Friday, April 30, 2010

Off season ... perfect.

This was taken last month but we went last weekend again with friends.  People often say the beach is awful - a ghost town - off season.  Bah humbug! It was perfect.  My friend and I sat on a grassmat and chatted (i.e. engaged in deep and meaningful conversation - smile) while the Dads and kids built sand castles, found shells and ran up and down the beach under clear blue skies.  No crowds, no sweltering heat.  Perfection.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Breakfast under the Blossoms

One of the things I am most nostalgic for when we are living away from home is when the cherry blossoms unfold into one of the most spectacular floral displays I've ever seen.  I never get tired of them.  When I was single I used to go for a morning run under them.  (These days ... not so much of that!).  So last night we tucked the hoodlums in bed in their clothes and woke them up before dawn this morning so we could get down to the Tidal Basin for sunrise and breakfast under the cherry blossoms.  There were a ton of tourists and a phalanx of photographers but it is still some kind of a peaceful party going on amidst the pink petals.

I have no idea what this is but there is one on the wall under every overpass ... hmmmm.

We arrived just in time ...

As the sun rose it illuminated the trees across the basin.

The Fam.  Troopers all indulging their Mama.

This cracked me up - Look!  It's a flower!

The canopy over our heads.

Somebody (I'm not mentioning names) ... fell in the water.

He wasn't too unhappy about it.