nj for labor day, round two

Yes there were waves {You can read all about the waves here}  but what else did I do on my short jaunt to the east coast?

I will show you, since I took over 200 pictures in 3 days… {ha}

These pictures are an evening around town.  The sky was breathtaking against the Victorian gingerbreads (houses).  The cross lit up in the background is the Great Auditorium, the main town attraction and where they host Sunday church and concerts.    The Auditorium sits on a large lawn facing the ocean.  One night the moon rose slowly above the ocean surf and one of the town’s wooden beach crosses.

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These little tents are summer only homes for beach-goers!  They surround the Great Auditorium green and are oh so cute.

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Some during the day beachy pictures after I got out of the surf…

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Don’t let these peaceful pictures fool you though.  Ocean Grove is small, yes, a few mere blocks squished between the ocean on one side and a state route that goes down the shore on the other.  Small in this case does not mean sleepy though – at least in the summer.  There is major bustle.  Major car-free bustle.  So this is how my parents get around town…

{note my mom’s blog debut!  They were both quite excited asking me what fun things would make the blog! crazy!}

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We went on many bike rides – my mom and dad on their beach cruisers and I on my high school Schwinn.   My mom’s bike has a darling bell {though you should ask the neighbors what they think about its ring} to let everyone in town know that she is coming….  We would bike to the beach, bike to church, bike to shops…

My mom got the new house these… a birdhouse made out of a gourd and this awesome mid-century fondue pot from on of my favorite lil vintage shops on Main. {thanks!}

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 The aforementioned bustle comes to an end when darkenss falls.  Then the town changes.  During the day it is BEACH.  At night it is PORCH.  Seriously.  Your house becomes less about the aformentioned gingerbread and all about how big your porch is.  You sit out there, get eaten by the bugs, drink wine, eat dinner, chat with your neighbors, bike ride by others doing it too and wish them a good night.

Here is my parents house during the day, with the porch just waiting for its time in the darkness…

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and then night falls and we enjoy it.  Look at this delicious dinner my mom made {me!}… look at those jersey tomatoes! {yum!}

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The trip came to a close on Sunday.  Not before though I got to go to a more modern church service outside overlooking the ocean.  I could do that every week.  What a perfect setting for worship.

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Thanks M + D for a fun trip and for being patient with me as I took lots of pictures for the blog!

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