Beach Life


Had company all week and have been a bit out of commission but did take two photos are the very small market at les Boucholeurs right up the beach from us.

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I was surprised to see colored radishes, other than red.

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And I’m not sure if I’ve seen bell peppers in these colors either-white, purple and lilac.

I am seeing more and more jellyfish washed up on the shore of our beach and have read that they are increasing in numbers all over the world, so much so that they are causing damage to places like nuclear plants, sinking ships that try to pull them up in nets and consuming fish in huge numbers. The increase is said to be due to the warming of the ocean waters and pollution. Once, years ago in the Caribbean, the water was full of pink jellyfish and I would get small stings where they brushed up against me. Of course, there are serious jellyfish that can kill you and even almost microscopic ones in the waters of Australia that can kill you in four minutes. Everyone thinks it’s a heart attack because they can’t see anything. Who knew, right?

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Isn’t this scary? Looks like an alien of some sort. Maurice often goes out into the water after jogging to cool down but I don’t thin I want to after seeing this. Who knows what’s out there? Probably sharks too which also seem to be increasing along coastlines.

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I’m sure this is the same kind of jellyfish but smaller and you can’t see the tentacles. I just liked that blue color.

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And look at this design on one of them. Nature can be amazing.

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We got a kite to entertain kids when they are here but mostly they drift off to play in the sand if they are too young to understand how to fly a kite. This is Maurice flying the kite. My Iphone just wouldn’t take the image quickly enough to get the kite in the photo as it was moving very quickly back and forth, up and down.

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So I was going to try and get a photo from the other side when it came down hard right in front of me. I sort of like the perspective anyway.

I don’t have much to post today but I did get a photo of a nice sunset and that big moon.

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I think clouds always add so much to sunsets. We’ve been having rain this week so get clouds just about every day.

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The moon which is larger right now because it is at its closest to the earth and is supposed to be spectacular as it comes up over the horizon. I wish it had come up over the sea, that would have been cool, but instead it was on the other side of our apartment. Because of those clouds I didn’t see it come up but decided to have one more look before going to bed and it came out from behind the clouds. The moon itself doesn’t look that much larger but I sure do like what its light did to those clouds. When I got up this morning, there is was again going down “into” the ocean but, being a day moon by now, it was pretty washed out.

I love to walk around in our little village and find new streets that I haven’t noticed before.

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These vines are blooming everywhere right now. I used to see them in Provence too.

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Did a macro of one of the flowers which made it look lit up from within.

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I found a little cottage with the yard decorated in a nautical style and full of interesting things. This was the top of the gate with found debris from the sea glued to the top. The light was funny so I didn’t get as good a photo as I had hoped. I’d love to see the inside of this place. I bet it’s great with that shabby chic, seaside feel.

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This was on the wall in the same yard.

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Sweet metal heart on a door.

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The name of a very short street where a house with the name, sans nom resides. Most of the older cottages and houses in Chatelaillon have names, often the names of the daughters of the owners. This home must have had a child that died before it was named which is sad.

You are never really alone on a beach but in the early morning or late evening it can seem like it.

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All alone this morning, until I turned in the other direction and saw people ahead of me. It’s getting hot here everyday now and I try to get out early before the sun is high in the sky to avoid the heat. I’m sort of a delicate flower and wilt in heat.

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I saw this sand shark sculpture one evening as I went out to the beach to watch the sun set.

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Love these blue and white striped huts. I don’t know why I am so attracted to blue and white stripes, but I am. It’s very nautical. My favorite shirt used to be blue and white stripes and I wore it until it developed a hole. It was by J Crew and I had it for years. Time to buy another one.

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See-you think you are alone on the beach and then you see that the sea gulls have been there before you.

It’s always a pleasure to hop on our bikes and head to our market a few blocks away from our apartment. During the summer it gets really large and the street is blocked off for blocks. Food isn’t necessarily the most exciting thing to photograph but I do it anyway.

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The cherry season seems to be over but the melons are abundant and are very juicy and sweet.

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I hadn’t seen this lady before with her huge pans of creole food. I didn’t get any even though it looked really good as it is usually too spicy for me.

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Veggies all lined up.

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Potatoes only grown on Ile de Re, a nearby island. They are usually a little pricy and, to tell the truth, I can’t taste the difference between them and the usual potato.

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A canine helper in the fresh flower booth. The other day I saw a lady walking her dog-without a leash, something I was never able to master with my dogs-and her cat was also on a walk with them. The cat didn’t look happy or relaxed, just determined not to be left behind.

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