Monday, September 27, 2010

More Bayfield photos I couldn't fit in the first time...

I asked a friend, Marianne, who is married to a Frenchman and lives in Spain, for the correct translation here, thinking it would simply be Dog House, but wanting to make sure I had my French terms correct. Technically it should be Maison du Chien. It needed the correct article. The way it is here (Maison) implies something that is homemade or other words "Homecooked Dog"! I had a bit of a laugh at that as I don't think the Orchard owners would ever want to roast their sweet doggie.  Below is the resident "Chein", namely Daisy Mae, the perfect greeter dog for an Apple Orchard.

There was also this spectacular restored truck in what else, but probably candy apple red. The light was so bright and the truck so red that it was nearly impossible to get a good photo, but then I thought this actually shows you how almost neon it was.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

A Walk Through........

If you hadn't guessed by the photo, I spent a weekend in one of my favorite places, Bayfield, WI. It was such a beautiful day I couldn't resist taking a long walk with my camera, through town.
Right next to where we were staying was the best thing about the Rhum Line Bar....I guess I can"t actually say the best as they boast numerous varieties of Rum , which I haven't tried yet. But for now I think it's best feature is it's cupola and weather vane.

The Ferry takes residents and visitors to the nearby and inhabited Madeline Island, one of the many Apostle Islands group. It's a little like going back in time, as they rely on the Ferry for most things. The Museum there is a must see for more information on Madeline's history.
Waiting patiently outside A Stone's Throw, was Teddy the dog, one of the more likable canines I have encountered on a walk. I would have taken him home in a minute, but I doubt his new owners would ever let him go. A Stones Throw is a wonderful little gift store featuring the pottery of the owner, along with many other things to delight you for an ample amount of time.
Further down the street, and resting in the waters of Lake Superior, are the fishing boats that go out daily and come back with fresh Lake Superior Whitefish or Lake Trout. You can pick up some for your cooler, or sit down to a gourmet meal at the The Wild Rice restaurant. We sometimes do both as they are an equal treat.

The other thing that Bayfield seems to have is "pride of place". Everywhere in the down town area comes to life with an abundance of color. Things grow well here, I don't know how to say it any better. I struggle at home battling deer, bunnies, etc.but the gardens here overflow with multiple varieties of all shapes, sizes, and well planned designs.

 Bayfield is probably best known for it's Orchards and Berry Farms.One of my personal favorites and a Bayfield Regency Conservancy member, is Blue Vista Farm. The wonderful old barn is about as beautiful as they come  and you can see the view is aptly named.  What impresses me most is the towns desire to keep things as they are for many generations to come, to preserve the land as sustainable farms, to limit the "big box" phenomenon to the big city.

Friday, September 24, 2010


 Enjoy a few photos of some recently made earrings that will be bound for the Artistree Gallery in Land O'Lakes on Saturday. A friend and I will be going to Art in the Yard at the Fir Tree Cottage and we're hoping that it will be a nice Fall Color ride up there. After all the rain we just got I'm hoping there will still be leaves on the trees!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The New & Improved ARTISTREE GALLERY....

What a delightful day I had on Wednesday, taking my mother to visit the new digs of The ARTISTREE GALLERY in Land O' Lakes. I can't tell you how surprised I was to walk in the door...speaking of which, in my amazement, I forgot to take a picture of this beautiful arched entry, with an artfully carved wooden door. The hard work of the 20 some artists who make up this group has certainly paid off. Their new home  invites you in to languish in all of it's spaciousness, while you take in all the quality artwork at your leisure. You can even sit a spell and peruse various Art books. The large front windows provide an abundance of natural light, enhancing my stain glass windows, much to my delight. It inspires me to race back to my studio and let those creative juices flow. There is a variety of work being offered here which ranges from Watercolors, Jewelry, Ceramics, Baskets, Quilting, Painting,Weaving, Photography, Hooked Designs and Stained Glass with many variations of all of the above. And no doubt some others I have forgotten. This particular day, weaver and spinner Mary Jackl was working, and you can see her spinning at the bottom of the page. If you get the chance, take a drive to Land O'Lakes and take in this wonderful new space, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Remember to click on any of the photos to enlarge.