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Mornings By The Bay: Fishing and Crabbing #fishing

Where has the summer gone? Beach season has flown by. In addition to enjoying life on the Delaware coast, I’ve been busy helping my husband remodel the beach house guest bathroom. I’ll post before and after pictures when the room is done. I’ve also been working on a new novel, and have other publishing projects in the works that I can hardly wait to tell you about after the contracts arrive.

Blue claw crabs have been plentiful at the beach this year, and we’ve had good catches since May. Steamed and cleaned right out of the bay is the best way to enjoy them at dinnertime. Fresh corn on the cob from a local farm and a cold beer makes the perfect meal.

If you’d like to try your hand at crabbing–either from a dock using string and bits of chicken, or with handheld traps filled with bait, or by investing in crab pots that stay in the water overnight, you’ll need a fishing and crabbing license, and will have to follow the rules set by your state about keepers, but a seasonal license is well worth the enjoyment your family will have.

Here’s a picture of our overnight crab traps. Each household in our Delaware bay community is allowed a maximum of two. We use a combination of chicken and bunker fish for bait and the crabs love it.

This guy was definitely a keeper! On this particular day, we caught over 50 crabs, and though nearly half of them were too small to keep and had to be returned to the water, our catch yielded enough food for two meals.

Add side dishes for a great summertime feast.

When I’m feeling especially energetic, I make crab cakes or homemade crab bisque, which can be frozen and enjoyed during the winter months when we’re dreaming about warm weather.

It’s been a great summer in Delaware. I’ll be sorry to see the season end.

Mornings By The Bay: Birds and Water Fowl

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

Why do you love to read? Celebrate World Book Day! #LovetoRead #WorldBookDay

It’s World Book Day! Celebrate by supporting literacy, reading a book, and reading to your kids.

Do you have a favorite book? One that fueled your love of reading? Please share that story with us in the comments section. Book lovers appreciate recommendations!

My favorite book as a child was LITTLE WITCH by Anna Elizabeth Bennett. I could hardly wait to receive my copy the day I carried cash to school to place my order with a #2 pencil on a Scholastic Books form. Since then, I’ve kept the paperback on my keeper shelf to read again and again. From elementary school to college, to marriage and family, LITTLE WITCH has traveled with me. I read the story to my children and will read it to my grandchildren. If you haven’t read this wonderful tale, I highly recommend you do.

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My love for paranormal stories likely started with LITTLE WITCH. I’ve written a few books with paranormal elements, namely HER IMMORTAL VIKING and LIP SERVICE, but KISSES FROM LILLITH is my first supernatural short story with shades of romance, horror, and suspense. Early reviewers are singing the book’s praises, and I hope you’ll download a copy. Only .99 for an hour’s worth of entertainment.

KISSES FROM LILLITH by Adele Downs

A sizzling short story with bite.

Pre-order for only .99! Releasing April 27.

When Hunter receives an invitation for a group tour in an ancient cave to celebrate his cousin’s birthday, he and his girlfriend Rosa unwittingly attend a party…with unusual refreshments.

“Wow! For a short story, this was a long, thrilling ride.” ~Will Work For Books

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Happy Reading!

Mornings By The Bay: New Season at the Beach

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

Beauty and the Beast Movie – Review by Adele Downs #BeautyandtheBeast

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.

A Thanksgiving Wish From Adele Downs

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.

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Photo of Adele Downs’ homemade apple pie copyright 2016

Beach Shoes by Adele Downs #Foto_Friday

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Photo copyright Adele Downs 2016

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