Tales from the Meadow

An newly bloomed flower head

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Did you know that milkweed has the sweetest, most delicate scent?
I did not until one of our guests told me so.
And then I could smell it everywhere.
But especially in and all around cottage 1
because we have a whole bunch of that lovely weed planted directly under the bathroom window.
If anyone could turn that into a fragrance, I would buy it by the gallon.

Like an addict I would make myself walk by that stand of milkweed as often as
possible, when one day I discovered a butterfly feasting on the delicious, little flowers…

Elberta Beach Lookout

Mike and I had a fun evening out.
The boys are gone for the next two days visiting their girlfriends in Petoskey –
we took the opportunity to sneak out of the Wayfarer,
have a drink somewhere and dinner at the Mayfair Restaurant.
Frankfort was buzzing with summer guests.  The restaurants were full.
We couldn’t get to the bar at Dinghy’s and decided to walk up to the Villa Marine for a cold beer.
After dinner, the obligatory drive to the beach. Since we where in Elberta already, we drove up to the lookout…

There you have it – Beautiful Frankfort-Elberta

Cars, cars and more cars

I had the pleasure to spend today’s cocktail hour at Larry and Ginny Hale’s 3 pole barns full of beautiful and interesting cars.

But first I have to say, I have never seen a kitchen and lounge, like the Hale’s have, in a barn before. Holy smokes,  this is an amazing space!

What a beautiful space, simply amazing.

I missed the party last year. That was NOT going to happen today.  Ginny prepared all the food herself and it was delicious. She served water chestnuts wrapped in bacon. Yuuuummmm.
In Germany we don’t make that kind of food.  So, when I first met the Americans on the Coast Guard base on Sylt, I just loved what they served as h’ordeuvres.  So, I hung around Ginny’s water chestnut dish, hehe

And now the cars!  or rather some of the cars.  I have to admit that I have never watched a car race and do not know the first thing about these things.  The only thing I can say “this was just an amazing sight”.

There were so very many pace cars. Even the little ones were pace cars.

There’s Craig Jenks eying this gorgeous whatever it is………..Camaro!

isn’t this the cutest car you’ve ever laid eyes on?  I want it and then I want to drive it in the next parade through Frankfort.  That would be the Fall Fest Parade on the second weekend in October.

And on and on and on.  3 Barns full of the most beautiful cars. Most of them refurbished, some of them lined up waiting for some TLC

Nice days look like this

I looked out the kitchen window yesterday and there she was, sitting on the bench in the back yard.


   Audrey and her 2 daughters – Irene and Margaret – come once every summer for a scant week and we always look forward to their visit.
They are the quint essential guests here at the Wayfarer.  The ladies have come here for as long as they can remember,
they have brought their children and grandchildren.
I enjoy them very much.
Audrey can be found most days in her chair outside her favorite cottage # 10.
So, back to what I was saying,  there was Audrey, sitting on the bench, enjoying the sun and listening to the birds.
I went out to sit with her.
We had a nice, long chat about the families…

The other two fun guests we had last week were two small boys.  Well, one was tiny and the other is about to enter 1st grade.



And here is Fox:

He is loads of fun. I loved talking to him and I hope that he comes back one day to see me.

Yes, I do realize that I am mostly writing about boy guests. No need to point that out to me.

I also realize that I might be partial to boy guests
We had two sweet little sisters here 2 weeks ago.  I just didn’t think to ask if I could take pictures of them.  I was busy 😉