Friday, October 28, 2016

Five on Friday

Friday has rolled around again. I'm linking up with Amy over at Love Made My Home for Five on Friday.

I must admit to struggling this week to come up with a Five. My life really isn't that interesting and this week has been a little less interesting than usual. There has really been a touch of Autumn, even Winter, in the air this week and it's getting me down a little. It doesn't help that it's the time of the month where I always feel a little depressed. I don't like the cold. I know that snow will be coming - there were reports of snowflakes this week (I covered my ears at that!) - and I hate the snow. I decided to go with a random Five. Five things that make me smile. I've got photos galore, so no struggle finding those!

I loved watching these Punch and Judy shows as a child. When I was a child they were regularly seen on the beach at the seaside. If we were really lucky we would be able to go and watch. A trip to the seaside wasn't complete without being able to see Punch, the alligator and the sausages.

We saw these wonderful houses on our recent trip. They are known as Mushroom houses, Gnome homes or Hobbit houses. They are in Charlevoix, Michigan and were designed by Earl Young. From 1919 continuing up into the 1970s he designed over two dozen buildings mostly from stone found in Northern Michigan. The second one really does look like a Hobbit house as it was quite small compared to its neighbour (the one above).

This is another recent picture. It is called the Cut River Bridge and is on Route 2 in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It was built in 1947. It is 147 feet above the ground. My Father-in-Law told us we might want to visit this bridge as apparently my husband had been there on a previous trip when he was a child. As FIL tells it my husband SWUNG FROM THE BRIDGE ON A ROPE! Child Endangerment! I'm pretty sure he meant that they walked down into the valley below and he swung from a lower part of the bridge? Hubby cannot remember. When we got to the bridge, we both looked at it and laughed at the ridiculous thought of anybody swinging from it!

You can just see the bridge through the trees. The bottom picture is when you lean over the bridge and look down. I don't recommend it if you're scared of heights! My tummy rolled.

This picture always makes me smile. This was taken at Woodbridge. At low tide this poor swan waddled all the way up through the mud in hopes of getting some food from us. Unfortunately we had none.

My daughter sent me a new photo of her and Shasta! So cute. They both always make me smile. We'll be seeing them on Saturday as we're meeting at a state park to take a hike together.

Thanks for sharing my Five with me.


  1. Your five photos made me smile too. The 'hobbit' houses are wonderful, so unusual:)

  2. Sharon such a lovely five. I can see why your daughter and the lovely pooch would make you smile, her beautiful smile is a delight. Wow the bridge made tummy turn and that was just looking at the photo. Have a great weekend.

  3. It's the same with me, I also don't like fall and prefer spring by far ! Love the mushroom houses, they look so romantic !

  4. Enjoy your visit to the park with your daughter this weekend, loved seeing those mushroom houses, so very different.

  5. Hello Sharon!

    Nice to see your photos, especially the Mushroom houses. Were you able to go inside?

    I wonder if there is any part time work available in your area that you might enjoy. Perhaps it would be good for you to get out of the house during the cold winter days.

    Enjoy your hike with your lovely daughter. You are blessed to have her so close.


    1. We didn't go inside. You can arrange tours on some of them if you ring in advance. We were actually there to see the lighthouse which was just down the road from them.

      I might get a part-time job in future. I'm really enjoying having the freedom to be able to do some things with husband and see daughter and sons when I want to without having to say 'sorry I have to work' or 'sorry, have to go to bed so I can get up in the morning'.

      Had a great time today! I'm posting pictures tomorrow. I think I might be dog sitting at daughter's house later in the week too.

      Nice to hear from you!

  6. A lovely random five! The houses are incredible aren't they. Hope you have a fun hike with your daughter and that it takes away any less than happy feelings you are contending with. It is a grotty time of year when it isn't one thing or the other isn't it. Thankfully still fairly dry here, but they are forecasting a bad winter so I understand. Thank you for being part of Five On Friday, hope you have a great weekend!

  7. Sorry the weather is getting you down. Those mushroom houses are very cool. The waddling photo is fabulous and your daughter with her dog is so full of joy. Love those two photos the best! Hope you have a good weekend and hike!

  8. your photos are beautiful. That bridge does look high!

  9. I enjoy your random photos and reading about the interesting places and sights you've seen on your travels. Enjoy your hike with your daughter and her dog this weekend. That will be uplifting for you.

  10. Ahhhhhhh, I'd go back with some popcorn for the swan.

    Love the Gnome homes!!! Way cool.

  11. I like the Hobbit houses, they're great.

  12. lovley gnome homes. thank you for visiting.

  13. Love those mushroom houses, so cute! Enjoy your visit.

  14. Lovely Autumn colors. Love the mushroom houses. Great photo of your daughter and her furry companion. Poor swan -- that's a lot of work! Fun post. Have a great week.

  15. Lovely fun photos. Those houses are something else, aren't they. Like you I don't enjoy the cold either so I am pleased it is spring with summer on the way.


  16. Love those houses. I'm putting Charlevoix on my bucket list.

  17. I'm totally with you on the question of snow. I loathe it. It scares me. I hate going out in it. I'd love to be tucked up warm in one of those hobbit houses all winter!


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