I took these pictures of Santa’s House on the Rehoboth, Delaware boardwalk, where children visit Santa every weekend from Thanksgiving to Christmas. My four-year old grandson has enthusiastically embraced the concept of Santa Claus, especially the part about him bringing toys to good children, and his excitement has filled me with Christmas spirit. There’s nothing like having a small child around to better appreciate the holidays.
Photos copyright Adele Downs 2018
Wishing my American readers a Happy Thanksgiving filled with the love of family and friends.
Photo copyright Adele Downs 2018.
Flamingos in Maryland? Yes, at the Salisbury Zoo. I had no idea these creatures were so noisy! They sounded like a flock of honking geese.
The colors in this photograph are unaltered and exactly as they appeared through my camera lens.
Photo copyright Adele Downs 2018.
Greetings from the beach! I moved from my family home in Pennsylvania to my vacation home in Delaware full-time and dove straight into summer. As part of my new routine, I’m taking early morning walks on the boardwalk along the ocean. The air at dawn is cool and refreshing, and I’m learning to appreciate rising early to work out. By 8 AM, the sun starts to get hot, and my enthusiasm for exercise declines with every uptick of the thermometer.
Near the end of my route, a sign for a Book Box takes me a few yards off the boardwalk to an adorable little free library. Book Boxes are popping up all over the country, and book lovers and authors like me are thrilled by the trend. The process is easy–take a book, give a book. No library card or membership of any kind is needed and you can borrow or donate at any time.
There might be a little Book Box or two in your community. If not, maybe you and an organization close to your heart can start one in your neighborhood. Reading is fun!
How could I resist taking a look?
Following Ms. Bunny to the Book Box.
Built by the Village Improvement Association.
Take a book. Donate a book. Easy.
I’ll be glad to donate signed copies of my books.
Photos copyright Adele Downs 2018.
Please excuse my silence. I haven’t posted much to social media the past few months, talked to my readers about my books, or started writing a new novel. How could I? My loving, sweet and kind husband of thirty years passed away suddenly in March and I’m devastated. My career has been put on hold while I grieve. At the same time, I’m packing boxes for the move from my family home in Pennsylvania to a little house for one in Delaware.
I hope you will be here when I return.
I don’t often publish personal posts, since I try to keep my blog primarily about my books, but it’s an emotional time at my house, and I want to share this moment. My husband and I said farewell to our son James at Fort Dix, NJ, and watched him swear the oath of service as a US Coast Guard recruit before heading to boot camp. Every parent and spouse in the room became teary-eyed as we watched our loved one lift a hand to take the vow. It’s an experience and an honor I’ll never forget.
I’m excited for my son, and proud, and wish him all the best as he embarks on an adventurous life of service to our country and its citizens. I hope you’ll join me in wishing him well.
The road to Fort Dix as dawn breaks.
The visitor center for vehicle registration, I.D. photo, and entrance pass.
The base entrance.
I took these pictures of Santa’s House on the Rehoboth, Delaware boardwalk, where children visit Santa every weekend from Thanksgiving ’til Christmas. My three-year old grandson is just beginning to grasp the concept of Santa Claus, especially the part about him bringing toys to good children, and his excitement has filled me with Christmas spirit. There’s nothing like having a small child around to better appreciate the holidays.
Sending warmest wishes to my friends, family, and readers for a Thanksgiving filled with peace and the promise of happy memories.
Photo copyright Adele Downs.
This morning I watched a robin hop around our yard with a worm in its beak before it flew into a bush to feed its chicks. Birds seem to be everywhere at the beach and on the bay, co-existing with us humans and sharing the water, sun and sand.
This mama bird protects her nest high above a Delaware boardwalk beside the Atlantic Ocean. I needed my telephoto lens to capture this shot.
On the dock by our summer home just before twilight, this seagull sentry attempted to keep me from approaching the rest of the flock. I respected his wishes and kept my distance, though I took advantage of his pose with my Fuji digital camera.
As the sun went down, seagulls gathered on the next dock, and ducks and geese joined the party.
The seagulls have the beach to themselves during the off season.
Photos are unretouched. Shown exactly as nature intended.
Copyright Adele Downs 2017
Springtime for my husband and me means more visits to our little piece of heaven. Though we visit our vacation home year round, April’s warm-up marks the beginning of our personal beach season. After a dreary few months of winter cold, snow and rain, we’re excited to enjoy sunshine, our bay views, and walks by the ocean. We’d planned, saved and searched for the right opportunity for many years to fulfill our beach house dream, and we treasure every day by the water.
Here are pictures I took on the dock, just before sunset, with my Fuji digital camera. Pictures are unretouched, shown exactly as nature intended.
Photos copyright Adele Downs 2017
What happens when four author friends get together when they’re not writing or talking about writing? They go to the premiere of BEAUTY and THE BEAST on opening day.
From left to right: Veronica Forand, Adele Downs, Judi Fennell, Beth Long.
Disney’s newest version of the fairy tale starring Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, and Kevin Kline as Papa Maurice is a big, beautiful film offering an escape from the world for two wonderful hours. The characters are perfectly cast, the musical scenes are breathtaking, the humor actually makes us laugh, the costumes and set designs are Oscar worthy, and the dark moments are intense. There wasn’t a single thing about the film I didn’t enjoy and I recommend the movie to romance lovers everywhere.
Those who have decided to boycott the film due to a rumor that two men kiss–that is only a rumor and simply not true. There is a ballroom scene at the end (–SPOILER ALERT!–) where everyone in the castle dances when the spell of enchantment is broken, and two men lift their arms to dance together, but the gay moment is offered in the spirit of fun. It was a snapshot inside a huge, exciting extravaganza that’s not to be missed. I want to see the movie again.
This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for my family, my friends, social media followers, and my wonderful readers. Thank you for your support and your enthusiasm for my books.
I wish you all a safe and memorable holiday filled with love.
Photo of Adele Downs’ homemade apple pie copyright 2016
Photo copyright Adele Downs 2016
The irony that broken glass is rightly avoided as dangerous trash, but that shards smoothed by the ocean and hunted by beach combers is highly collectible, wasn’t lost on me as I waited in line to enter the Sea Glass Festival in Lewes, Delaware. (Officially called the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival, sponsored by The Lewes Historical Society.)
When I’m not writing romance novels, I’m exploring and taking pictures. The sea glass displays pictured here were made available for educational purposes. However, there were lots of beautiful nautical crafts and natural wonders offered for sale at the event.
Gorgeous examples of sea glass in hard to find colors.
More treasures from the sea.
In order to beat the inevitable traffic jam the event created, I arrived half an hour before the gate opened and was one of the first to step inside this exciting maritime festival, held on the Lewes-Cape May Ferry Terminal grounds, overlooking the lovely Delaware Bay.
A fun conversation piece—a sea glass dress.
The vendors selling driftwood or crafts made with sea glass were especially busy. I bought a combination sea glass/stained glass window ornament for my beach house, shards of sea glass from the Chesapeake Bay to accent my bowl of shells, and a pair of miniature sea glass earrings.
For more information about the festival: http://www.leweschamber.com/event/community-events/2016-mid-atlantic-sea-glass-coastal-arts-festival
Photo copyright Adele Downs 2016
Here’s my favorite view in the world, seen by day.
Here’s the same view at sunset over the bay.
Photos are unretouched.
Copyright Adele Downs 2016
Friends and I spent the day at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, to enjoy the spectacular Christmas displays for which they’re renowned. I arrived with my digital camera in hand, prepared to take dozens of equally spectacular pictures, and then…after the first shot…my battery died. I’d checked the battery beforehand, and thought it was okay, but I was mistaken. Grrr. Lesson learned. Always carry a spare.
So…I improvised, and spent the afternoon taking pictures with my iPhone 5C. Not ideal, but doable. When I got home, I edited the photos with a picture program. I hope you enjoy them. Longwood Gardens is one of the most beautiful places in the country, and if you visit Pennsylvania, you won’t want to miss it.
I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas, and a wonderful holiday season.
Photographs copyright Adele Downs 2015
Feeling especially sentimental about the holidays this year…
and a little boy is the most important reason why:
Our grand toddler broke an ornament on our Christmas tree during a recent visit, but since it was plastic and not glass, I wasn’t concerned for his safety. We placed only (theoretical) unbreakables on the bottom half of the tree, with him in mind. Paper, cardboard, plastic.
Turned out the broken item was the first Christmas ornament I gave my husband when we were dating–almost 30 years ago. Grand toddler has good taste–I understand why he liked that particular ornament. It was a molded vehicle with big, cool looking wheels. Clearly, he wanted to play with it. But the ornament was old, and more fragile than I’d thought, and collapsed in his tiny hands.
My husband and I looked down at the ornament we’d hung for three decades, carefully wrapped each year in its box to save for the next. “Should I try to glue it back together?” I asked. Without missing a beat, we looked at one another and shook our heads. The ornament symbolized the beginning of our relationship, but our first grandchild marks the beginning of a new and wonderful chapter in our lives. We are sentimental about our past, but excited about our future, and the future of our growing family. The ornament we rehung with special pride this year, and will display for years to come, says, “Grandson’s First Christmas.”
To get you in a beach mood, here are unretouched photos taken with my Fuji digital camera at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware.
Photos copyright Adele Downs
Original photographs taken with my Fuji digital camera at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA.
Photos copyright Adele Downs.
The greatest event in my personal life in 2014 was the birth of my first grandchild. He’s the light of my life and the center of his parents’ world, and that’s how it should be. In the spirit of loving the child and celebrating his first Christmas, my daughter created paintings on canvas for her home and mine, using imprints of her infant’s hands and feet. The nose on the reindeer was made with his thumb! We will treasure these keepsakes for many years.
I loved the pictures they created so much that I took photographs and added text on Photoshop. The results are digital Christmas cards for my readers, friends, and followers from my family to yours. I hope you like these digital cards, because I made them with you in mind. “)
Perhaps you’d like to create holiday keepsakes like these with your children. Though you can use paper, my daughter bought pre-cut canvas and non-toxic paint from the craft shop. The canvas will last for decades, preserving our memories of baby’s first Christmas.
I greatly appreciate you reading my books and following my blog. Enjoy the holiday season!
To all my American readers, family, and friends ~ HAPPY THANKSGIVING.