Take a walk in Blue Bell Woods listen to the sounds around you, of bird song and bees. Smell the flowers and the scent of Spring in the air. Every year is a new beginning and every day a blessing

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

PowWow to Lighthouse................

Today was the last day of the Peshawbestown Traditional Pow Wow. We go there probably every other year or so. The kids can only sit so long and we also have to stand quite a bit for the entrance and the prayers, flags and so on. Good practice for the little ones to learn respect. It's a hard lesson.
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The drums are wonderful and you know, I have never been yet without seeing a hawk or was it an eagle circle overhead. This year there were not so many great costumes as some other times. It seemed like it was the young ones, the kids that had the beautiful regalia. A couple of older men were decked out in their finery. Other years have had some with beautiful bead work. Each time is different.
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The head dancers had lovely regalia. It is quite moving if long winded when they bring in the flags. Hard for little ones to pay attention and not wriggle.
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The kids did really well all considered. I don't think they found it terribly interesting this year. So how do we handle kids and their mouths? Reina shouts out "look Mum Indians" shhhhhh we say, thinking she is being rude. So she yells "well they aint real Indians" So she is taken aside and given a little lecture because then Tristen pipes up Indianssssssss.........We cringe and the two ladies who were the object of attention are snickering. So what is the correct thing to tell our children. I mean you dont go around saying oh look a black person or oh look a white person. I always feel like as guests (and that is how they see us) we should have some sort of protocol to follow. I wish it were not an issue but it is. I want the children to grow up respecting all people and this is a difficult one. SO next time Reina says "Look mum Native Americans" grrrrrrrr. What we would like is for them to just not say anything its not a zoo. They are not on display. I can not feel my way around handling these things. Being from England its never been an issue (race) as it is here. I grew up with folks from all over the world, but in our little corner of Michigan, well its not cosmopolitan at all.These people deserve a lot of respect and I want to be sure that we give them that.
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We got some fry bread and food before we left and off we went off to Northport. We had to get the kids busy again after sitting so long. I got them each a dream catcher. They know the story of the dreamcatcher.
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So this is the first time we have been to the Lighthouse this year. The water levels are up here too. The beach is actually gone. The land that leads to the beach is all rock at the tip of Leelanau county where the lighthouse sits. The plants that grow there are unique and beautiful. My camera was not focusing right so I didn't get too many pictures.
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I didn't select pictures of the ones down on the rocks but these were all growing up near the lighthouse. We got ice cream and a couple of things to occupy the little critters on the way home. A kaleidascope each and a sucker. Not that it kept them quiet but at least they had something to do.
Meanwhile I would love to get this in my garden
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Had to get a picture of this guy.....look at those eyes. He looks like a Mayfly but I am not at all sure.
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When we stood on the beach I felt like we were below the lake level and that it would come right in on us. Would not be down there in a storm that's for sure.
We let the kids play at the park for a short time just to let off steam before we got them trapped in the car again for the ride home.
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There are many lighthouses around the Great Lakes. It seems that inland fresh water lakes would be safe but they are not. The many many shipwrecks can attest to that. They should be given as much respect as the Sea, because that is what they are........inland fresh water seas.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Old Mission..............

Today we chose to visit Old Mission Peninsula. Old Mission is the strip of land between East and West Bays of Grand Traverse Bay.
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 It was windy today and quite brisk. Laura froze, We went first to the Lighthouse but didn't go down to the beach as the wind was really blowing and they were cold. So this next is not my picture. All the others are mine but that one I googled.
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We went inside but there were too many people in there. Our town has become one of the top tourist places in America. Its really a pain for us locals, selfishly we have been used to having these places all to ourselves and so the challenge is to go to the places that are not so well know. We took a quick look and I got some pictures before heading into the woods.
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They have restored an old cabin that was there.
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 So then we headed off into the woods. It was warmer there with dappled sunlight. It was difficult for me to see the ground as we walked. There were boulders and tree roots so I had to pay attention.
The woods were lovely though. Our tree today was the Oak. So now the kids have learned Beech, Maple, Birch and now Oak. We collected leaves of each kind and they will make a board tomorrow with the leaves we brought home,
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We saw some tiny tiny frogs
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We did go down to the shore just to take a picture, the water was rough and it was cold. It's August, who carries a coat? Personally I was fine but Laura and kids were cold.
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We went on our way and headed for the very small Old Mission, cant call it a town. It consists of a General store and the replica of the Old Mission School. The school founded to teach the Chippewa Indians, We went in the store to get a snack. The old guy who was serving was a saint. He was supposed to have 5 other people serving but he was on his own. Calm and to the point with everyone being patient. They serve take out food as well as a deli and wine, and the old fashioned store has novelties and can not have changed since it first opened.
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There is also an Inn there
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The beach was a place to let the kids go play as we finished our snack and drink. There was a climbing thingie for them there
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There was a time when the Peninsula was full of cherry orchards
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There used to be fruit farms of all kinds. There still are a few, apple and peaches and pears, but Cherries are what the area is known for. Now Wineries and Vinyards have taken over. It's ideal for growing grapes for wine. Hops too are being grown in Michigan.
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Well I know what we will be doing tomorrow......we will be pressing leaves and sticking them on a board so they can have them in their rooms. Wish me luck.

Friday, August 8, 2014

A day out with the kiddies again...............

This time I thought it might be nice to go to the dunes again. We had planned on going the other direction as I think there were art and craft fairs going on. I figured that would not interest the kidlets. That would also mean they would get into trouble being bored so..........missed another art fair boo hoo. So....there was a place I wanted to show Laura, Tristen had not been there since he was about 2 so would not remember. We began the day by tending graves for Alex and my sister in law Janice. Bought flowers and planted those and then set off on adventure.
After making our way to Port Oneida I found the trail and set off through meadows and woods to a lonely cemetery up on the bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan.
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Fascinating reading the grave stones. There are 8 burials there. Earliest born in 1822 and 1926 was the last death. I want to read more on these people. We have been exploring their farms and I know that their lives were harsh. I want to find out more about them. Anyhow thats not what this is about. After the visit to the cemetery we did the hike through the woods and meadows to the look out on a hill.
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You get there through lovely meadows and what used to be farmland.
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I could go on about the history and all the lovely things here but its not about that its about our day out. We have a couple of beaches in that area that we love but they were busy. We like our beaches with no one on them.
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Here are a few pictures of the old farms
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The woods were cool but when we were out in the fields it was hot.
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We went past the Beaver Dam area.
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We only saw a few deer and this is the only one I could get a picture of, she was in a hurry
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We had promised we would go to the beach so after we left Point Oneida we went to our usual beach and it was packed. We decided to take a closer look. We could not believe what we saw. The kids were running ahead and came running back to say that we were at the wrong place.......well we knew we wasn't so what the heck. It turned out that the water was way up to the dunes. I didn't realize we had that much rain, or snow. I have never seen the water that high up. We knew from the rocks and stuff that sometimes waves got that far back but not this. Well we found a nice spot and the kids got in. Don't get wet we said. Yea, well good luck with that right.
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Good job we were prepared right. We both remembered to bring them a change of clothes but we both forgot underwear. They had a blast. Reina took her top off. She will love these pictures in a couple of years
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We stayed awhile till our butts got numb. They would have stayed a lot longer. I am baffled at the height of the water. Shocked, never seen it like that but it was nice too because we knew it was not deep for a very long way out. Not that you can trust that, and we never take things for granted. After that we stopped at the Dunes. We wanted to check out the shop there. Tristen wanted to climb the Dune.
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By then we were all exhausted and it was about 30 miles home so we had to get on our way home. On the way we stopped to see if we could see any eagles at the dump. We had seen one while we were out at Oneida but we could not get it on camera. So here one posed for us. Thank you Mr Eagle
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By then the kids were driving us nuts so home we went. End of a lovely day
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