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.
While staring at The Sleepy Sandpiper, keep your eyes peeled in the local parks and beaches for artfully painted rocks. This rock painting/hiding/finding hobby spreads smiles and creativity.
Read more at #VeniceRocks.
Uber and Lyft are coming to Venice. This is good news for our friends staying at The Sleepy Sandpiper, which is located between Sarasota and Venice.
While it is still probably easier to get around with your own vehicle or a rental, this is a great option if you are planning a more chill vacation or don’t like to drive.
Nice spot close to beach and fishing. House was very clean and comfortable. Enjoyed having coffee supplied for our mornings, with a late arrival at night it was appreciated to be able to have a cup of coffee when we woke the next day.
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.
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!