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Beaching Ourselves

March 23, 2017 , , , ,

empty sandy beach

empty sandy beach

The sandy beach was sunlit and appealing as we stepped ashore. We had all been on a picnic party out to the island that had become a bit too rowdy for some of us. We left our jolly drinking friends to make their own way back, since they had become argumentative and feisty in a rude way. We could see that they had more than enough rum left to bring the evening to some kind of roaring conclusion, but we had roared quite enough with the crowd. They were always the same. We rowed the short distance back to mainland and felt the peace descend gently just as the sun sunk lower on the horizon, reflecting in the water.

I like to watch the sun go down from those dunes when the summer is starting to warm up. The sailing and kayaking pick up as weather permits. The bay becomes crowded with vessels, visitors, pretenders, and kings. The cottages are rented or opened for the just summer by those who can afford multiple dwellings. The visitors employ plenty of staff in the kitchens, gardens and drawing rooms. There are chauffeurs and butlers hanging out at the tavern in town late at night telling all the stories of their households to the other servants.

No secret lasted long, and no juicy gossip traveled on unembellished. Stories of wild lavish parties, intrigue and financial ruin were the daily bread of this summer society.  They did not separate themselves from city life to be out of touch with all the news.  They savored the tales of family strife or business struggles with relish.  We enjoy a week at the cottage my aunt lends to us every year at this time.  We do go to a few parties, like the picnic today, but we don’t really come for the social life. We like the beach when it is empty.  Our pleasures are simple and all our needs are easily met.  We pull our green rowboat out of the water and lift it over our heads to carry it back to the boathouse. The day is complete.

This story is based on the inspiration drawn from Sue Vincent’s photo prompt.  Please join us to submit a poem or story, read, or comment on last week’s photo  here.

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Evocatively described. I’d be leaving the island ealy too.

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Sue Vincent

March 24, 2017

What a beautiful serene response to the prompt. It has a wonderful nostalgic feel to it -)

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D. Wallace Peach

March 25, 2017

Your photo is exquisite.. the depth of colors and the soft focus-ish image is gorgeous. Love your text as well. Great job!

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

March 25, 2017

These photos come from England, Sue Vincent. The fun is all the different ways it is interpreted each week. I like this one a lot too.

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Pamela Morse

March 27, 2017

I think parties at the beach should be banned. The lapping of the waves and the moon over the water is enough entertainment for me.

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Bernadette

March 27, 2017

You and I can share a beach Bernadette!!!!

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Pamela Morse

March 27, 2017

A lovely piece in response to Sue’s prompt. I also enjoy the beach when it is empty and quiet.

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robbiesinspiration

March 28, 2017

Thank you Sue!!

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Pamela Morse

March 27, 2017

Thank you Sue.

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Pamela Morse

March 30, 2017

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