Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Today I have a few more lake pictures for you. We were out on the water a few days ago and I decided to take a few pictures of some of the pretty homes. I was only able to get a few shots because I was, after all, on a moving boat and I either risked going overboard {love that movie} or taking blurry pictures.
Did I mention that we have an island on the lake. I keep saying that I will get pictures of it and if we ever receive an invitation from someone we know on the island, I will. The last time I was on the island, as a guest of a home owner, we had quite a crazy time that involved a lot of beers and a golf cart. But that was years ago and I've moved on. Above you will see the ferry that takes everyone back and forth to the island, as well as cars. It runs on a cable.
I've been on the lake for 19 years now and I have never ridden the ferry. It takes about 5 minutes. In the winter, everyone on the island closes their homes completely. Years ago when the lake froze solidly, people could go back to check on their house via snowmobile. How adventurous.
I live on a small bay with 21 homes. I like it because it is private and secluded and we are able to have a beach, no seawall, and the water is much more calm. By boat, we ride through a small channel that takes us out to the lake. The lake is 8 miles around and has just over 1,000 homes. It's rather large. The home above is at the mouth of the channel. I watched this home being built and although this picture doesn't do the home justice, I love it.
Their gazebo provides a gorgeous view.
Now this is where Blondie was doing her balancing act. I usually remain seated on boat rides but I wanted pictures. My calves ached a bit the next day. In addition, the sun was glaring behind me so I had to sort of hold the camera above me and snap at the air! lol!
I love the screened in patio on the 2nd level of this home. Again, totally out of focus.
This home belongs to the 2nd Mrs. Lowe {think: The Two Mrs. Grenville's}, she would be the widow. Edward Lowe's claim to fame was that he invented kitty litter. He made zillions. Think of what we would be doing without kitty litter. I don't have cats but I could just see myself trying to potty train one. He was quite a philanthropist in our town and he will long be remembered.
This is the home owned By the 1st Mrs. Lowe, also the mother of Edward Lowe's children. They were divorced and he built the previous home for his new wife just 1/4 of a mile down the lakefront. That's friendly.

And that is all I have today. This weekend we have guests again, but I am looking forward to it. If I can, I'll try to get to the island, no promises, and no golf carts.


Brenda Pruitt said...

Well Jane, you got some really good shots without falling in the lake! What we bloggers will do for one another's entertainment. I would just pee and fall over in it for that gazebo by the water. Or the screened porch. What a gorgeous place to retreat to.

Olive said...

Well Jane, the Lowe's make for an interesting story. You did just fine with the photos and did not fall in the lake! Have another great weekend. hugs♦olive

Debbie said...

Holy smokes Jane!!! these houses are amazing! NOTHING like that on Houghton Lake...that I know of anyway.
Thank you for sharing these great pics.

NanaDiana said...

Lovely shots of lovely homes. How wonderful to see them from the water. A lot of them are more spectacular from the lake side than the front. We live on the bay of Green Bay but there are not homes of that magnitude here. Further South though there are lots of them. We are not too far from Lake Geneva (which used to house The Playboy Club) and that has many gorgeous homes.

We have given Mr.Lowe mucho business over the years. May he RIP-he did good!

Coloradolady said...

Jane, what beautiful shots of the homes and those houses!!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Beers and a golf cart, eh? Quite a colorful past you are alluding too ... wish you lived closer, I'd ply you with cheap wine and get you to spill the beans!

GORGEOUS homes -- and great pictures, too. They don't look blurry to me, and I haven't even HAD a beer!

Beautiful ... I have been waiting for lake pics!


Cass @ That Old House said...

PS Forgot to say, Dion is very flattered by your comment ... as if he needs a BIGGER head! (We call him Blockhead!)

Linda said...

The houses even look similar! Nice people....friendlier than most ex's I imagine! And I AM indebted to the inventor of KITTY LITTER!!! My life would be awful without that!!!

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Beautiful pics!! Love to ride around the lake & see the homes from that side...always more character from that view.... then I usually say " Where do they work & are they hiring " :)
Thanks for sharing

Lori E said...

Yowza those are some big homes. You would need a golf cart inside to take you from end to end.

Simple Home said...

It's so beautiful there Jane. I'm sure you have a wonderful time every time you go there. Loved the Lowe houses story :-)

Kathleen said...

Beautiful shots, Jane! It looks lovely there!

Stacey said...

Oh thanks for sharing those gorgeous homes... and all the dish that goes with them. :)

We were in Chicago Monday and Tuesday. Tanner had freshman orientation at Roosevelt. He can't wait!

Anonymous said...

Beutiful pictures. Like you I don't get invited to those types of houses either, but I can admire from afar and dream.

Cat litter was better when he invented it. After it was bought out and "improved" it was not the same. And I liked his packaging better too. The man was brilliant.
Nice to know he was living a comfortable life.
Of we had met in person, I am sure he would have invited me in for lemonade.

Pondside said...

Beautiful houses, but the owners are welcome to them. I like a summer place to be a little less grand, more like a cottage, I guess.
You are an intrepid photographer!

Maggie said...

Stunning shots Jane, even if some were a little off centre.
Thank you for being so courageous and snapping them on our behalf.
How the other half live!!

Privet and Holly said...

Isn't it fun to see lake homes from the LAKE side??? We live across the street from a big lake but don't own a boat; it's a real treat to go out with our friends that do and drool over all of the big homes. I find as I'm getting older that it's actually the smaller gems that get me dreaming, as I really want to live on the water ~ somewhere ~ once Mr. Privet retires {which is still a long way out unless we win the lotto!}. Great pictures, Jane!!! xx Suzanne

Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

Beautiful homes! The lake looks so pretty, the water is a gorgeous blue/green! That's so funny~the man who invented kitty litter, if you see him in person, thank him for me!! lol:)

Kerry said...

I did enjoy reading a little of the history of the lake Jane. And thanks so much for risking life and limb (or at least a wet bottom) and getting those pictures. What extraordinarily beautiful houses they are.

Shellbelle said...

Now I'm going to think of this post every time I change the cat litter, nice to know I help pay for such beautiful homes, lol. I will, however, be indebted to Mr. Lowe for the rest of my life.

Beer and golf carts, girl, you left us hanging on for the details of that story.

Your boat tour of the homes reminds me of when I lived in Indian Rocks Beach and we would take visitors out on the boat in the Gulf to see all the gorgeous homes.

I hope you do get to go out on the island!

MrsKBJ said...

Beautiful pictures! I miss living near water! :O)

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Jane...Thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate your visits! What BEAUTIFUL homes! I am so glad you were able to capture the beauty of them all...good job! How wonderful it would be to spend the weekends on the water...I am so envious! Have fun!~Hugs, Patti

PAT said...

Love this tour, Jane! What beautiful homes and gorgeous lake.

Susan Freeman said...

What beautiful homes!! As lovely as they are, I am taken with that little cottage on your previous post. I am curious, are you on the Michigan side of the lake? It seems I recall you driving past Chesterton and Valparaiso on your way back to Chicago. I am so anxious to take a trip back to Chicago. When I do, I'll call Robin (Decorating Tennis Girl) and the three of us can meet at my Aunt's place ~ she loves a party!! Keep having fun and sunny, cheerful days at the lake house and keep posting from there too. Love it!!

Lots of love,
Susan and Bentley

Rebecca Nelson said...

Those homes are divine. OMGOSH! In my dreams.

Thanks for the great pics!

I noticed today the picture of your sissy who passed... What a beauty! I can't even imagine how much you must miss her.

Your blog is full of joy, fun and inspiration. I love to visit you.

Love to you this summer day~


Unknown said...

Beautiful houses! Looks like you had a lot of fun!
How weird is that! Inventing kitty litter!

xinex said...

The houses are gorgeous, Janie. Thanks for showing us. The lake looks so relaxing but your bay looks even more peaceful and serene. I am in Dallas right now. John is having a meeting, just for a few days. Enjoy the company...Christine

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Jane Sweetie...
Oh my gosh, what a beautiful place to live. Sweetie I thank you from the bottom of my heart, for risking Going Overboard to get us those pictures. (I loved that movie too by the way. Goldie @ her finest.)

Can you imagine the 1st Mrs. Lowe down the road from the 2nd Mrs. Lowe? I would say parties must be interesting out there on the island.

I love the ferry. I have never been on one, but think it would be fun. You must take a ride out there on it, and take pictures, I want to come along.

Have a beautiful weekend sweetie. I can't wait to see what you share this week. Back to work on Monday. Yeah for me. I am SO tired of monkeying around.

Love ya. Country hugs, Sherry

Sue said...

Well, I would be very happy with either of the Ms. Lowe homes. How gorgeous and lucky you to live near the water. Illinois is having a hot, hot summer!

Theresa said...

Be still my heart, those homes are gorgeous! I am not sure about that ferry:) I might have to skip that when I come for a visit hehe! I truly love a screened porch, as long as there are NO snakes! Have a blessed day my friend! HUGS!

susan said...

For balancing and shooting air, you got great shots! These are SOME homes! Am I understanding that these are just summer homes? Who knew kitty litter could be so lucrative? Wonder how the Mrs. Lowes felt about the proximity of their homes? I bet you have seen a lot of changes in 19 years! Thanks for sharing these--I loved the tour! ps-thanks for stopping by the book review. I am a big fan of the public library and Costco books :)


Phew, that was close Jane, I'd hate to see what would have happened had you gone overboard trying to take pictures for us! I love the little ferry and can just picture the lake frozen over in winter. I can't wait to move and be on the water too! Thank you for risking life and limb to give us a little glimpse into your life on the lake and the homes that are around you!

Kat said...

Good heavens, those homes are amazing. I think my favorite is the 2nd Mrs. Lowe's. The water is just gorgeous, and I love the shot of that little ferry - how fun! Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Good job not falling in when taking those photos, I promise you I would have ended up in the water :) Kat

Shirley said...

Hi Jane, I found your blog through my friend Anne at Fiona and Twig. I so enjoyed reading your blog and seeing the houses. I enjoyed see the homes on the lake. There are some really nice ones. The view would really be something. I love the sunset from a previous post. Have a wonderful day.

Debra@CommonGround said...

You did good, Janie, balancing the camera and still staying in the boat!! Such gorgeous homes, thanks for taking your life in your hands to share with us. and I guess I am forever indebted to Mr. Lowe. Kitty Litter is a staple around these parts!

Natasha in Oz said...

Wow, I am so grateful that you risked life and limb to share these gorgeous pictures. You are a truly dedicated blogger Jane!

Best wishes and happy weekend,

Barb said...

Hi Janie, your pictures are just delightful. I love the ferrie and the homes are fabulous.

Our lake is private also....aren't we blessed?! Just imagine the boat traffic if they were not. Yikes!

Hope you are enjoying your summer!

Hugs, Barb

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

WOW!!! What gorgeous homes!! I always threaten to walk up and say, I really LOVE your house, would you mind if I took a peek inside??? I am sure they wouldn't mind!

Can you dock your boat at the island or do you have to take the ferry? I think that is so neat!

Love the pictures, you did good in a fast moving boat while balancing!

Have a great weekend!

Lou Cinda :)

Signing Out said...

Great shots of such beautiful homes. I can only imagine the view from inside them.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Nancy said...

Jane, it reminds me of a favorite place, Street of Dreams (right?) in Seattle, WA. Love it!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

WOW! The houses are increadible! I could start at them all day! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Painter's Place said...

OMG!! The homes are beautiful and I loved the story about them. You should ride the ferry like we did....LOL! Thanks for stopping by. Take care!

Anonymous said...

Well...that sure is some interesting stuff about the Lowe's. hmmm :) It's so refreshing to take a boat ride. Your lake is beautiful. Ours is only 50 acres but there are only 10 house on it. We each own a bit of the lake. It is very private but I hardly ever go out on it. But after reading your post I think I will take a boat ride with Bobby G. this weekend. It's going to be 100 degrees this weekend so being on the water will feel good. Have a super great weekend J

Gypsy Heart said...

Oh my word ~ these homes are to die for! I just can't imagine having the $$$ to live like that. I do appreciate your challenging position in taking the photos :-) ~ great job!

Have a wonder*filled weekend ~


Dana and Daisy said...

i would not own a cat, no not even Daisy if it were not for Kitty litter.

one time I had to collect her urine for analysis. that was fun (NOT).

The vet gave me some little plastic chippy things that was supposed to make her think there was litter in the box and then I had to drain off the urine. GEROSS!

Lovely photos Jane. I wonder if the two Mrs Lowes get along now?

Andi's English Attic said...

Thanks for the tour. I loved looking at the houses.
Thanks for dropping by my blog. Nice to meet you. xx

Anonymous said...

Hello Blondie,

I just wanted to tell you that you take and post marvelous photos. Your blog is beautiful to look at too.

Hope you keep up with the photography, you have a talent that you could turn into a profession I think.