Saturday, January 23, 2010

What We've Been Doing

On sunny days we enjoy our coffee on the balcony while watching the ocean. And some days we also enjoy our lunch out there. We never get tired of the view and the sound of the ocean.

A couple of days ago we took a drive to Murrell's Inlet, which is about 15 minutes away, and enjoyed a walk on the boardwalk. It was nice to see this heron sitting on the pier.

I spent a few minutes browsing in this shop, The Lazy Gator. I was hoping to purchase a wooden shore bird to add to my collection but no luck that day. I am sure we will be back there.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Morning Sky

The sky and ocean this morning were quite beautiful, with the pink horizon and the rays shining down through the clouds.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Our Shell Box

When Paul and I were here in Surfside Beach last winter, we saw a very nice storage box for seashells but we put off buying it at that time, for some reason. When we returned to the store to get it, there were none left. We searched other gift stores in the area but we could not find another one anywhere. I was really disappointed. I even thought of trying to make one, but never did.

Well, I am happy to say that when I went to the Burke's store this week, there was the shell storage box I wanted. Actually there were four of them but I did not hesitate to buy it this time.

It is already sitting on the coffee table at our condo holding some of our found treasures for this year.

I think it would be really nice if they could now make one reading seaglass for our seaglass collection we have at home.

Friday, January 8, 2010

A Quiet Day...

After spending a couple of days unpacking, sorting/cleaning, buying groceries and needed supplies, Paul and I decided to have a "down day" yesterday. That meant no chores!

We spent the late morning sitting out on our balcony in the sun (with our jackets on) enjoying our coffee, listening to the ocean and reading.

In the afternoon we treated ourselves to a long walk on the beach, enjoying the warmth of the sun and looking for seashells. We only found a few shells but that's okay as we have lots of time to look. This little shore bird among the seagulls was very cute.

I had planned to cook dinner for us but Paul suggested that since it was a "down day" I shouldn't have to cook and more importantly he shouldn't have to clean up - which is the way we work in our kitchen. I agreed, so we went to one of our favourite restaurants from last year, The Gulf Stream. This restaurant is located on the waterway and most evenings you can enjoy an awesome sunset while having dinner, which we did last night.

The remainder of my evening was spent reading my book, while Paul watched a very slow moving Clint Eastwood western on TV.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Our Journey Continues

After enjoying a very pleasant New Year's Eve dinner with my Mom at her Seniors Residence, The Wedgewood, in Brockville and later drinks with my sister and brother-in-law, Paul and I were busy packing our suitcase again. On 1 January 2010 we were on the road to continue our journey to South Carolina.

It was lightly snowing when we left Brockville in the morning and we also experienced a little lake effect snow near Syracuse, New York but overall the driving on our first day was good.

The skies were grey for most of the day but as we drove into Chambersburg, Pennsylvania the sun appeared through the clouds and we had a nice sunset. After six hours of driving, we were happy to check into a motel, enjoy a hot meal and a good sleep.

We were back on the road at 8 a.m. the next morning and it was grey, cold and windy, but no snow. Our drive through Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina was uneventful and we happily arrived in Surfside Beach about 6 p.m. After checking into our condo and unloading our car, we were happy to relax over a hot meal.

I always like to have a first impression photo and of course it was of the ocean. This is the view from our balcony the first morning in Surfside Beach.

Although the weather has been rather cool here in the United States, there is no snow and we awake with the sun shining on the ocean, so we are happy. We enjoyed having lunch on our balcony already.

The sunsets over the ocean have been wonderful.

We have taken a couple of walks on the beach and enjoyed looking for shells, but we haven't found any seaglass - yet.
Paul and I are looking forward to our time here....