My friend Theresa and I set out on Tuesday afternoon - I actually picked her up and took her to an appointment so we could leave directly from there. Typically, we headed out to Dewitt to see our friends Chris Hopp and Chelsea Martin, where we can always count on the best hospitality - great food, comfortable beds and affectionate animals.
We stopped at Summertime Concrete where Chris, while Gar is on vacation with his wife Gerrie, is running things with his usual unassuming yet effective management style. I was able to collect some really huge Eastern Cottonwood (Populus deltoides) leaves to fashion into leaf dishes and other beautiful objects when I get home. We then headed over to the Martin homestead where Chelsea had already arrived home from work and her sister, Andrea, was in town visiting from Grand Rapids.
|Chelsea with her homemade scones and jams|
- what a great breakfast!
|Some of the chickens, including Keewee (upper left), |
Raptor (center) and Feather (partially hidden
behind other hen at right)
We had a great time with all the resident non-human animals - including visiting with Stormy (the Lab), Chloe (the Yorkie), Hershey (the Chesapeake Bay) and Sister and Sam (litter mate kitties); 'Pants (Feline Empress) did not deign to present herself - briefly - until the next morning. I, personally, am fascinated with their chickens and we all spent a bit of time hanging out with them. I managed to get a rather blurry picture of three of my favorites - Keewee, Raptor and Feather - before we left Wednesday morning, having had a delicious breakfast of homemade scones and jam which had been intended as dessert the night before. Oh, and I was also gifted with a half dozen of Chelsea's very own granola bars, which I do not share with anyone.
After a bit of back and forth (a forgotten phone figures here), we got on the road for Ludington, Empire, Glen Arbor and parts beyond.