Sun, Tan and Tea with Market Friday: Beach Day!

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Today is #MarketFriday initiated by @dswigle (Denise, that's me!!) I hope you will join me as we share different markets across the globe. They are as different and varied as the countries themselves, and I always look forward to seeing what comes my way! Come. Sit down. Relax. Enjoy the shortest trip around the world you have ever experienced, taking in a market from somewhere different than what you have. And always remember #MarketFriday loves you!


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Whenever I get a chance, which is next to never, I like to meet up with one of my sisters and go out to lunch, or the beach, something that joins us for even a few hours of time. We both happened to be in the vicinity of Cocoa Beach, Florida, a sunny little haven of sun and sand on the East Coast of Florida, not far from Cape Canaveral where Nasa launched the space shuttles.


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I was there for Spring Break one year, not on purpose, trust me. You don't get this old by attending spring break year after year. It wears off. But, it is popular because Cocoa Beach is one of the very few that allows alcohol on the beach. The only caveat to that is that it cannot be in a glass container. It's the law. I have to say that for the most part, people seem to follow the rules.


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They even drink water sometimes, but, not always. The weather is most agreeable, all year long. I lived there for one year and couldn't believe that the sun shone a ridiculous amount of time, all year long. Even in January, I could sunbathe. I was a Northerner, so it was a perfectly respectable level of warmth to bare most of your body to the sun.


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The modes of transportation are as varied as the people. Bikes, three-wheelers for the more genteel crowd, mini jeep vehicles, golf carts, scooters, motorcycles, and of course, the shoe leather express.


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There is no shortage of waves and the beach is always with a good crowd. I will say that I can sit on the beach and see the sharks some days, out beyond the surf line. The beach is littered with seafood restaurants, some of them are holes in the walls, but, the food is generally good and freshly caught.


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I hadd fresh scallops and fried clams with a nice fresh salad. Beer was the drink of the day, but, I opted out for a little iced tea.Eating was fun, but, I really need to get back to the beach. Sun and fun.


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Volleyball, football, sandcastles, and just a bit of suntanning, with the needed sunscreen. You can buy it from a vendor walking the beach, checking you out like your mother would, "Do you have enough sunscreen?"


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You would think it is the best job in the world, but, the crowded beaches, sharks, all those surfers, riptide and big waves... Not such an easy job. I think it is a lot of fo work and your eyes never get a break. It is a huge responsibility.

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  1. Go to the market, or anywhere that you pay money for a service.
    Take pictures! Be creative!
  2. Tell us a little bit about the market or the event. What brought you there? What did you buy? How much did it cost?
  3. Post the picture(s) Of course, you should tell a little bit about the ones you post
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It is definitely starting to feel closer and I never got those Christmas stamps from the Post Office yet. I know, I could order them online, but, if I go there, they go through their drawer for me and find some that I can no longer buy! I have finished my Christmas letter, revising the one I had and adding a few more things. I have to be ahead of the game, it will be harder to get these things done as the days fly by and more is screaming for attention. The shipping for overseas has been done, and the in-country ones are in my craft room, in boxes that I wrap with Christmas paper, so they show up at the door all holiday looking. Then I have to put clear tape over that so it doesn't rip. But, the whole point is making somebody's Christmas a little more Christmassy. Less will be more this year. More than I expect. :) It's not about the presents my friends, it is about family and friends. In keeping with the Christmas Countdown, I give you one seasonal picture and the day count! There are 43 days 00 hours 03 minutes and 27 seconds.


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There is no shortage of shells or fun here. If the sun weren't so bad for you, I would live on the beach. The salt, the sand, such a rejuvenating feeling.


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Please leave the link to your post here so it can easily be found by others. It helps you and me to have them in one place. Where else can you take such a quick trip around the globe? Thank you so much for joining us!! ❤


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Snacks and drinks are nonstop during the weekend. Oh, the beach life. Did I really think this lives for me? Actually not, but, it is nice to visit it and remember why I am glad I don't live there. It is nice, but, only for a weekend or two. Oh, yes!!! I found another heart in nature! I have another one like that - also found on the beach!


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And just like that, this post is done. I hope you had a good time and learned a little something new. As always, I want to thank you for taking the time to visit, and just remember, #MarketFriday loves you! Thank you for supporting the challenge! Have a most fabulous day! Cheers!! Thank you for coming along and sharing the fun! I hope you didn't get too burnt!


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I never did find out what was behind that green door. It was some sort of secret and nobody would hint... next time I go down there, I will definitely peek in and see. I am pretty curious now. You will never miss it. It is lime green and can be seen from ten blocks over. Any guesses? Yes? Yes?


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As always, there must be flowers to color my world. You have to look hard today, there are tiny little yellow ones in the very front. #alwaysaflower


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Young, old and in between! Everyone fits.


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I had to look twice, but, it was all good. Somebody buy her more clothes!Pronto! She had a bandana top on and it really looked like the girl was a little nekkid. Didn't seem to bother anyone else. It is definitely the mother in me.


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But, it is popular because Cocoa Beach is one of the very few that allows alcohol on the beach. The only caveat to that is that it cannot be in a glass container. It's the law. I have to say that for the most part, people seem to follow the rules.

If I think about this more deeply, then it does make sense. If the people go drunk and start a fight, then they cannot kill each others with a plastic cup, just/only with glass. Other than this I currently do not see any logical reasons behind the banning glass containers for alcohol.

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If the glass gets broken, then it is likely to cut many different people. They do have rocks on the beach. Safe to today, I believe plastic cups are a lot safer on the beach. And yes, you hit the nail on the head. I hope you have a good evening and they happy Market Friday to you!

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Nice, beautifu, lovely post.

(As always, there must be flowers to color my world. You have to look hard today, there are tiny little yellow ones in the very front)

But I could not find the flowers 😉😉

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The flowers are in the middle bottom. Two little pops of yellow. Thank you for stopping by!

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Nice beach area, although I haven't been there,but visitor will be happy a lots activities are carried out the beach. See from the photos,some are playing swimming with surboards, including beach security patrols, and beautiful view, like post,thank you.

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They were really having a good time, and of course, the beach is always a good place to meet up and share a meal together. The days were warm, the tea was cold and it was a shame to have to leave.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your kind comment!

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I looove the beach with surf, sand and sea; nothing beats fun in the sun wherever one goes! Your choice of food sounds delicious too.
We went to the mountains this week so here is my contribution The Valley Bakery, hope you enjoy it😊

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I enjoyed reading and the trip in the valley bakery.
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Nothing beats the sun and fun! I have to agree with you there! Seafood is always my choice of food, especially living on the water for a good part of my life. I will always take seafood first!

You went to the mountains? That should be really fun! I can hardly wait to read it... and see how delicious that cake is! It sounds like a fun post! Thanks so much @lizelle

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Woo hoo ... bathing beauty:)

But wait ... sharks!!! Yikes

Loved that sunset, Denise:)

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Ha! I know, right? Sharks!! Most of the bites in this area are from Black Tip Sharks, although a woman was bitten in July by a Bull Shark. I am not fond of these aggressive sharks. It was a juvenile and in shallow water, but can inflict some proper damage.

Florida really does have some pretty sunsets! The colors are always amazing. Bathing suits are required on that beach. :)

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Amazing sunset and beach I like to be there, have a beautiful weekend!

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Thank you! Florida and sunshine, along with those sunsets! It is always a delight! Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments!

Have an amazing weekend! #MarketFriday loves you~!!

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Hi @dswigle
I enjoyed going through your market Friday post. The sunset and fun at the beach, it's amazing.
I was about asking where the market Friday comment section is, after reading, I discovered I will have to sent the link here.
Here's my link.

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You are correct!! :) That is exactly where they go and I am glad you found it! :) I am glad you went through the #MarketFriday post and enjoyed the sunset and beach.

Thank you for also dropping the link!

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Awesoem shots, I have never had an interest to go to any spot thats popular with the spring break crowd during spring break maybe because I am anti social and hate crowds LOL

that said I love Cocoa beach at other times have bene there a couple of times, and love all the photos you shares

and here is my post for this week in Downtown New bedford https://peakd.com/hive-183855/@tattoodjay/market-friday-r2gj6r

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Oh, I was embarrassed to put the pictures up, they are all with my cell phone and hot sun, sand... you know. There was no way I was going to be on the beach with my camera.

Can you believe my sister and I didn't know it was supposed to be Spring Break!!! I actually lived down there for one year. My favorite place was the Cocoa Beach Pier. The waves were huge and it takes a gorgeous picture.

Favorite place to eat? Pig 'n Whistle - A British Pub, right downtown. The house I had down there was the one I sold a month before COVID broke out. So glad as I was renting it out. That could only have ended badly.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Pig n whistle have come across a few restaurants named that in my travels and the food has always been good

That was good timing selling that one before Covid I think

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Being a beach employee is beautiful only in TV shows. Have you seen Rescuers Malibu? In fact, all the work is difficult and responsible.

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I was a lifeguard one summer as a teenager, so yes! I agree with you. We took it seriously, but with the alcohol, sharks, and all those people? No thank you! Those shows are so phony, and they garnered a lot of attention. It is not at all as glamorous as they show it to be.

Rescuers Malibu? I'm pretty sure I didn't want to torture myself watching those perfect bodies. :))

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your comment!!

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You had me so many times - I thought oh, end of the post, and then you had more LOL

What an amazing day at the beach - I too thought the girl was topless but bandana it is (must be the mother in me too ;p)

Behind the green door, hmmmmm I think it's our imagination ;D

And it is never about presents, most definitely not more than presence <33

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It's never about the presents!!! Yes! I love buying presents for people, but, I would rather have you than a gift any day. I feel like I have everything I have ever wanted, but, it is always the people for me.

I will get to the bottom of that green door if it is the last thing I do. Imagining it is probably better than the real thing! LOL I have this picture and of the girl with the bandana top on, otherwise, I would have had heart failure. All those sharks walking around the beach! :)

Thanks for much for the fun! Yeah, I put my post is over speech too early! LOL

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I totally agree with you my dear, the beach is good for weekends or holidays. everything has its time and the time of every thing under heaven - wrote Ecclesiastes. alcohol and bathing are not very compatible in my opinion. you need to be very careful on the water, while alcohol, on the contrary, relaxes. Oh, I don't envy the lifeguards at all who work on beaches with sharks, alcohol and a lot of people 😮 the first photo is just fire !!! stunningly beautiful !!! I'm sure you spent a wonderful day with your sister. The green door looks intriguing indeed. Probably there is some kind of exotic cafe with an African design (judging by the large mask on the wall)😀
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Oh, you are so quick to discover the details, aren't you?

Alcohol and water do not mix! My sister and I wouldn't have gone if we remembered it was Spring Break! It gets a little crazy and not at all conducive to the type of lifestyle I lead. Craziness indeed. :)

No envy for the lifeguard!! Not at all. There is no way I would be in charge of that beach. It would be like babysitting errant teenagers. Oh, wait! That is exactly what they are!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your link!

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Oh now I really want to go to Cocoa Beach! I think we are going to have to get out of dodge this coming winter. Every year it feels a little longer and colder!

They even drink water sometimes, but, not always.

Ha ha. That's funny! I think people get into party mode and forget that they cannot get hydrated on beer alone.

Also the "nekkid" shot... whoa! I see what you mean. It's not what you'd call a nude beach, so it would be a little shocking for people not to cover up. That made me laugh too!

And here's the link to my Market Friday post for this week: https://peakd.com/hive-196308/@jayna/market-friday-dunn-brothers-coffee-in-minneapolis

Thanks as always for managing this wonderful community!

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Thank you so much for putting in such wonderful #MarketFriday posts! They are always and forever fun! That girl with the boogie board in front, I still laugh, half the beach was gawking at her. :)

I thought you still worked? Never forget:

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Life is always better at the beach. Plus ask Alan Jackson and he will tell you, its always five o'clock somewhere! So many happy shots in this post and brimming over with sun and fun.

Hey perhaps the nearly nekkid gal was doing her part to save the planet. Just think of all of that energy and pollution that will be saved if we stop making bikini tops lol. It is time we take climate change seriously 😉

Oh I was so distracted I almost forgot my link!!!

https://peakd.com/hive-196308/@old-guy-photos/spending-a-boathouse-load-of-cash

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Haha! Yes. You did forget that link. That girl was wearing a bandana top and it really looked like she had nothing on.

Yikes.

You know, Spring Break! :)

Thanks for always joining in the fun!

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I almost didn't care about the story because you managed to send me the atmosphere of a holiday, of the beach, of the lack of worries, of beauty! I overdid it, I read even though I was more interested in the thousand-plus words in each photo.
Thank you, Denise! I had no idea I'd get to the beach so soon.

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:) Thank you, Dan! @bluemoon I never pull out my travel shots, or very few of them for sure. I guess I never used to take many, but, once upon a time, some of the cards I bought corrupted pictures, which makes me so sad. :(

Anyway, this was a pretty fun time with my sister, so I thought I might post it.

Glad you came along!

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Well, I don't understand why you don't post pictures of your travels, which I believe were many and varied. It helps to remember! Some of them you did, I remember the Caribbean cruise series.
I'm thinking maybe you don't take many photos on holiday because that would stop you from living the holiday to the full, constant photography is tiring and time-consuming.
I regret that you don't do more posts like this, they would certainly be enjoyable to see.

Have a good and peaceful week, like this fall!

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I like what, I see here now your talking my language beaches I love and this looks like my home 😊 I will be back with my @marketfriday soon. Have a nice day @dswigle 😊

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Wonderful atmosphere at the beach! What a life!

This is the link to my post:

https://ecency.com/hive-194913/@kaminchan/visiting-the-old-market-in

Wish I could be having that meal with you and walk along the beach too! So nice and sunny!

Cheers.

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Thank you @kaminchan! For some reason, the post didn't pull up, but, I am on it right now!

I wish you could have been here too, it was very pleasant!

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Thank you very much. Don’t worry! The node is down for maintenance!

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Hello dear Denise!..... Am glad to be back here in the Community. I am in Spain at the moment to while away wintertime. Nice to know about your Christmas preppy. Me,I will still be getting the gifts and send the parcels in the next days. The last Christmas parcel I sent was received only last January though I mailed it last week of Nov. 2020.

And here darl is my contribution to the Market Friday, as I said I am late but I hope I would be punctual next time. Thanks and have a nice weekend.

https://hive.blog/hive-196308/@mers/market-friday-visiting-an-andalucian-rastro-torrox-fresh-market

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Oh! That sounds like my packages last year!!!! That is why I mailed earlier this year! I am ready to send the Christmas cards. How wonderful to be back in Andalusia, yes? Or did you go somewhere else this year?

It is so beautiful this time of year, in fact, almost anytime! I hope you are doing well and I look forward to seeing your posts once again!

Thank you for dropping your link!

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Hi there, @dswigle a bit late again but I am here hope your having a great weekend here is my link 😊

https://ecency.com/hive-163772/@tinman88/bangkok-s-biggest-market-chatuchak

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That is fine @tinman88 ! I tried pulling several up last night and they don't come up, I had to manually go to it. Thank you for dropping the link!

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I don't know what happened but I have fixed the link up if that help you with that extra work.

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The cover shot should be a postcard 🏝 I’m catching up reading now ❤️ I missed a lot. I shall comment after reading all posts and catching up.

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