Alyssa and Sunny

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For the last few days, a young girl came riding her horse past the Wayfarer.  Finally tonight, we caught her eye and asked her to come to the front porch.  She did.  Wearing sunglasses and blond braids, I had no idea who she was.  Turns out, I have known her, with dark hair since she was 2 years old.  Alyssa Lone, she works at Glen’s Market and for the Frankfort Volunteer Fire Department. What a girl…

Alyssa and Sonny

Alyssa and Sunny

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good bye you two :)

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Al Fresco

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Oh boy, every cottage was filled with guests who love eating al fresco.  They cooked up a storm and enjoyed their cookery outside. My heart was singing at the sight.

It started with breakfast when I spotted Isaac and his younger brother Elias having their meal all by themselves.  Wellllll, you can see their parents on the swing watching that everything goes the way it should.  These two little men were so darling.

Breakfast at the Wayfarer

Breakfast at the Wayfarer

Breakfast at the Wayfarer with Isaac and Elias

Breakfast at the Wayfarer with Isaac and Elias

The feasting continued in the late afternoon and evening when, again, I spotted the kids and a couple of other cottages enjoying dinner.


…and After Dinner Drinks

After Dinner Drinks

I let them talk me into a glass of vino :)

This is what it’s all about.  Happy summer to meeeeee

Wanted: Chicken Herder


Trying to train chickens to stay where we want them to graze is like herding cats. LOL

These chicks need to learn to stay away from the cottages. I can imagine guests not being as fond of their company as Mike and I are.

Holy cow! I have been running around all day, trying to teach them with my “herding stick” – a wooden yardstick that gently guides them back where they belong.

Jimmy, my little friend who comes every year a few times, has the job but he is not always here. I need a little person to fill in for him. The pay is pretty good, just ask Jimmy who leaves here every trip with a check from the Wayfarer for his efforts to keep the birdbath in the driveway.

Any kids staying with us this summer, apply PLEASE,  heehee

The little guy in the picture is Jimmy, the big guy is Joey his older brother.

Cottage kids hard at work


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Have a grrrrrand day, everyone :)

Sleeping Bear Birding Trail revisited

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I posted this a little over a year ago.  Somehow it hasn’t caught on.  If coming to the area, bring your binoculars !


Exciting news, the Sleeping Bear Birding Trail (SBBT) is now open. All along M-22 from Manistee, past the Wayfarer, through the dunes and to Traverse City – all 123 miles, there are 34 recommended birding sites.

A number of entities were involved in the creation of the trail. Namely with the Michigan Audubon Society, the Leelanau Conservancy as well as the National Lakeshore

Welcome to Michigan’s first birding trail

I am baaaaaack


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Hi everyone!

I thought that I should take up writing here again.  My friend Art said that I should and post pictures, of course :)

So, for the first time since September 2nd, 2013 here we go

We have chickens now.  Yes, you know how I wanted fancy, shmancy chickens for a long time. Somewhere in the archives is an entry about it.  Anyway, we now have chickens. 6 of them and they are not fancy nor shmancy, they are production chickens.  They lay eggs. Not yet but sometime in the next few months.

It came about when one day I went to a big box store and saw this adorable chicken coop. It is adorable but not large enough for anything, lol.  Mike was not thrilled but he always lets me do whatever I want, and I wanted the coop and 6 chickens.

They have grown from tiny, little, yellow puffballs into big hens.

Mike now is enamored. He wants 9 more chickens and brand new ones next year to have 2 flocks. Oy.
He has been working on plans to build a mansion for the chickens old and new. He is working out how he can get water and food out there in the wintertime.  All around, he has lots of fun with them.

Yesterday we let them out of their yard into the big wide word for a lengthy amount of time. And he became a chicken herder. I wish I had video to show you.

Anyway, this was just to warn you that we have chickens now. Their names are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6



My Summer on the Front Porch


This has been my most wonderful summer since we came to live in Michigan.  Thanks to my reliable little helper Kamrie and some of her compadres for cleaning for me and Mike quitting his job.  Of course it helped that we had only enjoyable guests (almost) this year.  What a treat.
I have been able to enjoy my front porch more then ever before.  What fun to sit there and wave back at the “wavers” in the cars going by.
Ahhhh, a front porch, who needs anything else?!

I must say, thinking about this last season, this area sure has changed and then again it stayed the same.   The folks that come to enjoy themselves here are very much interested in keeping the area pristine and they really are “into the nature thing”, lol.
Water sports are definitely pushing hard to be the No.1 activity these days. Hiking and biking are not far behind. Of course that doesn’t mean that just plain old “laying on the beach” is no longer important. We’ve had many couples staying with us specifically to lay around on the beach and get chocolate brown before having to go back to work.

Long story short,   Thanks everyone for a most enjoyable season, for your business, for your friendship. We hope you went back home refreshed and feeling well and that your tank is full until you can come to Benzie County again   :heart:

Heehee, one really bad picture but there you have it – The Front Porch

Sis came to visit