Monday, June 13, 2011

~~A Day At Stoney Shell Beach~~

Well, my poolside beach anyway.

Welcome Friends! Temps are soaring here in the Lone Star State and today we nearly reached 100 again.
As you may recall from past posts, my sweet golden, Miss Beazy Lee, loves to swim. So after a full day of studio work, I promised her we would go swimming this afternoon.

Miss B loves to fetch her pool toys and swims plenty of laps in doing so. Boy it's hot! Just how warm is the pool water? Let's see~~

Wow, a bathwater warm, 92 degrees!
So with my pool tote filled with magazines, sunscreen, water jug, beach towels and pool chair, I am ready to relax.


Okay Beazy is jumping in, and I'm right behind her.

I'll throw her frog toy out so she can swim and fetch~ there she goes~

She's got it and swimming back to me, Good girl Miss B!

Are you wondering why I am calling this poolside retreat, Stoney Shell Beach? Well, let me show you.
Last Spring, my dear guy and I brought in yards and yards of pebble stones for beyond the pool area when we redesigned our yard. We planted a new garden, and made a beach area to sit by the pool under the tree.
The area gets morning sun and shade in the heat of the day. Over the stones I sprinkled lots of beach shells and pretty blue crystals gems. It makes you feel you are at the beach when the sun hits them giving a shimmering glow. It would have been nice to place real sand for a real beach, but for obvious reasons, that could not work. So this is the next best thing. You can't go barefoot here, but in Texas, you really don't go barefoot anyway. Just too hot and the ground can really burn your tootsies. So flip flops are in order.

Pool blue chairs for comfy relaxing, next to a lighted bird bath table my hubby made with shells inside. At night, the inside lights up between the shells for a warm glow.
Look close at the ground stones and you can see the shells here and there. Even after our hard icy winter, they did fine.




Next to this area is my Garden Chic potting bench. I love this spot to work my flowers in pots and have the extra storage. This bench was built by my son for Christmas a few years ago. It was a special surprise and I so enjoy it. The window was painted by me a few years ago and has also done well through our harsh weather this past winter. It currently is the photo for my blog header.

As you walk up to this part of the yard, you pass under an iron arch where I have planted white roses called "Lady Banks." They are thornless and perfect for a pass through. My dear guy surprised me with them this Spring. They are nearly to the top already and I can't wait till next year when they will be in full bloom again. I had the yellow Lady Banks in this very spot for years, but they had to be taken out with the redesign last year. My sweetheart knew how I missed them, so he surprised me with 2 new vines this season and I am thrilled.

The new plantings from last year have really grown, and what was rather small and lonely, is full and lush this year.


As we walk to the sideyard, we pass my little bistro table and chairs. I am in the process of making chair cushions for the seats. As we meander around, notice the little bunny keeping company with the lavender on the little park bench my hubby made. Also see the pots of Balloon Flowers ready to be planted. They are a gorgeous blue and look just like a balloon till the flower opens. And, my bunny friend stands guard in my little Cone Flower patch.




Some of my garden friends would like to say hello. Please meet Grow and Dream Fairy Angels, who look like they are taking an afternoon nap as they watch over my garden.


Oh Miss B is enjoying the geraniums as she looks out over the water.


Meet Miss Poolside Angel who loves to stretch out on the brick ledge.

And, meet a few more friends relaxing around the garden. Yes, it is a lazy Texas day.





It has been a very hot afternoon and Miss B and I have enjoyed taking some time to relax with you and take a swim. I know she will be taking a nap soon as all the frog fetching has got her mighty tired!

While we are drying off, let's visit with Miss Storytelling Angel as she reads from her book and cools her little feet in the clear blue stone water. If we listen closely, we can hear her story.

Till next time, have a wonderful June day.
Hugs from Texas, Celestina Marie

11 comments:

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Dogmom Diva said...

Celestina, what a beautiful retreat you have..and Miss Beazy is adorable..My daughter in love's parents have a kitty cat named Beazy..thank you for sharing your retreat with us!

Barb

Willow said...

Your pool retreat looks heavenly. I just adore all your little angels. We are finally having a break from the high temps here for the next few days.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Oh my goodness...your yard is fabulous! What a wondeful place to spend the summer!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Celeste and Miss B... oooh, Tessy and I want to pack our beach bags and spend the day at Stoney Shell Beach!... everything looks so beautiful... your gardens are just gorgeous and I love all of your angels, bunnies, froggies and other garden decor... you have so many pretty places to relax... I would love to spend a lazy day in Texas with you... Miss Beazy certainly does enjoy her pool!...I love how you put the seashells all around... enjoy your blissful day at "the beach"... love to you, xoxo Julie Marie and Tessy

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

What a beautiful paradise! I'm jealous! lol Sounds like you are enjoying the summer! Have fun!

ginny said...

Beautiful garden and pool area, Celeste! I should have visited Texas in the summer instead of November! LOL! I want to jump in that pool and float all day long!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

You have a wonderful paradise and it must feel like a lovely escape to come and relax here.
Also neat that you and the sweet Miss Beazy, are able to swim in the pool to keep cool.
Your garden and planting is gorgeous and I love your hand painted window and potting bench.
Stay cool, dear friend and enjoy the summer.

Hugs
Carolyn

Kerri said...

Miss Beazy is a doll and smart too! I am looking forward to seeing your bistro chairs when you are finished with them. Thanks for the sweet comment you left for me :)

Hugs from Florida,

Kerri

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Such a lovely oasis you've created. I so enjoy seeing all your special touches that abound everywhere! Miss B is just such a sweetheart ~ so that's how she keeps her girlish figure!! Maybe I should get Sis a pool!

Love,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

JOPO said...

I like Your blog. Very beautiful pictures. I like very much all old.

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..