When a story like Silver Birches comes along, everything else doesn’t stop – it just gets pushed into the background for a few days. So here I am again . catching up. The easiest way to do that is with photos. I’ve been bouncing around the island a lot this week, so here we go . . .
ALL AROUND THE ISLAND
Walking out the door the other evening to take Maddie and Bear for a stroll, I was met by two drays full of happy people. I’m assuming they were on the way to British Landing on a hayride, although those hayrides usually follow the shoreline road to the Cannonball. Maybe this was a private party. Anyway, they were all having a grand time!
Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms Seagull was enjoying the sun, while perched on a bike rack across from Trinity Church.
The high-wheelers were in town the other day, and this lady had stopped in the street to explain her bike was specially made for “elderly ladies and gentlemen”.
The shady seclusion of a garden on the West Bluff.
Remember that tree that fell near the Lakeview Hotel during the recent windstorm? Here’s what it looked like after being chopped up.
View of Mission Point from Robinson’s Folly.
From that same location it’s so easy to see how clear the waters of Lake Huron are. Robinson’s Folly is a pretty high point – that tiny little speck down there on the small white sandy spot in the middle of the pic is a person.
Looking over the rooftops from the East Bluff . . .
. . . where wildflowers bloom along wooden fences.
A private tour buggy stops at a lookout point on the East Bluff so visitors can get out and photograph the town and harbor below.
As a freighter slips out of sight around the curve of the island, carriages full of visitors continue their journey down the East Bluff Road
His and hers bikes. Maybe they’ve walked down the wooded path to Anne’s Tablet.
Now you see them . . . now you don’t.
Take one old, broken window in a wooden barn still standing among the State Park maintenance buildings . . .
. . . and frame part of it!
The trail that begins at the maintenance barns and ends at Cupid’s Pathway.
AT THE GRAND
The flower beds at the Grand Hotel are at the peak of their glory right now. Below are a few examples . . .
AT THE STUART HOUSE
Blog reader Andrea and her two beautiful daughters Delaney and Sydney stopped by the Stuart House this week. They are from Macomb, MI.
Paul Wandrie Sr. (far right) of Mackinac Island’s American Legion Post #299 brought the National Commander of The American Legion, along with the Michigan State Commander and several former State Commanders by the Stuart House on Monday. Lucky me got to have my photo made with them after they toured the Veterans Rooms in the Stuart House.
AND THEN THERE WERE THE BEES
One day this week this is what greeted an islander when he returned to his bike. The bike was quickly moved to a quiet place in a less traveled area. It was reported that when a hive of bees builds up large numbers they make a new queen, who leaves the nest causing a swarm of other bees to also leave. They then gather around the new queen, wherever she is, and send out workers to find a new place to build a hive. No report on how long the bees stayed on the basket before the workers returned to say, “Come on, Queenie, we’ve found us a new place to make some honey!”
In an effort to use up a few calories, I’ve begun to ride around the island on an almost daily basis. I began on August 1, and today was the first day I’d missed (Ted forced me to ride to Petoskey with him to Walmart). I’m loving these rides, and between going up and down Cadotte or up and down British Landing Road to get to the highway around the island, I’m putting in almost 10 miles a day. Almost got wet on the ride above . . .
. . . but it held off until I got home.
ABOUT SILVER BIRCHES
The blog post on Silver Birches made history for Bree’s Blog. It brought in the most “hits” I’ve ever received in one day – 3,097! From that I’d say there’s a heck of a lot of interest in the restoration of this awesome property!
FESTIVAL OF THE HORSE
The Festival of the Horse began today and will continue through Sunday. Michelle Stuck (above) was practicing today on her beautiful Gysbert for a musical kur to be performed during the festival. For information on all the events, please click here: http://www.mackinacislandfestivalofthehorse.org/events.htm (Photo: Mary Stancik)
I believe that catches us up through today, so I’ll sign off now. I’ll be back on Sunday with lots of news on the Festival of the Horse – and anything else that happens to catch my eye over the next few days. Y’all have a great weekend!