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Monday, 29 June 2020

An island beach experience

It was overcast and breezy but the humidity of earlier in the week had disappeared and taken the heat warning with it. It was time for a beach day with our family and the golden grand-dog, Georgie. We packed our picnic lunch and joined them at Cabot Beach. 





We arrived in time for lunch in the picnic area where we were the only people present. After some time in the playground, we went to the beach where we added to the less then twenty people there for the day. As soon as we set up, the sun came out and the breeze made the heat bearable.


Our grandchildren love the beach and spend their time digging in the sand and swimming. They entertain themselves leaving the adults to keep a watchful eye and time to relax. My husband and I always bring umbrellas to the beach to provide the shade which we prefer.





While we walked the beach, Georgie walked in the water with our daughter and the kids. She was satisfied for five minutes then whined for us, firmly planted in one spot watching us so we took her with us.





There were bank swallows flying around one part of the beach but their nests weren’t in this area. The shoreline takes a huge hit from erosion every year now 





which causes sand to build up in the boat passage to the wharf in Malpeque. Dredging the channel is on-going again this year.


Marram grass has filled the upper part of the beach but the dunes have taken a hit over the past year.





 Driftwood far up the beach has weathered resting in the sand.





One of the things I love about this beach is the sight of the fishing vessels mere meters from the beach goers. The boats take care entering the dredged channel and many signal greetings to the beach goers as they pass. 





Meanwhile, near the entrance of the boat channel, a school of fish churn up the water, attracting the attention of the gulls. 





The fish are probably gaspereau, an Acadian name for alewife, a type of herring which move back and forth between salt and fresh water. They are moving upstream from the waters around Prince Edward Island to reproduce.


The interaction of nature, industry and people is interesting to observe in this place.


30 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Looks like a good time was had by all!

The Happy Whisk said...

Georgie is funny!

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

A day at the beach with the kids and Georgie sounds fun to me. It is good that the beach was not crowded with people, that is a bonus. I love the views of the lighthouse, the beach and the water. I love seeing the gulls flying after the boats. Lovely post and photos.
Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It's a mix that works well by the look of it Marie.. what a lovely day at the beach, so look forward to doing the same when the grandchildren come over from Sydney at Christmas. Georgie is a lucky much loved dog 💛

Liz Hinds said...

Is the sea very cold?
What a lovely day you must have enjoyed, and how wonderful that your grandchildren amuse themselves: our children never did!

It looks so lovely in your part of the world, and Georgie is, of course, wonderful.

Tanza Erlambang said...

kids and George look enjoy playing in the beach....
the views are natural, no sign of pollution....great place.

Have a wonderful day

Linda said...

Ahhhh, I can feel the the rest and relaxation that comes with these pics.

Anvilcloud said...

How neat to have the boats so close by.

photowannabe said...

Sounds like an absolutely delightful day for all of you.
Family time,perfect weather and watching the world go by..
You couldn't ask for anything better.
Sue

DJan said...

What a lovely day! I enjoyed it vicariously. Have a great week and keep these great pictures coming. :-)

Angela said...

Wonderful time by the ocean!! Lovely photos like always Marie!!

bill burke said...

The boat does come in close to the beach, that is nice to see. Georgie seems to know what she wants and I think she knows she'll get it. :)

Elephant's Child said...

It looks and sounds like a delightful interlude.
I assume that Georgie vigourously shakes herself free of the sand and water - and often on her people.

photowannabe said...

Marie, our plum trees have no thorns at all...just leaves and fruit at this time of year.
Our pomagranate tree has brutal thorns though.
Sue

Joanne Noragon said...

I like the interaction between the beach goers and the boats.

Ruth Hiebert said...

The beach and water scenes are lovely.

Rose said...

This just sounds like the best sort of day! I don't know of a kid that doesn't like to play around water.

judee said...

thanks for sharing your beautiful beach experience and photos! We haven't been to the beach since we returned from Florida to Ph8la ( we are snowbirds). I certainly miss it.

Helen said...

What a wonderful day at the beach, especially with your family. Lovely, lovely images. Thankfully the humidity eased off for you.

Catarina said...

That was another great outing. I wonder if the water was very cold. I can still remember how frigid it was that August many years ago... but we still had a fabulous time.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Looks like an ideal nesting zone for Piping Plovers. Are there any? Is the area cordoned off?

William Kendall said...

A beautiful place.

Tabor said...

Your summer seems to normal compared to others at this time.

The Padre said...

Wonderfully Happy Postings Here - True Reflection On You - Stay Strong

Cheers

Silver in AZ said...

I lust for that piece of driftwood!

At Home In New Zealand said...

What a perfect day at the beach - it makes me long for summer :)

Debbie said...

i was sure i left a comment here?????

Rhodesia said...

It seems like you had a really good day. Keep well Diane

Sandi said...

Gorgeous

Tomoko said...

What a beautiful day. The photos of your family and Georgie are lovely.