Beach Day & Buried Treasure

Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day here in Connecticut. The sun was shining, there was a light breeze and the temperature was just right. We decided to take full advantage and adventure about 30 minutes south to the Connecticut shore along Long Island Sound. As a girl who loves her ocean and grew up boating in and around the Sound, the snowy winter had made me miss that salty air scent and warm sea breeze. Since reading a few months back about the neat legends of Charles Island and Captain Kidd’s 1699 buried treasure, I’ve been patiently waiting for the snow to melt and the thermometers to rise to spend a day down at Silver Sands State Park.

This place is definitely going to become one of our favorite and frequented spots. Since moving a bit farther south a few months back, the commute was perfect. There is no fee for parking or entrance to the beautiful state park, and I love how laid back and uncramped the atmosphere was. When the tide goes out, the sandbars in the sound are perfect for refreshing walks. We even ventured out all the way to Charles Island when the sandbar made its way to the water’s surface. {Warning though, I’ve read that if the sandbar is not completely above water, it can be dangerous to walk to the island}.

Despite some sunburn, we had a perfect little day. Since there is no concession stand {which I sort of enjoyed}, we stopped before in the picturesque Milford center at a great deli for sandwiches and fruit salad {a beach essential in my book}!

I captured some neat Instagram photos. {Follow me to check out more}.

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Our Outdoor Garden

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When renting a home, finding your own outdoor space is pretty rare, so we were so happy to discover the private deck off of our new apartment. We’re so proud of the how we’ve transformed the area and made it our own space. We began completely plantless, but after finding an awesome deal for a variety of vegetable and flower seeds and a set of ten pots for $30 at a tag sale, our growing adventures began. A few weeks and a couple of additions later, we’ve managed to create a relaxing and appealing outdoor oasis that we absolutely love! Our latest purchase is a lemon tree. It has yet to produce any fruit, but {hopefully} that will come with time.

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Other than a beautiful array of many types of flowers, we are also growing cantelope, eggplant, lettuce, green beans, spinach, peppers, basil, cilantro, lemongrass, lemons.

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Our plants are still in the baby stages. One smart step slipped our minds when planting seeds: labeling the pots. Once they mature and we figure out what we’re growing, I’d love to get crafty and make labels like these using vintage forks.

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Another feature I love about our little garden is the variety of pot styles. We decided to use what we could find. Two of my favorites are these wood crates we found laying around H’s parent’s house. I love the rustic, natural look they give.

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Wish us luck on our growing adventures! And remember, we did all of that on a seven by ten foot deck, with room for a grill and patio set! Proof you don’t need to own a piece of land to grow an abundant garden.