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Baking, Cooking, Decorating, Tea Time, and taking Inspiration from those I love and the world around me...

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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 4 July 2016

No Place Like Home

I am grateful for the lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and floors that need waxing because it means I have a home. ~ Author unknown

Hello my lovely friends and welcome to No Place Like Home; a blog party where you are invited to share all your home and garden posts. A place to share your imagination, wonderful ideas and gifts with others. 

There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life more beautiful for others. ~ Mandy Hale

Happy 4th of July to all my American friends! I hope you enjoy every minute.

We just enjoyed a wonderful long weekend celebrating Canada's birthday. Canada is 149 years old. Next year will be the big one because our glorious country will be 150 years old.

Hubby and I spent Canada Day on the beach. It was such a beautiful day. 

Our beaches stretch for miles and there are any number of spots to relax or take a long walk.

The sand hills are kept roped off to protect our wildlife. Tourists and other folks who pay no attention to signs often climb the hills for a view of the beach. You can get quite the view from up there. When my guys were growing up the sand hills were free to roam and they had a lot of fun playing on them. King of the Mountain was one of the games they played.

Once your feet have touched the warm sun drenched sand of the seashore you will never be the same. ~ Patsy Gant

You all know how much I love the beach. It is one of my happy places and Hubby and I practically live there in the summertime. The Island blesses us with so many splendid beaches and this is yet another one. 

I love how the tide creates warm puddles of water just right for little ones to splash in. A perfect spot for an afternoon of fun! This picture I borrowed from a friend. This is his sweet little family enjoying the day at the beach also on Canada Day. Stunning, isn't it? 

The Beach... the only place where salt lowers the blood pressure.

After our afternoon at the beach we came home and had a barbecue. I made a yummy Strawberry Banana Trifle for dessert. 

If you would like to get the recipe please click here.

Last week's party served up a plethora of ideas and recipes. They were all splendid and thank you so much for sharing. I am honoured that you linked up to my party. What a wonderfully talented group of ladies you are! 

This week I'm sharing the post that received the most clicks from last week's party:

Kitty @ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen  shared her cooking camp with her adorable grandchildren and a recipe for her wonderful Red Velvet Doughnuts with red, white and blue sprinkles. Yum!

Congratulations, Kitty!

Now let's see what you are creating in your home to make it a cozy place to come home to for your family, your friends, and yourself. 

Have a beautiful day everyone!

Lord, this humble house we'd keep 
Sweet with play and calm with sleep. 
Help us so that we may give 
Beauty to the lives we live. 
Let Thy love and let Thy grace 
Shine upon our dwelling place. - Edgar A. Guest 

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. I am honored to have my post featured today, dear Sandi! I also love your first quote that you shared on your post by the unknown sweet. Your pics of your beloved beach make me earn to be there with you. Happy belated Canada Day and thanks so much for hosting and for sharing the link to your trifle.

  2. How wonderful to live so close to beautiful beaches! Thank you for hosting and have a lovely week!

  3. Hi Sandi. Looks like the perfect Canada Day! Glad your weather cooperated. We are supposed to be cloudy with a chance of rain, so no beach for us today. Thanks for hosting!

  4. What a beautiful way to spend Canada Day! And look, we have a similar recipe to share. Wishing you a very blessed week!

    Jocelyn @

  5. Ah, the beach. There's nothing quite like it. I only get to it once or twice a year, so it is doubly special when I do. So happy for you that you get to spend so much time there. And those little inlets of shallow warm water are perfect for little children. What a nice way to spend Canada Day!
    Thanks for the party, Sandi; have a lovely week. xo Deborah

  6. What a lovely day for the beach! Enjoy your week!


  7. always a great party :) appreciate your hosting us today and hope your week is full of awesome!

  8. I'm glad you had a wonderful Canada weekend. Beautiful images. Love the tray dear Sandi.
    Thank you so much for the inspiration and the fun.
    Happy week too.

  9. Happy 4th of July and thanks for hosting the fun. :)

  10. Having lived in Florida for 20 years, I, too, love the beach. Now, though, I live in a landlocked state, so I don't get there very often---the last time was a trip to Florida in November 2013. (I'm overdue for a beach fix, don't you think?)

    Your island is beautiful. I think it would be rather like paradise living on an island.

    Thank you so much for hosting this lovely party every week.

    Love and hugs,

  11. Thank you so much for having such a fun party for us each week! I can't wait to click over and get the recipe for that yummy looking trifle! Have a blessed week...hugs...

  12. The Island where you live is indeed lovely!! You celebrated Canada Day in a splendid way. Thanks for the good wishes for the 4th of July. We are going to just relax at home. We had visitors this weekend and they left this AM. The trifle looks awesome!

  13. love beaches so peaceful and beautiful thanks for sharing this lovely party have a great week zen hugs and purrs

  14. Sandi,
    Thanks so much for hosting! The beaches are stunning. I wish I did not have Sun Sensitivity from my Auto Immune disease because I used to vacation every year at the beach but now, I would not be able to stay out in the sun for more than an hour before becoming sick.
    Happy Belated Canada Day to you!
    Thanks so much for hosting each week!!

  15. I can imagine how nice it is to live in your area, Sandi. It looks so pretty and peaceful. Thanks for hosting and happy 4th!....Christine

  16. Thanks for the nice July 4th wishes, and I look forward to reading more about Canada's upcoming 150th birthday!

  17. Thank you for hosting. I just found your blog and hope to come back every week.

    xo Dianne

  18. Hi Sandi! Looks like you had an amazing Canada Day! Thank you for hosting today! ;)

  19. The beach...the only place that lowers the blood pressure! I love that and when I have my blood pressure taken, I always think of the beach with my little granddaughter. No wonder my readings have been so good! Happy Canada Day to you, my friend!

  20. Hello Sandi,
    Happy Fourth Of July! What a lovely day to celebrate the beginning of our country! Your post is lovely! It is always enjoyable to see images of the beach. I am so glad you and your dear hubby were able to go to the beach for the day. What a beautiful way to celebrate. Wishing you the very best : )

  21. So glad you had a great 4th Sandi. The beach looks so delightful. Love the feature today of Kitty's post! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  22. Hi Sandi, thank you for such a lovely post. You always have such meaningful quotes. You are so very blessed to live on that sweet little island and be surrounded by such beautiful sea shores! What a dream! Are any of those the one's shown on the Anne of Green Gables movies?

  23. Hi Sandi, I hope you had a lovely Canada Day! We had a nice July 4th here. We drove down to our coast again on Sunday. You beaches are just so very pretty. I love the beach! Always a treat to visit you.

  24. Thank you Sandi for the link-up. Hope you have a wonderful, fun, blessed week.

  25. Lovely post, Sandi. What a wonderful Canada Day you had! I just love the PEI beaches. They are simply beautiful. Hubby and I simply must get passports so we can return one summer soon.

  26. Ohh the beach... how I miss it! So nice that you can get out and enjoy it on the beautiful days of sunshine! Loved the pictures of the kids playing in the salt puddles... and of course the quote - the only place salt lowers your blood pressure is at the beach - I love that! Have a blessed day my friend... June has been a blur for me, so much going on... a trip to northern BC and Banff, and our son's graduation... hopefully things will settle down a bit in July :)

  27. Hi Sandi, what a beautiful beach you have! I enjoyed all your photos of the area! Some day I would love to visit! I feel the same way about the beach and water. We live close to Lake Superior and I love to just sit and watch the waves, so soothing. Your trifle looks so delicious. I haven't made one in a long time! Thank you for hosting your party and have a wonderful week! Hope you get to the beach again soon!
    Hugs, Nancy

  28. Happy Canada Day Sandi! I love that tidal pool! There is all sorts of things to discover in those. When the boys were small we were in FL at my Grandfathers hometown beach and we found the nicest starfish in one. We thought we had struck gold. LOL Have a great weekend. I am running late this week.

  29. What a wonderful weekend it was, from coast to coast! I wish I was in a position to be able to join in again on this party - soon! In the meantime, I am very happy to read your lovely posts.

  30. What a beautiful place you live in - I rather think I'd like to visit Prince Eward Island. Montreal is the only part of Canada that I've visited so far.


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