When my week at the beach began, it looked a little like this:
By Tuesday, however, it looked like this:
The difference in these shots? The direction of the wind. Because for all the pain of a 100+-degree day (not heat index), you could bear it if you could sit under an umbrella and chill out, going in the water when you wanted to.
But when the wind comes from the west, that is, off the land, it is not only hotter, it brings biting black flies. Flies that love the shade, making umbrellas little pockets of death. Even sitting in a chair is painful, as the flies congregate in the shade under you. So you stand. Or you lay in the searing heat. And then, when you can’t take it any longer, you run into the ocean, which was delightful and cool, but every afternoon it was high tide and there were no waves!
I’m not complaining, not really. I mean, I’d rather be lazing around the beach house or be at the beach than trudging the mile to work in that heat. But still? Not the most ideal beach week you could have asked for.
We did do a lot of crabbingâ€”sad results this year compared with last year, but I did catch the largest crab of the week, one that measures 6 inches point to point! Oh, it was sooo yummy.
Wait, you want to hear about knitting? OK. I brought with me the baby sweater for my friend EH’s baby, and knit a bit on the drive to the beach as well as in the morning on Sunday. Then I sort of realized/became horrified to see that I wasn’t going to have enough yarn. So I lost a bit of hope, I prepared myself for a retooling upon my return, and I stopped all knitting. (Yesterday I took it out about a quarter of the way, and I think I’m back on track.) The other knitting I brought was my latest Summer of Socks socks. They’re Snowflake Lace socks, and I’m trying to do a toe-up heel flap with little success. Though I didn’t knit them one bit, I did take a shot from the upstairs balcony to prove they were at the beach.
That is the ocean in the background! This shot was taken on Thursday, I believe, when it was about 102 degrees. No way I was doing any knitting, even in the house! I definitely became overly obsessed with the new blog/web site and lost a little steam on the knitting front. I hope to get back on track this week!