4.08.2014

Springtime at the Beach & Treasure Hunting

There's serenity in the sun and sweet breezes of the seashore

And I return to the Outer Banks year after year, in all seasons, and still cannot wait to go back each time.  That slim sliver of sand along the coastline of North Carolina carries my footprints, now erased by the incoming tides, but never my fond memories.  

Seeking some calming time from a rough winter,  I jump for joy as I cross the bridge and can smell the ocean air miles before I see it.  I've ridden out angry seas and ferocious storms and nor-easters and hurricanes.  I've ridden the waves and danced on the sand, the only light cast from a million twinkling stars.  I've climbed the great sand dunes and collected beautiful gifts from the sea.  I've met the incoming fishing boats and eaten the freshest of the fresh seafoods.  I've sat many nights by the seashore, beside my father, waiting for the quick tug of a fish on my line and walked hand in hand with my sweetheart, our toes tickled by the incoming tide.






I love being at the beach in the Spring time.  The clarity of the sun and the color of the ocean is so clear, unlike the hazy sun of the summer.  Days of partying late are over for me with an early morning sunrise walk taking its place,  the search for treasures of the sea now my priority. I carry my little yellow sand pale and pink flip-flops as I head for the shore line.

I plan to make some beautiful seashell wreaths with my found treasures soon, a white one, a dark one and a silver one.


Spring temperatures on the Outer Banks change from day to day. Early on in my week of
R & R, it was very windy and chilly.  Taking a walk meant bundling up with ear muffs, jacket and a scarf, while later that week, folks were out sun bathing.  In this photo, you can see the remnants of a sand dune fence, most likely taken down by a winter storm.


Right in front of my beach front cottage, the surfers were out in droves.  I think a contest may have been going on.  The waves were perfect for them.  


A chair for three by a Manteo restaurant.....having a little fun


A fun place to eat......and then "get out".  :)


Much time was spent seeking and buying treasures for my internet shop and brick and mortar.  What fun I had!  My hunts were successful and I came home with not an inch to spare in my car....totally loaded with goodies for you.  This was just from one day of shopping and hunting. :)


One of my favorite finds was this signed painting.  A beautiful mermaid and cherubs.  Love how the cherubs are blowing the conch shell.  The artist was very, very talented and the painting, on board, is about 4 feet tall.  

I even found a bit of French by the seashore.  As I was walking the tiny historical village of Manteo on Roanoke Island, I ran across this intriguing door, a steep flight of stairs behind it.  Oh, how I would have loved to gone through those doors!

Back home now, rejuvenated and full of inspiration. And I give a big hug and kisses to those who filled my days with laughter.  You know who you are.  xoxo

With a shop website and a brick and mortar space, I don't have as much time to do blog posts lately, but I do hope you will "like" my Facebook Business Page.  Each day I post a tiny snippet on what vintage and antique treasures I have found, projects I am working on, and a bit of behind the scenes at The Vintage Nest.  xoxo
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16 comments :

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh Lynn I was swepted away with your beautiful pictures. I just love the smell of the ocean. Looks like you found a lot of great treasures to bring home too.
Kris

Mary Soulios said...

Great pictures and glad you had a wonderful time!

NanaDiana said...

I am so jealous I can't stand it, Lynn. I SO miss the ocean. I really hope to move back there someday! You are blessed to have spent your time there. xo Diana

NanaDiana said...

ps. I LOVE your treasures-especially that mermaid painting-

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

The beach and all your treasures look so wonderful Lynn! It's so refreshing to be on the beach. Looks like you had a fabulous time!!

Blessings, Edie Marie

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

The beach and all your treasures look so wonderful Lynn! It's so refreshing to be on the beach. Looks like you had a fabulous time!!

Blessings, Edie Marie

Beverly said...

You know you are speaking to my heart with every word of this post, Lynn.

I can't tell you how much I need to smell those smells and hear the ocean. Hopefully again some day soon.

Alycia Nichols said...

Kind of like the restaurant sign said, you SHOPPED and then got the hell out! :-) :-) :-) You came back with a trunk load, didn't you!?? That's great! And I'm glad it was all fun. That's really important!

Glad you're back safe & sound and that rest & rejuvenation have been yours for the taking. Have a great weekend!

Betsy said...

We were in OBX this past October and loved it. Spring does look like a good time to go also. I love Manteo. Never found shells as good as the ones you found. Nice finds.
Love seeing that beautiful ocean.
betsy

Sarah said...

Lynn, your images make me long for some beach time. And those doors are fabulous!

Tete said...

I have only been on a beach once and it was so foggy, I had to walk right up to the water to see the 2 inches of ocean at my feet. I have been landlocked my whole life. Oh, we have lakes and ponds and streams, but nothing compares to this.
I came over from Diana's this morning to let you know that Gar and you both are in my prayers. My cousin's wife had to do the home dialysis for some time,but she finally got a kidney that worked for her. The first one donated by her mother was rejected. The home dialysis was far better than 3 trips to the hospital every week. Our neighbor makes those along with DH's cousin. Its not a fun place to be, praying the kidney comes soon.

Martha Dehne said...

is the mermaid/cherub painting for sale??? I am in love with it!!! Martha :)

Martha Dehne said...

Hi! is the mermaid/cherub painting for sale?? I am in love with it! Martha :)

Heaven's Walk said...

What a beautiful place to rejuvenate and open your heart to the ocean, Linda! The ocean is such a healing place! I just wanted you to know that I am praying for healing for your husband, and strength and peace for you, sweetie. Stay strong. Keep the faith. Your names are being lifted on high!

xoxo laurie

Dee said...

xoxoxo :)

Art and Sand said...

love the beach photos . . . love the stash filling your car . . . and love the shells you found on the beach.

Oh, those blue doors!

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