Friday, August 13, 2010

She sells sea shells on the sea shore.

Among my favourite memories of summer, as a little girl were the happy times when we would go and stay with my Grandparents for the holidays. This was pure magic as they lived near the sea and we would spend all day frolicking in the water with our plastic boats on a string, picnicking and building sandcastles.
My Grandmother was the sweetest, most loving and kind Lady and I really loved her. What I remember of her well, was because she had broken her hip, she walked very slowly and with the aid of two walking sticks. She loved sea shells and we would walk along beside her and pick up the shells for her and put them in a basket. Then we would go back and help her with the wonderful creations, gluing and covering trinket boxes and picture frames with the pretty shells. I suppose that is why I still love shells today and I am always on the look out for some special shells, on the sand.

The best portion of a good man's life ~ his little nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love
~ William Wordsworth

I can hardly believe it is already Friday.
I am wishing every body a beautiful weekend, filled with joy and inspiration.


  1. Hi Carolyn,
    What a sweet memory, or memories, I should say to carry with you in your heart. Your grandmother sounds so kind, patient and gentle. All the things a very good grandma should be for certain. Yes, I can see why you love shells! Thank you for sharing your sweet memories with us. Happy weekend.

  2. Happy Friday Carolyn. What a lovely post. Sweet memories. Your grandmother was beautiful. Best wishes for your weekend. Tammy

  3. Sweet memories of a beautiful woman Carolyn. I have fond memories of finding shells with my mother every Summer when we would vacation on the coast. Lovely memories still.

  4. lovely memories you can carry with you for-ever. I love the little verse by William Wordsworth - how true that is!

  5. Beautiful story Carolyn, you're truly blessed to have such special memories of your grandmother. I've lots of special memories of my grandmother also, she was the best cook and always put out these huge spreads for our family gatherings. On the day she passed away she had baked a beautiful cake and cooked a chicken to take to visit her son who was sick. She lived a full life right 'til the day she died. I hope I can live up to that. Happy week-end Robynxx

  6. What a wonderful memory Carolyn. Young people of today may not enjoy the sweet innocence of our childhood because they seem to be so keen on playstations, computer games and x box.. things I can't comprehend.
    Thank you so much for the card and your kind words. It really means a lot. Love you always dear friend and neighbour

  7. That is an amazing photograph!!! And a wonderful story to go with it :)

  8. Another very poignant post Carolyn.

    What lovely memories of your very special Grandmother and what a gentle soul with her love of shells.

    She passed on to you her love of collecting beautiful things.
    At times we get so caught up with 'purchasing things', we are inclined to forget about the great bounty mother nature provides for us!

    You have a great weekend too, although where I am in Auckland the wind is howling tonight! I hope I can get out for a walk tomorrow!!!

    Take care

  9. what a great post! and I love the huge jar of shells..perfect!

  10. What beautiful seashell memories, Carolyn and a gorgeous grandmother inside and out! Isn't it nice your memories can live within a tiny seashell!

    Happy weekend~

  11. Aren't grandmothers the bestest? :) For some reason...we look at them and we see a source of strength.. :)

    I miss my "seashell picking" days ♥

  12. Hi Carolyn,
    You have some sweet sweet memories.
    Sea shells are so beautiful.

    Aren't we blessed to have these sweet childhood memories!

    Thank you for the prayers. This means so much to me.
    Have a great week-end and God Bless,

  13. Love the shells Carolyn. We enjoy bringing back beach treasures from our holidays. I have a few window planters filled with larger shells. They don't fade in the heat, lol and they look so pretty by the pool. Our little piece of water we can pretend is the ocean.

    Hope all is well :) Karen


    Blessings and much love
    Enjoy your sweet summer memories
    Love Jeanne

  15. Very pretty shells Carolyn!

    I hope your weekend is blessed and lovely. ~Melissa :)

  16. Ow, Carolyn dear. You make me miss beaches so much. Especially when Bali is just 1/2 hour away from my city. I desperately need a summer break1!

  17. Thanks for sharing your memories of your grandmother. I wish I had more memories of her.
    Beautiful photo of your i see where you get that beautiful hair of yours.

  18. I adored my Grannie too Carolyn - she was a very fiesty, out there sort of gal. Yes, it's the little things that mean the most. I hope I can do the same for my Grandkids, if only the boys would get a move on & give me some to practice on!
    Millie ^_^

  19. Hi Carolyn,
    What wonderful childhood memories to have and hold on to of your grandmother. The picture of her is so beautiful.
    Love your seashell collection.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    ~ Jo :)

  20. Carolyn your grandmother was so beautiful! What treasured memories you have. This post brought a big smile to my face as the simple things in life are always the most wonderful and most remembered.
    Happy Friday girlfriend.
    xx, shell

  21. What a sweet memory dear Carolyn. And your shell collection is so pretty.

    Have a great weekend my dear friend.

    Cheers: Evi

  22. your shells are beautiful and your shared memories are sweet!

    big hugs!!!!

  23. Carolyn amor, what a lovely post I got to come & visit you on :) Your memories of your grandma so reminded me of my own Ita...who also loved the beach with a passion...we always picked up lil treasures for her also. To this day whenever I see a shell something in me makes me stop and touch it...for an instant I can hear my Itas laughter as I would pick up shells and sometimes get caught by the waves as I picked them up :) Thank you so much amor, for visiting me today & letting me know that not only was I not forgotten by one of my dearest blogging friends, but also thought of so warmly...That truly means ever so much to me amor :) I hope you have a beautiful weekend and please know that in So California you have a friend that when she thinks of you....a SMILE always comes to my face :) Besos & huge hugs.... Rose

    P.S...grazie for asking about Ashley, she is doing beyond wonderful, she at just alittle over 6 weeks after the accident was walking without a walker or crutches...simply amazing how wonderful God & life is :)

  24. I guess you've noticed my shells in my glass container?.... my photo in my header? .. sent to me from Florida. I'm landlocked here but, sure do love the ocean....and shells too ... although, for some reason I remember not liking shells as a kid. Weird that....

    happy weekend Carolyn.....

    my word verification says "prozi" sounds almost like a Russian toast of some sort

  25. That was your grandmother? She was BEAUTIFUL!

    I love seashells, too. I have them scattered about everywhere. :-)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  26. Hi Carolyn, It's so wonderful that you have such sweet memories about your childhood and your grandmother! I love the picture of her.
    Have a great weekend!
    Hugs to you,

  27. I love seashells too! My parents lived at the beach for a few years and my Mom would spend HOURS walking and searching for agates, but I have always preferred seashells. I hope you have a beautiful weekend Carolyn!

  28. I spent holidays near the beach too - wonderful memories of shell-collecting and rock pools and always sunny, never raining!

    Have a lovely weekend dear friend!

    XOXO Lola & Nora:)

  29. Dear Carolyn
    I love your sea shells and I have hearded that the most beautiful are from Pacific Ocean,so your collection must be beautiful
    I made a post about sea shells too last Julay ,Did you see it?
    You can see it as I have a gadget with that post where I show my collection
    I am thrilled reading as you rememmber your grandmother
    It´s weekend again ,here we say "time fly"...really days pass too quickly
    Happy weekend

  30. Carolyn...thanks for your sweet comments on my blog and keeping my family in your thoughts! I always love when you visit my blog and so love to visit yours and keep up with your life. Have a great weekend dear friend!..Beth

  31. Hi Carolyn...
    A lovely post! Your grandmother was very special to you. Love your pretty. Isn't it wonderful to have such memories. I too have loving memories of my "Nana". She was a wonderful grandmother.

    Have a great week!
    Hugs, Nancy

  32. the sea and the sea gull is my favorite things, is dream in the sea is magic pure open de eyes and here stay kisses mary i hope my blogs

  33. Beautiful seashells. Thats a wonderful memory. Love the picture of her, too.

  34. What beautiful memories of your grandmother...wishing you a wonderful weekend!


  35. Lovely shells!! How fun to have such a great collection! My Grandmother was in the shell club so each grandchild got to go to the beach with her to help collect! What fun!
    Hugs, Lisa

  36. Hello Carolyn,

    What a lovely post! Your grandmother was so beautiful.

    I missed out on growing up with grandparents. They had all passed before I was born.

    Hope you have a fabulous week!!


  37. Hi Carolyn!!!!! what a wonderful post!!! so sweet your childhood wonderful to share this with us!!!


  38. How nice Carolyn!
    I love this post, and the seashells.
    Hope you have a happy week,

  39. What a stunning
    portrait,love her hair and
    awesome victorian costume!
    and sea shells
    to play with..

  40. Loved this post of yours. So precious. I have fond memories of my Grandmother too, I think we will carry them in our hearts forever, won't we.

  41. Oh that was just so adorable. To have such memories of a wonderful Grandmother and your times spent with her....perfect.


  42. What sweet memories! I remember getting to drink a coke and play canasta with my grandmother. We had so much fun together! I can tell you enjoyed your grandmother too!

  43. Thanks for visiting my blog which brought me here. I loved this post remembering your Grandmother. I think that's what I'll be doing when I'm old and frail... walking the beach with my Grandchildren gathering shells for me :)
    In our minds eye we never age, it's our body that does. I love how she still went home and created her shell boxes. Do you have any of them today?

  44. Dear Carolyn,

    What a beautiful post!! So wonderful and sweet memories!:)) Your grandmother has been lovely woman and so beautiful!! I`m sure you had such so wonderful childhood, dream childhood!:)Now you have many important, sweet memories!

    I wish, that this week will give you many new and beautiful memories!:)
    Hugs, Marge

  45. I love your memories...I have such fond memories of my grandmother too. I hope someday my grandchildren will remember me in the same way.

    Happy Monday to you. xoxox

  46. What a gorgeous post and remembrance, darling!


  47. lovely quote Carolyn! thanks for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comment. have a great new week! xo

  48. Carolyn-What great memories. You know it must have taken a lot of effort for your grandmother to walk on the beach with 2 canes. She loved you very much. She was a beauty too!

  49. Oh, so gorgeous! I love having shells around, they remind me of being at the beach (I guess that's the idea!). And what a touching story about your grandmother. So happy you stopped by Little Blue Deer so I could find you, happy to be your newest follower!


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