With the busy Labor Day weekend all talked out, I’m still left with several photographs I haven’t used. So . . . I’m declaring this Leftover Photo Day! Settle back and enjoy some miscellaneous pics snapped by me and a few friends during the last several days. I hope they transport you right to the Island – in spirit, if not in body!
Remember that blue moon last week? Shepler’s had a Blue Moon Cruise that night – which we missed - but Misty Martinchek shared this fabulous photo she took as the boat headed out that evening.
Anne Stanard (from Ella & Ivy) rode over to work the other morning with Sandy and Larry (Anne is hoping she remembered the names correctly)! They started talking, and it turned out they were Bree’s Blog fans! Wish I’d gotten to meet you also!
I LOVE this photo from Chris Ann (who is the only person I know who gets up before the sun and goes to the bakery in Mac City). The sun is rising here over the Shepler dock and was reflected in her car’s side mirror as she left the bakery.
Somebody’s moving to the Island! These mattresses were loaded onto a dray with lots and lots of other household items. I didn’t stay around long enough to watch which direction they were going, but they have to be lucky folks to be starting a new phase of their lives on Mackinac!
Let the Sun Shine IN!
After Ted went to work Thursday morning, I walked into the bedroom and let the blinds up. I’ve said about a million times to my hubby that if something ever happened to me, he would probably live in a cave because having shades down and curtains drawn doesn’t bother him a bit – even in the middle of a beautiful day! Then I got to thinking about all the light we get streaming into our condo and decided to take pics of all the windows . . .
. . . and the bedroom French doors – with the shades UP! The sun comes in and . . . we can see a smidgen of water over the tree tops and watch the horses in the corral below us.
Den doors let in sun and . . . the sight of Carriage Tour wagons slowly making their way up to the Carriage Museum next door.
Our bay window opens to the shaded light of a beautiful tree, which will begin to put on her Fall clothing very soon. Also through those windows come the sounds of horses clip-clopping up and down the street and neighing to each other in greeting. And, as of Tuesday, every morning and every afternoon, we get to hear the happy sound of children going to and coming home from school.
Oh, you might have noticed from the pic above that I collect turtles. I mentioned that to Chief Duck across the street sometime this summer, and a few days later he called to me in the backyard as I was getting on my bike.
“I’ve got something for you!” he shouted.
I walked over to the little shed in his backyard, and he presented me with a turtle he had carved and painted just for me.
I don’t carry many decorative items back and forth from the house here to the lake house, but this little guy will be going to Georgia in November – and back up here in the spring.
I love my kitchen window! No matter if there is not a single leaf stirring on the trees, somehow – somehow – there is always a breeze slipping under and around this window. When I’m standing at the sink, I can see Chief Duck’s house and yard and his two sweet pups, Gizmo and Sugar. And from there I’ve watched bike wrecks, run-away horses, summer sweethearts walking arm-in-arm up the hill, and chipmunks, rabbits, and the neighborhood cat run back and forth between our backyard and Duck’s place.
The window in the guest bedroom looks out to the backyard and the bike racks. Whenever Bear hears Ted or I return and begin to lock our bikes, he high-tails it into this room and barks greetings out the window.
Top floor bedroom, where we can see a little more than a smidgen of water. Had to take this through the screen, but you can see it pretty clearly. I’ve always wanted to have a really comfortable chair in this little nook and sit up here and read. Maybe one day.
Glimpses of Fall
Magically, and literally over-night, fall flowers are showing up among the still beautiful summer blossoms in the Grand Hotel gardens.
The pumpkins down by the big barns are already B I G!
There aren’t many places you can stand on the Island now and turn in a 360-degree circle and not see some glimpse of fall – whether it just a few leaves on one tree . . .
. . . or on a group of trees like the young Maples lining Cadotte. Fall’s coming.
A Few More Pics – Sorry, I Keep Finding Them!
Yes! That is a BAT flying straight at you! Brian Hellis captured it a few weeks ago as he and Barbara were walking toward the back of the library at dusk. Unbelievable photograph!
The morning of the last formal ride I was wandering around in the Grand Hotel herb garden (waiting for the horses and riders) and shot this through the back portico.
One of my favorite Bluff homes!
I think I’ll end this photo post with two fabulous sunrises. As fall approaches and the air cools, we all know we have many of these spectacular sunrises – and sunsets – to look forward to in the near future.
Tuesday’s sunrise. (Photo credit: Patrick Conlon)
Last Friday’s sunrise over the Marina. (Photo Credit: Abby Holstrom)
Just One More Little Thing . . .
Below is an email I sent out yesterday to everyone on my contact list. And – since I’m shamelessly begging for votes – I wanted to include all you blog readers also! Please read the message below, and if you’d like, just follow the instructions. And yes – it looks like you can vote more than once!
Hello everyone! I’ve entered one of my favorite photos in a contest on-line. The Friesian in this photo is owned by my friend Mary Stancik, and I call him my god-horse because I’m owning him vicariously through Mary.
If you get a moment – and would like to - could you please go to this website, and click on “vote”. In the “search” box, enter: I’ve got to start eating more oats! When the photo comes up, please vote for it!
The web address is: http://www.doversaddlery.com/photocontest.aspx?TID=12086167KNotSP&EID=X180863&utm_source=Dover&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=PhotoContest&/sp_rid/MjgwNDg4OTk1NjAS1/sp_mid/7489971/
P.S. Feel free to pass this along to anyone you know who might like to vote! Thanks!
See you back here on Monday (or Sunday night). God bless.