Monday, January 2, 2017

How we spent our New Years!

This weekend we stayed close to home and no partying for us, I had enough of that in my younger days;) Saturday we stayed home most of the day, but I got bored and we took a trip to the antique store. I needed some lavender and they carry fresh, by the scoop, so I am all set for making sachets to add to my boxes when I restore things. It is a great way to keep the moths away and the musty smells from my basement.

Sunday was our big day. The day there is a polar bear plunge in almost every town near the ocean. We decided to go to our local plunge and luckily the temps went up to 45 that day, haha. I was surprised to see so many kids at the plunge and a few old timers, but I also noticed a lot of people just ran in and ran out, no dunking. At ours, people pay a fee to participate and bring a jar of peanut butter for the local food pantry, so it is all for a good cause.

Here are a few photos I took, the tide was going out at the town beach, so not only was it further to run in, but further to get back out to a warm towel.

After a rest and warm up at home, we went back out for a walk at Fort Getty, while the sun was out. Bean was very excited when he saw where we ended up, one of his favorite places. We walk down to some inlets, where he can run off leash.

Through the maze of rocks to get to the beach.

Lots of room to run and play, though he didn't seem to understand it was not a good time to go in the water.

On the way back, we stopped at the other side for some views of the inner bay and the Dutch Island lighthouse. When I was little, we took our little boat to the island for picnics and exploring.

After a ride up to the other lighthouse I realized how close we were to sunset. I hated missing out, but I didn't want to sit in the car that long and it was getting colder, so no more walking. Instead, we went to the other side of the island to Fort Wetherill to see what the sunset was like there.

The sun was right at the opening of the channel and casting beautiful glows across the water. I wish I could have gotten a nicer photo, one of those things, you have to be there.

The sun sets fast, but we got up the hill on the other side to catch the last golden colors as it streaked across the sky. I added a saying to the photo, it seemed perfect for this one.

On the way home it was dark and the village was all lit up. This is a set of stores on the dock, my camera decided to light it up for me, so it looks like twilight instead of night. I hope everyone had a wonderful week and ready to get back to creating again. I have two pieces I made and more this week, so there will be some new things on Friday.

If you are a cat lover and looking for a free project, Theodore Cleave is offering free cat designs that you can use in a quilt. She also offers fun buttons that you can add to your pieces, that match her designs.


Julie Fukuda said...

Hooray for the lavender. I have a little bad that lies near my pillow and helps me relax for sleeping. The link has lots of charming cat patterns. either color or redwork work well. Even a little outing can be fun ... even for Bean.

annie said...

Looks like a wonderful day!
But no polar bear for me! Brrr ;:)
Bean I just gets prettier by the day?
Good for you all!
I will take a look at that link!
Thanks for posting!

Sandi said...

You got some Beautjfuk pictures Debbie, sounds like a nice day despite the cooler temperatures. Our water temperature was only just above freezing and the air temperature about 5C. I've been down but only once. Very busy place for parking a lot of the folks are quite alcohol fuelled and in a lot of costumes. We had one longtime ride to who did it more than fifty years.

acorn hollow said...

happy New year! Oh I don't think I could do that plunge.
always nice to see your travels.

Saundra said...

I love lavender too and used to grow some until it got too woody. A year or so ago I purchased a bag of it from a source Betsy Reed recommended and have used some to put in hooked pillow hearts and sachets too.

The Eveningstitcher said...

Beautiful pictures, Deb...but I didn't see you in your bikini taking a plunge...LOL!! My son used to participate in a plunge here in Michigan every January (one year, the temps were in the single digits) to benefit a rehab center. I went and watched him twice...and I like to froze to death!! They wore funny outfits to jump in...It was quite entertaining! The lights look beautiful!!

Kim said...

They do Polar Bears Dips here too but that's not for me....I'm a big wuss Lol

Fiona said...

More lovely pictures of your outings... Happy New Year....xx


Rugs and Pugs said...

No polar plunge for me. I'm a freeze baby when it's 50*
Hugs :)