Well I know you know from all I've shared so far on this blog and its title - I live in the north woods. Lol
More specifically I live in the north woods of Wisconsin. Our bay is connected to the largest of the great lakes which is Lake Superior. In the pictures of our backyard and looking at the bay if you head out to the right on our boat you'd head right into Lake Superior. Lake Superior may be best known from the song called the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot. The big lake they call gitche gumee (Native American name) in the song - that's us!
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Lake Superior in the summer.
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Lake Superior in the winter
Split Rock Lighthouse on cliff over Lake Superior
We live in a beautiful area that is very pristine with its water and woods. We live so far north in Wisconsin that we are only a few hours from the Canadian border. We have a big shipping industry here and also train industry. A motto here in years past was "where rails meet sails"
Let's get back to our backyard. Why don't we have a walk down our MANY stairs (always a good work out for those Christmas cookies) down to our dock and bay.
You can see our dock up ahead. We have a large floating dock so we need to un-hook it from the part attached to the land because the ice can be so forceful as it freezes that it could crack up our dock. So when it's starts getting really cold, but before it freezes, we unhook it and let it float free and just tied by ropes to the main land. Then it just freezes into whichever spot it ends up.
Before we head all the way down let's take a rest and look at that view. It never gets old for me. These photos were taken earlier in the season and there wasn't as much snow. It's snowed a little more recently so my world is coated in more white now.
Here we are down by the dock. A nice view through the cattails all frozen in their slumber. FYI: It feels as cold as it looks folks. Lol
On the way back up let's take a rest and look at one of my favorite birch trees in our yard. We have a lot of white birch in our area. They were used a lot in Native American culture, which we still have a lot of this rich culture and background in the history of our area.
A final stop on our backyard tour we see our old wishing well (which is actually a façade the former owners used to hide a crank for hauling up their boat). I love it now for its charm and to take hang a basket of flowers in every summer. We also see Felix the frog who spends his winter in my daughter's little garden outside her bedroom window. Even after all the fairy houses, flowers and fairy folk have left, good 'ol Felix remains on watch. I can't wait for the summer and show you her adorable garden all decked out and blooming. We also see our big bare deck. In the summer we have lots of fun patio furniture, grill, fire pit, flowers and wind chimes to enjoy. Now just still and empty...sleeping until spring begins stirring.
Thanks for taking a tour of my neck of the woods! I'm linking for Blogmas Day 12 with Sandra of Diary of a Stay at Home Mom