Why Up North?

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It started innocently enough with an invitation to go Up North and ski for a couple of days.  Wanting to go both for the opportunity to ski and to be polite to our inviters, we bundled off on a January Friday to Bellaire.  Our hosts had purchased a studio condominium in a small project near the summit of the resort, with views over the valley, across Lake Bellaire, glimpsing Torch Lake and then West Bay, quite stunning indeed.  The condo had everything one needed – living area with a wood-burning fireplace, two sleeping areas accommodating four people, a compact but full kitchen, bathroom and storage.  Describing us as smitten would be an understatement. Continue reading Why Up North?

Maple Bay Tranquility

I live in the shade of the great maple trees
And though I’m quite old they’re much older than me
There’s birch and old oak,
White pines look like smoke
Together they all form a dense canopy

There’s cardinals, blue jays, woodpeckers and doves
And chickadees, indigo buntings and crows
A hawk that eats squirrel,
Bald eagles that whirl
And finches that visit the feeder in droves

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