This week has been awesome!
Smell in the air: Sweet!
Opportunities for photography: Boundless!
Therefore: It’s PHOTO NIGHT!
While she was visiting Mackinac for a few days, good friend Bonnie dropped by the condo with Jill. Come back again soon, Bonnie!
Bear: This is me playing dead. As soon as Mom gets all worried . . . .
. . . . I roll around and laugh. “I fooled you again, didn’t I?!” I LOVE doing that!
We rode up past the airport yesterday to have lunch with Steve & Orietta. Just beyond that second fence is one end of the Mackinac Island Airport runway.
Later that afternoon we took Maddie and Bear on a long walk in the cool woods, where the green ground cover is about to be flowering ground cover. On the left side is Lily-of-the-Valley (if you look closely, you can already see little white specks). On the right will be tiny, perfect purple flowers. Anyone know what those are?
I can’t seem to get away from the woods this week. I missed being out there the first four weeks we were here because of the weather, and I guess I’m trying to make up for it now.
The Lady Slippers are out . . .
. . . and perfectly beautiful. Can’t you just see magical fairies slipping these on their feet at night?
Found beside the road.
Up close with a dandelion. Have I mentioned have much I love my new camera?
Today (Thursday) we took the pups on an outing toward the West Bluff and followed the road behind the bluff houses. Isn’t it amazing what a few days of warm temps and sunshine can do to the landscape?!
This fire hydrant is almost hidden in the lush vegetation.
Looking across the back yards and between the summer cottages to Lake Huron.
A shady place to read a book or just sit and watch your garden grow.
One of my favorite “viewing spots” – framed by trees and surrounded with a white picket fence.
View from Pontiac Trail today – the first time I’ve been up there this year.
A recently renovated West Bluff cottage – almost hidden by Lilac trees which must be decades and decades old.
Love this shade of purple!
The top floor of a cottage against the blue sky . . .
. . . and Honeysuckle against blue water.
A curve in Pontiac Trail . . . bordered with wild flowers.
“Somebody threw a potato chip in here. I can smell it!”
One of Michelle’s Friesians.
A thick hedge of lacy white flowers.
Things you don’t see everyday on Mackinac . . . three semi-trucks on our street, turning into the Arrowhead stables. What is it? Who is it?
A little clue . . .can you see inside the open door of that semi sitting on the deck of Shepler’s Sacre Bleu – their freight boat? Those semis were rolled off the boat at British Landing and, with special permission from the City Council, driven to Arrowhead, where . . . .
. . . out stepped the Budweiser Clydesdales! (This photo and one above: Jill Sawatzki). At 9:00 p.m. I’m typing this blog post and glancing out the window every two minutes. Last year they walked the Clydesdales over to our yard to exercise them. So far no horses have appeared.
A big crowd turned out today for the annual Lilac Festival “A Taste of Mackinac”. Restaurants served up their best fare for those lucky enough to have one of the limited number of tickets for the event.
The Lilac Tree Hotel is all decked out in lilac lights for the festival! Very pretty!
French Lane on Wednesday. (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)
MORE TO COME!
So much excitement coming over the weekend!
Blog reader Theresa is on the island with her family, and we’re going to try and meet up on Friday at Sadie’s. I’ve promised her children they can pick my 4th flavor to taste! After that I’m going to try to get down to the Blessing of the Animals with Maddie and Bear at Little Barn in the Mission.
Little Stone Church is hosting a high school A Cappella Choir from Roosevelt High School in Wyandotte, MI, and they’ll be performing at our church service on Sunday. Ted and I will have two young men from this group staying with us Saturday night, and we are so looking forward to that. One little glitch . . . we are to pick them up at the ferry dock at the same time as the Pet Parade on Saturday, so I’ll need to beg and borrow someone else’s photos of that event this year.
Of course, Sunday is the big day – the Lilac Festival Grand Parade!
Hoping to post all the weekend fun on Sunday evening, unless I’m just too tuckered out. If nothing shows up Sunday night, check back on Monday!
Have a great weekend. God bless.