We have a Mystery Spot Contest winner! Congratulations to Pat Steele! Please see the very end of this post for the answer to this week’s Mystery Spot.
Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting. Ralph Waldo Emerson
I’ve had several readers be concerned whether the lilacs will still be blooming for the 10-day Lilac Festival, which begins June 8. Let me say this about that. The lilacs are still here. Downtown, some have already faded, some are beginning to fade, and a few are still in full bloom. Away from downtown – up along Cadotte Avenue and further up into the Island, – there are still many, many bushes that are blooming beautifully. Come, you won’t be disappointed.
Having said that, now let me say this. If not a single lilac blossom was left on this Island, you would still be so entranced by the beauty that is springing to life on every other flower, plant, and tree you would probably not miss the lilacs one bit. I have never seen Mackinac turn so beautiful so quickly as it has this year. Maybe it was the warm winter, maybe it’s the warm spring. Whatever it is, Mackinac is blooming, and beauty is everywhere!
And that’s the truth.
This week every light post in town was adorned with a gorgeous hanging basket. These purple petunia baskets are all now hanging on the balconies at the Lilac Tree Suites and Spa.
Geraniums along the side fence at Little Stone Church.
This old bench is almost hidden in the yard of a home on French Lane. It is surrounded by flowers.
There is a beautiful home on the corner of French Lane and Market Street. Behind this home (on French Lane) is a garden which I photograph each year. This photo and the next few are from that garden this afternoon. Here, blooms are about to burst open.
Every year I say, “Ok, this is it. It can’t get any better than this.” Every year I am wrong.
Whether the flowers are kissed by the sun or rest in the shade, each one is perfectly placed and tended.
You see that white Adirondack chair? I’d like to sit right there for an entire day and just watch people walk by.
Honeysuckle in the Village near our condo.
Lilacs on Cadotte Avenue.
Lady Slippers on the side of the road, just past the Grand Hotel.
Readers Favorite Mackinac Island Photos
I love this feature, and I knew when we started it this would be a popular addition. I’m getting photos every day now. Some frame special memories of Island visits, some tell a funny story, and some are jaw-droppingly beautiful! I could have posted 10-12 pics, but I’m trying to limit it to four each week. If you’ve received an email from me after submitting your photo, you know I will be using yours sometime this summer. And yes, keep them coming in to firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Beth Brandt. This was taken around 10:30 a.m. last fall. Beth first visited the Island when she was 12. She worked at Martha’s Sweet Shop 1998-2000 and is an “Island lover” for life. She and her husband were here last fall to celebrate their 10th anniversary.
I love this photo from Jerry Fields of Chesterfield, Indiana. He says this policeman was “taking names” and writing tickets just past Mission Point. Jerry and his wife said the policeman was very nice and posed for them to get the perfect photo.
Bob Caylor – Hemlock, MI. Bob loves Mackinac Island so much he has published two books about it – so far. They are: “Behind the Scenes: Mackinac Bridge Maintenance” and “Behind the Scenes: Mackinac Island Ferry Boats”. Both are available on Amazon.com, from Barnes and Noble, and of course, from the Island Bookstore!
Patti Root – Litchfield, MI. Patti was born and raised in New York City, but love brought her to Michigan. They travel to Mackinac Island twice a year, and she captured the boardwalk here last fall.
Meeting A Blog Reader
On Monday I began my volunteer work at the Stuart House Museum for another season. One of my blog readers, Yvonne Pitsch from Sigourney, Iowa stopped by, and we had a wonderful time chatting about the Island, our homes, and our pooches! Yvonne was staying at the Cottage Inn with innkeepers Marge and Rich and having a wonderful time. She and her husband will be back in September!
Thanks so much for stopping by, Yvonne!
All day Monday, and then again today I’ve found myself thinking about something I read this weekend. It was in another person’s blog, and I would never have found it except that the person who writes that blog happened to stop by to read Bree’s words on Mackinac Island. The software I use is such that if someone who has a blog reads my blog, I get a message with their blog address. It’s pretty cool!
The name of the blog is “Cast Light”, and I’m already hooked after reading only a few posts. The author is giving us all a daily reminder to give our best to others. She says, “Every day we choose to either “cast shadows” (gossip, complaints, cynicism) or to “cast light” (enthusiasm, encouragement, generosity). Life is made up of moments and choices. In all that you think, do and say, look for light and cast it back out.”
Oh my goodness! Wouldn’t this world be a better place if we all chose to cast light instead of shadows in our day-to-day dealings with family, friends, fellow workers, and anyone we happen to come in contact with!
If you’d like to read more, you can click here, and I’ve added the blog to my blogroll on the right: cast-light.com
Mystery Spot Contest
The object of the Mystery Spot is to be the first to identify where the object is located. When you think you have the answer, email me at email@example.com
. I’ll check my email several times a day, and as soon as we have a winner, I’ll post the winner’s name at the top of this blog so you can stop guessing (you may have to refresh your page for this to show up). Is there a prize for the winner? Yes there is; but the prize is secret, and the only ones who will know what it is are the winners. To be fair, I’m asking residents of Mackinac Island to please NOT guess. This is just for readers who don’t live here . . . but would like to! And the Mystery Spot is . . . .
Where is it?
Again, please email your answers to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
. PLEASE DO NOT ANSWER IN THE “COMMENTS” SECTION OF THE BLOG. Remember, I’ll post the winner at the top of this blog as soon as someone gives the correct answer.
Personal Note: There won’t be a post on Friday this week because I’m going to be out celebrating my birthday on Thursday evening with my hubby. Look for me back on Saturday morning instead! See you then.
P.S. Don’t forget to check out The Dog-Eared Page. Bear just posted something new there today! The link is in the blogroll on the right side of this page!
Mystery Spot Answer
That fabulous stone chimney is located at the pavilion at Great Turtle Park. On the other side of the chimney is a huge open fireplace and grill. It’s a great spot to have a picnic, and the kids will love the nearby playground.