“It was cold and windy, scarcely the day
to take a walk on that long beach
Everything was withdrawn as far as possible,
indrawn: the tide far out,
the ocean shrunken,
seabirds in ones or twos.
The rackety, icy, offshore
wind numbed our faces on one side;
disrupted the formation of a lone
flight of Canada geese; and blew back the low, inaudible rollers in upright, steely mist.”
– Elizabeth Bishop, The End of March
Do your ” girls ” talk to you? Come on, you can tell sister Deb. I won’t have you admitted if you say yes cuz mine do! The other day while I was out doing chores Gladys poked her head out of the coop and asked, “Where is spring?” You mean, sunny, warm days with evidence of new life at every turn? It’s on its way, I replied. Gladys clucked back, “good, because I’m tired of being cooped up, looking at colorless gardens and I miss my dust baths in the sun! Me too I said, me too. Except for the dust bath in the sun part…Feeling my toes in the warm sand would do it for me right about now! Let’s fast forward to sunnier days to come shall we? I bet we can find spring then!
Old man winter arrived late this year and truth be told he wore out his welcome after the Blizzard of 2013! It’s been on the nippy side all of March and the snow was still flying last week. He’s playing a dirty trick on us New Englanders this year. I for one was hoping for another long, warm and dry spring like last year. Despite the cold having more light each day is a sure sign of spring and a welcome change! Easter is right around the corner and the word is temps are on the rise for this weekend on the shorelines! This is good news for us beach bums because celebrating Easter at the beach with our family and friends marks the true beginning of spring. We’re off to let the sea breeze blow off the last of the winter doldrums and see what washed ashore over the winter! For us, the beach is our Church. Ever since the kids were little we’ve gone to the beach to celebrate Easter, welcome spring and refresh our spirits. It’s where we gather to celebrate and rejuvenate. It’s where we find peace, solace and grace. It’s also where we hold our traditional Easter Egg Hunt and Treasure Hunt!
Here’s part of our crew waiting while eggs are being hidden in the trees, lobster traps, gutters, under picnic tables, in watering cans, kayaks and stone walls. Even though they are teens now they still love the hunt! It’s tradition after all and they know that the Easter Bunny has been known to hide one huge egg filled with money, gift cards, and lots of chocolate!
At the count of three, they’re off and running!
After years of experience, Nicolette knows there will be eggs in the tree tops
and the lobster pots!
And her beach sister Miss C knows there are sure to be some eggs hiding amongst the daffodils and rose bushes.
Z-man is the only one tall enough to reach the gutters and he knows it!
Yes, we hide eggs inside of rubber chickens. I know, it’s wierd, don’t ask…:)
Miss J knows she can always count on finding some eggs tucked into some stone piles.
We use the same eggs every year! Once the kids empty their loot into a separate bag the plastic eggs go back into storage until next year! When the kids are done with the hunt it’s time for everyone to pair up and go on an old fashioned Beach Treasure Hunt. My sister in law is in charge of making the list and selecting the prizes for the winners. Each item has a point value. Just look at this list of items and tell me if you know what all of them are in the comments!
Mermaids purse, daffodil blossom, one flip flop, sea glass, lobster buoy, an umbrella, muscle shell, clam shell, hermit crab shell, sand collar, driftwood, white beach stones, sea weed. Most of these items are pretty easy to find so to up the ante we could earn bonus points if we came back to home base wearing an Easter bonnet and a bunny tail!
Our beach brother Mark, ( wearing the fashionable blue helmet ) has moved on to more heavenly shores and we miss him, but he will always be remembered for how he made us laugh, especially THAT day!
No order is too tall for our group! I think we found spring don’t you? How will you be celebrating Easter this year?
Happy Easter from the shorelines!
Until our next shoreline visit~
BEACH BLESSINGS and HAPPY SPRING!