Back from France-ER-the North Woods!

This white Westie on the beach was such a delight!

My son Scott just after a swim.

Sons David & Scott

A sunshine salute from daughter Caroline (my co-photographer at large)


My husband lending a hand for the “Hail to my underwear” song at the closing campfire.

A French vignette at Ann Marie’s captured by Caroline

Another touch of France by Caroline.

French fleur’s

A hydrangea from Ann Marie’s outdoor garden.

Striped pricey pottery from France

Outside of Ann Marie’s, a little replica of a French cottage

My beach feet in Havaianas. (my favorite celebrity flip flop-the Original)

An assortment of authentic French postcards purchased by yours truly.

Little painted metal birds with black/cream french striped cloth ribbons. These grace my black wrought iron candelabra just over the kitchen table.

I had to bring home these irresistable French soaps. They smell heavenly and I am going to use them!

A wildflower meadow we encountered on the way to town. What a happy chance meeting!

Caroline captured this image of the sky reflected in the water.

This is the view off the beach at Camp Nawakwa.

An overly friendly chipmunk…


My husband Larry and I…feeling reconnected and happy.

Last week was our annual family vacation to the North Woods in Wisconsin. We had a very nice time, and felt rejuvinated when we arrived back home. From the photos, you might have thought we just flew back from a week in the French countryside. I want to share our photos with you. I will have a more substantive post tomorrow.

One of my favorite highlights was going to town with my daughter and her friend. I stopped in at my most loved shop, Ann Maries in Minocqua. There they sell gourmet coffee, imported, pricey (but beautiful) pottery from France, Italy and England and other irrestable frivolities from France. Nothing from China here. The shop smells absolutely divine and if you are looking to be visually stimulated, then you’ve reached the place.

The camp had something new this year-‘comfort bike’ rentals. (If you read this blog regularly, you know that the bike is something I’m warming up to) My husband asked me if I wanted to take a ride with him on this snowmobile route he heard of that is scenic with a wooden bridge that stretches over a lake. I said yes, and we headed out. It was thoroughly enjoyable! I felt like I was prepared for the steep hills on the way, since I have been going to the gym for well over a year and have done spinning as part of my workout. I wasn’t winded and my legs were strong enough to get me through the many miles we pedaled that day. Larry and I haven’t rode bikes together since we were teenagers. This was a really enjoyable day. I think I’m going to have to find myself a good quality ‘comfort bike’ and purchase it. It’s nothing like the bike I have in the garage. This one seems to be made for an achy 45 year old woman (or an achy 48 year old man!)

I almost finished my David Sedaris book…only 30 more pages till I’m finished. Twas a good week!

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5 thoughts on “Back from France-ER-the North Woods!

  1. It did look like France from the great pictures Carolyn took…had me fooled there for a minute! I also love going to vaction in Wisconsin…went there as a family for years when young…mainly to fish..but had some great tours since, going up Michigan around the horn an down Wisconsin..love doing that! Bob and i bought Ross bikes about 20 years ago…they ride like new yet today..nice comfortable seats too! glad to see you had such a great time!!

  2. Em, I’m so glad you & your family had a great time, and I’m extra glad you shared the wonderful photos! My favorite is the one of you & your hubby! Beautiful! I also LOVE your newest design! CONGRATULATIONS! What a darling doll!

  3. What a lovely vacation! You are family look so happy. 🙂 🙂

    Now as for your “summer vacation” from me, are you sure you don’t want to go to Frane? LOL

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