She’s six now. Last year she carried a ship to the beach. This year she carried a picnic basket.
The delicious treats filled the tray.
The blooming tea was still warm.
Coconut Cream glaze dripped down the blueberry pomegranate jam-filled cakes. Some were topped with toasted coconut and macadamias, others were topped with sugared rose and lilac petals. Vanilla pearls were sprinkled on top of shell-shaped spice Madeleines. Tiny oranges looked like blooming lotus blossoms and green and Concorde grapes filled the bowl. Crumbly Lavender Lemon Shortbread squares and tea cups were piled on the picnic basket top.
She poured a cup of tea and waited by the sea.
The sunset was soft and dreamy.
The breeze was warm and welcome.
The colors were slipping away and still she waited.
She didn’t stop hoping
And finally her mom sat down. Even when the sunset is gone, Tea by the Sea is best with mom.
[We had a wonderful time making the treats for this, setting up the table and photographing it all. Thank you, Gabriel Monroe, for being second shooter and lighting expert. Thank you, Donna, for your lovely suggestions and help. Thank you, Uncle Butch and Aunt Dilly, for the use of your beautiful chair! We had a splendid time and it was perfect.
The lovely lace-embossed Filigree appetizer plates, bowl and infinity tray are by Rosanna, Inc.]
This is what happens when Grandma plays in the sand box.
When was the last time you played in sand? We keep a bin of sand on a side table on the deck for the grandchildren to play with. It keeps them busy and happy for hours!
Now I know why – Sand is summer’s velvet!
Sometimes it seems like we’ll never get there.
We walk and walk and walk.
We even do some climbing.
And then there is even more to do.
But maybe it wasn’t about going to sea at all.
Perhaps it was all about the journey…
…and feeling the sand on your toes…
and the wind in your hair…
Enjoy the journey.
That’s the name of a British research vessel, built in 1764. The HMS Endeavour explored uncharted oceans in the South Pacific.
The Little Plastic Bears long for the sea in the Endeavor.
But the tide didn’t come in.
The ts Endeavor (toy ship Endeavor) piloted by Little Plastic Bears never made it to sea, despite her best effort to summon the waves.
NOTE: If you would like to purchase a print of that photo, it is listed here on 500px.