After working Monday morning at the Stuart House, I took some time to walk through downtown with my camera. Everywhere I turned were gardens, flower beds, flower pots and hanging baskets – all beautiful and happily blooming away. You’d never know we’ve been in the 50’s for highs this week and frost warnings have been issued the last two nights.
So . . . Fall might be here on the calendar – but Mackinac Island’s summer flowers are still blooming their little hearts out!
Our post office always looks good, but this year the tall, beautiful flowers surrounding the entrance are really showing off. Makes going after the mail a real treat!
One of the many hanging baskets at The Cottage Inn . . .
. . . and a little frog named Bob who just can’t stay away from his cell phone.
These beauties were outside Weber’s on Market Street.
Butterflies are still fluttering – like this one sipping at some flowers in front of a closed-for-the-winter cottage on Huron Street.
There are no words for the floral wonders at the Island House this year.
Every garden is a masterpiece of color, variety . . .
. . . and uniqueness.
Bay View of Mackinac is a riot of flowering bushes.
Doud’s Market. I remember these window boxes in the spring when they first were planted. They have thrived all summer, and right now they are peaking.
Hanging basket outside Mary’s Bistro.
One perfect blossom – along the board walk.
Cadotte Avenue from the Grand Hotel.
MORE SCENES FROM THE MONDAY AFTERNOON STROLL
Looking across Marquette Park toward Fort Mackinac. Not much Fall color yet – but it’s coming!
J.L. Beanery Coffee House is a great place for breakfast – and awesome lunch sandwiches.
Quiet street – from the Fort to the Island House.
The Mackinac Island Marina is another quiet place these days.
The Island House – tucked between Michigan blue skies and shamrock green lawns.
A nice afternoon to visit across the white picket fence in front of the Windermere Hotel.
A shady curve of sidewalk leading to the library . . .
. . . where I ducked through the side yard to check if the chairs were still out on the back deck.
Walking along the boardwalk these days is a treat to all the senses . . .
. . . especially the visual. A Shepler ferry . . .
. . . and the Arnold freight boat glide across sparkling blue water.
Chambers Corner and a glimpse up Market Street.
Little Stone Church through the changing leaves of the new trees that line Cadotte. I wonder how many more years I’ll call them the “new” trees?
A touch of color on a Jewel Golf Course tree . . .
. . . and apples near the road that every horse on Mackinac tries to swipe as they walk by.
A wagon and a carriage stand side by side in the sunshine at Barn View.
Picking up the outgoing mail at the post office. The dray delivers it to the ferry, and the next morning the whole process starts again – in reverse. (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)
It’s definitely Fall inside Doud’s Market! (Photo: Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island)
Remember those empty blue barrels from the other day? These are packed full and on the first leg of their journey to Jamaica – along with what looks like some carpet. (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)
Getting my coffee fix at Lucky Bean, before opening the Stuart House on Monday morning. (Photo: Jill Sawatzki)
Meet the Greens – Kem and Ed from Des Moines, Iowa. Kem discovered Bree’s Blog last summer after visiting Mackinac, and if I’ve ever met anyone who mirrors how I felt after my first trip here, it is Kem. Ed feels the same way, and they have a plan to be living (maybe full-time) on the Island in five years. They came over to the Stuart House on Monday and asked us to have dinner with them at the Chippewa Hotel (where they’re staying) last night so they could ask questions about island life. Such a nice couple! I fell immediately in love with Kem’s enthusiasm and positive attitude. If anyone can make that plan come true, these two can!
When the Greens came by the Stuart House Frankie and Hershey were visiting for a few minutes, so everyone introduced themselves. This morning was very foggy so Kem went out shopping and stopped in to see Frankie at Benjamin’s. She asked where Hershey was, and Frankie said “Upstairs in the apartment.” So Kem said, “Why don’t we take her for a walk?” Do you see why I’m crazy about these two. Kem collected Hershey, called Ed at the Chippewa, and they all went for a walk in the fog!
And speaking of fog. The morning started off bright and beautiful, but Jim Ryerse captured the fog bank as it rolled in. So eerie-looking!
Stephanie Fortino, the reporter from the St. Ignace News/Town Crier who wrote the wonderful story about Lowell & Faye’s trip to the Island, rode up to the condo this afternoon, and we all chatted about Bree’s Blog for over two hours. The story should run in the October Town Crier. I love working with Stephanie – another enthusiastic – and very professional – young lady.
After Stephanie hurried down the hill to catch the ferry, Ted and I took Maddie and Bear for a long walk. I am always amazed at some of the bizarre forms aged or dead trees take on over the years. These trunks on Cupid’s Pathway seemed almost fossilized.
Rays of sunlight breaking through thick still-green foliage.
Now that Bear is feeling better, he is getting rid of a lot of pent-up energy on every walk. Once off-leash in the woods he breaks into an all-out run and races through bushes and over fallen trees like a pack of wolves is after him.
Then he stops, digs a hole . . . .
. . . . grabs a stick . . .
. . . and chews.
And then he starts all over again!
How they like to end every walk . . . running up the hill at the Carriage Museum to get treats from Denise!
Well, I guess you didn’t know when you sat down to read this you were going to be here this long! I’ve really been out a lot with the camera this week!
I still haven’t worked out the details with Liz Ware about my night at Silver Birches, but hopefully that is still going to happen.
One big bit of news. We had an offer on the condo this week, but after counter offers and re-counter offers, we just couldn’t get together on price. So . . . no sale on that one.
Hoping everyone is having a good week. Stay safe, stay well, and I’ll see you back here in a few days! God bless.