Friday, October 13, 2017

Leelanau Morning

And now, from the other direction, going back --

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Autumn Reds Arrive

Virginia creeper

Staghorn sumac



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Leaving the Main Road Behind

We saw a sign for a garage sale. Initially David slowed but then drove on past. After all, we hardly need anything. “Unless you want to stop?” Well, I said, maybe they’d have a couple of old plastic pails or something? Man’s World, as we call the garage barn and basement, sometimes needs contains for random projects, and the Queen of the Kitchen does not appreciate having her saucepans appropriated. So we went a little farther down the road, turned around, and went down the driveway toward Lake Leelanau to discover Paradise.

Polish Heritage Farm is a small, diversified agricultural operation. They have pigs, goats, ducks, and all kinds of chickens. Guarding the chickens from marauding foxes are neat little guinea hens. The guineas forage for their own meals, and there’s a market for their beautiful feathers.

Our genial host was so forthcoming with information that I could only absorb and retain maybe 5-10% of what he told us. Also, I was distracted by the surroundings – so much life everywhere! It's hard to concentrate in a state of total bliss, which is how I felt with the animals sounds and smells and the soft autumn breeze and the happy children.

We came away with a carton of fresh eggs, and when we go back soon for produce I’ll take along my scythe for sharpening. I feel like we discovered a gold mine! I need to get more pictures, too, on future visits.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Change of Season in the Air

Today may be the last day of summer, with temperatures dropping tonight to something more like fall.

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Little Things I Love in Northport #1

Of course, we have Grand Traverse Bay and a beautiful marina and a fabulous farmers market and library and so much more, but it's worth slowing down to walk the side streets to find delightful little surprises like this volunteer mountain ash growing from accumulated organic material in the arms of an old, old maple tree. We've all heard of "nurse logs" in the forest, but here is an example of a living tree as nursery.