ENDLESS SUMMER ISN’T

When I came down in late June I thought, “Gee, I’ve got the whole summer ahead of me.”  Technically true but so deceptive.  July is over Thursday and I’m bewildered as to where it went.  Anyhow, the images of summer are a comfort.

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Shades of the 60’s, the girls experimented with batik.  Here are the colorful and interestingly patterned results laid out to dry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Purple Martin Motel is full as always.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The A. J. Meerwald, a Delaware Bay Oyster Schooner visited Beach Haven and took people for cruises out on Manahawkin Bay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Polly’s Dock, long a Beach Haven icon, has gone upscale.  The shed roof and walls no longer sag towards collapse, bulkheading has displaced the mud launching ramp, and — horrors! — there are jet skies for rent.  But, it’s still one of the most colorful places around.

GARDENING PAYOFF

In my May 31st entry I groused about the work getting the flower beds in shape.  Well, it’s starting to pay off.

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 The Knockout Roses have been prolific and there are buds for the next wave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The tomatos are developing and there are lots of flowers for a continuing supply.  Soon, Jersey Tomato and cheese sandwiches, and Barbara’s fried tomatos with milk gravy.

 

 

 

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Gaillardia always makes me think of warm summer days at the shore.  These that I planted a few years ago have also migrated into my neighbor’s garden.

JULY 4TH

 

 

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What a stunningly beautiful day with mild temperatures, low humidity, bright sun and a spanking breeze off the bay.  Here are the kids lined up for a dressed bicycle parade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And, can we possibly figure out the holiday from this hat?