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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Like a fish out of water




I was born by the Sea



But our Lucy has never seen a big body of water like this.






She has her own ocean.





Without the scary waves.





Good thing her protector came along. 







I can't look.








It's all too much.






We rented a little seaside cottage in Gleneden Beach, Oregon.






How sweet is this! Local residents leave toys for children to take to the beach. 





I'm always so surprised to see how easily plants and flowers grow in the Northwest. 

Do you see those seeds under the log?
They came home with me.






Only in the Northwest. Why can't I grow this particular Hydrangea in our area? 




There will be a day when we go back.  But for now...






It's great to be home again. 

Wishing you a wonderful  weekend, 

Gina 

16 comments:

  1. I heard that surf, and smelled those flowers, and have been refreshed by your post.

    What a lovely place you all visited...and yet, what an even more lovely place has welcomed you home. xo

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    1. Dear Frances, Visiting the ocean was a real treat for me. Yes, we are spoiled with our great state of Utah and its many interesting and beautiful sights. However, the ocean is just something different all together and it does the spirit good to spend a little time just sitting and watching.

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  2. Dear Gina - what a dear little cottage you rented for your trip - It must have been quite a long drive for you all - may be a similar distance if we drive to the north of Scotland, which is 800 miles (1287 kilometers)?
    It looks as if you had a lovely relaxing time and an adventure for Lucy.
    In your safe hands I am sure the seeds will flourish.
    Hydrangeas need a rich moist humus soil which drains - the colour of the flowers is affected by the ph of the soil - acidic soil gives blue flowers and alkaline soil pink.

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    1. Dear Rosemary, The little cottage was a real find. It isn't often that one sees a place in pictures and then finds it even more charming. We all, including Lucy, felt right at home the very first day.
      The part of Oregon coastline we visited is extra special. From the pictures you can see that there are few people and one can find many different scenes along the way. Some of the coastline is ferocious and some is calm and serene. Something for everyone.
      The trip was long. A lot of driving, 18 hours coming and going. But we wanted to let our Lucy experience the ocean. For once she got to go with us and we didn't have to feel guilty about leaving her behind.

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  3. Beautiful photos, Gina! I absolutely love the water, I find it very soothing and relaxing. :)

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    1. Hello Linda, So glad you stopped by. I feel the same as you. Water is fascinating.

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  4. Hi Gina, love your lovely little holiday cottage, what a great idea to leave the buckets and spades there just waiting for another trip to the beach. It looks like a wonderful place to relax and restore ones spirits.
    The colours of the hydrangea flower are so lovely.
    Happy Mosaic Monday

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    1. Hello Maggie, It was great to get away and to a place that is so different from our everyday scenery. The ocean is always so mesmerizing.
      Looking at all the little buckets and shovels brought back many happy memories. I had not seen such a nice gesture and it made me like the little town even more.

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  5. Love seeing the images from your NW adventure. Poor Lucy ... I bet she wanted to go back to "her" ocean! Happy Monday! Have a great week.

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    1. Hello Snap, Lucy didn't know what to think about all those crashing waves and water that was so salty. Wishing you a good week and thank you for stopping by.

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  6. I love seaside cottages! Sounds like a "cool" community - to leave toys for the kiddies to take to the beach.

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    1. Hello Jan, Gleneden Beach, Oregon is a lovely area along the Oregon Coast. Our little cottage was extra special...it made the trip extra special.
      Thank you for your visit.

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  7. Love the story of Lucy and the Sea. The one of her hiding behind her protector's leg is priceless. There are so many beautiful places in the world, near the sea and far from it, too.

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    1. Dear Lorrie, All in all Lucy had a great adventure by the sea. Once she figured out that we would not abandon her, in this strange and new place, she was fine.
      We are so lucky that we can all move about and experience so many beautiful places in the world.

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  8. Gina, Thanks for sharing your trip away. The hydrangeas are gorgeous. I think it has to do with the soil as to the colors displayed. Sylvia D.

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    1. Hello Sylvia, There is a white hydrangea that sometimes survives our harsh winters. But for the more colorful hydrangeas the Northwest is just perfect. Rosemary (above) has the recipe for producing beautiful colors. Now I just need to move to a more moderate climate.

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