Sunday, October 25, 2015

Fall Projects/More Autumn Pictures

Hello, Friends!!
I’m back once again with some more fall pictures. It sure seems like fall has lasted longer and later in the season and I keep finding beautiful things to take pictures of.
From gorgeous sunrises over the lake...
... to fall colors on our trees.
I love taking close-ups of the intricate nature of each leaf...

 ...Then there's the annual migration of the Coots. With cooler temps starting up, they have been feeding right out front of our cottage.

 It’s been quite a crazy few weeks here at Cairn Cottage, too. We have had to go through some difficult situations – the passing of my father-in-law, as well as getting ready to soon step down from my job at my church.
But throughout it all, we have continued to keep ourselves busy.

My mom stopped out for a visit and threw out a line. No lucky catch that day, though.
...While she enjoyed the quiet lake view, hubby and I started one of our projects.
 ... I glued the stones as hubby positioned them on top of one another.
Some of the stones had to be cut to fit.
The completed project!
 A stone bench, which has to have a wood seat attached yet, was also completed. (It will be a great spot for keeping warm by the fire pit.)
 Today, we completed part 2 of a project we actually started in July... a fence to keep our little doggies in the yard. Of course, hubby added some of his rocks for beauty and effect.
 Here is a picture of the area that he also landscaped long ago with more of his rocks.
...As the sun set this evening, we saw the moonrise. A beautiful orange glow on the autumn trees was breathtaking!!
After such beautiful weather and views, all I can say is this...

May you have a wonderful week ahead!

Monday, October 19, 2015

A Visit to Detroit and Some Fall Foliage

A little over a week ago, hubby and I had the chance to visit our son, who recently moved to the  "motor city" of Detroit, Michigan. I have had such a crazy, busy week, but have been wanting to share some pics from that 2-day trip.
We visited this state park, just outside the city, called Belle Isle Park.
We went in the late afternoon, so we got some awesome pics of the city from the park.
There was a lighthouse there, too.
Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse

Located at the north end of Belle Isle, this is the only light in the nation constructed of marble. It was built in 1929 with private donations as a memorial to William Livingstone, who was the president of the Lakes Carriers Association from 1902 to 1925. 

The Detroit River surrounds this quaint, wooded island.
Looking out from this bridge is Lake St. Clair - situated south of Lake Huron and North of Lake Erie. When looking across the lake, one can view both the U.S. and Canada at the same time.
Rowers, practicing on the bay and river areas.
We got to see some beautiful clouds and the sun, as it was starting to set.
A peaceful lagoon view...
We walked some beautiful trails.
Our son love collecting unique rocks and seashells. We found quite a few.(Our doggies helped, too.)
As we drove through the city of Detroit, we saw some awesome architecture....
like these:
The old Wayne County BuildingIt formerly contained the Wayne County administrative offices – now located in the Guardian Building at 500 Griswold Street – and its courthouse. The Wayne County building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

 Detroit Renaissance Center - also known as the GM Renaissance Center (and nicknamed the RenCen) It is the third tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere, and features the largest rooftop restaurant, Coach Insignia. It has been the tallest building in Michigan since it was erected in 1977.
Being in Detroit was fun!! Seeing our son was awesome!! Because we were a little early to see the fall colors in their brightest, I found some online and am also sharing them here. Enjoy!!


"Fall In Love With Michigan"

Nothing beats the crisp crunch of autumn leaves beneath your feet as you spend a lovely day enjoying the fall colors. Whether you’re walking around your neighborhood or hiking your favorite Michigan trail, there’s something wonderful about taking the time to appreciate nature.

The Michigan “U.P.” arguably rivals New England for its colorful leaf displays

Deer in rutting season.

Autumn in Michigan, fall foliage and one-room schoolhouse. Peak colors predicted for Michigan are Oct. 1 – 17 for northern and Oct. 5 – 21 for southern

Michigan, Upper Peninsula, Lake, Fall Colors, Foliage, Reflection Landscape

Indiana is about 1-2 weeks behind southern Michigan. I’ve snapped a few pics that I will be sharing soon. Till then, here is a glance at what we will be getting.

fall colors in indiana (by jim totton)

Have a beautiful autumn season!!!!
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” 
Spanish Proverb
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