Summer Sundays and the Sea

I can't tell you how much fun it is to create these 'meme's for Summer Sundays.
It really has been the next best thing to being there for me.
If you are interested visit The Tablescaper and join in the fun.

I grew up along the sea, in a small town outside of Boston.
It is along Cape Ann and has a rich history but more importantly it is filled with
wonderful people. It hasn't changed much in the many years since I moved away.
That in itself is a treat for me and my family each time we return.

I like to think that I go to the sea to find the best in me.
The sea has a way of doing that.  It brings you in and sweeps you along.
Walking the beach, collecting shells, swimming, boating, fishing..
you always feel like the best is yet to be.

Along Cape Ann, artists thrive in summer. 
Everything falls into perfect pitch.
There is no better time to live a creative life. 
Whether it be artists or writers...the sea has a way of 
helping one to define themselves.

    I created this blog on a painting which I called
the painting served as a reminder of my 
childhood by the sea.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow inspired me with
Often I think of the beautiful town
That is seated by the sea;
Often in thought go up and down
The pleasant streets of that dear old town,
And my youth comes back to me.
My grandmother and me
on a porch along the sea

With that...I say 
Hooray for

Next week 4th of July celebrations in the little town by the sea
more on that next week :)

image 1, 2-7~me, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12~me, 13, 14~me


  1. The sea is magic for me too. There is nothing like a swim in the ocean to fix everything. Looks beautiful. Lise x

  2. Those areas around Cape Ann... Rockport, Ipswich and Essex, is some of our favourite in the entire country. How lucky you were to grow up there. There is a house on the sea in Rockport that I used to dream about fact, I've looked for it occasionally on real estate sites, just to see if perhaps it came up for sale. We stay at The Inn At Castle Hill whenever we're near there... and eat clam chowder at Periwinkle's in Essex.
    Ah, this makes me want to go back!!

  3. There is just something about the sea isn't there. It brings peace and stillness. Even better if you have grown up near the sea, it will always have those special memories. xoxo

  4. Beautiful post, Jeanne! A wonderful and refreshing mix of wonderful descriptions and the most marvellous photographs, your summer posts are always so uplifting :)

  5. It looks so pretty and so relaxing there. Fun!..Christine

  6. I was born for the sea too. I always tell people I was born in the wrong place, I am sure I was supposed to be an island girl. What beautiful photos. The star fish is stunning. What is the photo after that, a shell or an animal. Great eye! Have a wonderful Sunday.

  7. I love this! You are so creative--your posts are often collages of different types of images and poems and thoughts. So inspiring. I am intrigued by the sea but I don't love it. I feel vaguely uncomfortable around it--Im not sure what it is. I grew up in the middle of the US. I had lakes and rivers--perhaps I struggle with knowing I cant just get in a boat and easily reach the other side!

  8. So nice Jeanne! This is a true, ever lasting love to the sea and nothing compares to it.I can understand this very deeply, although I am not raised close to the ocean....Deep blue sea greetings, Beate

  9. Lucky you!!! To have lived in such a place!

  10. When I go to the south shore in MA it's like a retreat for me. Quiet walks on the beach, reading by an open window, the perfect solitude! Not too far from where you once lived. I am happiest there, breathing in the salt air and feeling as if I am home. And like Pamela- there is something about the chowders there-like no place else in New England. Thanks Jeanne for this little Sunday journey.

  11. Lovely pics, I haven't been to the shore in years, need to fix that!

  12. How lovely Jeanne
    the sea is really part of me now. Strangely I didn't grow up that close to it.. not far.. but certainly not daily nor even monthly visits.. but now .. I can't bear to be apart from it....

    Love the post Jeanne.. great photos and full of the fun and happiness summer brings.. nice as it is a bit chilly here today... Have a lovely Sunday.. xxx Julie

    PS did you make Meredith's egg thingy this morning ? hahaha

  13. Beautiful Jeanne - I'm now feeling much cooler!! Hope you are enjoying all this beautiful (hot!) weather...oh for the ocean on my doorstep today!! Happy Sunday x

  14. Thank you for visiting me today. I love your art and poetry. And then I scrolled down and saw the little girl washing dishes... and then her real life look-alike. Precious! I'll be back.
    Have a great day!
    Ladybug Creek
    PS I recently did a posting a shoes too. What is with us and our shoes?? lol

  15. Jeanne, another lovely post! the seaside is so evocative and for me brings back many memories of times spent on summer holidays with my children! We always visited West Wittering in sussex with has a particularly wonderful secluded sand duney beach called East Head where we spent many long happy days ( all info can be seen online) and then to Bosham and the Anchor Bleu pub for a long cold beer and packet of crisps before heading home. Try and visit if you can xxx

  16. Wonderful post! So glad I found your blog. Happy Summer Sunday!

  17. Love your post, but my favorite one is you with your grandmother!!!!

  18. Beautiful the one of the lone shell.

  19. What a beautiful seaside retreat. This is a lovely post. Sherry

  20. I can feel the sand between my toes right now...I miss it so.

  21. I love your sea post. The Betsey Ross picture is adorable!

  22. A sweet hello from Frog Hollow Farm. I just popped over from Summer Sundays and wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading your post about your hometown. Lovely memories! Ciao, bella!

  23. gorgeous images jeanne. we share a bond to the sea, the hospital i was born in was right on the sea and it's never left my heart since.

    lovely post! jx

  24. So lovely...Summer by the Sea is really the BEST way to enjoy life! I look forward to some 4th of July photos. xoxo

  25. Such beautiful photos. What a lovely place. How nice that you get to go back and visit. The poem is a perfect fit. Thanks so much for joining "Summer Sundays". Looking forward to seeing your fourth of July submission to "Summer Sundays".

    - The Tablescaper

  26. Dear Jeanne,

    I'm loving your Sunday meme's as much as you are! What a wonderful seaside town to grow up in and I love the picture of you and your grandmother! xoxo

  27. I find so much to like in your blog and am so glad to share your experiences. Your photos are wonderful, something I'm still trying to master.

  28. Beautiful imagery and images. I felt as if I was there. I love the sea too Jeanne. I'm sure I would find it very hard to live away from it for too long.

  29. What a beautiful post this is, Jeanne. I'm thrilled to know about the story behind the title of this blog. And for some reason, I don't know why, but I always thought you and your girls resemble the Kennedys, which makes me super pleased to know that you grew up around Boston.


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