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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Charlevoix the Beautiful..............

Yesterday we took a day out and went up to Charlevoix. I went really to take some pictures of the Gnome Homes. I will do a seperate post on those because we did so much more. Gerry and me with Tristen, Laura and Reina took a picnic lunch and headed north. We stopped along the way several times to give the kids a break. Besides the mission of taking pictures I wanted them to have a fun day out as well. There is an art gallery that I adore and it has a large garden so that was our first stop. 100_0495 They have built a studio at the back now and so we got to see where they make pottery. Laura and me went inside and I chatted with the owners. They have also taken in Norman Brumms work. That was another place I would always stop when we went up there. Norman has since died and so his work has increased in value, but it still remains some of my favourite things. He had such a gift. Anyway........this gallery is in an old school house and with our kids running around outside it sounded as though it still was an old school house. 100_0490 100_0498 From there we went on to the Fisherman's Island state park. I am trying to show Laura some of the beaches we used to go to when they were kids. Now to take Reina and Tristen. We had our picnic there. Nothing much, I just took cheese and some good bread, some relish and mustard, grapes and apple sause. Good enough for a quick lunch. Tristen was anxious to play ball and he and Reina did that for awhile as we finished up lunch. We then drove on to the beach. 100_0519 We didn't expect them to go in the water........silly I know. Well the water was shallow and perfect so Reina got down to her swim suit and Tristen to his Angry Birds undies. He was happy. 100_0522 Look at Reina, her mouth is always open and she puts her whole body into her screams. Trouble is she is teaching Tristen. 100_0528 They both love the water so much. Will soon be time to teach swimming. I want to be sure he is safe around water. I can not swim and so it's imperative that he learn. Reina held his hand and encouraged him but we were right there watching and choosing the safe spots for them to go in. 100_0534 The Fishermans Island State park is a camp ground in the forest. The picnic beach is 1 mile and there used to be a small island just off shore. That is all public beach away from the camps. There are miles of hiking trails within the forest and was a place that Woodland Tribes used to come to. There are archaeological sites not marked within the forest where they would make their spear points and arrow heads. After we left and changed the kids we went and took my pictures and then on the way home we stopped at Friske Orchards. I wanted to buy a pie. They have a playground for kids and a petting zoo so they had a great time there. The store is awesome. It has a fresh vegetable section and you can see ladies peeling and canning vegetables and fruit for the bakery. The baking section has wonderful pies, scones and things like that. There are relishes and mustards and gifts as well as a place to eat. The kids were only interested in the park though so here are a few pictures. 100_0580 100_0584 Tristen 100_0599 Reina 100_0598 The tractor was Tristens most favourite part. 100_0587 They wondered why it wouldn't go, so they figured it out and Tristen was off to solve the issue. 100_0589 He said " It's stook in duh mood" and brilliantly assessed the situation 100_0590-1 Push it we said.........and he gave it a gallent effort. 100_0591 We took home two tired out little kids. Its hard work walking on sand and hiking through dunes and forest........but what a day.

2 comments:

NanaDiana said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful day-Love the gardens at your first stop but my favorite is the kids in the water. How very cute! xo Diana

Tracey@Breathing English Air said...

You go on such fun days out! You can really see in that pic the effort Reina puts into her screams, lol. The old school house and gardens are really pretty.