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Seaside Style

Posted by Jody on December 1, 2016

Show us your seaside style!

Happy Holidays from the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

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Weekend Wisdom

Posted by Jody on July 24, 2016

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Rockport, Texas

“We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it.”  

~George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, 1860

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Carla’s Club Med and My Country Club

Posted by Jody on July 15, 2016

Many thanks to Jake W., today’s Featured Guest Writer.

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Photo by Jake Wollam

I’d much rather be here than there; the serenity of a lapping wave, sounds from the birds and the occasional fish jumping for joy is, to me, what flowers are to bees. It’s what feeds and nurtures my soul. Without the salt, sand, shells, and sea, my life would be quite bland. It’s Carla’s Club Med and my country club.  Winter can be the best time to explore without the spring and summer’s swelling reign of humans. I’m not saying that in a bad way; lots of coastal towns rely on tourist support to live.

I’ve met some great people over the years doing the same thing I do. Enjoying Mother Earth’s givings and giving back .

This is a friendly reminder to take your trash with you, and you may be rewarded a treasure.

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Does this mean I’m a shellebrity?

Posted by Jody on July 12, 2016

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Visual Guide to Collecting Seashells on Florida’s Beaches!

Earlier this year, I was very surprised to find a copy of the beautiful, laminated Visual Guide to Collecting Seashells on Florida’s Beaches on the floor of my daughter’s car. Well, actually I wasn’t surprised that something was on the floor of the family mini-van, but it was definitely a shock to see my very own seashell photos inside the brochure. No kidding! I had been asked to help out with a seashell guide layout last year that I knew was for VisitFlorida.com. What I didn’t know is that it was going to be printed, laminated, and available for any and all travelers to pick up at the Florida Welcome Center! (Silly me, I thought it was going to be an online shelling reference guide. Must have been the “.com” that tripped me up.)

So, the next time Greg and I visited Florida, we stopped in at the Florida Welcome Center which is some 6 miles west of Pensacola on I-10. There we found stacks and stacks of the Visual Guide to Collecting Seashells, in all its glory – showcased everywhere from the Atlantic beaches brochure racks all the way around to the Gulf Coast shelves!

My photographs of bubble seashells, calico scallops, moon snails, a Florida fighting conch, and more – all inside! There is even a special recognition and thank you for me in the credits on the reverse side of the brochure.  I couldn’t possibly be more pleased!

Be sure to stop in and get your free copy of the shelling guide the next time you are traveling through the Sunshine State, and use the handy-dandy checklist inside to keep track of your new found beach treasures.

So, what do you think? Does this mean I’m a shellebrity now?😉

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Celebrate Independence Day!

Posted by Jody on July 3, 2016

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Venice Fishing Pier, Venice, Florida

“And forever in peace may you wave.”

~You’re a Grand Old Flag by George M. Cohan

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About the photo:

The Pier was originally built in 1966 for $133,877.  It was destroyed in July of 1981 by the “No Name Storm”. Rebuilding took place in 1984 with Greenhart lumber from South America, the only place in the world to purchase this wood.  It did not have to be treated, nor did it shrink, because it was grown in the swamps. In February 2004, the Pier was totally removed. The construction of the current Pier cost $1.75 million dollars, and the money was raised by a municipal bond (recreational). The decking of the Pier is now made of plastic wood fiber composite, is built to withstand a category 4 hurricane, and has a projected life span of at least 50 years.The Pier is 720 ft long (219.45 meters), 22 ft wide, and the height is 20’ feet (6.096 meters).  Water depth at the end averages 16 ½ feet (5.03 meters). The Pier is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, with free admission, and no fishing license is required.  Papa’s Bait Shop is located midway down the Pier and is open 7 days a week at 6:30 AM. Source: Venice Fishing Pier

Have a fabulous, fun, and safe July Fourth!

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It’s National Seashell Day!

Posted by Jody on June 20, 2016

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It’s National Seashell Day!

To shell-ebrate, here are just a few posts on some our very favorite Beach Treasures:

Picture Perfect Calico Scallops

Wavy Turbans, Tile & Lots of Fun

Rayed Cone Snails

Angel Wings: A Heavenly Find

Colors of Sunset: Gould’s Wedge Seashells

Kitten’s Paws: Oh So Cute!

Would you like to check out other seashell posts? Simply type “seashells” into the search box (top left), sit back, and enjoy!

How about getting your feet wet with your own seashell post? We’d love to hear from you! Click on the “Submission Guidelines” tab for more info.

How will you shell-ebrate National Seashell Day?

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Happy Father’s Day!

Posted by Jody on June 19, 2016

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Happy Father’s Day

Demonstrate gratitude for the simple things in life. Show your child that you are a person who is truly grateful for the simple, good things in life: a sunset, rain, insects, birds, children laughing, or a kind gesture…. Appreciative people are happy; they see the beauty in life while others miss it.

~Richard Carlson, Celebrate Your Child: The Art of Happy Parenting, 1992

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Beach Rules

Posted by Jody on June 1, 2016

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Honoring Memorial Day

Posted by Jody on May 29, 2016

 

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Honoring Memorial Day

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Venice Beach Memorial

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DEDICATED TO

ALL VETERANS OF ALL WARS,

THE DISABLED AND THOSE WHO

GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE HOPE

THEIR CHILDREN WOULD NEVER

NEED TO FIGHT OR GIVE THEIR

LIVES TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY

STRONG AND FREE, BUT ESPECIALLY

DEDICATED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE

THAT IF CALLED, THEY WILL EMULATE

THEIR PARENTS IN UPHOLDING

THE HONOR OF THESE

UNITED STATES.

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Weekends Rock!

Posted by Jody on May 28, 2016

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Weekends Rock!

~Morning at Caspersen Beach, Florida~

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