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Monday, August 16, 2010

I "Heart" the Beach!

When my kids were little we lived in New England.  Since the ocean was only 20 minutes away we always went to the beach - summer and winter!  It was a great place for them to run around and get rid of some of that energy!  I always know they slept better....and so did I!

Beach at Newcastle, NH


Even back then we looked for interesting things on the beach.  Most of the time it was something "alive" in a small pail of water (ugh!), but sometimes it was a shell or pretty rock. 


Newcastle, NH



When they got a little older, I'd make a game out of finding certain shapes.  One of my favorite was the heart!   The rock or bit of shell that was the most 'perfect' heart won the prize.



When I got re-married, my new husband hadn't been through this game!  So, while on a trip to the Outer Banks one year I told him about the tradition.  Larry is keen on finding things of interest too, so he got right into it.  It was a challenge between the two of us that week to find bits of shell and rocks that most looked like "hearts"! 

I kept them in a box and for Valentines Day that year I fastened some of the pretty shell ones onto some "I Love You" paper and put them in a frame. 




 We now have it hanging in a spare bedroom at our beach house.   It triggers so many great memories!





When you are out at the beach, lake or river with your loved ones, make a memory out of it by preserving some of the fun in a keepsake!

6 comments:

Love of the Sea said... [Reply to comment]

What a wonderful post. And I love the display of the hearts framed. Looks beautiful.

michelle said... [Reply to comment]

That is so beautiful!! What a great piece to have and spark wonderful memories! They are perfectly heart-shaped!!

Sherri said... [Reply to comment]

What a lovely post and I love the framed "hearts"! Wonderful!

Samantha2818 said... [Reply to comment]

We too love beachcombing. This weekend we went to West Wales for the day and my kids found me three lovely pieces of sea glass in my favourite shade (sea foam). They have also given me heart shaped stones many times - I have a large one in my bathroom that my son wrote my and my husband's names on and a couple of small ones resting on beadboard in my kitchen. I love your picture but I love the earings I won from Kat's blog even more - they arrived this week and they are really lovely (and in my favourite shade too!).
Thanks so much,
Sam x

Vickie said... [Reply to comment]

I collect heart shaped rocks. Have since I found my first one up in Alaska underneath the Alaskan Pipeline section I was showing a friend from Ireland. I have been on the lookout for a good way to display them at some point.

Donna Parsley said... [Reply to comment]

You can find a lot of cute treasures at the beach like, shells and rocks of different sizes and shapes. You can also see a lot of sea creatures around, and make friends with people around. There are so many things that we can do at the beach. That's why we love going there all the time.