We celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary August 18th~
No grand celebration or jetting away to an exotic locale or favorite destination for the last week of summer~ just enjoying a quiet weekend after a few busy weeks.
Although I did find myself fantasizing about a tropical island getaway. . .
Turks and Caicos, Grand Cayman, St. Maarten. . .
. . .Lake Norman :-)
There are 96 islands on the lake~ providing habitat for a wide variety of wildlife as well as recreational destinations for boaters (some of which can be considered a form of wildlife themselves :-)
Most of the islands are owned by Duke Energy and are open to the public. The lake’s 96 islands cover nearly 300 acres of land with almost 30 miles of shoreline. A few cover more than 20 acres~ while some are no more than piles of rock or shoals.
We boated to a nearby island~ complete with a few fresh water shells and driftwood for a picnic. . .
The modern 27th wedding anniversary gift is sculpture~
I opted for something less permanent for the occasion. . .a Sand Castle sculpted out of brown sugar for our table :-)
Some sparkling Prosecco in a sugared rim glass~
Marinated Shrimp for our Island Getaway~ made a day in advance~ you can find a recipe here.
A little Shell :-) Pasta Salad~ with sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, black olives, feta cheese and sundried tomato vinaigrette.