Hope for sufferers of TLC withdrawal

January 26, 2016


Hooper's Golden Bell

When the Torch Lake Cafe closed last summer, a loud wail went up across the Township.  Where will we have breakfast??!!??  And Friday fish dinner?  And live music with Leanna Collins and friends? Then word went around that Leanna had bought Sneakin’s. That turned out to be true.  Pretty soon there was a lot of construction activity going on […]

Babs on Sunday*

January 25, 2016


Winter - Grand Traverse Commons

*I am shamelessly stealing from Mrs. Uphilldowndale’s Spud on Sunday series. As we have discussed, I have a lot of catching up to do around here.  Babs Young has been sending her weekly Michigan Pics the whole time.  I have enjoyed every one of them, but I am not going to post two years’ worth here […]

Report from the Weatherman et al.

January 24, 2016


Winter Welcomes the Weatherman

I told Mr. Tootlepedal over in Scotland, where it seems to be unseasonably green and springlike, that I had winter to spare and would be happy to share.  He said photographic evidence would be welcome.  This post is for him.  Also for all you Summer People who are in Florida.  I know how you are. […]

The weather is nothing to brag about. Let’s go to Havana.

January 23, 2016


Havana 2015

I have been gone so long that I can never catch up.  We’re going to start in the middle of things and just keep moving ahead as if there had been no hiatus at all. Babs Young has been to Cuba with a group of photographers and writers and other disreputable types who have many […]


July 15, 2014


Gerry and Miss Sadie at the Torch Bay Nature Preserve

We’ve been having company. One weekend our guest was Elizabeth Lurie, who unaccountably enjoys walks with the Disreputable Duo. That is how she came to take a picture of Miss Sadie and me at the Torch Bay Nature Preserve.   We started off on a brisk and breezy morning that warmed right up. The kind […]

Giant fishflies, green flowers, and a furry Cyclops

July 6, 2014


Polyphemus moth wings with transparent eyespots

We have been seeing unusual things recently, and a surprising number of them are green at least part of the time.  This is quite shocking, as we had grown accustomed to unrelieved shades of white and gray. One morning I found a large insect hiding out on the side of the house.  She was about […]