The good bits #10

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To say the last month has been a busy one is a bit of an understatement. We have once again packed up our things and moved far away. This post is all about not only marking almost a year of being in the US but as a reflection on living in Indiana as we head to new pastures. Continue reading

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Cartwheeling on the beach

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As one of the last things we wanted to do before we waved goodbye to the Midwest was spend some time around Lake Michigan. This lake really is like a little coastal resort with towns on the lakeshore, and several beaches that feel and look so much like the sea. We travelled up to New Buffalo and spent some time watching the waves, people spotting and sun bathing. It was awesome. Continue reading

Frozen lighthouses

Now the polar vortex has moved on and there is a brief respite in the freezing temperatures, the snow has started melting and the icicles have all fallen off the roof. We spent a day driving up the coast to see how Lake Michigan had fared in the recent cold blast. Although its massive and looks like the sea, its fresh water so it freezes. This make some impressive icebergs that float around on the edge of the lake. It also looks fascinating seeing shards of ice and ice topped surf bobbing up and down.

Having seen some amazing pictures of the coastline we explored Benton Harbour and South Haven. Both have lighthouses that freeze up in winter. this makes some natural ice sculptures that are spectacular. You can walk along the frozen spit to the end of the lighthouse, which in itself feels like exploring Antarctica. I even kept an eye out for whales surfacing in the water – obviously never going to happen due to the previously mentioned fresh water!!

The lighthouses themselves were impressive enough without any wildlife. Our first stop in South Haven found a pillerbox red lighthouse, that really contrasted with the ice sculpture forming around it. We also stopped and walked around the town and had some amazing onion ring stacks in the local pub! I got to test out my winter boots and my new winter coat that fared well keeping me snug as a bug!

At Benton Harbour the beach front had rows of ice dunes that stretched out almost as far as the lighthouse. Here you could access both lighthouses as they signalled the shipping lane. We will be returning once it freezes again for some more shots, and in the summer to lounge on the beach!

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The Eagle has landed

I’ve arrived! Horrah after a long flight – the first plane didn’t even have proper propellers and I could hear the cat the whole way!!! but its hot hot and sunny. First impressions are that American is HUGE. the great lakes are huge! – OK I knew they were big, lake Michigan is bigger than Wales, but still flying over they look like a vast ocean, way bigger than crossing the channel when on a clear day you can see the white cliffs and the French coastline. Maybe its just where we are in Indiana but its really flat. I finally found a hill and got a little bit excited – it wasn’t a gentle rolling series of hills and it didn’t have a patch on Headington hill but still. The days are hot and humid with frequent thunder storms – the impressive kind where the lighting opens up the whole sky and you can feel the thunder. The rain falls in massive drops and its still hot. thankfully we have air con. I’d just unpacked my scarves before I flew out so my body is very confused. It feels like I’ve stepped into an American movie, Mrs Doubtfire, Twilight…. I cant think of any others right now but the houses are all different and one story with a ‘yard’ and ‘porch’ complete with a bench or a swing. Most people drive trucks or massive cars, there’s fire hydrants and stop signs. The supermarkets and ‘malls’ are insane – more on that later. I’m quite intreagued how the next days will pan out, now to work out how to watch iplayer – I’m already two episodes behind on bakeoff!