Monday, June 20, 2016

Back from Vacation

 The beauty of having time away from our every day lives
 while surrounded by the glory of God
allows us to relax, reflect and rejuvenate.
Hello dear friends!
 How good it is to be back 
in our little community of Blogging.
I look forward to catching up with you
and enjoying the beauty in which you share with us.
As I was away on vacation I made sure that
the internet and my phone were turned off
and it made for a very relaxing time.
To start off our time in Canada my husband and his dad competed in the 
World Crokinole Championships.
Though they did not take home the trophy,
they both had a great time and walked away
with a few extra winnings in the form of cash.

I had the joy of putting quite a few miles on my $20.00 bike.
Isn't she a beauty? :)
I purchased her in Arizona from a lady in the RV Park where my mother stays.
She's a cruiser with no gears, so a good work-out.
Not sure how I will do here in the mountains with no gears. Ha!
I have always enjoyed walking the Rail Trail,
Boardwalk, and the beautiful bike path on the Lake Shore road,
but this time I found myself  riding more than walking.
There is never a shortage of benches near Lake Huron.
There I would sit and talk with the Lord.

My husband and I had a delightful time playing
with our remote cars on the beach.
These cars make me laugh!
Because of the faces my husband has put on them
I believe it gives them their personalities. 
Notice the red car coming up close to the seagull? 
I believe the seagull was enjoying the fun too.

Tobermory up on the Bruce Peninsula has become one of my favorite places to visit.
There we have enjoyed some beautiful hiking adventures.
This time we enjoyed the day hiking at Cyprus Lake.

I know most people would rather you NOT feed the seagulls,
but these guys joined us on the rocks
and made for some great entertainment.

Here is the Georgian Bay in all it's beauty.
I love the green color of the water.
This is called the "Grotto" and the hike has quite the rock.
One year we hiked this area when it was raining
and boy it was dangerous walking on those wet rocks.
Gorgeous isn't it?

 Evening shots of the beach as the sun was going down.

Those beautiful nights as we walked hand in hand on the beach
taking in the beauty of the sunsets.

Even the seagull was lit up with the beauty of the sunset.
God's glory~Every bit of it!

"And one cried unto another, and said,
Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts:
the whole earth is full of his glory."
(Isaiah 6:3)



Simply Linda said...

Welcome home, Debbie!! Your photos are beautiful and I am glad you had a nice time. You have been missed.

Just to let you know, I have moved over to Wordpress.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a wonderful way to send your vacation, Debbie. I have tears in my eyes after reading your beautiful post and knowing how you and your hubby enjoyed your time together, holding hands and hiking...lovely memories of what my beloved and I used to do together. Your photos are breathtaking and I can see why you love the area so much! Isn't your bike adorable? I can just picture you riding along, enjoying the beauty and spending time with Our Lord. Welcome back and love and hugs are sent your way.

Melanie said...

So glad to see you back! Thank you for sharing your vacation with us. What wonderful photos! I'll bet those remote cars are fun. How nice to find a bike at a good price like that. I personally would prefer a bike that didn't have gears. Have a wonderful day.

Pom Pom said...

Welcome home, Debbie! I have a bike like that and it's a lot of work!

Camille said...

Welcome back, Debbie! What gorgeous photos of your time away....SO beautiful! Our country is full of places I've never was wonderful seeing some of it through your eyes. It looks like the weather was perfect for your vacation....what a sweet blessing! Love your bike. :) Hugs, Camille

Linda said...

A very warm and resounding "Welcome back!" to you, dear Debbie! I am so glad you got some time to relax...and just be! Your photos are lovely, and I love seagulls and also find them very intelligent and entertaining. :)

Debby Ray said...

Hello Debbie and welcome back! Your vacation sounded absolutely magnificent! Your photos are stunning...I clicked on them to enlarge them I could take in all of the gorgeousness! I love feeding seagulls and that would have been so fun for me too! I hope that you have returned home refreshed and rejuvenated! I've missed you! :)

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a beautiful vacation! The photos are wonderful and it is so good to have you back.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

Anonymous said...

Amen & Amen!!! what a wonderful vacation you and your hubby experienced Debbie. Isn't our Lord just precious? to give us so much beauty and to guide us back to Himself when technology seems to just shout for our attention! So good to have you back :o) mari

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Debbie, So glad you enjoyed a wonderful and restful time on your vacation. Your photos are incredible. My friend you are very talented with your camera. Love your bike. My hubby and I have been riding too. Our bikes have gears but I would love to have one like yours. No gears and a comfortable seat. I also would like to find an old one to place in the front yard by the oak tree with flowers in the basket. I'll keep looking.
So enjoyed your post and was so happy to see it in my inbox this morning.
Welcome back home and Happy Summer. Blessings to you dear friend. Have a beautiful day!! xo

Roosterhead Designs said...

Oh my Debbie, it sounds like such a wonderful time away!
Glad you enjoyed yourself, and your bike! : ) *smile*
That last photo - of the seagull reflecting the sunset is so amazing! Thank you for sharing with us today~
Take care and God bless you, Karen O

Stephanie said...

Welcome back! Ah, what a delight to see your photos...I almost felt like I was right there with you :) How I miss Canada...

I am glad you enjoyed your time away and what a joy for you to have been able to ride your bike so much as I know that made you happy :)

I look forward to reading your future posts and I must say it's wonderful to have you back in the blogging community. Love you!

Sylvia said...

Such a beautiful place for a vacation,Debbie, no wonder where were able to relax. I love the bike, I was one to never learn to ride one with gears. Love all the photo's,especially the sunsets,so pretty.


Jeanna said...

Welcome home! Thank you for sharing your vacation and those wonderful photos with us. It sounds like a great time with your husband.

I rode my bike yesterday for the first time in quite a while. It was more of a workout than I expected. You got a great deal on yours.

Anne Payne said...

Oh wow!!! Y'all had a great vacation! I love the photos and narrative. It's as if you took me on my very own mini-vaca :-) Glad you had a good time and came back relaxed and refreshed. I think many of my conversations with the Lord take place either on the beach or watching the sunrise. It's such a peaceful place to commune with the Almighty. {{hugs}}

Mehrll said...

So happy that you had such a lovely relaxing vacation. Your photos are outstanding! They make me wish I could go there and relax. I had to look up what Crokinole was. I had never heard of it. We had a Carrom board when I was young that must be similar to that game only it is square and has pockets. Happy that you are rested and back with us. Hugs!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I can feel the rest and peace the places you visited must have given you, in your gorgeous pictures. The water looks so pretty and inviting. Glad to have you back!

NanaNor's said...

WELCOME BACK DEBBIE! I too had to look up Crokinole-Had no idea what type of game it was.
Your vacation sounds wonderful and your photos are fabulous. Loved that you walked hand in hand with your hubby. You have been missed and I'm glad you are back.

Elizabeth said...

Welcome back to the world of blogging, dear Debbie! It's so good to see a post from you! And what a lovely time away you had :) I just love your photographs as they really do show the beauty of the earth perfectly! That sunset behind the lighthouse is just spectacular!

I must admit, your bike is a beauty as well! I love the little basket on the front- so cute :)

Welcome back! And I am looking forward to reading more from you soon ♥

Enjoy the remainder of June! Many blessings!

Cheryl said...

Welcome home, precious friend! So thankful you had a wonderful vacation! God bless you abundantly!

Alex said...

Such a beautiful post - if ever there was an appreciative heart for God's creation, it's yours Debbie.
The lake water is so clear, it's lovely...the sunsets, divine!
I never had a geared bike, so wouldn't miss them!
You will be extremely toned and fit, it sounds like your vacation did you lots of good which is just as it should be.

hobbyloes said...

So glad you're back and has enjoyed your vacation.
Its so fine to cycling and see the beauty of Gods nature.
Beautiful pictures of the lakes and the seagulls.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Welcome home, Debbie, love your bike, and you know that is the sort of bike we all learned to ride on (of the older generation) and we didn't even know what gears were on a regular bike so guess it is doing like we did eh?? we used to get off and walk up the hills then skoot down the other side.. woohoo!
Thanks so much for sharing the beauties of God creation and dont feed birds cos teaches them bad manners. Not wise as they can hurt more vulnerable folks, like children etc. . visitors don't realise that often.. eg if it was a child who he flew at instead of your husband with his sandwich.. but each to his own :D
God bless sis,
Shaz in Oz.x

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

Mrs. White said...

This is such a peaceful, happy post! The pictures are beautiful!

Deborah Montgomery said...

Welcome back Debbie! So nice to see a post from you today. Your vacation sounds like it was wonderful. We used to take our children over to Canada every summer and go camping on the shores of Lake Huron. Some beautiful sunsets! and good memories. Well, I had to look up crokinole! Never heard of it before; sounds like a Canadian board game? Love your bike, and your little race cars. How fun! And isn't the Georgian Bay beautiful? xo Deborah

Linda Walker said...

Hi Debbie!
so happy to see that you are back! I am so glad you enjoyed your time away. By the looks of your photos, you took in some breathtakingly beautiful sights. All of your photos are magnificent but that seagull lit up by the sunset is truly heavenly! Glad that you are back Debbie!!xo

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, precious Debbie, it's so nice to see all the beautiful photos and read the recap of your wonderful and (what sounds like) truly refreshing vacation! It was certainly well deserved and timely. I love the water myself having grown up in NJ and always spending a lot of time "down the shore" as is said in New Jersey. Here in FL and most other places, it's at the beach. Anyway, it's a joy to see the glorious photos that you've captured of just a bit of the beauty of this earth that God has given us. And oh, what beauty heaven will be. But until then, it's a joy to see the magnificent sunsets and beaches and all sorts of things here. Such a lovely visit with you, sweet friend....until next time! Hugs and love!

bj said...

Your photos are just stunning...such a wonderful place to vacation in...and thanks so much for letting me know you love my pancakes..if you used REAL buttermilk, I KNOW how good they are. so so glad you liked them....

LV said...

You took a vacation the right way. Get away from it all and enjoy the sights and relax. Glad you had a safe trip.

M.K. said...

Welcome home, Debbie! What a lovely vacation -- such photos and such views! But that last photo is quite amazing. Can you integrate it into your blog page somehow? I do ove how the sunset lights up his feathers.

Anonymous said...

Such gorgeous pictures! So happy you had such a lovely visit and time to "un-plug" for a while. Wishing you a happy weekend.

Karen said...

A beautiful post. I'm so glad you had a restful and pleasant vacation. I love your bike. Reminds me of one I had like it a few decades ago! Great photos. Welcome back.

Ida said...

Your trip/vacation looks to have been wonderful. Such beautiful scenery you have to enjoy. Also loved that you did fun things like the remote control cars. Glad you had a relaxing time.

Vicky Hunt said...

What a lovely vacation spot! The grottos is simply gorgeous! I adore your $20 bike. It looks very similar to the one I want to purchase. Thank you for sharing your photos with us. I loved the sunset ones....always a favorite. Have a beautiful weekend.

Hugs, Vicky

Bonnie said...

Oh, Debbie! What a marvelous vacation you had. Gorgeous photos ! So glad you are refreshed and had a special time with your husband and that you could marvel in God's creation.
I'm impressed you could ride the old fashioned bike!!

Jazzmin said...

What an absolutely wonderful vacation! So relaxing and fun, it looks like you had such a blessed time of relaxation and peaceful enjoyment of the beauty around you. That bay is just incredibly beautiful- that water! I love the color, too, how amazing.

I enjoyed your photos so much!

Much love and many blessings to you, Debbie!♥

Robyn said...

Debbie! So nice to see our flag flying when tomorrow is Canada Day! Gosh, I've so missed 'seeing' you and reading your cheerful, wise words. Your vacation looks so lovely and I have a feeling you drove by on the Hwy 400 about 3 miles from my house to get to your destination! This post was so lovely to read and the photos made me smile wide. I think you should be living in Canada, my friend!
So glad you're back!! Love to you.

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Dearest Debbie, what joy to see that you had such a blessed vacation! Incredibly beautiful photos you shared, you really took some amazing pictures! I loved your pictures of the bike and know just how wonderful it is to be able to enjoy the beauty of nature in a leisurely way. Canada is such a beautiful place to visit, as we just returned ourselves from an incredible vacation too! And speaking of crokinole, our family has many special memories around the game of crokinole, a really fun game, and I'm glad to hear that your husband and his father had a good time! It is good to hear about your wonderful trip, and trust that you are having a blessed holiday weekend :)

Tammi Kale said...

Simply Beautiful! Glad I stumbled unto your blog!

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