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After farmers market on Wednesday, I headed south to an old friends farm in N.H. for a visit and do some kayaking around the lake she lives on. Oh yeah, I’ve been known to give up my pristine ocean kayaking to a lake for the sake of friendship from time to time 🙂 LOL The water was like glass and I enjoyed paddling around exploring the nooks and crannies and it’s wildlife, loons, and baby sunning turtles. Spotted one painted turtle, but he was too quick for me to capture. It was so peaceful out there… though I couldn’t help but to keep an eye out for my regular kayaking buds, the porpoise and harbor seals, I’m more accustomed to paddling around with 🙂 Old habits are hard to break. LOL  At  one point we veered off a while to check out a tiny creek when we came upon this expanse of the first water lilies I have seen in years! And what I remember of them in bygone days was that most were white, yellow or pale pink, but this deep pink one was the only one I saw.  What I remember clearly as a youngster was wading in a lily pond to catch jug-o-rums and the funny sound they made when we released them.. or rather they released themselves and leapt out of our hands so quickly, alarming us to no end!


For just a few seconds I “saw” my mother slip the oars of our old wooden row boat on Forest Lake back and then roll up her sleeves to reach deep into the water to pick a few of the large white blossoms to take home to my grandmother. Simpler gifts, simple pleasures, but memories worth more than gold and no camera needed. I didn’t pick any of these “new” lilies and I’m not going to say where they are on the lake but I’m so grateful for the memories they brought to me. A really nice day.

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White beach roses….




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❤ my morning beach walks.


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Happy first day of summer!


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The beach rose is as common as sea grass along our coast in June and probably photographed as much as our lighthouses along our rocky coastline, too. I think what I love the most about them is their ruggedness– and their ability to withstand our ever changing weather patterns, from gale winds, to our ongoing ocean spray — not to mention how brutal our winters can be here. They can and do endure whatever conditional elements Mother Nature throws at them. Now that’s stamina for you!

Truth be known—they lure you in, especially our many visitors… who don’t have a clue as to what’s about to hit them.  You are drawn to this lovely flower, it’s striking color and leaf form… but then that heavenly essence simply finishes you off and reels you in! I kid you not! 🙂 I absolutely love the intoxicating essence of our beach roses. ❤ Talk about addicting… these beauties sincerely are!


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