Saturday, January 17, 2015

A day out on the water

Summer is in full swing here and it has been hot, hot, hot!

Recently we went out for the day with some friends in their boat. We sailed around to an idyllic, secluded beach with lovely white sand and turquoise blue waters.
Took a picnic lunch and got some  fresh, mouthwatering mussels off the rocks, that we cooked up over a little burner and ate them with crusty French bread. 

Swam in the sea, played with a frisbee and had such a great day out.
Summer is wonderful and the only drawback was for me, even though I had applied sunblock the sun was too hot and I came home looking a little like a lobster.
A day out in the sunshine, fresh sea air and some exercise is really great and found that night I slept so soundly.
We watched the owners of a 'Sealegs' launch into the sea - a New Zealand invention which allows the owner to drive along the road, then launch right into the sea.

A beautiful weekend to you


  1. Dear Carolyn, That sounds a perfect way to spend a hot summer day on the beach. Your picnic sounds so good too! That is a good invention allowing people to get from the road straight into the sea! I hope the seas won't end up as crowded as our roads! Hope the sunburn has eased today! Sarah x

  2. Beautiful adventures in the sun. Much love and many blessings to you always
    Love Jeanne

  3. I'm glad you are enjoying your summer. That looked a great day out, especially the mussel find. It's grey and chilly here in rural France today.

  4. What a fine way to spend a day in the sun! Reading your blog here in the dead of winter helps keep me going!

  5. Hello dear Carolyn,
    What a wonderful day that must have been.. I am so glad you are enjoying your summer... Sorry you cooked yourself in the sun.. A warm bath with a little Vinegar should take the sting our and give you a nice tan.

  6. Hi Carolin! These pictures of the see are wonderful!

  7. Dear Carolyn, I`m getting almost a little jealous, not nice ,I know, but what a perfect and wonderful day you had ,out there. I hope your not a tiny lobster ,anymore , my dear friend - lol- The photoes are so beautiful.
    Sweet friend, soon a little envelope ,will be on its way to you !

  8. My goodness are those shots heaven!!!! Looks so lovely and beautiful!!! I turn into a lobster too in the sun but I would take it if I could spend time on that beach!!! So glad you had this day!!! Happy weekend! Nicole xo

  9. Dear Carolyn,

    Nothing is healthier than a day by the sea and mussels are one of my favourite seafoods. How delightful to have cooked them on a little burner; I bet they tasted even more delicious.

    Warmest wishes,


  10. Dear Carolyn,
    I seem to be having trouble leaving you a comment lately... I hope this gets to you.
    First, I am so happy you are enjoying your summer.. The photos look so peaceful.

  11. Hi dear friend !! Me encanta el mar y la playa sobretodo para hacer un picnic ..Espero que tengas un buen fin de semana juntó a los tuyos

  12. What a lovely way to spend the day with friends. I am sorry you got a little burnt. That sounds like me when I go in the sun. We haven't had the big, big heat waves that we usually do, just a couple of days here and there that are boiling. Keep Cool. Hugs Kay

  13. Dearest Carolyn,
    Sounds like a really lovely day despite the sunburn... it happens so quickly and we notice ALWAYS when it's too late!
    Hugs and happy Sunday to you.

  14. A perfect day in little paradise .....
    Thanks for your dreamy photos!
    Happy time dear Carolyn!
    With love,

  15. Have a Nice from me enjoy summer....!!....x!

  16. Thanks for these wonderful photos, Carolyn! If I didn't live on the other side of the planet, I'd hop right over. Right now here in Germany it's all gray and rainy all the time. So this post lifts up my spirits :)

    Gaby xo

  17. My dearest Carolyn,
    wonderful to see summer pictures :O)
    Here it was so wet last week, today, colder but the sun came out... well, we stil have winter here ,O)
    hope you are well,
    have a wonderful new week and take care,
    Sending much Love and hugs,

  18. Dear Carolyn, sounds like a wonderful time on the water. Sorry to hear you got a little red but I know the sunshine had to feel wonderful.
    Lovely pics you share.
    We hit 70 degrees the last two days and it feel like springtime. Such a nice break from the cold.
    Wishing you a blessed week ahead.

  19. Your summer is great! Fantastic pictures, wonderful places. Enjoy your summer.

  20. Carolyn, your sea pictures are wonderful. I had been longing for the ocean, so we took a drive there recently. It was everything I remembered, and more. What a clever invention this is to be able to drive along the ocean and then just go right in. So glad you had such a nice day with friends. Your hot summer is at the same time as our cold winter.

    Enjoy your Sunday, Carolyn.

    love, ~Sheri

  21. How lovely, darling!
    Happy new week to you :)


  22. Dear Carolyn,

    Your warm weather sounds delightful! I hope your burns did not give you too much pain. Thank you for your email and your invitation. I will most certainly keep it in mind for when I visit New Zealand!

    Wishing you a lovely week!

    Madelief x

    * your beautiful card and mitten are on my mantelpiece!

  23. Oh Carolyn, I wish I could join you. But in a few months time... we will be swimming and you have winter! Enjoy the summer!! Groetjes,

  24. Oh Carolyn, that's my favourite kind of day!
    Gathering mussels off the rocks and cooking and eating them while so fresh - with a glass of New Zealand Pinot Gris.
    There's nothing nicer.
    I can't wait for our boat to be back in the water!

  25. Carolyn,
    Funn in the sunn.


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