Windows 7 themes: Escape to the seaside

Windows 7 themes: Escape to the seaside

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Some days, all I want is to sail away… or to lie on a beach somewhere, hearing the pounding surf, while I drowse over a book. My two newest themes are for all of you who need a virtual vacation. My hope is they’ll bring you a little bit of seaside relaxation, without requiring you to actually get on a plane.

The surfing theme puts you right in the tubes, hearing the roar of the waves and seeing the sun sparkling through the water.


The sailing theme puts you on deck for a virtual voyage from Boracay in the South Pacific to Bar Harbor, Maine, with stopovers in ports of call such as Antigua, Sardinia, and the Maldives.


As I was working on finding images for these two themes, it occurred to me that something essential was missing: Sounds! So these two themes are a bit different than others we’ve released. Seagulls, splashes, waves, and water-drops – even a distant foghorn – now signal key events in Windows, from the arrival of a new email to the emptying of the Recycle Bin.

I hope these two themes will bring some of the peace and beauty of a seaside vacation to your desktop. And as always, keep checking back for new Windows 7 themes – I add more almost every week.

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  • Jennifer,

    Thanks for sharing the link. That's too cool! I love the technology and ability we have to see things that we would never have been able to see in our lifetime without the wonders of computers.! Not only can you explore the book, but having it read to you is just another bonus feature.

  • Hi, Albert and Cyclingpastor, thanks for your comments!  I'm glad to hear you're enjoying the Sailing theme -- it's the one I have on my desktop right now, too :-)

    Cyclingpastor, thanks for the suggestion-- I'm adding it to my list of theme ideas.  Incidentally (this has nothing to do with themes, but I think it's really cool) have you seen the British Library's online gallery of rare books?  It's wonderful to be able to see the actual books, not just the text: (go to "Virtual Books")

  • Jennifer,

    Don't know if you did the Ireland theme, but I love the library photo in that collection and it gave me an idea as a book lover, (both in book form and ebook on my kindle). How about a theme with some of the great libraries of the world, including the one in the Ireland theme! If you're looking for theme ideas that'd be one I'd love to have... btw, sporting the sailboat one now that St. Patrick's Day is past, and loving it!

  • Albert
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    Thank you very much for your continued work, Jenniffer! Always delivering GREAT themes... =D