Sunday, August 9, 2009


Last Monday we left on out little vacation from our vacation, a 3 day trip north to Ludington, Michigan, home to...well, er...just a getaway along Lake Michigan. Actually the town is known for having the only transportation from Michigan to Wisconsin across Lake Michigan. I didn't get a picture but it is a huge old ship that even carries cars and it takes 4 hours to make the trip. Sorry, no pictures, we were late for dinner and the ship looked very foreboding to me. Very huge and Titanic looking. Sorry that I am not giving you all of the historical facts here but I am deathly afraid of anything bigger than a small boat (like ours) on a small body of water (like ours). Above is a picture of the house across the street from our B&B. I thought it was just lovely. And there were so many other beautiful homes in the area that I didn't have time to photograph. It was a gorgeous area, just blocks from Lake Michigan (and the Titanic), and the shopping.

This is where we stayed, The Candlelight Inn. The owners, Tony & Melanie were just the sweetest people. They made us feel comfortable in every room of the house and our own room, of course, not that big, was still so comfortable, I had a really good night's sleep, even though that is rough, even at home.

The home had several cozy little spots outdoors to hang out at in the day or evening. We discovered this one the first night after having dinner out. We didn't start the barbecue pit, but there were a few torch lamps that we lit and it set this little area all aglow. Isn't it pretty? Rocking chairs outside!! The Husband said, "I saw a few bottles of wine in the kitchen and they said, help yourselves!" So I said, "Go for it!". We shared a bottle of wine under the stars...

IIt was cool that night but the day was humid, thus, Blondie's hair expanded threefold. But I was a happy camper (rocker).

The Husband always loves to show off a new Tommy Bahama shirt!!!! Isn't he handsome??

This is the breakfast buffet on the front porch. I was given a recipe for their coffee cake which is like none you have ever had before. I will post it later.

Whooooo, Wilbur!!! We're not in Kansas anymore!! Our first stop on the World's Longest Yardsale, spanning 654 miles from West Unity, Ohio to Gadsen, Alabama. Some bloggers have already posted about the fun they had. This here wasn't so much a yardsale as it was a barn sale and of course Blondie was more interested in checking out the animals (not to buy of course.) Isn't he CUTE?????

And that is little Pony Boy next to Wilbur. Of course I thought it was a baby horse, farm girl that I am. They were both so friendly!

And then little Billy came ambling up, wanting some attention too. What a threesome!! I could have hung out here all day!

Just to show you how friendly Wilber was and how big, I am giving him a little pet on the snout! Very cautiously!! LOL!!

Onward!! This was our last stop after about 4 hours in the rain and then the humid heat. It is the place I mentioned recently that we stopped at in White Pigeon. Well...I don't blame you forgetting, but they had something there I wanted with a passion and YES!!!! It was still there. We brought home something I really wanted for the Summerhouse and because this post has dragged on long enough, barnyard animals and all, you will have to wait until my next post to see what I bought.

Until then, I leave you these beautiful flowers that I cannot identify and I hope to be back soon. I am still enjoying my vacation at the lake and I hope to have a little more time to just lie in the shade and read or snooze. I hope you all are staying cool and that you are having some rain down there in the South. I think of all of you and always wish you the best.


xinex said...

What a fun trip, Janie! I can't wait to see what you bought. Lucky you to experience the world's longest yardsale.

I was thinking of you when I spread the creeping thyme seed in the gazebo. I hope they grow soon....Christine

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

That was nothing but eye candy for me and oh how I looovvvee eye candy!
The inn was very nice and yes, your darling hubby is a handsome guy in his Tommy Bahama shirt. My hubbs likes those too :0)
Sounds like you had (or are having) a fantastic time!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Janie, what a fun time you had! Love those animals. I'm like you... if there's a cute animal, I'm mesmerized. :-)

I've missed you. I've been on break, but I'm trying to catch up some today before I break again for a long time. Lots going on with houses and then my MIL's milestone birthday.

BTW, I think your hair looks good. If you hadn't told me, I would have thought you'd styled it that way. You're always pretty to me.

Love to you, my friend!


Sheila :-)

Stacey said...

That looks like so much fun. We haven't stayed in a B&B in a long time. I remember that there's a fine line between feeling like you are in someone elses home and feeling like it's a get away. That little candlelit patio makes it all perfect to me! I'm glad y'all had a great time.

Ms. Tee said...

Hi Blondie :)
That b&b looks so pretty and the buffet looks great. I had to laugh when you said your hair expands in the humidity, because mine does, too! You can tell what the weather will be just by looking at my hair. :) Hope you enjoying the rest of your time! xoxo

Anonymous said...

It looks like you had a blast! I've always wanted to go to the longest yardsale but we've never made it. Maybe one day...

Love the billy goat, he looks like he's smiling :)

June said...

Hi Jane,
I think you both are so darling. What a cute couple you make. My hair does the same thing in humidity, but luckily that doesn't happen much in dry ole Idaho. It sounds like such a wonderful time. I would love to go to that yardsale some day.

Pug1 said...

Nice get-away! We're heading up to Michigan this weekend...staying with some friends! Cheers! Michele

Dana and Daisy said...

those flowers area called Liatris, also comes in white, a perrennial, often a cut flower in grocery store flower bouquets.

your hubby is a cutie, and I think you look great in magnified hair. It'll come back, just watch!

sounds like a wonderful time, and I love coffee cake, so looking forward to the recipe!

Neabear said...

I have never stayed in a B & B. I hope I get the chance to someday. Sounds like you had a great little get away.

Deb said...

What a great trip Janie. Loved your photos. We love Michigan too and have many wonderful memories of our time spent there ♥

Barb said...

Hi Jane, oh, I love your pictures. It looks like you are having a grand glad! Hubby and I have never stayed in a B& I want to.

The animals are great!!!!!!

Keep smiling, cutie girl!
Luv, Barb

Anonymous said...

Oh what a wonderful place you stayed in! Sounds like you had a great trip! Now quit keeping us in suspense not showing us what you bought!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

April said...

Man, that was some kind of trip you went on! I love the place you quaint! I've heard about that yard sale, but have never had the opportunity to take part in it. Lucky you!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Well, I am in suspense here!! Can't wait to see what you got!

We saw mostly junk at my end of the yard sale and it was HOT and HUMID!!

I will look forward to your next post!

Lou Cinda :)

Anne Marie said...

LUDINGTON? that is where my aunt and uncle stay during the summer!

she loves prim and loves ludington.....I have never been - yet -

you know....I'm from Michigan :)

Kathleen said...

You are too funny!
And my hair is the opposite..stick straight in the humidity!
It looks lovely, glad you had bugs outside at night?
Don't forget the recipe for the wonderful coffee cake!

kate said...

thanks for the trip to michigan , i lived there 7 yrs, 32 in Indiana, everything looks the same, looks like you had a great time....

Anonymous said...

Firstly Janie my dear..that first post was just a link to Susan's "Between Naps on the Porch" Anniversary. The previous post was about my red, green and orange house! I knew I screwed it up..leave it to me. You had a wonderful time, and that is so cool. It sounds romantic with the wine under the stars. Yes your hubby is a handsome dude alright. Why do you have a picture of your daughter sitting in that chair? That can't be you..too young. You are pulling a fast one on all of us, right? I would have been afraid of that ferry.Lake Michigan may not be the biggest Great Lake, but it cold like Lake Huron, right? The animals are so sweet. The bed of Liatris flowers are pretty, and I can't wait for your next post to see what you bought at that mansion place!


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

This looks like such a wonderful trip, but you are such a tease! i can't wait to see what you bought. laurie

bj said...

This sounds like so much fun, Blondie. I can't imagine what you might have bought.
I've ALWAYS wanted to go to the worlds longest yard sale. Fun, fun...O, and yes, 'mam...your hubby is indeed handsome! ;O)

Sue said...

Fun trip playing with all the animals....tee hee The inn looks to be just adorable and welcoming. As for the recipe- boy I love recipes, and food, and more food...
Can't wait to see the goodies you have to show us.
:-) Sue

Brenda Pruitt said...

Love that cozy little yard spot with the rocking chairs. So glad you're in the rest and relaxation mode. Seems I never get to that place very often. But then I rarely travel. Something at home always beckons. So you know how it goes. Can't wait to see what you got! Be safe till home!

Kathleen Grace said...

My hubby was born in Ludington:>) I love B&B's don't you? the huge yard sale would be a blast, what did you buy?

Julie Marie said...

Hello Jane, what a beautiful post this one is as well! Your hubby is very easy on the eyes in his cute shirt, for sure! And of course I LOVE all of the animal photos... especially you petting the horses...sounds like a wonderful place...I would love your recipe you promised for the coffee cake! Julie Marie

Lori E said...

Hey how did I miss this post? What a pretty place to share a bottle of wine.
Perhaps when you come to Vancouver we can share one too. The cabin is
3 1/2 hours away. The inside hasn't been done at all. Talk about metamorphosis, wait til that gets done.
There is a bunk house that sleeps 4 or 6 if two snuggle in the double bottom bunk. Well insulated, electrified and cozy.
Seriously though if you are coming to visit we will definitely get together.

Melissa Marie said...

Hey Janie! What a small world! I can't believe your son went to Golf School in Temecula! That is too funny. I just made a post on how to make the topiary rag trees. :)

Hope you are having a great week!


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