Calm after the storm. . .

Rainbow After the Storm
Rainbow After the Storm (Photo: Alex Masella)
We are incredibly thankful that as damaging as Hurricane Irma was, it was not as devastating a storm as most feared.
Being so near the water, we feared that the storm surge would bring flooding. No flooding, minimal rain and wind damage! We are still without electricity, but expect that on soon.
We have a few minor repairs, and then the Sleepy Sandpiper will be open for reservations again!
Thank you to our friends and previous guests who reached out to us during this storm!
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Least Sandpiper, by Celia Thaxter

Sleepy Sandpiper, Nokomis Beach, 2016

Least Sandpiper

Across the narrow beach we flit,–
One little sandpiper and I;
And fast I gather, bit by bit,
The scattered driftwood bleached and dry.

The wild waves reach their hands for it,
The wild wind raves, the tide runs high,
As up and down the beach we flit,
One little sandpiper and I.

Above our heads the sullen clouds
Scud black and swift across the sky;
Like silent ghosts in misty shrouds
Stand out the white light-houses high.

Almost as far as eye can reach
I see the close-reefed vessels fly,
As fast we flit along the beach,–
One little sandpiper and I.

I watch him as he skims along
Uttering his sweet and mournful cry;
He starts not at my fitful song,
Or flash of fluttering drapery.

He has no thought of any wrong;
He scans me with a fearless eye.
Stanch friends are we, well-tried and strong,
The little sandpiper and I.

Comrade, where wilt thou be to-night
When the loosed storm breaks furiously?
My driftwood fire will burn so bright!
To what warm shelter canst thou fly?

I do not fear for thee, though wroth
The tempest rushes through the sky:
For are we not God’s children both,
Thou, little sandpiper, and I?

 

I was delighted to come across this lovely little poem by Celia Thaxter today.  I read it aloud to my children from the 1908 classic Birds Every Child Should Know (affiliate link, free on Kindle.)  It reminded me of all the times they’ve chased little sandpipers up and down the beach.

“Peaceful and fun getaway.”

 

The sleepy sandpiper is an amzing place to stay with friends and family. The house was very clean and had all the needed amenenties. The location is nice and quiet and perfect for a peaceful and fun getaway. I definately reccomend this house and would surely go back. Alexandra is a great host, and her family was very attentive of anything we needed. Looking forward to another stay at the sleepy samdpiper.

  • Daniel

Reason #1 We Don’t Have A Pool

Alligator in the Pool

SARASOTA CO., FL (WWSB) – The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office responded to call involving an alligator in a family’s swimming pool.

Deputies say, “Luckily, these homeowners took a second look this morning before jumping in to kick off their Memorial Day.”

The 7-8 foot alligator was at the bottom of the swimming pool at the home in a Plantation neighborhood.

We love the water at the Sleepy Sandpiper — and are just a 10 minute walk to the beach. But this is exactly why we don’t have a pool!

#OnlyInFlorida