There is sand in my picnic basket…

…and a thousand golden memories littering the shore we left behind.

And for the first time in over a month, my blue train case has been tucked away and the suitcases have been stowed and our beloved tea thermos and aluminum cups have been washed and hung in their plaid case on their peg in the closet. We’ve crammed a summer’s-worth of holiday into a few precious weeks. And while we’re both feeling very much like it’s time, as my grandmother would say, to ‘get down to brass tacks’ and all the sweet sobriety of normal days, it’s hard not to be the least bit wistful over the trailing wisps of such happy times. They linger yet like a fragrance, crooking an ephemeral finger, as it were, for one last backward glance…

Watching the sunset with Caspian, Jekyll Island, May 2010

Sunset Picnic, St. Simons Island, June 2010

11th Anniversary at Jekyll Island, June 2010

I wanted to give an account for myself, and my relative silence around here. And I wanted to let all of you know that I’ve got some lovely secrets that are bursting at the seams which I cannot wait to begin sharing with you next week! (And perhaps there might be a seaside tale or two brewing to boot…).

But for the present, I’m still dreaming of live oaks in their ghostly draperies of Spanish moss and air scented with the lemon-spice of magnolias and a crescent moon swinging low over a heaving sea like ‘a silver girl on silver sands’…

God bless you all and I hope that you have a very happy Independence Day! See you next week,


11 Responses to “There is sand in my picnic basket…”

  1. Gretchen says:

    Welcome home! You’ve been missed. Muchly.

    Now do tell those secrets. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  2. Camille says:

    Those are some gorgeous pictures, Lanier. Can’t wait for the next post!

  3. It all looks gorgeous! Glad you are back. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Jessica says:

    I’m so glad you’re back…I’ve missed your posts! It looks like it was a lovely seaside vacation (we just got back from the sea here as well…just for a couple days though!)…and I can’t wait to hear the secrets… ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Lisa says:

    Lanier, every time I read a post of yours, my heart swells so I feel my chest couldn’t hold it in. I’m eagerly anticipating the new posts! Thank you for sharing your beautiful writing, your beautiful pictures, and snippets of a life beautifully lived.

  6. Gwen says:

    I want to lend my voice to all the earlier comments- Hurrah Lanier is back! I can’t wait for your next posts!

  7. Lanier!
    I have missed you and am glad of your safe return!I cannot wait to see your next post and just loved the beauty of this one.Blessings~Sharon

  8. Such beautiful pictures! Makes me want to pack up for a sunset picnic right now…

  9. Jodi Lenz says:

    Happy belated anniversary, dear friend! Just got back with pictures to share. Hope you can take a peek sometime soon. -J

  10. Lara says:

    Can’t wait! Glad you and your beloved had a wonderful time!

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