Monday, Monet & caretaking in paradise


A sweet, spicy scent fills the air of the living room.  Cinnamon rolls are baking in the oven for a breakfast al fresco on the balcony. A cloudless blue sky and shimmering waters awaits us on yet another beautiful October morning in Orange Beach.

As we enjoy our scrambled eggs and cinnamon rolls, orange juice and coffee, a pleasant breeze brushes against our faces.  From nine floors below comes the sound of the rolling surf caressing our ears. A few boats, sail and power, move through the Gulf waters.  From the distance comes the sound of ship’s horn, as if a giant is blowing across the top of an equally giant-sized glass soda bottle.

My oldest sister looks down towards the beach. “Those people act like they are looking for something in particular,” she says. I glance down and see a line of folks slowly walking across the sand in what appears to be a rather methodical manner.

My BIL explains they are a group of volunteers who comb the beach on pretty much a daily basis, looking for litter and for any signs of the oily balls that were an unwanted legacy of the BP oil spill.

“That’s why I like living here so much,” our BIL says. “Everything is well looked after, including the beaches.”

After all,  even paradise requires some TLC, right?

My gregarious BIL, who loves to talk with his hands.

The volunteers on their return walk, combing the beach for any litter.

The view from the balcony to the east. Sublime . . .

Now, I find myself imagining Mr. A here, his eyes made an even more incandescent blue as they reflect the hues of the sea and sky, his hair long enough to be invitingly tousled by the breeze.

I know he isn’t a water baby, but I still like envisioning him taking a slow jog through the sand right where the water laps against it. There’s a look of contentment on his face as he enjoys the fresh air and the sunshine.

And that vision led me to contemplate all this natural beauty, so inspiring to the artistic soul of someone like RA and to Claude Monet, the artist Richard brought so vividly to life in The Impressionists.

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  1. Like your BIL, I love that people are taking care of this gift of nature and trying to mitigate the unpleasantness people cause with litter and oil spills. I send the volunteers a big “Thank you!” As we can see from your photos, this is a paradise worth preserving.

    I, too, think Richard would enjoy running here on the firm sand right at the surf’s edge — all that good air and sunshine and beauty might be irresistible, especially to someone who portrayed Monet perfectly.

    • I think it’s important that people know that the beaches and water are looking as beautiful as ever and are safe, desirable places to visit and enjoy. BP screwed up with that spill, but at least they have made good on their promise to reimburse those adversely affected financially by that disaster (even my hometown, which lost revenue from travelers stopping in on their way to the beach) and worked to restore the water and beaches and prevent any more wildlife casualties. Interestingly enough, the oil spill actually allowed people in other parts of the country to become aware of the beaches here in Alabama and brought a new group of tourists once things began to return to normal.

      And I imagine Richard in a blue and white windbreaker and blue shorts (to coordinate with the sky, water and sand) as those long, lovely legs of his take him along the water’s edge. 😀

  2. The work of volunteers is truly commendable, a real paradise! RA-Monet is an extraordinary performance, he really overwhelms with his passion, love for nature and the joie de vivre. I imagine him while he paints on the beach 🙂 Thanks

    • Where would we be without volunteers in this world?? Yes, I can imagine Monet in his blue smock, an intent look in those beautiful, incandescent eyes as he paints . . . determined to capture the natural beauty before him.

  3. Your description of Richard on the beach made me go all weak at the knees!

    The work of the volunteers is obviously paying off, Orange Beach looks beautiful and clean, kudos to them. It sounds like you are having a wonderfully relaxing time.

    • 😀 Almost anything to do with RA makes me go weak–all over!

      I also enjoyed lunch outside today while my BIL was out and sis was taking a nap. A sandwich is a feast when eaten with a view like that. 😀

  4. Lovely! You must be having a wonderful time! I hope Richard is taking a little vacation after all of his hard work! I would faint if i saw him jogging on the beach…aaahhhh!

      • I hope he’s getting some R&R, too. On the other hand, thousands of women fainting as he crosses their path might be considered a public health hazard. Keep it together, sisters, and try not to *thud*.

        • This just in–it is reported that masses of women of all ages and backgrounds are experiencing sudden fainting spells, swooning left, right and center as up-and-coming actor Richard Armitage crosses their paths. The affected females are largely incoherent, but there are reports of several of the victims murmuring things such as “OH MY GOD. The sexiness . . .” and “Most beautiful man I have ever seen. Can I take him home??” 😉

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