Saturday, April 26, 2014

Beach Walkers/Runners at Indian Rocks Beach

My day begins with a four mile run/walk along the beach.   For two decades I have been a regular on this beach.  I am rarely alone.  The same faces whiz past me and Good Morning's are exchanged and many regulars I know by first name.   Bill who has a larger than life personality and represented a  famous American singer is a regular and his humour and smile lights up the coastline.


 This day he stops me and I am invited to join the beachwalkers for  lunch in a local restaurant.
I enquire if there is a purpose to the luncheon.  In his booming tone he responds:  "Helen, we have absolutely no purpose other than to have a good time"

My art partner Mary Rose, also a beach walker, and I have a delightful lunch and enjoy hearing more about our fellow runners/walkers.


A cardinal has nested, again this year, at my door, in a ficus tree,  and has two extremely fat babies who seem reluctant to leave the nest.  The brazen, law breaking father keeps a watchful eye as we enter and exit.

My 'COMMENT'  button is working again.  Yeah!

56 comments:

  1. Nice photos. Those clouds are magnificent! I think the cardinal was waiting for your camera. Four miles! WTG!
    Thank you for the wonderful post

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    1. The cardinal is a very good father. He constantly brings food for the fat babies. He guards from the "Parking Sign" when their mother is hunting.
      He then tries to hide in our ficus tree and with his red coat he is like a Hunt Master in hiding.
      Helen xx

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  2. Dear Helen, you must know that I am insanely jealous about the cardinal and her fat babies coming to live at your door! I have never seen one, despite many trips to North America, and I think they are magnificent. I walk daily too, but beach walking sounds quite wonderful - I'd love to do that. xx

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    1. Hello Patricia

      The cardinal is a beautiful bird and their song is melodious too. This was their third year, in the same nest and we love having them. They are often seen in April/May in our area.
      I am sure you also enjoy your daily walk.
      Thanks for visiting and wishing you a delightful week

      Helen xx

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  3. Darling Helen,

    We cannot believe it....four miles.....gosh! We are in awe, we are astounded, we are impressed. Seriously impressed.

    However, we quickly skipped on in this post to matters more in line with our own lifestyle. The topic of lunch. How wonderful we imagine lunch to be on such a day as your photographs show. A tiny restaurant with the sound of the sea. Fresh fish on the menu. A glass of crisp white wine in hand. And, perhaps, lazy eyes gaze towards those beach runners.......

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    1. Dearest Jane and Lance,

      Thanks for your encouragement.

      We had a delightful lunch with freshly caught local fish just as you suggested. It was also interesting seeing the beach walkers dressed in their finery and hearing their stories.

      Hope you have a wonderful week

      Love,
      Helen xx

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    1. Hello Christa and how lovely to hear from you.

      I raise my glass in wishing you "A great life" too

      Helenxx

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  5. You're making me long for the beach! I would love to live close enough to walk every day. It's my dream! The weather has been glorious! Happy Sunday my friend!

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    1. Dear Diane
      Yes the weather has been wonderful and the sandy hard packed edge by the shore makes it perfect for running/walking.
      Hope you have a wonderful week

      Helenxx

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  6. Four mile--good for you It sounds like you live in such a friendly, beautiful, happy place. With cardinals too!

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    1. Hello Jen

      It is indeed a very friendly community at Indian Rocks Beach. Many visitors return year after year and spend time here. It is a very different community. There are no highrises on the beach and as one drives along Gulf Blvd can glimpse the ocean and of course the palm tress.

      Hope your week is special

      Helen xx

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  7. I envy you living so close to a beach that each day starts there; when we are home our exercise is done in a non-descript gym that is reached by traveling a bit of freeway. Sigh. . . a beautiful post, Helen.

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    1. Hello Jackie and Joel

      We are very drawn to water. I think that my very first memories were living of our farm on the west coast of Ireland and heading to the beach first thing each morning.
      I love following your travels

      Helen xx

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  8. Oh to have a beach to walk. Your day sounds perfect from beginning to end. Love the photos! Bonnie

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    1. Hello Bonnie

      It is a wonderful way to start the day and I find it energizes. Thank you for your compliment

      Helenxx

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  9. I have never seen the beach and neither have I seen a cardinal. Here are both in their beauty.

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    1. I find this very interesting and now I wonder where you live? The cardinal is a beautiful bird and we frequently see them in Spring time in Florida.
      Helen xx

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  10. Hi Helen,

    Bill sounds like a man who is full of joy! What a delight is must have been to have lunch together.

    The beach looks lovely. Ah....a morning walk....that sounds like a perfect way to start the day!

    Happy week!

    Madelief x

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    1. Hello Madelief

      Bill has a kind word for everyone he meets. As Mary Rose says "He scatters flowers" It was a very interesting lunch with walkers from many countries and quite an international group.
      Hope your week is special

      Helen xx

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  11. Hi Helen,
    It sounds like every morning is a fun adventure! Four miles, wow!!
    Hope all is well with you, and glad to hear the comment button is working again!!
    xo
    Louise

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    1. Helllooooo Louise

      Life is great right now, thank you for asking. Being on the beach early in the day cures all.

      Hope your week is exceptional

      Helen xx

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  12. What a delightful day, but I can't get over the 4 mile walk/run daily…so impressed!!

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    1. Nice to see you here. I could walk for an entire day if my schedule permitted. It is a great time to create and plan
      Hope you have a joyful weekend

      Helen xx

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  13. Ahhhh, the fresh salty air! What an invigorating way to start the day. Life is good, Helen! xo
    PS - We also have cardinals nesting nearby!

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    1. Hello Loi

      The fresh salty air is so envigorating. You know the joy of the cardinals and their song.
      Have a wonderful weekend
      Helen x

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  14. Hi Helen - thanks for finding me again .. good to see you. What a great idea gathering the walkers for a lunch - sounds a fun time .. and as you say a great way to find out more about the faces behind the walkers.

    Your beach area looks wonderful and I too would love to see a cardinal - and enjoy your cardinal family in the coming weeks ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hello Hilary
      I lost some blogs from my sidebar and must install you onceagain so I do not miss your posts which I find very interesting.
      All it seems to take is one person to organize and Bill is one such person. The cardinals bring us great joy

      Helenxx

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  15. Lovely to walk the beach every morning! It puts one in the right mood for the day, not to mention good health!

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    1. So true Becky and I take it you also walk.
      Have a great weekend

      Helen xx

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  16. Dear Helen, What a beautiful beach to walk on. You are good to keep such a regular exercise, Too often, I make excuses and can be dreadfully lazy. I'm glad you had such a joyful lunch and I'm happy to have seen a Red Cardinal- what a colourful bird! With love, Jane xx

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    1. Hello Jane

      The beach is spectacular and each day the ocean is different. I find going first thing in the morning is best as later is becomes quite hot.
      It was an very enjoyable linch

      Helen xx

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  17. So gorgeous! And your finds! Ah!
    I had to laugh at the law breaking cardinal, we have them here too and they are wonderful! I love their calls in the morning!
    Thank you for your kind words! <3

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    1. Hello Victoria

      The male cardinal like to sit on the "No Parking" sign. He has a clear view of the nest and is ready to dive bomb our dog, Spice Girl, who pays no head to them whatsoever.
      I love your blog and also your exciting project.

      Helen xx

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  18. Hi Helen,

    Ah, those walks on the beach, so refreshing and revitalizing, salt in the air, splash in the sea, are always a joy and inspiration for so many things in life. How wonderful that you know so many of the local people who share the same sentiments as you!

    Happy weekend!

    xx
    Poppy

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    1. Hello Poppy

      I totally agree with you when you say walking on the beach is a joy and inspiration It is the perfect way to plan one's day/projects. I believe Bill brings out the best in the runners/walkers. He volunteers in the town and many know his face. He always has a kind word and can coax a smile

      Wishing your the joy of the weekend

      Helenx

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  19. Hallo Helen,
    thanks for enjoying the "Italian View", really appreciated...
    you have a nice blog which if you don't mind will follow !
    cari saluti

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    1. Hello Massimo

      A warm welcome to my blog and thank you for following my blog. I shall look forward to reading about Italy, a country I absolutely love.

      Helen

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  20. Dearest Helen,

    What a beautiful long stretch of beach to walk on, to meditate on the surrounding beauty and to make observations on the passers-by. I've just been out for a walk on the beach (like you, I simply adore rugged and simple, natural and peaceful beaches) but oh my dear, I would never be able to walk on the beach wearing sandals and shorts as even in the springtime, the weather in Scotland remains frightfully cold in the evening and one shivers in the wind as one walks on the beach under the layers of coats. But whenever I go there to get away, I am always in awe of how beautiful the beach is. I usually go there by myself with a book and a flask of hot tea. I would sit, read or observe the people who are walking on the beach...to watch the world goes by, as they say. I usually go to a quiet beach where not many people choose to go. I keep it as a little secret, a wonderful escape to retreat to when I need peace.

    Your bright cardinal in his red coat reminds me of the dust-jacket of two of my favourite Irish writers - Somerville and Ross and their famous novel, "The Irish RM" which shows a man in red hunting coat!!

    I'm very sorry for not written to you before, dear Helen. It has been quite hectic spring lately for me. But you are often in my thoughts and I hope to update you with some news soon.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend & the peaceful beach.

    With warm wishes,

    ASD

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  21. My dearest ASD

    How lovely to hear from you and thank you for thinking of me. That gives me great joy.

    I would also love your Scottish Beach and how delicious that cup of tea must
    taste in the salty windy misty weather. The ocean on such days is like a study in grays.
    The cardinals give us great joy and we are always a bit saddened when the babies leave the nest. They are so vulnerable and must face the world at such a young age. We have it so much easier than the birds.

    Looking forward to your next post and wishing you a joyful Sunday.

    Helen x

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  22. Hello Helen, it's lovely to get a little peak into your life, it sounds pretty laid back and idyllic. So sorry it has taken so long to visit you. Thank you so much for your visit and kind words. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, with much love, Linda xx

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    1. Hello Linda
      Lovely to see you hear. I adore the solitude of early mornings on the beach and the I can face the day and what it offers. Glad all is going great with you

      Helen xx

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  23. How utterly marvellous to begin your day on those beautifully gorgeous gulf coast sands Helen, I am mighty jealous. The salt water and sand is so good for the feet and walking it out is great way to stay sharp and positive for the day ahead.xx

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    1. Hello Paul

      You are so right about walking being a great way to commence the day. I find it definitely energizes and I am more productive. No matter what the weather is it always rewards
      Hope your week is special

      helen xxx

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  24. Dear Helen, what a wonderful day you had, and what better reason could there be to get together than for enjoyment! I am amazed by your brilliant red cardinal. I thought Australia had some colourful birds, but that takes the cake!

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  25. Hello Jane and thanks for stopping by. I thought that the walkers might have a special charity which they supported but as Bill said "just enjoyment".

    Yes the cardinal is brilliant and yes you have spectacular coloured birds in Australia. I lived in Sydney and Canberra many years ago

    Helen xx

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  26. Sounds like Bill was spot on, Helen.

    I love the image of the cardinal. It must be a propitious omen. :)

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  27. Hello Helen,

    That sounds like a great lunch. Sometimes I wish I lived by the beach-side but the mountain-junkie in me soon pushes that thought away. But every time I visit your blog and my hometown, the pull of the beach is hard to ignore.

    Cardinals are so stunning! I remember how this couple would frequent a dogwood tree in front of our patio when we lived in Charlottesville. It was great fun watching them hop from branch to branch. The fat babies sound adorable. :)

    Hope you have a good day.
    Suman

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  28. How glad I am that your comments are being received again.
    And how glorious to have Cardinals nesting each year. I regret that I have to deter birds from my garden. My Abyssinian cat would not share the space peacefully.
    Your beach and social life attached to it make me envy it all so much. Our beaches are gorgeous but the weather is NEVER like yours.
    Cheers Gillian

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  29. Hello Helen, thank you so much for your visit and kind words, and hug for Lois! I can only do very simple upholstery, but it does come in handy now and again. Wishing you an enjoyable Sunday, with love, Linda x

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  30. I love the beach, wonderful to walk beside the sea. Love your red cardinal. We have one in the rose bush on the side of the house. Wish they were where I could see them.
    Have a lovely weekend.

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  31. Hi Helen, it sounds a wonderful way of life to be able to start each day with a run along the beach, and with good company too.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Gill xx

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  32. teeehee....I love that cardinal, and the fathers are so attentive! Those fat babies need to get out and fly into life! teehee

    What a lovely notion, to "have no other purpose but to have a good time." AMEN.

    So nice to see you today Helen! I am back in the saddle after a period of vertigo that has lasted about 2 months now, but I'm much better. I can see the computer screen!

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  33. How nice to belong to that kind of community. And I thoroughly approve of the motto!

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  34. I love the cardinal picture!! That's actually our state bird of Kentucky :)

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