Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday outing

No walk as such today. It was raining all of yesterday and still raining when we got up this morning. Rather than sit in the house hubby and I decided we'd take a drive. We bought a Sat Nav/GPS yesterday for the car so hubby wanted to try it out. We've been using our phones for navigation but they don't always work when we're close to the lake shore.

Not too many photos to share today. We visited a couple of lighthouses, but with the weather as bad as it was we only popped out of the car for a few minutes - as long as we could stand without getting drenched - before hopping back inside again.

We couldn't get very close at all today. The pier (walkway) was closed and blocked off. They are trying to save it so doing renovations. I can't say I'm surprised. Last year when we went there were holes right through the concrete into the lake below!

This is a photo from last year. As you can see they have pulled down all of the metal work. It is supposed to be closed for the rest of the year.

The beaches still have their winter protection up. Lots and lots of fences to help stop drifting sand. They have to take these out and clear up the drifted sand a little before the summer season starts.

By the lake it seemed kind of desolate, but in a few months the beach will be packed with people playing in the lake and soaking up the sun.

We also stopped at another park, but by this time the rain was steady and definitely set in for the day. We hadn't been there before so thought that, as it was nearby, we'd see if it was worth planning a day trip to do some trails. A definite yes!

Looks beautiful but we didn't even make it down to the beach! Just popping out of the car was getting us drenched. Hopefully we'll revisit next week if it is dry.

Even though it was raining I'm glad we got out. It's great to be able to do these mini-trips together after so many years of me working on Sundays. It saved me sitting home moping because I'm missing Mum on Mother's Day.

And on that note I'd like to wish a lovely mother's day to all Mums and to all those important women in our lives.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Dreary Saturday

It was a really beautiful day yesterday, too good to last. I did make the most of it and went for a little walk.

Today was just the opposite - rainy and dreary. Certainly not a day to get out and about. I stayed inside, did a little crafting and Skyped Mum. It's Mother's Day tomorrow and always miss her more on such days. She received my card and bookmark. I've arranged for some flowers to be sent to my sister's house tomorrow where Mum will be spending the day. Hope she likes them!

I did get some things done on my to-do-this-year list. I framed a couple of cross stitch items and I framed a print I ordered from a photo I took a few weeks ago.

Two pieces framed - dozens to go lol.

I've also been busy knitting. I did another cable and am working on a hat. It will be my first hat. I picked really cheap yarn this first time in case I mess it up too much. It is actually black though it looks dark blue. I took the photos with my phone so not the greatest!

They forecast rain for tomorrow so maybe no walk this week. Sniff. Sniff. Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. Happy Mother's Day to all those who celebrate tomorrow.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Wooden Trestle Bridge - Five on Friday

It's the first week to link up with Tricky over at F.A.S.T - Family Attempting to Survive the Times for Five on Friday. I really wasn't sure what I was going to post but wanted to show my support so I thought I'd hold on to a few photos from our Sunday out trip and share five facts about the place we stopped at - The Hamilton Railroad Bridge.

 This rather rickety looking wooden railway bridge is actually still in use! I was actually surprised when I read that as I had seen it up close! It is a 420 foot (128metre) trestle bridge.

It is thought to be built sometime in the early twentieth century but no-one seems sure of the date.

It's quite a popular fishing spot. Even though it was quite chilly when we stopped by there were several people fishing.

The reason it's a great fishing spot is because of the Hamilton Dam where Trout and Steelhead are said to collect. The dam is thought to have been built by early settlers to power a saw mill and rebuilt in 1855 to power a flour mill.

Rabbit River is the name of the river. Not sure why it got its name - makes you wonder, doesn't it?

I think this is number six but so excited I had to share!

While we were here I saw my first sign of Spring! There were actually some buds growing on the bushes. I was so excited. Can you tell?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Messy Desk - not much has changed!

Desk day again. It's Wednesday so it's time to join with Julia and the gang over at Stamping Ground for another What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.

The view on my desk hasn't changed much from last week.

I finished constructing a mini-album and am currently putting together photos to put inside. One of my goals this year was to get my photos organised better than they are (sitting in boxes). I'm been putting some into a journal sort of thing and want to put more groups of photos in albums. I haven't decided whether to embellish or not.

I did make this little bookmark. I like the saying - it reminds me to try to think positive.

I have been out and about taking photos. I saw my first really cute Raccoon on Sunday (shown in previous post). I'm really enjoying all I'm learning in the course.

Thanks for all the comments! I really appreciate them. I'll be off hopping around the desks sneaking a look at what everyone has been up to. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Peek-a-boo - Raccoon (Sunday Walk pt 2)

There's a lighthouse not too far from Saugatuck State Park. It's actually in another State Park though Holland State Park is mainly just a really big beach and the lighthouse. In summer it's really, really busy. There were actually quite a few people about on Sunday. I think we're all tired of the cold and cloudy days and when temperatures get up a little we all hurry out.

There was still a little bit of ice on the walkway

There were a few people out fishing

As we were walking along the walkway hubby spotted a little fellow sleeping between the rocks and the walkway pretty close to the water but not in it.

He poked his head up and around the corner

Isn't he really cute? I've never seen a raccoon up close before.

It didn't seem bothered by us. He took a little look at us and then curled up and went back to sleep.