCITING farmgirl news to share with you!!!

Did you know Megan Rae ( MaryJanes daughter ) is a Beach farmgirl too? Yep! It’s true! Guess what else? She and I had tea on Cape Cod last week? It was amazing; a dream come true and so much fun! Meg was on vacation with her family for a family reunion only minutes from where I live. We’ve been planning our tea for months! She’s a delight ( but you knew that ) and a joy to get to know!

Here we are after our afternoon ‘ get to know you tea’, just before we had to say goodbye~ 🙁 As with all kindred spirits, we could have chatted the entire afternoon away, but she had to get back to her sweet family and so did I!  Plus, I had to get busy packing up for our annual – semi-UNPLUGGED get away to our off-grid smart cottage!

Fast forward a few days of fun and sun and before I knew it, I had already lost my first cribbage match with my hubby…

It’ll take me the rest of the week to warm up so I can beat him at least once! confession: I think I can count on one hand the times I’ve skunked him in 25 years! Ugh!

To this day I don’t know why I torture myself by playing with him. Watching him smirk and giggle the farther ahead he gets on the board just burns me! LOL!  See, I’m a head in the clouds kind for girl and you have to focus when you play games! Not one of my strongest suits!  Once I recovered from losing (yet again) I pulled myself up by my bathing suit straps and packed a breakfast to go for our maiden voyage this year! Coffee, Cinnamon strudel and yogurt! PERFECT… Oh, and MAX TOO!

It was a beautiful morning! Sunny, clear and warm with calm seas! We putted around the shorelines taking in the beautiful scenery while our teens sawed logs back at the cottage!

We both have a soft spot for tiny buildings and our area has no shortage of boat houses, pool houses, bunk houses, barns, sheds, garden houses, studio’s and workshops. One can dream!

We’ve got wildlife to enjoy too! This structure is an Ospray nest. They dot our shorelines playing host to just one of hundreds of different species of shorebirds in our area.

As you can see by this image by wikipedia they are a large bird that prays mostly on fish. We’ve spotted them on occasion but not his day!

Once we were back on land, Max needed a nap. Plain and simple. Corgis and boats don’t mix. Why would they? What is there to herd on a boat except for fish? All that barking and whining does not go over too well with the Captain either, especially when he’s trying to fish! Otherwise he’s the best boat dog ever! So what if he insists on sitting in my lap the entire time.

We’ve had a mix of weather this week. Starting with the rainy voyage my husband and son made over Plymouth Bay in the boat. Our daughter and I had already arrived safely by way of the road, unpacked, made the beds and were all snug inside as my guy’s poked their way over by spotlight at about ten miles an hour. It wasn’t foggy so I knew they would be alright and I only bit off a couple fingernails waiting for them to arrive. Boy was I happy to see the lights on the boat as they pulled into the bay well after dark wet and hungry!

In between the sunshine and clouds we’ve had time to catch up on our reading and resting. I’m reading The 50 Mile Bouqet plus I’ve devoured a couple of mindless novels too!

Speaking of good books have you heard about the fabulous book giveaway MaryJane is offering on Raising Jane? MaryJane is giving away two copies a week of her new book ” Glamping with MaryJane” before it’s official release September 1st. I’ve pre-ordered mine already  just in case I don’t win!

If you’ve been following along with the Ranch farmgirl Shery’s glamping adventures like I have you might already be on the lookout for a glamper of your own! Knowing how my sis in law/BEACH sister loved camping with her family as a young girl I told her about glamping in a recent beach chair session and got her all stirred up! We are on the lookout for one too and we’ve already chosen her name… Clam Shell. Can’t you just picture her all done up in soft beach colors???

Well sisters, I’d better get going! Today is my hubby’s birthday and I’ve got some prepping to do before he gets back from his boat ride!

As always, thanks for visiting! Leave me a note and tell me what you favorite beach is!

Until our next shoreline visit~




  1. Adrienne says:

    Oh what memories you stirred! I too have been on the beaches and in the water along the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California; Louisiana’s Gulf Coast, the Carolinas, the New Jersey shore, Florida Keys, Aruba (scuba diving too), Hawaii (North Shore of Oahu Pipeline–didn’t surf but watched the surfers on Banzai), Kauai, Tahiti, Moorea (scuba diving), and my favorite dive spot, Truk. For a year, I had the pleasure of living in Long Beach, CA on Pacific Coast Highway (or PCH) right across the street from the ocean. From the apartment window on the 10th floor, I could see from Pacific Palisades to Dana Point. Ah!

  2. Sandy says:

    We have a lake place in northern Minnesota where we fish, kayak, sailboat, waterski, paddleboat, swim, and hang out with our two married daughters and two grandchildren, four dogs! We also love to go to Maui and Cozumel for the snorkeling and warm(er) waters.

  3. Marie says:

    Deb, I was wanting permission to copy some of the photos you post in your blog. I love the ones at the cottage. The east coast shore has a special place in my heart and currently i live in Washington State, so couldn’t be farther away. Love your blogs! Marie

  4. hedy king says:

    Oh, Deb, this was just what I needed. I;m green w/evny for your beach cottage. But still terribly thrilled for you and your family. Enjoyenjoyenloy.

  5. hedy king says:

    Oh, Deb, this was just what I needed. I;m green w/evny for your beach cottage. But still terribly thrilled for you and your family. Enjoyenjoyenloy.

  6. carol says:

    I have a couple of favorite beaches— nothing in your league Deb, but I get very nostaligic thinking of them…..

    *When I was a girl (some 50 years ago) our family would travel from Chicago to spend time with my dad’s extended family on the Indiana side of Lake Michigan. I recall going to the distant cousins’ beach house- the Studebakers- to change clothes and walk up and over the dunes. I can still evoke the feel of anticipation seeing the sea grass, coming up over the rise and taking in the vast blue before me. We would spend hours in the water and lounging on the beach.
    *My next memory is the shores of California. My husband and I had moved our four children to Glendale. It was a tossup between hiking in the mountains or hitting the beaches in the Los Angeles area. We frequented several different ones over the three years that we were California residents. Each one had their own characteristic, and we loved them all.
    *Finally, for our 25th anniversary, while visiting our married son who was in Seminary on the West Coast, my husband surprised me with a visit to Catalina Island. The shops, the boat rides, the treks up and down the narrow roads….the whole thing was a "walk on the beach".

    Thanks for letting me share, Deb. I am decorating our basement family room (in Omaha) with a beach theme (it truly is a part of my soul) and have been trying to find a large picture of a dune path with the sea grasses and water in the distance. When I find it, I’ll know I have found "home".

  7. Barbara Lavell says:

    Hi Deb – My favorite beach is Siesta Key near Sarasota, Fla. It’s named one of the 10 best beaches in the USA & has the softest, coolest (doesn’t get hot), whitest sand I’ve ever seen. Secondly, Lake Superior doesn’t have beaches like you’re referring to but, I love it. It’s more of a nature experience then a beach experience. Barb
    P.S. I have always longed for a little camper like the one in the picture. Someday………….

  8. Shery says:

    I giggled out loud when I read that one of these days, you’ll be glamping in your own tiny house on wheels. Instead of being holed up, you’ll be shelled up! :o) Excited for you and the fun you’ll have looking for it and then finally finding ‘her’. I think a decorative must-have will be some artsy version of Venus standing on her shell. Hmmm, looking like Debbie standing in the doorway of her glamper – ha.

    Favorite beach? Not that I’ve spent a lot of time there … Buuuuut, I loved finding seashells on a beach near Pensacola, Florida. I was 16.

    Loved the pics in your blog — the fishy deck of cards are SO cool. Enjoy every morsel of your vaykay. shery

  9. Joan says:

    What a fun time I just had reading your goings on – my favorite beach – the next one I get to dip my toes in – live in the middle of dryness and long for the beach. Oh my the glamping – if only I was able – her name – that is a long list still and a pipe dream, mostly I’m thinking of having a little building built in my back yard that will be my get away spot. Then I will go there to read about all the wonderful glamping and day dream away. Thanks for the great time.

  10. name Merrilyn says:

    Hi Deb, thanks for sharing your vacation with us. We have beaches in Alaska, but not like you in the lower 48. We do enjoy the Oregon coast especially Lincoln City and Florence. For the east coast it is our daughter and son-in-law’s lovely place at Kennebunkport. Which I am sure I spelled wrong. We have had a pretty cool summer so a nice day at the beach sounds wonderful. Makes me want to book a flight to the nearest beach. By the way, my husband is still fighting the moose for his garden. They do so like his berries and veggies. (even through the fence). LOL.
    Keep on writing.
    Your country sis

  11. BeachFarmgirl says:

    Hi everyone! We are home from the beach… what a treat to find your notes! I went – unplugged after posting this blog and I was anxious to see who stopped by to visit me on the shorelines!Bless you all and thank so much for sharing your favorite beaches with me! Just about everyone has a stretch of water they love some place!

  12. Meg says:

    LOVED meeting you too! I could have spent all afternoon chatting with you…Such a wonderful day and yes, we knew we’d be kindred. HUGS and LOVE and glad you had a fabulous trip to the beach…I am already daydreaming of next year.

    There you are Meg! Oh, it WAS an amazing day!!! One for the farmgirl journal for sure! I’ll be daydreaming for next year right along with ya! HUGS and LOVE! XO Deb


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