beach days.

July 8, 2013

beach towels IMG_4887 I love the rhythm to days at the beach. The getting up early because the sun streams in from all directions. The morning walks. The slipping in and out of bathing suits. The way towels move from sand to the line and back again.

The days and the sunshine go on forever around here.

I don’t know much about my astrological sign, but I can vouch that there seems to be something true about cancers being watery souls. For me, it’s not swimming in the water that attracts me so much as being near it. Toes in. And then there’s the sound of the waves hitting the shore. The glint of the sun on the water. The smell of the salt air and the way it forces you to breathe differently. Like a tonic I never manage to bottle.

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  • Reply tinajo July 8, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I love the beach too, the smells, the waves… Even the seagulls! :-)

  • Reply Anonymous July 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I was just reflecting on that idea of Cancer signs and water, too. My grandmother recently passed away and I was recalling a time she told me that, since we're both Cancers. There is definitely some irresistible draw.
    – Erin Smith

  • Reply Kristin July 8, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I couldn't agree more — and am not at all ashamed to say that I didn't even shower after an evening swim in the ocean last night. I know it shouldn't be a habit, but lingering salt water after a long weekend felt so good.

  • Reply Maria Larsen July 8, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I just took a four day vacation with my girl friends to the beach, and next week I'm heading back with family. I absolutely love the beach.
    xo, Maria

  • Reply Norma July 8, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I grew up by the beach. Absolutely nothing better than the tired of spending the day in the sun and water, late night fires and even later showers at home and crawling into bed.

  • Reply Mary Holman/the Marinator July 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I have been looking for similar beach towels. Do you remember where you found yours?

  • Reply July 8, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Absolutely poetic. There is nothing that can quite replace the sensation of sun, salt air, and crashing waves. I second the towel comment– would love to know where to find those!

  • Reply holtkamp July 8, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    so perfect!

  • Reply catie July 8, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    like a tonic i never manage to bottle ~ the best things in life are that way.

  • Reply janeray1940 July 8, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Fellow cancer here, and yes, I feel the same way. I'm never as happy as I am when I'm near (not necessarily in) the water!

  • Reply Little Miss Know-it-all July 8, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Of course it's in your sign of Cancer – a homebody who adores water… I've been with one for nearly 30 years!! ;))
    Can't keep him away; it used to be that he had to go in it, now he's just as happy if he's on it (a keen sailor!) … LOL

  • Reply Dee July 8, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    THIS. I'm a Cancer myself and everyone I know finds it strange how much I love the ocean because I don't know how to swim. But I love the sounds, the smells and yes dipping (or digging) my toes (in sand) and feeling the water caress my feet. Sigh. :)

  • Reply Milynn {Love + Whimsy} July 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I feel the same way about the beach, which is why I'm so thankful for being just 10 minutes away from any body of water. (thank you florida for that) Perfectly worded.

  • Reply dervla | the curator July 8, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    oooh i want those beach days to last forever. I just wish i could have a home that opened right on to the beach, then i wouldn't have to carry so much stuff! Hope you had a lovely holiday weekend.

  • Reply Jesi Yvonne Langdale July 8, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Beaches are so wonderful, it is my dream to someday live on the Washington State coast, I grew up on the Gulf Coast in Florida, so the ocean is always pulling me back…

  • Reply Kari July 8, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I'm not a believer in astrological signs, but I can tell you that my mother is a Cancer, too, and she also has a need to be near water as much as possible.

  • Reply Mary July 8, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Ah, I felt like I was almost at the beach (or at least by a body of water) when reading this. Days at the beach make the summer season really hit home. The same with impromptu barbeques, long walks, cold drinks, and food fresh out of the garden.

  • Reply daniela tarelli July 9, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Beautiful words…

  • Reply Annie @ knitsofacto July 9, 2013 at 9:23 am

    I'm happiest close to the ocean, but in a place where there are green hills at my back … I'm a Libran so I guess that kinda' fits, a seeking after balance.

    That second image … I can practically hear the waves breaking on the shore!

  • Reply Lauren Ashley July 10, 2013 at 5:27 am

    You and me both, a tonic indeed.

  • Reply Alexa July 11, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    beautiful towels! do you recall where you found them?

  • Reply Inge July 14, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    You put my feelings perfectly in words here. Beautiful.

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