Monday, July 8, 2013

A Perfect Day - Breezes, Boats, Birds, and Blooms.

From as far back as I can remember, going to the banks of the Cape Cod Canal has brought peace, calm, and cooling. As a child my parents brought us there for picnics - to this day a peanut butter and grape jelly (homemade in those days) sandwich takes me there at first bite.  With son, Jason, wife Alison and their Teddy, living a stonesthrow from the Canal, it seemed the perfect place to have a lobster salad picnic on a day too hot to do much but seek out a breeze.  With the heavy traffic that usually keeps us confined to home on holidays here, mostly at their destinations, we made the 40 minute drive over the Sagamore Bridge and found the perfect place under a large shade tree, to have our picnic lunch.

While we were enjoying our picnic, Jason and family were at a bike parade and accompanying festivities (Teddy won a blue ribbon!) and they joined us to enjoy the cooling breezes for awhile.
The Canal area is always a great place to birdwatch. This comorant and seagull seemed to be friends and were either on these polls or diving to the water, during all the time we were there. They seemed to talk to each other. We saw goldfinches, kingfishers, and many noisy crows that afternoon.  There was also a privet hedge in full bloom - perfuming the air heavily. The scent of July!

There were some amazing boats passing by. This beautiful old-timer was asea from London.
After a lovely few hours of peace, reading, soft talk, and fascination, we took a short jaunt to visit at Jason's to play with Teddy, prior to an impromptu cookout, and then attending the Sagamore Beach fireworks display.  It turned out to be a fun family day!  Teddy had a great time playing in his tunnel.

 Just like his Dad, he loves his Big Wheel!
 He rode this in the bike parade earlier.

Arriving at the beach prior to the fireworks.  
Cape Cod Bay
Teddy gets ready with his glow toys

LM taking in the sights. 

Many families had bonfires and the entire evening was very festive and fun.

Next thing we knew we were surrounded by fireworks and then festivities began. We truly felt that we'd never seen a better display.  From where we sat, we could see all the way from Plymouth to Provincetown and there were fireworks everywhere you looked in the distance, and above our heads, as well.  Cape Cod bay was alight, and we were in total delight.  A great way to celebrate our nation's birthday. 

Tired Daddy and son..... 

Hope you had a happy 4th, too.
Much love to all!


linda eller said...

What a nice day you had; fun, festive, and peace and quiet as well. Happy Monday!

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

Looks like you had a perfect holiday!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Thank you for your caring words to
me and also for letting me visit you this very day :)

Judy said...

So wonderful--I know I don't have to remind you of how lucky you are to live where you do and that you have a wonderful life! Time is fleeting--we need to enjoy more days like this!!! That reminds me--my privet hedge needs trimming--badly--I am anxious to get it done, BUT--it is in full bloom and I gotta wait, LOL. It does fill the air with a beautiful scent.