The week before Mother’s Day, I headed over to the beach house for some “me” time. Mother Nature was looking out for me and my somewhat melancholy mood. The weather went from pouring rain and fierce winds, to sunshine and warmer temperatures literally overnight. I spent five glorious days at the beach before the weather turned around again, as it so often does here in the Pacific Northwest. Truth be told, most native Oregonians (at least the ones I know) enjoy a good storm almost as much as they enjoy warmth, sunshine and blue skies, but we have certainly seen our share of storms this year. We’re heading into summer and I would like to spend all my free time over at the beach. Our first summer with a beach house, big smiley face!
This post is a picture reminder of how much I love the Northern Oregon Coast, how much I cherish our beach house, and because a blog commenter asked for more pictures. I do love taking photos.
You can’t get much bluer than that.
Sunset photos on the west coast can be quite spectacular.
Home sweet beach home.
I’m working on my beach house cookbook collection. There is something about using recipes from a real bound cookbook in that house that feels right. Suggestions welcome.
My new home office.
My beach house terrariums are doing quite nicely. They like their new home.
On one of my many walks around the neighborhood, I took photos of a couple of the beach paths. Oregon’s beaches are all public and mostly very accessible to all who want to enjoy them. There are quite a few little paths on our fairly short stretch of beach, and actually, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill, which safeguarded our beaches from development and kept them public for the world to enjoy.
There are also lots of old shingled beach houses.
A sunny day on the Oregon Coast beckons a little road trip. Nehalem Bay.
People hike and bike this area of Hwy. 101 in all weather, but warmth and blue skies really brings out the backpackers.
Northern Oregon Coast, Oswald West State Park. View down to Manzanita.
Oswald West State Park and the Pacific Ocean.
Sunset from our deck.
Waking up to this puts a smile on my face.
I will never tire of this view either.
Front Guest Bedroom. The Princesses’ bathrobe.
I have not been able to unpack my painting supplies yet as there is still touch up work being done on the beach house and I don’t want my things to be messed with. I have, however, commissioned a painting for that big wall from an artist we met in the tropical rainforest of Australia.
An original sketch/watercolor by the same artist I commissioned. This one is much smaller, and will also hang in the beach house…. somewhere, TBD.
As the weather changed from blue skies to stormy ones, a surfer showed up in front of our house at high tide. Ours is not really a surfer’s beach, so I stayed and watched until he came back in safely.
And then there were clouds, and rain.
But still a beautiful sunset for my last evening at the beach house.
My birthday fell on Mother’s Day this year, so I returned to the city for the occasion. I’ll be heading back over to the coast very very soon.