That Sexy Windswept Look

Bobby G. looks so handsome with his windswept hair from time spent fishing in the surf. 

In fact, his hair looks so good like that, I spent $25.00 on a little bottle of Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray. Advertised as Beach in a Bottle and gives you that sexy, salty, sun dried, windswept style. (I had a moment of senility spending that much money on a "look" from a bottle :) You can only get that look from the real thing!

So how come mine doesn't look as good as his??  sigh

Just recently, we took a much needed R & R down to the beaches of the Outer Banks.  This photo says it all!  :)  This was the sign on the back of the house next door to ours, overlooking the ocean.

A newly built beach home, just down from where we stayed.  The dunes have been freshly planted with rows and rows of sea oats for beach erosion protection.

The guys coming off the beach after fishing.

My Dad taught me how to surf fish many years ago.  Nothing like catching fresh fish and bringing them in for frying right then!  Corn on the cob, corn bread.....good eatin'!

 Bobby G. and our hostess heading down to the beach.  Our first day was so nice and warm.....perfect!  But then overnight a Nor'easter blew in and it turned so chilly and very very windy.
Didn't matter to me..... any day at the beach is a GOOD DAY

 The good thing about a storm is, it kicks up heavy surf and makes for good shelling.  Yours truly, as I head down the beach looking for shells.

We stayed at the northern beaches this time, but took a little trip to the southern beaches and across the bridge to Roanoke Island and historic Manteo to look at some property. I adore the little waterfront town of Manteo.  This was a small B&B there.  Isn't the front charming?

 The storm and onshore winds caused fluffy piles and piles of foam on the beach. The foam is created by organic matter stored in bottom sediments and later stirred up by the waves. There was so much foam it looked as if all the washing machines in every cottage up and down the beach had overflowed and caused major suds problem.  Did you know that foam, as it blows down the beach, actually leaves a trail in the sand? 

 Here's another sweet beach fact from some of the shells I collected.  The dark shells on the left illustrate staining as a result of burial in mud earlier in their history.  The white ones and red fan shell on the right have their natural coloring.

 One day the wind was too strong for us on the beach with blowing sand, so we took off for the sound side.  This wooden walkway is at the very end of the beach road, accessible only by 4-wheel drive.  The walkway rambles through the maritime forest, swamps, grasslands and shrub thickets.  Being up on the walkway would be the only time you would catch me in a swamp....yikes!  

At the end of the walkway you ended up here ....  at the Currituck Sound, a source of abundant wildlife...fowl and fish.

The blue hour on our last evening

 Anyone wanna' buy a really BIG beach chair?

The Spring and Fall are my favorite times at the beach. Even though the water is cold, maybe even frigid, I have to dip my toes in the oncoming waves and run back on shore, laughing like a child. My heart fills with joy as I know there will always be another wave and a visit from the children and grand-children in June. I have a little surprise for them....a flip flop party and a treasure chest hunt in the sand. :)

And until then, I have put away the bunnies and filled a floor vase with all my collected shells.  The beach has arrived at our house. :)
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Unknown said...

Lynn, you had me crackin up with those first few photo's..too funny with the wind..but, Bobby sure has a full top and I'm jelous as my hubby has lost all but a little left for a reminder of what hair looked like..LOL! your photo's are so awesome. I love being at the beach before the summer crowds arrive..great looking shells. Looks like you had a grand time..

Junkchiccottage said...

This looked like a heavenly trip. Oh the smell of the ocean and the sound of the waves. So sweet. The pictures were awesome. I felt like I was right there with you.

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Lynn,

I had a good laugh after reading this post. You are hilarious!
Your hubby should be doing a hair commercial. He is very handsome.

Love the shells you found on the beach.

Did I tell you that it is Summer in Toronto already? It's very hot and sunny.

P.S. I also love fishing but never try surf fishing yet. It looks like fun! What did you catch?


Unknown said...

LOL - LOVE the first few photos too!
Actually loved every single one of them - what a great trip - thanks for bringing us along :)

All About Vignettes said...

You are so right about Spring and Fall at the beach. What beautiful photos and what a great R and R. I can't wait to go to the beach again. You've inspired me.

Kat said...

Lynn you are too funny. I love your wind swept look. Your photos were great. Have a fun week.

Blondie's Journal said...

This looks like such a great time...I agree, any day at the beach is a good day!

Your hubby looks great with his beachy hair! I look more like you! lol!


Tete said...

What a fun time! Loved all your photos and your commentary is second to none. Love all the shells you found.

Betsy Brock said...

just lovely! thanks for letting us come along through your photos. There is just nothing like the beach for relaxation! And look at you fishing...good for you...you can't beat that kind of fresh!

Sarah said...

Lynn, I'm envious of your beach time. I love to walk a beach with the sand between my toes. Picking up shells is a must. '-)

French Girl in Seattle said...

Monsieur and the rest of the family (including the grandchildren,) are lucky to have you. What a fun post. Your comments and photos made me smile. I needed that. Thank you. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Alycia Nichols said...

Bobby G.'s lookin' kinda right, there!!! You go, girl!!! ;-)

What a marvelous getaway!!! Oh, how I wish! The pictures you took just tell the story of an incredibly fun and relaxed way to while away the time! I LOVE the seashells you collected, especially that really weird one in the lower left corner. That's a really different one!!! I also love the "BYE" spelled out in shells. SO cute! I don't know that I would have wanted to walk in a swamp area, either, without a walkway. Who knows what might be out there lurking??!?!???! The sea foam is really interesting, too. I have never seen it as you describe it. That would be kind of cool! You looked like you know what you're doing out there casting that line! Kudos to your Dad for teaching you to fish like a girl...and I mean that in the MOST flattering sense!!!

Great photos, and I'm glad you guys had fun! Now go do something with that hair of yours!!! :-) :-) :-)

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

The hair do's!!!!! hahaha What a wonderful place to spend a vacation. Nancy

Jen said...

What a lovely place to get-away! I know you enjoyed yourself immensely! You all look so relaxed. Hope all is well with you!

Dee said...

Hi Aunt L :) I do believe this is one of my very favorite posts. Now I am just yearning to be back home. There just wasn't enough time at the wedding last fall for us to visit "properly" LOL. Maybe a girls' weekend this fall is in order (for all of us!) It would be maw-ve-lus! Love you bunches...Niece

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Lynn, Looks like a fun trip! I had to giggle at the picture of your hair. Thanks for linking to the Open House party and I hope to see you while I am in Richmond.

the cape on the corner said...

oh, how wonderful! i've never been there, but it's definitely a place to go.

your link up icon of your hair was hilarious. the headband is my friend, and goes on every trip, lol.

Melanie said...

What an awesome getaway you had - I love the pictures! The hair photos gave me a good laugh - thanks.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

ahhh you had a marvelous time! You and yourr man are looking good (())

DearHelenHartman said...

Wonderful photos. Made me long to get the windswept look myself. Maybe I should just drink a beer in front of a fan.

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