Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Round Robin Challenge: "Dream Homes"

"Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams."

-Ashley Smith

I love that quote. :) Think about it for a second, it is an amazing thought isn't it? Taking all the beauty of life in...fully understanding it...and embracing it. It's passion exploding. :) Yes, my dream home is a lighthouse or at least the house that sits next to a lighthouse. But, alas, the home I would want, probably doesn't exist anywhere on earth! See, I want my house to have 6 floors. Three above ground and three below. I want it to have secret tunnels and a dungeon. :) I want the doors to each room, to appear as bookcases and plant stands. I want a movie theatre that is only accessible through one of the tunnels, but once you get there, it seats 25 people, and has an old fashioned curtain that rolls back when the movie begins.

Every Friday night is Alfred Hitchcock night. MMMMM...can you smell the freshly popped popcorn? Hot dogs too, and you would all be invited, except I probably wouldn't attend the screening of the movies, because I always enjoyed how Jay Gatsby threw an observer. He enjoyed watching his guests have fun, from a distance. I would probably be in the tower of the lighthouse, looking for the ghost who walks on the beach below. I have dreamed of that "dream house," for the longest time. It exists only in my imagination, however. I would love it if my house was sitting in a spot like the grounds of the Point Montara Lighthouse in Montara, California. This lighthouse has a Youth Hostle on it's grounds. For a nominal charge, you can sit and watch the storms roll in. It is a very special place. :)

The sunsets off the coast are amazing at times. Depending on the conditions, it could be a soft, gentle, glow, or the sky can appear to be on fire! It's all passionate, and amazing, completely sensual for the creative mind to ponder. It also doesn't hurt that there is a legend about a ghost who supposedly walks the beach below the lighthouse. She is called the "Lady in Blue." She is, of course, searching for her lover!

There is only one green Adirondack chair on the premises. I love this chair. On visits, I sit right here and listen to the waves breaking against cliffs, and the happy sound of the birds singing, as as they fly about the coastline. God, I love the Pacific Ocean. I would be lost without this view!

I have done so much day dreaming while visiting this lovely lighthouse, and looking down at the cliffs below. I wish I could accurately explain how I feel when I am there. It is so still, and so calm, it makes me feel as if I am being embraced. I know that sounds odd, but it is the purest peace I know.

And of course... the sunset.
I really enjoyed this challenge. Thank you goes to Gem, author of the journal, "Journally Yours." I found a lot of inspiration in this subject. :) Be sure to pay a visit to all the participating Robins, Just click on the links below, or pay a visit to the official Round Robin blog, to get the full URL link to each journal. :)

Point Montara Lighthouse
Montara, California
August, 2006

Note: I will be gone until very late today, so it may take me a few days to visit everyone, but no fear, I will be by to see your entries. :) I am proud of you guys already!

Round Robin Linking List

Gem... Journally Yours
Karen... Outpost Mavarin POSTED!
Steven... (sometimes) photoblog POSTED!
Carly... Ellipsis... Suddenly Carly POSTED!
bolyiou... Percolation
Nancy... Nancy Luvs Pix POSTED!
Maryanne... Inside The Gilded Cage POSTED!
Suzanne R... New Suzanne R's Life POSTED!
Patrick... Patrick's Portfolio POSTED!
Gina... Gina's Space POSTED!
Becky... Where Life Takes You POSTED!


Karen Funk Blocher said...

Beautiful! Wonderful! You can have that house, if I can have my mountaintop stone castle overlooking the Pacific, with a two-story library and a room-sized fish tank!

Gaboatman said...

Your dream home sounds neat! I'd be there front row center every Friday night for the viewing. I like your Point Montara Lighthouse with it's magical view. To have a ghost thrown in as well is a nice bonus.

Suzanne R said...

Very nice -- I love the Pacific, too, but didn't have time to get out there in the last two weeks and take any pictures. :-)

Becky said...

*sigh* Beautiful. Gotta love an ocean view.

Southernmush said...

Hello....I loved this entry it was beautiful. The weather has been amazing here in Atlanta, Georgia. Today I did stand outside and I actually felt the wind which was wonderful. I also felt the sunshine. Thanks for sharing this entry. I will have to post that quote you shared in my journal so thanks for sharing it .Take care and please know that your blog is appreciated. Byyyye.

Globetrotter said...

Gorgeous pics, Carly! and I'm with you, I'd live in that lighthouse in a heartbeat! The ocean is magical. And those sunsets ...
they leave me speechless.

Nancy said...

Carly, dear Carly...
Some of your entries leave me speechless. You have such a nice way of bringing me into your world...through your writing...your photos. It's wonderful and I appreciate you for that.
Please don't give up your dream...for that house, or anything else for that matter.

Jessica said...

oh girl, lemme tell you, lighthouses......I was unbelievably lucky and had a chance to spend an amazing week living in a old lighthouse in oregon. I was a board memeber on the organization that was funding the restoration, and as project photographer, I talked my way into the opportunity.......something I will never forget!

tess said...

Oh Yeah! and beautiful images!