There was so much going on this weekend! So – I’m going to break my “photo only” rule this week and write about the different events we so enjoyed as the Lilac Festival came triumphantly to a close. I’ll be posting about the Epona & Barkus Parade and the Dog & Pony Show today, Shepler’s “Be a Captain” event on board the Sacre Blue on Wednesday, and the Lilac Parade on Thursday. There’ll be a few other special moments in between all those events, so it will be a full week of photos and activities. Hang on . . . here we go!
Saturday was a perfect summer day in Michigan. On the island, it was even more perfect, with tons of activities planned for the last days of the Lilac Festival. Ted and I enjoyed a quiet cup of coffee on the deck, chatting with some Georgia friends and waiting for the first carriages to start up the hill.
Everyone in our little household enjoys mornings on the deck.
It’s a little after 8 a.m. here, and the Surrey Hill area is quietly awakening.
We were just about to go inside when barn workers starting leading some very different looking horses out of the Arrowhead stable down the street and walking/riding them up our hill to the Carriage museum.
These are Clydesdales – but are not as large as those who pull the Budweiser wagon. I learned that Budweiser chooses their horses by height and only chooses the tallest ones. Each of their horses also has to have almost exactly the same markings and color as the original Budweiser Clydesdales. These horses were on the island to pull a wagon in Sunday’s parade (more on that Thursday), and they were out for a little morning walk.
About the time they reached the museum, a lawn mower spooked one of the horses, he took off at a dead run, and the rider hit the pavement.
He wasn’t hurt, so he jumped up, ran after the horse, and then walked him back to the stable. So much for riding a Clydesdale bareback!
Ted left to work his 10-2 tour at the Visitor’s Center, and about 1 o’clock Jill and I met up to go check out the Epona & Barkus parade. I know I’ve posted pics of this for two years now, but I never fail to find some cute new pups to photograph.
There was a good crowd gathered where the parade would begin, and people lined the road from here in front of the school all the way down to Windermere Point.
Have you ever heard of Dog Scouts? I hadn't, but Hallie and Sophie's owners filled me in on this organization. Their dogs earn merit badges just like Boy and Girl Scouts. Sophie was a youngster and just starting out, but Hallie had a vest filled with badges for her accomplishments!
This greyhound rescue group always has a large number of dogs to participate. By the way, the theme was Board Games, and each of these dogs carried a placard representing a monopoly square
Of course, my favorites were this sweet female golden retriever . . . .
. . . and this precious long-haired dachshund.
After the pet parade, we wandered on down toward Windermere Point where a special program was planned featuring Friesians (of course I was going to be there for THAT), and our special little 4-H pony Blaze.
We stopped to photograph hanging baskets at one of the houses along the way, and I heard someone calling my name . . .
. . . and so I got to meet the Fridley family from Indiana, who are blog readers. Steve, Tami, and precious little McKenzie were in town for the Lilac Festival!
The Friesians were a huge hit at Windermere Point - that's Gysbert and Todd, ridden by Michelle and Maryanke. Thanks to Ann Levy for sharing this great photo!
OK - I'm in love with Friesians all over again.
Right out of a Victorian storybook.
Leanne driving Blaze.
This one is right out of Somewhere in Time. I swear there's a scene just like this one in that movie. If not, there should have been.
Another reason to love Friesians - Michelle is holding one child in front of her in the saddle, another is reaching up to pet Gysbert, and two ladies are taking photos. He's calm and relaxed.
Windermere Point was filled with people for this event, and after it was over all those folks moved on down into town. It was a great day for restaurants, shops, and hotels!
I spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around with my camera. Here are a few other shots that made the cut for today’s post:
One of my readers asked for some hanging basket pics, so I photographed a few. As always, each lamppost is adorned with two baskets, and as always, they are beautiful!
Loving me some petunias!
Petunias backed by lilacs.
OTHER GOOD STUFF
Trinity Church at dusk.
Hostas at the Cadotte entrance to the Grand Hotel shade garden - June 3.
Same Hostas - June 18.
Old, twisted lilac tree branches.
On Mackinac, you just never know when you'll turn a corner and find a bride and groom!
Dusk on Cadotte.
Tomorrow, come along aboard the freight boat Sacre Blue while kids find out about charts and compasses and knot tying. It was fun!
PERSONAL NOTE #1: Monday evening – I’m writing this post, Ted’s cooking steaks in the oven. His, half raw likes he likes it, is already on the kitchen cabinet – mine’s still cooking because I like my steak well done (something Ted hates to do to a steak). Suddenly, our condo fire alarms start buzzing loudly. I glance into the kitchen just as Ted opens the stove door and flames roar out into the room. Ted slams the door shut and turns off the stove. I jump up and take the five steps to the kitchen fast. He opens the door again, and more flames pour out. He slams the door and says – very calmly – “Call 911”. I grab my cellphone and dial. An operator answers, and I stammer through our address – telling him the wrong street number, but getting across that we’re at Surrey Ridge Condos. Ted is going through the cabinets looking for baking soda or a fire extinguisher (both of which we have in Georgia and neither of which we have here). I’m opening windows, and smoke is pouring out through them. In less than three minutes I hear voices and hand radios squawking outside, and FOUR volunteer firemen are in the yard. Three have arrived by bike, and one has run from his house – they’re all from right here in the neighborhood. Then they’re in our kitchen, where one opens the door of the oven to find the steak charred, and the fire already out. Relieved laughter all around and radio calls downtown to relay the message that a fire truck isn’t needed – and if they’re ever invited for steak at our house, they’d like them a little less well-done.
The bad news – Our stove is pretty black on top and inside.
The good news – We are SO grateful for the fast action of our Mackinac Island Fire Department. I’ve never had to worry about response time to an emergency on the island, and now I know – up close and personal – that the men and women in our fire department will be here for us when needed – and they’ll be here FAST!
More good news – Ted finally cooked my steak done enough!
Personal Note #2: Several readers have asked how my sleep apnea therapy is going, so I guess I’d better confess. For those of you who don’t follow my winter blog in Georgia, I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea (stopped breathing 103 times during my sleep test) and was told to start wearing a sleep apnea mask from now until . . . well, forever. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever tried to do, but I persevered through four different types of masks and finally found one that just seemed to be the best I was going to find. My problem is I sleep on my side, so keeping the “seal” on the mask is difficult. When we came north, I told Ted I was taking a break from the mask for a week, and that week has now become five weeks. Oh my gosh, it has been wonderful going to bed unencumbered with that “thing”! My reasoning was, “OK, I’m only driving once a month, so no worries about car accidents.” BUT, after a month, I find myself once again experiencing all the symptoms I had before beginning the therapy. I’m becoming so tired, I find myself unable to focus, and once again, sitting down to read immediately turns into falling instantly asleep. So – tonight, the mask goes back on (my thinking being, now that I’ve told my readers, I’ll HAVE to do it). Please send up a prayer or two that this time it will be easier. I need all the help I can get. Thank you, friends.