A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

"A joyful heart is good medicine." ~ Proverbs 17:22

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

A Beach Party

Hello everyone~ Today we're all heading to the beach for some blogging fun! Gina at The Shabby Chic Cottage is having a beach party and since I spend most of my summer on the beach, and love all things beachy, I couldn't resist joining in the fun!

I will begin inside my home with a beachy centerpiece.....A rose bowl tied with raffia and filled with sand and a sparkly starfish. Snuggled up to the bowl are glass pebbles, seashells, sparkly starfish, and candles.
Prince Edward Island has the nicest beaches in Canada, or so we think. The sand on the North Shore is reddish and the sand on the South Shore, around Basin Head is considered white, but I call it pink! The sand at Basin Head is also called the Singing Sands because it sings when you walk on it. This is it below; isn't it pretty?

Now to begin my tour of beachy things, I would like to introduce you to Dalvay, which is our favourite spot this year. We can't wait to kick off our flip flops, spread the beach towels, set up the chairs, and have the bottle of water close by. Snacks or a picnic are in the cooler.Dalvay beach is on the north shore and it is wide with no rocks, so it is great for taking long walks on. Here, you will find little ones building sand castles and big ones sand bowling. There are umbrellas of every size and colour and overhead, you might see kites and surf gliders.Dalvay also has a spectacular hotel which was used in all the Anne of Green Gables movies and TV series. It was built by Alexander MacDonald who hailed from Scotland and settled in America. He started the Standard Oil Company and built Dalvay as a summer home, and every year he would bring his whole family and staff here. Dalvay is a very unique area and we're so blessed to have it here!Can you see the yellow carriage in front? That is the actual carriage that Mr. McDonald traveled in while on the Island. The carriage was built around 1895.It really is a spectacular place to see and stay!

Along the north shore, is one of our many light houses with the beach just steps away from it.....You will see one of our many sand hills.....Dalvay beach has lots of sand bars which are wonderful for the little ones to play on. This little girl was having a great time playing with her umbrella. It is as though she was posing for me. Nothing is more soothing to me than sitting on the beach and listening to the sound of the lacey edged waves slapping on the shore!These young folks were beach bowling. Would you like to go sea-dooing?
Or boating?
Building sand castles.......
Wind surfing......
Kayaking....
Romping in the water... This time of year, the water is like bath water; very warm!
When it's really hot, you want to put your chair right out in the water and just soak up the sun.
Maybe you would like to read a good book.....
Even the Canada Geese call Dalvay beach home this time of year!

Now what have we here?Why, it's a wedding party....
Flying kites..........The lad in the blue shirt is the guy responsible for flying the kites!

Throwing around a football....or a frisbee Last Saturday we were on the beach because it was too hot to stay home and I regret I didn't take my camera! It was a glorious day out there. While we were there, some fellas were out golfing on the shore. I really wish I had taken my camera with me. They were right down on the water and had to keep moving their pegs because the tide kept moving in on them.
Now we'll move back inside for another beachy center piece. An old tarnished silver tray is adorned with sand, seashells, starfish and candles.
My teacup gets in on the beachy theme too!
Even the bathroom gets in on the fun! A goblet of sand, votive, and seashells snuggle up to a fish vase in the half bath!I love sparkly starfish, don't you?

Hope you enjoyed my beachy scenes. Please make your way over to The Shabby Chic Cottage by clicking on the link http://www.theshabbychiccottage.net/ or click on the beach party button on my sidebar. Thanks for coming by and have a wonderful time at the party!

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

37 comments:

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

I soooo wanna go to Prince Edward Island some day. Anne of Green Gables were some of my favorite books as a little girl, and I've always wanted to go there.

Love those beachy finds! Thanks for joining me!

~*~Kate~*~ said...

Oh those beach pictures are so beautiful. I'd love to go to PEI someday.

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

Thanks for the tour of Dalvay Beach. Since I've never seen any beaches other than those here in Florida, I thought it was fascinating that your sand is so different from ours. "Pink" sand or white...there is no place like the beach! :)

Marie said...

Hello Sandi - thank you for sharing such beautiful photos! Love your sparkly starfish, they're my fave. And I'd love to stay in that fabulous hotel!

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Blue Creek Home said...

Beautiful beach - What a wonderful vacation destination that would be!
Sweet story telling and I love the sparkle starfish. Rhonda

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Such a veritable feast of beach photos! Love it!
The starfish are so sweet.

And the beaches look like they go for miles and miles!
Oh, my Anne of Green Gables is our whole families absolute favorites! when our girls were little, they would like to speak like Anne with her large vocabulary...and just the other day, I walked into the room with Anne of Green Gables on PBS...our 3 children are away for college, so it was my big, man's man kinda hubby watching it :o)


Loved your beach party! ...and what cute grandkids you have as well! I can't wait til we have some grandbabies!

Blessings & Aloha!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Sandi...Well, I have never had the pleasure of walking on sand that sings! I'd like to experience that! :-) Dalvay is gorgeous...I'd so love to spend a night there! Love all your wonderful pics...thanks for the beach adventure this evening! Susan

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Looks like a lovely area to see someday. What a blessing to live somewhere so beautiful!~Patti

Mary said...

Sandi, your pictures are absolutely beautiful! What a spectacular place you are fortunate enough to live in...how I would love to spend even one day there on that gorgeous beach...so much activity, yet it looks so calm and peacful...thanks so much for sharing your life with us!

Mary

Leanne said...

Love your beachy accents! Thanks so much for the beautiful pictures. I would love to visit there one day. My daughter now lives in Canada with her husband and 2 boys, outside Montreal.

common ground said...

Hi Sandi, beautiful beach photos, makes me long for a Canada vacation! Thanks for taking us along!
Debra

Robin said...

We live in a beautiful country! I am a west coast girl and would love to visit the east coast some day. Prince Edward Island is beautiful. As I followed the pictures it was like I went on a mini trip to the beach...thank you Sandi.

Marianne@Songbirdisnesting said...

It is so lovely to see so many beautiful beaches. You are very lucky to have one so close to your home!

Allison said...

Thank you for the trip to the beach!

Vintage Amethyst said...

Loved seeing all your beach party photos ~ I joined in too.
love
Alison
x

Andrea said...

What a beautiful adventure. I hope you find a piece of sea glass.
Blessings, andrea

PS: You have an award at arise 2 write

Ashley @ AshleysBusy said...

funny how I don't think of beaches when I think of Canada, but all of these photos are gorgeous!! I especially love the home photos.

stefanie said...

what a gorgeous beach, you are so blessed to live where you can go there...i love your little aqua starfish

SnoWhite said...

wow -- what a hotel!!

those photos are beautiful. God sure has made so many amazing places -- I'd love to see it in person some day.

pamperedgirl38 said...

I think I wpold just enjoy lying on the beach and feeling the coastal breeze on me.That hotel looked fabulous! would love to visit PE island someday! Traci

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great photos - thanks for sharing.

santamaker said...

Beautiful beach scenes and I adore the silver tray with the sand and candle.

Sandy said...

Thanks for showing the beach pictures, I loved the color of the sand. A very cute ideal with the starfish and the towel. Not only could I stay in that hotel I think I could live there. Thanks for visiting Copper~n~Things.
Sandy

Maya said...

The sparkly starfish is so pretty..., and thanks for all the beach pics. I love virtual traveling!

Kim said...

The beach where you live looks fabulously relaxing. I would so love to visit Prince Edward Island. And it's not because of Anne of Green Gables. I've never read the books or seen the movies. I'm going purely by photos posted by bloggers who live there. Thanks for sharing your inside & outside beach stuff with us all.

~Country Lady~ said...

Sandi, thank you for stopping by my blog and inviting me to yours. What an absolute delight to visit here. Your beach pics are divine!! I feel as if I'm right there. I enjoyed reading your profile and look forward to visiting your other blog. I will be adding you to follow!! Have a blessed day!

Saleslady371 said...

The thought of visiting Prince Edward Island thrills me! Your pictures of the beach are wonderful to view!

MomMom said...

Hasn't God created a gorgeous world for us to enjoy!! I LOVE the beach, too. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

Ms.Daisy said...

Hi Sandi,
I love the windsurfing and the kites! So beautiful...Prince Edward Island is gorgeous and the pink sand is so inviting! Thanks for the beachy tour!


Jean

cherry said...

Singing sand and lacy edged waves slapping on the shore.. Beautiful words and beautiful pictures!
Wishing I was there.hugs, Cherry

Elyse said...

wow, PEI looks so lovely. love all of your photos and the beachy touches around your home!

xo

Roberta said...

Singing sands? I'd love to walk on this beach. Such beautiful photos!
xo Roberta

Drawn to The Sea said...

Your beaches are so inviting... and your arrangement on the silver tray is divine :-)

Pleasant day,
~Julia

Charmed by Beauty said...

Sandi:
You have give me a tour of Prince Edward Island that I did not know existed and I only live about 2 hours drive from there! That was a lovely walk along the sandy shores of PEI. Thank you. I loved it and I love you....Auntie P

Embellished Bayou said...

I just love those sparkly starfish!! The color is beautiful, thanks for sharing!

daylily777 said...

Hi,
Such beautiful beach pics . The Starfish decor was great also.In a children's museum in Wilmington,NC ,They have (I hope they still do, it been a few years since I visited that museum ) a wall with shelves filled with small bottles that contain sand from beaches all over the US & the world. I was surpised at the differences in the sand. But all beaches are beautiful .8-)
~Myrna

Wendy said...

What a pretty place! And I love the glittery starfish!

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