All’s Well That Ends Well . . . 9/17/2010

This has been a tough week.  Being sick was no fun, and I really feel like I haven’t put much effort into the blog in several days.  And with the kids coming in Thursday afternoon, I’ll be taking a few days off to enjoy them – so I guess you’ll just have to label this week’s posts as “the blog that almost was” and look forward to better things from me next week.

Before I sign off for the week though, I have a couple of exciting things to share with you, and then I’ll offer up “Random Photos” a day earlier than usual.

The excitement started with an email from an artist in Illinois who wanted to use one of my photos as a model for a watercolor he had been asked to paint.  Spencer Meagher told me that a lady in New York had contacted him about doing a painting of Robinson’s Folly as part of his “Places I’ve Never Been, Things I’ve Never Done” series, which he began September 1 of this year.  She had referred him to a past Bree’s Blog post in which Robinson’s Folly was pictured.  I emailed him the original of the photo, and below are the results.

My photo of Robinson’s Folly (the large outcropping of limestone on the right of the photo). Small Point Inn is also pictured.

Spencer’s watercolor. How cool is that!

In the emails we sent back and forth this week, I learned that Spencer visits Mackinac Island quite often and photographs scenes that he later paints.  For some reason, he had never photographed this particular landmark.  If you’d like to visit his website and look at his other work, some of which includes Mackinac Island scenes,  you can find him at

Another day I was contacted by Maggie who is a freelance writer for “The Mackinac Journal”, a northern Michigan monthly magazine.  She was doing a story on the horses leaving the island for the winter and had seen a blog post from last year, with all the photos of the horses coming down the street and entering the ferry.  She asked if I would email her the originals, in their highest resolution, to see if any could be used by their graphics artist to illustrate her story.  I received an email from her today that the photos were perfect, and she will be sending me a copy of the magazine when it hits the stands in October.  I’ll be getting full photo credit, so I’m very excited!

So very, very strange how this blog-thing is turning out.  A lady in New York who reads my blog tells an artist in Illinois to request a photo from me to do a painting she wants.  A writer in Cheboygan finds photos she needs to write a story on the horses leaving the island.

And all I wanted to do was write “letters home” to Georgia friends while we were in Michigan.  Amazing.  And so, so much fun!

I walked downtown – camera in coat pocket –  late this afternoon, knowing my “random photos” would all be done in one probably two-hour session.  I just hadn’t been out much again this week, so my random shots were few, and I needed to add to the ones I had that were usable.  I had in mind sticking to a theme of “Mackinac from Different Angles” and taking photos of places I see every day – but from different perspectives.  And I did some of that.  But I branched out from that theme also – proving once again I am no good at all at “going with a plan”.  Maybe that’s why random photo day is so popular – it’s just my “random mind” at its best!

A red flower, purple leaves plant from The Grand flower garden. Sorry, Mary, but I don’t think we covered this one on the tour. If we did – I forgot!  Sure is pretty though!

Looking across the school playground, through the trees, to the water.

No dogs anywhere, but something spooked the geese in the Burroughs Lot into flying. They are silhouetted against the Mackinac Bridge.

A brightly colored kite flies high against the cloudy sky.

Little Stone Church, as we normally see it photographed.

The Little Stone Church Steeple and bell. On Sunday mornings at the beginning of the service, and at the end of every wedding – as the bride and groom leave the church – a person standing in the center aisle pulls the rope and rings the bell. You can hear it for miles. 

The beautiful stained glass window you see upon entering the church door . . .

. . . . and the one you see as you go out the church door . . .

. . . which is always open and welcoming. As I’ve said before, this church drew me in just as the island did, and that was before I ever had the privilege of hearing Dr. Vince Carroll speak.

One more of the church. This one is from the walkway which goes to the lawn behind the church – where we have our coffee and cookies fellowship on Sunday mornings.

The Town Crier office. Our weekly newspaper is published once a week during the summer.

The windows in La Galerie were filled with beautiful fall displays, like these gorgeous bags.

A scarecrow waves a welcome from his bike.  He’s in the yard of one of the homes used for employee housing on Cadotte Avenue.

A Mackinac Island street in the middle of a Fall weekday. By Friday afternoon the streets will be full again.

A peek inside one of my favorite island shops – Little Luxuries on Mackinac Island.

A row of signs we are very familiar with – Scrimshanders, The Chippewa Hotel, and . . .

. . . what else! The Pink Pony!

Doud’s Market was hopping this afternoon – but it always is! Ya gotta have food, but I could just stand outside and admire the flowers!

The taxi stand. As I walked by, two ladies were muttering that the “phone doesn’t work”. I interrupted them and said I’d be glad to give it a try. I explained that they wouldn’t hear a dial tone when they picked it up. It just automatically rings upstairs to the taxi dispatcher, which it did – and they ordered their taxi.  I remember thinking the same thing the first time I used that phone, which hangs inside a marked box on the front of the building.

The east end of town.

The sign for Harbor Place Apartments, another good place to stay during the winter if you come here to ski, or just to enjoy the solitude. The apartments are all waterfront.

The beautiful Hotel Iroquois, which looks a lot smaller from the front . . .

. . . than it does from this side view!

The Windermere Hotel, as seen from Windermere Point.  Wow – I should have brought Bear and Maddie, the geese dogs!

The back of our lovely library, as seen from the beach. Rocking chairs across the back porch are available day and night for a quiet place to read, or to just enjoy looking at the water and watching the boats.

From the sidewalk, across the street from the boardwalk. A little further down this road is the school, then you are out of town.

I always wonder, when I see this lone tree on the beach side of the street, what made it stronger than the others that must surely have been here in the past.

The pumpkins growing beside the horse barn seem to have doubled in size over the last few days.

A few leaves are beginning to turn now. For some reason, I think the change is going to be fast this year.

Our condo through the trees.

I don’t think I will be writing while Jason and Blair are here, but I will probably post some pics at least a few nights between now and Monday when they are leaving – so check back every now and then just to see what’s up.  Have a great rest of the week, stay safe, try not to get a cold, and if you’re in northern Michigan, stay WARM!  God bless – and thank you for your prayers this week.  I am so blessed.

33 thoughts on “All’s Well That Ends Well . . . 9/17/2010

  1. Bree, I LOVE your different perspective pictures! I’ve never stood on Windermere Point looking BACK at the Iroquois – I’m always looking at the water! Likewise the back of the Library. And WOW! Doud’s sure has gotten a facelift in the last four years!! That’s really impressive.
    I’m not weeping, I’m not weeping, I’m not weeping! Someone must be chopping onions nearby. I hope you have a great weekend. If you see any people who look like they are coming home (and are in our generation!) on the ferry coming back from Pellston tomorrow, please ask if they are Mackinac College Alumni!! Several people are there already!

  2. Oh, and the Harbor place apartments are really nice! Or they were 15 years ago. We stayed there for our 25th anniversary, the week between Christmas and New Years. Very comfortable, spacious for two, and in close proximity to the Village Inn.

  3. I’ve been following your blog since the beggining but I decided to write today to thank you for your wonderful work. I love the island and since I live really far from it (spain), it’s really nice to have a little bit of it every day. Keep up the good work and congratulations for your blog!

  4. I’m so glad you and Ted are feeling better – so you can enjoy your kids this weekend – have a wonderful time with them! I love the pictures – my favorite are the rocking chairs in back of the library. Our first visit up we went into the library and it is just beautiful inside as well, but we fell in love with just sitting in the rockers watching the water – so calming. Happy Thursday!!

  5. Brenda,

    I sure enjoyed walking with you today. The three scenes I liked the best were the red flowers at the Grand (Are they salvia?), the Windermere and the lone tree between the boardwalk and the water.

    Have a wonderful time with your “kids.” Be sure to have winter clothes ready for them. Otherwise, coming from Georgia this time of year, they’ll freeze.

  6. Will you still talk to me the next time I come to the island? Your getting more famous all the time!! LOL…congratulations on the wonderful painting by Spencer Meagher and your photos in the Mackinac Journel!! How cool is that! 🙂
    Love random photo day, I can’t ever pick just one that I like more then the rest.
    Enjoy your time with your family this weekend and I’ll pop in everyday just in case. 😉

  7. Bree, loved your pictures today. The one of “behind the library” made me wish I were back on the island again. Jim and I always spend time sitting on the lakeside deck and watching the boats go by and enjoying the sounds of the lake. It is one of our favorite places on the island. Diane, the rocking chairs have been replaced. Was sad to see that.
    Bree, enjoy your time with your kids.

  8. One of my customers are very good friends with the pastor from the Little Stone Church. He served in the Navy with him and frequently go to stay with him on the island. What a small world it is.

  9. So glad to know that you and Ted are feeling better. Your blogs are always wonderful whether you are feeling under the weather or not.

    I hope you enjoy your time with your kids.

    I am so happy that you are getting the recognition you deserve from your blogs. Your pictures and your words are great and you deserve it.

    Enjoy your family!!!

  10. Fabulous photos once again! And congratulations on the painting and magazine credits! That’s wonderful news. My husband and I were on the island for the race last weekend and had the usual best time ever. Got to meet Jill at the bookstore-she was so pleasant to chat with. I kept my eye out for you and the dogs up at the resort the morning of the race but it was pretty crowded up there. Not sure if you noticed the 2 golden retrivers chasing after tennis balls and apples toward the end of the goings on-if so, that was us! Well not us really as we’re human but the dogs were part of our group on Saturday. Boy did they have fun! Next time we hope to bring our dog with us. Do you know which of the hotels are dog friendly besides Mission Point? Hey-that could be a whole blog post for all us dog lovers-Dog Friendly Mackinac!!!!

  11. You are surely Blessed, Bree. All though we have never meet I have folllowed your blog’s this summer my sister’s and I instead of spending are sister’s week in the U.P.we went to the south and saw family instead that we had not seen in 20 some years. What a blessing that was. So seeing all your pictures and reading all your blogs have been a true blessing to me. Thank You. Enjoy your family, God Bless, Debbie

  12. I don’t think I’ve ever commented on your blog…I just discovered it a couple months ago. I’ve been following The Quilted Turtle for a year or more now and correspond w/ Liz via e-mail. I love discovering new island blogs and getting different perspectives from different folks. You have beautiful photography! My family comes up 3 or 4 times to the island every year and my husband and I will be back one last time for the year in October. I can’t wait. Mackinac has become our “home away from home”. We simply adore the island, it’s history, and relaxed pace of life. We dream of retiring there. 😉

  13. Love Thursday and all the other day blogs! We will be coming to Mackinaw City next week! I am so excited. Hope to make it to the island. Just depends on the weather. A 1 1/2 year old and rainy days don’t mix too well. 🙂

    Glad to see you are feeling better and have fun with your kids! Can’t wait to see what will be next on the blog.

  14. So happy you and Ted are feeling better so that you may better enjoy your time with your company on Thursday. Great news about using you wonderful photos for a painting and in an article. Thanks you so much for the photo of the library today. I just told Bob the other day that I was disappointed we did not get a chance to visit and sit a while in our favorite spot on the island, during out visit last week. Now I feel like we have done the next best thing. Your photos are the best.

  15. Enjoy the time with your sons! It’s funny, I get a little sad for you as I see the island winding down for the year and know you’ll be leaving soon, it must be bittersweet. It’s almost like I live there for the summer too by reading your blog! I’ll miss it all winter. Enjoy the island’s fall beauty!

    • I couldn’t have said it better myself, Jenelle. It is a bittersweet time for me. Sad to leave, but happy to be going back to Georgia and family and friends there.

  16. Always love your random shots….just great! Congratulations growing popularity!! You should publish a book with your photos. It would make a gorgeous coffee table book!!

    Enjoy your family and have a wonderful visit…random photos will be great during their visit.
    I hope you are both feeling so much better now. Take care.

  17. Brenda,

    I forgot to ask you where the Town Crier office is located. I would appreciate it if you could tell me.

    And how could I forget to tell you how pleased I am for your well earned recognition. Haven’t I been telling you that your blog is the best? If I say so myself, and I do, I was right!

    Do you have the feather comforter on the bed for the kids? I think they’ll need it.

  18. Bree (and Ted, Bear and Maddie) thanks for all of the pictures. . .I miss the Island terribly and want to thank you for your time posting!!!!! It helps me get through the day and wish I could be there in person!

  19. Hey Bree! Well you caught me off guard. I noticed I had been getting an exceptionally large amount of hits on my website today. I got to looking and saw that several were coming from your blog. When I saw my painting there I belt fell over. I didn’t think that painting could be located, yet.
    I did have it on my website, but I thought it was concealed. I learned something today.

    That painting was a warm up or a study. Trying to work out the colors and such. I got to tell you it is going to be a challenge. I may do to or three smaller ones focusing on the bed and breakfast and then the rock face itself.

    I’ll keep you up-to-date on the finished version. Thanks for the recognition.

  20. Lovely photos Bree!!!……..Thanks for sharing it.
    Looking forward to your next project ” Coffee Table Books on Mackinac Island” —Uniquely yours !!! 🙂

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