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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
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