Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Perfect Day . . .

On a lovely, blue sky, cool Autumn day,
my friend Barb and I drove South to Union Pier Michigan
about two hours from Muskegon. 
We drove there to meet up with Erin
whom we had met last year at a
Mid West Blogger Meet.

Erin, her husband and children own
a charming cottage on the lakeshore.
We were treated to gorgeous views of Lake Michigan
and Erin's genuine warmth and hospitality.
The cottage is one of seven built side by side
in this beautiful lakeside area. 
Erin and her husband remodeled the interior of the cottage
creating as many nicks and grannies as possible. 
They eliminated the low ceilings and cleared the way to the roof tops
giving the feeling of a much larger cottage than the actual square feet.

The gardens surrounding the cottage
are equally charming.
Erin has a definite flair
for interior design as well as in the landscape. 

After lunch we took a drive to the country
 to one of the best pumpkin farms around.
Gorgeous Canna Lilies

This farm had fields of Zinnias
We cut bouquets, twelve flowers for three dollars.
The color was exquisite!

And I can't forget the corn flowers,
pumpkins and gourds galore,
every color, size, smooth, bumps, amazing.
I bought five which I will save for another post. 
sunflower caps for the birds

It certainly was a
Perfect Day 
Truly wonderful to spend time with Erin
We fell into place with ease.
We visited like we had known each other forever.
I, for one, think that is how it should be
I give the credit to Erin
warm, genuine, authentic, lovely
Thank you Erin for a perfectly lovely, enjoyable afternoon.
You can find Erin on





Khammany @ Sweet Inspired Home said...

The cottage is perfect! It's so charming and cozy looking! I would love to stay there. I also like the zinnia farm. The flower field is beautiful. I am a new follower. Looking forward to seeing more from you!

Barbara Lilian said...

What a lovely place to visit, and to be able to choose your own Zinnias for a bouquet & also to take home some sunflower heads to feed your birds during the cold winter months. Thanks for sharing.

eileeninmd said...

Lynne, what a nice get together with your friends. A gorgeous setting at the lake and cottage. The field of zinnias is beautiful, I would have taken a bunch! The birds will be very happy with your sunflower heads. I am glad you had a great day, lovely post!

Margaret Adamson said...

what a lovely day you had with Erin. Those fields of Zinnias are wonderful and I loved the sunflower seed heads.

Sarah Huizenga said...

Adorable cottage and yes you had the perfect day.

Anonymous said...

Oh to have such a sweet cottage. I so love her choice of fabric in the drapes! That girl knows how to put it all together that's for sure... Looks like the perfect time of year to have paid her a visit with all that outdoor beauty going on.

Musings from Kim K. said...

That cottage is magazine worthy! Love the zinnia farm. Such a beautiful field of flowers. Definitely a perfect day.

MarmePurl said...

Oh My...I think I want to go to MI and meet Erin and her cottage.
A wonderful treat you've had.

babs said...

You captured our experience well. Loved our day! My zinnias are so pretty!

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

Everything looks absolutely charming! It looks like you had a perfect Lake Michigan day :-)

Cindy said...

Oh I so have to visit Erin, for some of that peace and joyful afternoon. Your pictures are lovely, the little/big cottage is so quaint, she does have an eye for decorating. I just love this time of year, pumpkins, guards and harvest.

Lois said...

Sounds like a lovely time was had by all.

TexWisGirl said...

she has a gorgeous place! love all the white and sea blue decor. :)

Nancy said...

Pure heaven Lynne! What a lovely, well-decorated cottage. Thanks so much for sharing. I enjoyed very much.

Olive said...

Hi Lynne, what a sweet cottage. I love the blues and whites. I am pinning your pumpkin image. xo, olive

Rural Revival said...

My, she does have a knack! What a lovely day in such a beautiful and relaxing location!

Terri Buster said...

What a sweet cottage, and lovely scenery too!

Bonnie said...

Lynne, The colors are beautiful! It looks like a perfect day! Bonnie

missy said...

Sounds like a perfect day..SO many Zinnias..We have a market here that has the same thing.."Cut your own".

Pamela Gordon said...

What a beautiful time you had. The cottage is so sweet and it's just beautiful there. So many flowers and zinnias and so cheap too! Just lovely.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

What a beautiful cottage, it speaks to our hearts...and I bet more then one reader will say it's exactly what they have always dreamed a cottage should be.


Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Wow! The cabin..everything was fantastic! I've never seen sunflowers like that anywhere in my little life!! HUGE!

At Home in English Valley said...

What we are lacking in this post is a photo of your smiling faces! What an amazing place Erin and her family has at beautiful Lake Michigan. I need to check out Erin's blog as I do remember meeting her after seeing her photo on our Facebook thingy. It 's so cool that you got together. That farm looks amazing too. Happy weekend! Love, Penny

The Domestic Sweetheart said...

LOVE these pics & your blog! I'm a new GFC follower :)

P.S. I'm hosting a giveaway that you might be interested in!

Erin~Just*Grand said...

Oh, Lynne, what a wonderful post! Thank you for all the nice things you said about me and our little cottage! It was a joy to have you here and I am so happy to have you as a friend! Your posts and your comments are always so full of thought and grace. Looking forward to many more! Xoxo. Erin

amanda | wildly simple said...

This looks like a perfect day, indeed!
I love the sea colors - perfect for a cottage on one of our beautiful inland seas. The painting of the water is my favorite!!