I am a teacher and I enjoy living along Lake Michigan. It is a beautiful place that makes me feel like I am on vacation all year long!
By: JanesVacation, 6:14 PM GMT on April 19, 2009
East Lansing was filled with flowering crab, redbud and beautiful lilac bushes. It is certainly a green and agriculturally diverse university. Here is an example of a row of lilac bushes. (One of many)
47F here this morning with a bit of morning sunshine. The area is flooded by the recent rains, thankfully our home is high and dry. The grass is green and the tulips are ready to be viewed.
I've been away from the blogs for awhile while I get into my new work routine. An extra 10 hours a week is welcome, but it takes some reorganizing of my schedule. TGIF!
Thanks to Charles for this beautiful picture from last year's festival!
April 26, 2009
LOL It didn't last! We didn't even have 24 hours of warm weather before the rain began. It started Saturday at about noon and it is still raining here on Sunday morning.
Rain gauge isn't out yet, but estimates are over 3 inches in the last 24 hours. The pool is about to overflow. I'm glad that I hadn't planted anything outdoors (even in pots.)
April 25, 2009 The warmest temperatures in 7 months (that's kind of sad!) It was 81F on our deck at dinnertime last night.
Tulip Time almost here in Holland, MI. I can tell because the dancers in their Dutch style costumes may be seen all over town! Parade planning is complete and the tulips are up and looking great for the festival goers.
Large crowds gather to see the 3 parades and the many local events. My own two kids marched in the parade every year with their grade school classes. The students from all 4 local school districts bus their teachers and students to the Kinderparade which takes place at 2PM Thursday during Tulip Time week. The children march with their teachers, principals and classmates the 1.5 mile route through town. Bleachers and benches are set up along the parade route. Most people stand and wave as the children march by in their brightly colored costumes. They will tell you how they parade past the many vendors selling snowcones, elephant ears and polish sausage sandwiches!
Weather can be an issue - sometimes it is very hot and sometimes very cold. Many layers of clothing are worn to keep warm under the cotton costumes. Holland High School Senior High School marching band members wear their traditional wooden shoes and play "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" to the delighted onlookers! The town is filled with flowers, vendors and tour buses. We hope for good weather and good flowers!
Updated: 11:42 PM GMT on May 09, 2009