Three Weeks To Go . . . 9/8/15

I know this blog was supposed to be Part II of the Grand Garden Show, but I decided to break up all those flower gardens with some photos of daily life around the island this week.  We’ll get back to the garden show in the next post!

Labor Day is over, and the island has already made the subtle swing into the relaxing season of Fall.  The huge crowds left on Monday, and although there are still plenty of folks downtown, you can just feel the island beginning to breathe a little more slowly.

I even started back volunteering at the Stuart House this week. I worked all day Saturday and will be back on duty on Thursday! It felt great to be back!

I even started back volunteering at the Stuart House this week. I worked all day Saturday and will be back on duty Thursday! It felt great to be back inside this historic Mackinac building!

There are several new businesses in town, and one of my favorites is a new shop opened by Nicole Doud, who also owns Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island.

There are several new businesses in town, and one of my favorites is a new shop opened by Nicole Doud, who also owns Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island.  She’s calls it the Little Luxuries Artists Market.

The Artists Market carries items handmade in the USA (there are a lot of Michigan and Midwest artists). Nicole loves craft fairs and markets, so she is concentrating on unique handmade gift items. The market has a modern vintage feel with wood floors and vintage display pieces. Nicole loves supporting independent artists/makers, and it is a consignment shop as well. I love it!

The Artists Market carries items handmade in the USA (there are a lot of Michigan and Midwest artists). Nicole loves craft fairs and markets and loves supporting independent artists/makers.  Concentrating on unique handmade gift items, the Artists Market has a modern vintage feel with wood floors and vintage display pieces.  I love it!

Bear's new favorite spot - with his head between the porch rails and overseeing the carriage, bike, and pedestrian traffic down below.

Bear’s new favorite spot – with his head between the porch rails overseeing the carriage, bike, and pedestrian traffic down below.

Sunday was a beautiful day on Mackinac! The second annual Labor Day Weekend sailboat race was in full swing when I spotted the boats from our window and went over to take a photo.

Sunday was a beautiful day on Mackinac! The second annual Labor Day Weekend Sailboat Race was in full swing when I spotted the boats from our window and went over to take a photo.

Mission Point was beautiful in the sun . . .

Mission Point was beautiful in the sun . . .

. . . and the wind was spreading the seeds of this purple plant far and wide.

. . . and the wind was spreading the seeds of this purple-flowered plant far and wide.

The Mackinac Island version of AAA.

The Mackinac Island version of AAA.

Stormy Labor Day weather didn't stop Ted from joining approximately 40,000 other walkers for the Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. This photo is just before he joins the crowd at the beginning point in St. Ignace.

Stormy Labor Day weather didn’t stop Ted from joining approximately 40,000 other walkers for the Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. This photo is just before he joins the crowd at the starting point in St. Ignace.

LOL - no, he's not walking in the wrong direction - just turned around for a photo op before reaching one of the bridge towers.

LOL – no, he’s not walking in the wrong direction – just turned around for a photo op before reaching one of the bridge towers.  The bridge walk covers 5 miles and ends in Mackinaw City.  This was Ted’s sixth bridge walk.  Yes, I’ve done it . . . . once.

This morning was foggy, and I had to go off-island for an appointment and a little grocery shopping.

This morning was foggy, and I had to go off-island for an appointment and a little grocery shopping.

Coming back across the Straits this afternoon was a very rainy ride. Would you believe there were folks who opted to ride on the top deck with no cover!

Coming back across the Straits this afternoon was a very rainy ride. Would you believe there were folks who opted to ride on the uncovered top deck!?

You know it's a crowded ferry when the baggage section is packed on full of luggage and bikes that a few bikes had to be transported on the front deck!

You know it’s a crowded ferry when the baggage section is packed so full of luggage and bikes that a few bikes had to be transported on the front deck!

Coming up before we leave . . . . 1) Part II of the Garden Show and garden photos from two downtown summer cottages and the Iroquois Hotel.  2)  An update on Silver Birches.  3) A report on the marine rescue boats and equipment used by island rescue units and the U.S. Coast Guard.  4)  An update on Fort Holmes

Less than three weeks left on the island.  How can that be?

See you back here in a few days!

God bless.

 

6 thoughts on “Three Weeks To Go . . . 9/8/15

  1. It looks like Bear enjoys all the activity on a busier street! Great pics . I will be sure to spend time in Little Luxuries…..I tend to spend too much there $$$$$ each time! Love it.

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  2. Great to see Ted made the walk, even through a little rain. My family also walked. It’s a long family tradition. My dads 57th year in a row and my 56th. My son is 37 and it was his 38th walk and my granddaughter, who is 5, it was her 6th. Love your blog Bree! We were on the island on Friday but didn’t see you. We did talk to Jill at the book store. She said we just missed you! Enjoy your remaining time on the island!

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    • Scott, about two minutes after y’all left the bookstore Jill remembered I was going to be working at Stuart House on Saturday. She ran outside to try and catch you, but you’d already disappeared in the crowd. So sorry I missed seeing y’all!

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  3. The pictures of Bear is so adorable! Dogs love to “people watch” just like humans!

    Ted is such a trooper to do the bridge walk. It is on my bucket list to do in the next year or two. Of course, I need to get walking on a regular basis and get this body ready for the trek across the bridge. The bridge makes me very nervous every time I drive over it. My hands sweat when I cross it! LOL!

    Mission Point Adirondack chairs look lovely and I hope to sit it one while reading a book in about 2 weeks! Can’t wait!

    Hugs from Iowa!

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  4. Got to love Bears spot to watch the world go bye. He looks right at home, like he’s never left the island. He’s such a sweet boy. Can you take him with you to any of the restaurants and bars? Not enough of that, here in the U.S.
    What good books is the Island Book Store recommending? Do you know?
    Carry on with your 3 weeks. Enjoy every minute.

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    • Hi Christine! There are several restaurants with outdoor seating that allow well-behaved dogs to accompany their “parents”. To be honest, we usually opt out of bringing them along because they are both so “food happy” they could be a little annoying – to others if not to us!
      I just happen to have a copy of what the island book club will be reading over the winter: Tell the Wolves I’m Home, Mary Coin, Empire of the Summer Moon, The Aviator’s Wife, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, and The Gift of Years.

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