Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Scenes From Summer
Here are the rest of my Saugatuck pictures. The statue of the little girl holding a puppet is dedicated to a local man who was famous in town for his love of puppetry. She is in another of the pretty areas of green space in Saugatuck. Across the Kalamazoo River are several quaint old cottages. I think some might even be available to rent. The pretty ferry boat is operated with a chain attached to a crank that the operator turns. It takes people across the river several times throughout the day into early evening.
The gazebo is a nice place to sit and watch the boats go by and there's lots of places to have a picnic and relax in sun or shade.
It's such a pretty town to visit in the summer. It's pretty in the Fall too when many stores decorate with pumpkins and the leaves cast golden reflections off of the water. In the winter the lakeshore gets lake effect snow and harsh winds. I am not fond of snow and cold, so I don't really like to venture out that way in the winter.
In July there is a Venetian Festival with a night time boat parade. The participants decorate their boats with lights and dress in costumes. Many go with a theme and play music. We have seen "Viva Las Vegas" with a boat full of Elvis', "I love New York" with Lady Liberty and "Mardi Gras" with a New Orleans theme and jazz music playing. After the parade there is a fireworks show over the river. We went last year and it was kinda fun. Last summer was rough for me emotionally, so I didn't get into it too enthusiastically. Maybe we will give it another try this year.
My daughter is back from camping, but she is gone again today with her friend to go pick up a kitten at a cousin's farm. (No, the kitten isn't for us, it's for her friend.) I wish I could have a kitten though...
I do miss my daughter, but I don't want to hold her back from having fun this summer. Hanging around me in the house certainly isn't a fun way to spend vacation, but I miss watching t v with her in the evening and having dinner together as a family. She thinks she might be back in time for dinner tonight. I hope so.
It's really chilly here today! The kitties are curled up napping and steel gray clouds occasionally drift over the sun. I hope summer returns soon.
I hope it's sunny where you are! I will be visiting soon. (((hugs)))