Sunday, August 19, 2012


“The Sea,
 once it casts its spell,
holds one in its net of
wonder forever.”

--Jacques Cousteau

A weekend of crossing bridges,
breathing in the salt air as the
waves renewed my soul.
Watching a lone shrimp boat
wait her turn under the draw bridge
and hoping the shrimpers have
a great season as the last few
years have been hard on them.
An unexpected sleepover with
my favorite four year old!!!
Hearing all about her new school
and the friends she is making.
Collecting all the hugs I can
and holding them tight inside
my heart.
The studio has been cleaned so
today will be paints and pencils
as I need to fill the long hours,
but thankful for each and every
one of them.
I hope your weekend is going
well and it has been filled with
unexpected happy surprises!
Joining with Amanda.


  1. love those photos. i feel like i took a walk on the beach. :)

  2. Ah Tracey I so miss the sea, I was born right on the coast. These pictures are wonderful, can almost smell the sea! Hope your weekend has been good! Yvonne xx

  3. Fantastic that you saw your little one! I bet that hug was the best hug in the world. Your photos are breathtaking and I am a wee bit jealous you are there.

  4. I love the sea! I'm so glad you got some time with your granddaughter... I know how you miss her. Enjoy your crafty time... be sure to show us what you make, ok?

  5. So great that you got you see your little one, such a lovely surprise :) Love your photos!

  6. Hooray! A surprise visit with the wee one!

    Ah.. what a wonderful quote. I've been getting that itch again (I thought I buried it well) for the sea.

  7. So very glad you got a few more unexpected hugs and a bit more time with those you love.

  8. Ah The time spent with a little one. A great way to renew the soul. I hope you'll have many more of those little surprise sleepovers. Looking forward to seeing what comes out of your clean studio!

  9. Surprises are so wonderful. Sounds like yours was especially joyful. :)

    I love the quote today! I'm going to write that one done. How true it is.

  10. These pictures are beautiful! It's always such a delight when you get to spot dolphins! And a surprise sleepover?!?! How wonderfully happy! Enjoy your paints and pens today :)

  11. I love your pictures of the sea and the shore. I really miss being able to go there often, as we were able to do when we lived in California. Sounds like a nice weekend. Enjoy your Monday!

  12. Beautiful pics! I'm glad you got that unexpected visit!

  13. oh, that Caolina beach!!!! I so love it, too!!! Glad the hugs came your way!!!!

  14. Ahhh...the the Cousteau quote too!

    ~Have a lovely day!

  15. I love that quote-so true.
    A clean studio space...and hours to create- you've inspired me!

  16. Kaya asked to paint today, so I dropped my crumble preparations and joined him - but having a couple of hours to myself... Now I think of all those things I could have done when I had the time last week!

  17. That quote is so true. I loved crossing bridges like that as a child, and even now it takes me back... on the times we rarely cross a bridge like that one. And yay for surprise sleepovers! Beautiful beach photos as always.

  18. It's amazing how that vast expanse of water can calm our soul and help us to breath more deeply. These photos are beautiful I feel that I can almost touch the sea.
    Glad you had a happy sleep over...hopefully more to come...
    Hope you have a creativity flourishes...I've almost finished sorting out mine and can't wait to start on some new work.

    Happy painting.

  19. Hi Tracey just a quick visit to let you know I have nominated you for an award! Yvonne xx