The Best Summer Days — Les meilleurs jours de l’été

crane beach

Crane Beach

August 19. It was about 2 pm when we eventually hit the road to drive an hour North from home. Direction? Crane Beach.

We packed a picnic, smoked salmon sandwiches, a carrot salad (we are people of habits, I tell you!), quinoa chips, a melon picked at the farmer’s market the day before, a bar of dark chocolate and vanilla-flavored mini scones baked in the morning. For the first time, I used sorghum flour. I cannot wait to tell you more about this deliciously surprising flour.

crane beach

This time has to be the best of summer in New England. The days are already a bit cooler but still beautifully sunny and clear, with this glowing orange-yellow sunlight that I so much love to see in Boston at this time of year. I know that if we had been able to, we would have rolled sleeping bags under our arms, and plunked ourselves on a corner of the beach, ready to fall asleep and spend the night there. Oh wait, I would almost have forgotten about the mosquitoes. These ones never take a break, do they?

Never mind.

crane beach

crane beach

crane beach

When we arrived, we were thrilled to find a place mostly empty. Acknowledge, this is quite an attractive picture, non? Personne ! (Nobody!) No wait to park. No lines anywhere. Just you and the beach — ok, seagulls too — with kilometers of space, in a nature that infallibly warmed me up and made me smile.

We felt happy.

And the crème de la crème? The walk we took, just before sunset, along the dunes. At that time of day, the light is always magical there.

crane beach

crane beach

crane beach

Now simply imagining late summer coming, with many more days like today and oh yes, I think that I will sleep well tonight.

crane beach

Je suis impatiente que cela arrive ! (I cannot wait!)

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  1. There is nothing like being by the sea to make you feel good. And how wonderful to have the beach to yourself to take pictures!
    I’m looking forward to hearing about the sorgum flour, especially if it is still in the form that contains vanilla and chocolate

  2. Je voulais que tu saches tout le bien que me font tes photos, ce matin…C’est un grand bol d’air pur, iodé, des couleurs que j’aime, des odeurs que je n’ai pas de mal à imaginer, une nature qui apaise et ressource. J’habite ds le Nord de la France, près de côtes sauvages et belles, j’aime l’espace de ces plages, les dunes encore préservées, les oiseaux pour seuls compagnons certains matins…manque parfois un soleil généreux qui réchaufferait l’eau en même temps que nos coeurs, mais, bon…
    Tes photos sont superbes, comme tjs. Je t’envie ce talent.

  3. Crane Beach is such a special place. We used to make the trip up there from Boston quite frequently. I’m glad to see that it is still unspoiled and so beautiful.

  4. Ah si nous pouvions avoir un ete indien nous aussi, et profiter un peu des espaces sauvages. Tu me fais toujours rever Bea.

  5. Nous avons le même genre de journée à Montréal. J’adore tout comme toi. C’est splendide. Tes photos me ravissent. J’apprécie beaucoup l’attention que tu portes aux détails, comme la photo de l’oiseau avec les tongs.

  6. What a lovely post. Looking forward to hearing about your sorghum scones, as I am Gluten Free. Do you have a recipe for Quinoa chips?

  7. oh thank you! I didn’t even know i had a comment filter on. i feel like i’ve had a celebrity visit my blog least thats what ive been telling my uninterested friends. bonne journee!

  8. What heavenly, heavenly light! You’ve really captured New England just as summer starts to merge with autumn. It’s one of my favorite times of year!

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