Since my husband and I have been teaching for the last 12 years, we've had a lot of time in the summer to travel. Once upon a time, we traveled five countries in Europe in three weeks. Now with two kids, our trips are shorter and definitely more kid-friendly.
One stop on our tour this summer was West Michigan. One of my husband's grad school buddies has a family house on Lake Michigan in a small town called Pentwater. With a private beach! It is one of our favorite places to visit and since his friend was married, we have really enjoyed spending time with him and his wife. They recently had a baby this summer--she was just six weeks old and too cute.
Our Sweetie, playing on the beach
We also were in attendance at the Western Michigan Fair. Much fun was had by all. The people watching was unbelievable. And we saw the Demolition Derby!
I snapped some photos around the town, especially of some beautiful houses and gardens. Here is a pic of the harbor in Pentwater.
Here is a shot of a plant grouping at a really pretty garden I saw. I love this combo of balloon flower, coleus and zinnias....probably was also pretty when the iris was in bloom.
I was really digging this plant pot combination....King Tut grass with a maroon/lime coleus and petunias--the pink ones with the maroon centers and lime edges.
Generally, I'm not too crazy about water features, but I really liked the simplicity of this fountain!
I was in love with this fence and the loooooong hedge of hydrangeas. GORGEOUS.
This could be my dream house. LOVE. Situated on the channel out to Lake Michigan in Pentwater.
This house was so pretty, too.
Well-kept, pretty house and meticulous gardens!
If anyone needs me, I'll be soaking my feet and reminiscing about being Up North on Lake Michigan....
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