Stopping in to say hello to you on this first day of November. Hope all is well, and that you enjoyed the beautiful month of October. Here in the Mitten, we had a mostly balmy month full of sunny days, brilliant color and warm enough temperatures to get out and enjoy. I’ve already spoken of the twins birthday party, as well as a couple other happenings in October, I’ve just got a few other happenings to share to get caught up.
I took a little trip with Mom and her watercolor ladies to Lexington,. Michigan. We rented a gorgeous cottage on Lake Huron and spent a few days just enjoying…
They are a lot of fun to be around!
We all were so happy to get away from routine, and enjoy this environment…that’s my mom, second from the left:
The moodiness of the lake and sky could have entertained me forever:
Do you see the eyes, below?
And I learned there are iris’s that rebloom in the fall….I would really love to have some of these!
We also found time to paint, although this was the only table available…we managed:
Lastly, we celebrated Halloween! Which is fun again now that there are little people around.
Pumpkin carving evening:
(Thank you Google+ for the fun effects)
Still mourning the end of summer…. but I have to admit, fall is beautiful. We enjoyed an afternoon on the water two weekends ago, just before the weather turned cooler…..
We wound our way through a chain of lakes in South Lyon, MI. These are: Sandy Bottom, Limekiln, Dollar and Ten Mile Lakes.
We caught (then released) a few fish….
So here is proof, Jeff got out of his work clothes and into his boat before winter!
Jeff and I went on a little boating excursion last Sunday. We put in at the St. Gene ramps, across from Belle Isle, right in the heart of downtown Detroit. Much development and improvements in that area and at the launch ramps themselves. We then went out into Lake St. Clair, and up to Grosse Pointe. Finally finding a little shelter in Ford Cove, at the Edsel Ford estate.
The sun was warm, but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day. -Robert Frost
Jeff fished, successfully catching his first of the season….a large mouth bass:
I enjoyed the sun…..soaked it up…..
Heading back to the docks, we wander. There is much new development at the mouth of the Detroit River
And still plenty of history…..
Its heartening to see the riverfront be revitalized and inhabited….
April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. -William Shakespeare
Have a good Sunday!
Hello friends, I don’t want to miss telling you about the getaway with my Baguette’s in early September! Over a month since I’ve been home….my goodness how time flies!
We pride ourselves on keeping busy and having lots of projects to work on and hopefully complete. All the while, laughing until our sides split, and enjoying the up north environment.
Let me share some of what we worked on:
We visited Nancy’s cottage one morning. She bought out wool and her homemade soap to felt over. The wool gives her soap a soft but slightly abrasive surface, and looks lovely. I think a five year old would find this soap irresistible and wash his hands quite thoroughly.
Here are our completed soaps, mine is the blue and orange one in the bottom row…..a school of goldfish swimming…
Julie also brought us pumpkins to doodle on….I love everyone’s unique style:
A few of us worked on fascinators…(fancy little hats!)
I sketched and painted:
And hand stitched wool….
And we all enjoyed walking the beach and collecting treasures:
Add to the above a few shopping expeditions and you have my ideal way of getting away from it all!
Some photos I want to share with you, just some miscellaneous summer things that will be “past season” very soon!
Art Camp with 212 Art Center at Camp Michindoh, Hillsdale Michigan:
We found this sweet little nest of barn swallows under the dock. I spent almost an hour on my belly trying to get a good shot:
This is what I was after, when mom flew by with a breakfast:
And I’ll end with my two littles…enjoying summer:
Last Saturday on the Saginaw River with my husb….
Here he is, happy in his element, doing one of the things he likes best.
And me too….enjoying a beautiful sunny day with camera in hand.
A photo tour of our day:
The tall ships were in, they were the main reason we ventured out to Bay City:
We enjoyed viewing them without having to deal with the crowds on shore:
Just becasue we could, we cruised under the Zilwaukee Bridge:
We docked downtown for a delicious lunch:
And ate outdoors, under the umbrellas….
Jeff caught a nice walleye for dinner…
I photographed many waterscapes….
These kind of days, little mini adventures, are so few and far between! Why?????
Did you know that June is “National River Month”? Our Detroit River has been cleaned up and beautified greatly since my memories as a kid. Just sharing some awesome river and river front photographs today.
The guys, Jeff, Kevin, and Jim (Mr. Kelly of No Whining Allowed) cruised the River on Sunday afternoon.
They caught a glimpse of the Grand Prix happening on Belle Isle
and the Nancy Brown Peace Tower on the isle:
the Ambassador Bridge
and other unique Detroit views:
Thanks to Kevin for the fantastic photographs.