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Have you ever been on a beach with sand so brilliantly white and water so passionately blue that it moved your spirit and sparked your soul?

Pomato Point

Pomato Point, Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the Day: “On soft Spring nights I’ll stand in the yard under the stars – Something good will come out of all things yet – And it will be golden and eternal just like that – There’s no need to say another word.” — Jack Kerouac

Daily gratitudes:
A lovely day
Getting the knee-high grass one-third mowed with the push mower
Air conditioning
Old friends
Kelsea

It was cloudy here today, lowering clouds that made my spirits droopy. But I lay on the grass and read while MKL tried to get one of the fleet to start, so all in all, it was a lovely day.  It would have been nice to have been laying on the sand at Long Bay Beach, but we did squeeze in a little sun. This Long Bay Beach is by the Beef Island Airport, and is not well-known, so it is never crowded. It has deep, soft, white sand, and a snorkeling trail, and you have to venture down a muddy road to access it. It’s a quintessential Caribbean spot.

Long Bay Beach

Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn. In that case, you should always be a unicorn.” — Elle Lothlorien

Daily gratitudes:
Grass
Finding special gifts for people you love
Storm clouds
Grits
Vivid dreams

 

I have been sick for what seems like forever.  At first it was a horrible cough, which I worked through until yesterday, when I was so sick I couldn’t work.  I was still too sick to work today.  My darling MKL came to visit tonight and brought me two perfect early Christmas presents to make me feel better – even though just seeing him was enough.  At any rate, this picture, or any picture of Anegada, is a tonic for my sick and tired spirit.  Sorry for the slightly crooked horizon, and I promise I’ll be back to my merry Santa-hat-wearing, holiday-loving self before Christmas.

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Pomato Point, Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light.”  —  Groucho Marx

Daily gratitudes:
My chicken purse
Soft pillows
Naps when you’re sick
26 acts of kindness
Moments of silence

I thought it was time that we remembered the beach.  It’s been several months since I’ve seen one. and will be several months still.  But hopefully in February, we’ll be off to somewhere new.  I am thankful that it has been such lovely weather, as usually it’s cold and snowy by now, and yesterday was almost shorts weather.

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Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “I’m always going to be with you, you know. As long as you remember me, I will exist. Memory is a form of existence, life after death.”  —  Andrea Speed

Daily gratitudes:
The warmth of the sun on my back
The pink crests of cloud waves in tonight’s sunset
Future beaches
Frank Sinatra
Pettable dogs and cuddly cats

A little somewhere beautiful to brighten your night.

Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Nothing is built on stone; All is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone.” —  Jorge Luis Borges

Daily gratitudes:
Cats perched on fence railings
Large dogs watching cats out the window
My red boots
Clean sheets
The privilege of being able to see beautiful places

For those of you still under the bad influence of Sandy, this is just a reminder of better days to come.

Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.”  —  Willa Cather

Daily gratitudes:
The dance of dewdrops in the back of my truck this morning
A lovely day
The man downtown with the silver cowboy hat and the snake around his neck
Writing
Sharing anxiety

I love it when the beach chairs match the sea.

Little Apple Bay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Every living thing requires love to survive for without it, we die.”  —  Sanjo Jendayi

Daily gratitudes:
The slimmest crescent of moon
The scent of gardenias
The cheese girl at Whole Foods
My cow robe
Aspen eyes
Thunder Cat

 

I miss the view, clouds or shine.

Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”  —  Chief Seattle

Daily gratitudes:
Painkillers
Beautiful days
My comfy bed
Old t-shirts
Peanut butter and crackers

Carib Beer is not available in my neck of the woods, so I have to indulge my fondness for it when I’m in the islands. As the leaves are turning, and the winds are blowing cool, and MKL even reported a dash of the “s” word tonight, I’m thinking about golden days on a warm beach.

Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “I move in the university of the waves.”  —  Pablo Neruda

Daily gratitudes:
Flying flocks of pigeons
An empty I-25
Raspberries
Jim Lehrer
Admiring other women’s shoes while being glad I don’t have to walk in them (literally)

Most days at Cow Wreck Beach are not quite this quiet, but they are quite often this beautiful.

Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

Quote of the day: “Have patience, heart.”  —  Homer

Daily gratitudes:
Peach
Being a shoulder to cry on
Taking Kelsea to school
Healing
Someone to call darling

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