Hart & Soul

16 Jul 2007 944 views
 
supporter of
atom rss 1.0 rss 2.0
web browser google del.icio.us digg technorati
| lost password
birth date
cancel
photoblog image Hukilau

Hukilau

Switch gears now and let me take you on a series of "snapshots" from the family cottage in Michigan where we spent our Fourth of July holiday.

A week ago I gave you  peek of our family time in Michigan.  But we really need to start with the cottage, of course, since that's The Place where it all happens!
My parents bought it in 1963 (when I was a freshman in college) and added on to it soon after.  Remember, there were 8 of us kids back then!
It was called HUKILAU when we bought it, so we just kept the name.  I still to this day sing "Hukilau may call you" (
à la Bali Ha'i, from South Pacific).

My
sister, Ruth, and her hubby, Don (looking at a bird in the trees, I presume), are out on the deck, which we added a couple years ago.  This was a nice quiet moment before the tribe descended a day later!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


Hukilau

Switch gears now and let me take you on a series of "snapshots" from the family cottage in Michigan where we spent our Fourth of July holiday.

A week ago I gave you  peek of our family time in Michigan.  But we really need to start with the cottage, of course, since that's The Place where it all happens!
My parents bought it in 1963 (when I was a freshman in college) and added on to it soon after.  Remember, there were 8 of us kids back then!
It was called HUKILAU when we bought it, so we just kept the name.  I still to this day sing "Hukilau may call you" (
à la Bali Ha'i, from South Pacific).

My
sister, Ruth, and her hubby, Don (looking at a bird in the trees, I presume), are out on the deck, which we added a couple years ago.  This was a nice quiet moment before the tribe descended a day later!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (29)

That's a lovely shot Ginnie, it's so crisp!
Ginnie Hart: You can imagine how much we like to be there. Too bad it's not closer than 850 miles away from Atlanta!
  • alex
  • 16 Jul 2007, 01:11
looks like a lovely place to chill together. like the covered front(?) porch!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Alex. That screened porch faces the lake (tomorrow's post) and is a favorite spot for us all, even in the winter time, when the winterized windows are installed.
  • Kay
  • 16 Jul 2007, 02:44
Lovely place, Ginnie! Can't wait to see more pictures. I can see the family resemblance too!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Even though we 8 kids are all as different as can be, even in looks, there IS a resemblance! 4 of us are varying shades of redheads. Ruth is one of the blondes. smile
Interesting light (or pp) in this shot. I like it! This place looks like it is a bit bigger than your standard cottage smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Martin, it is definitely bigger, after the up-and-down addition with extra bathroom. It can sleep 30+ people in beds and couches. Over the course of the weekend, we had 40 people, one of whom brought his tent for himself and his 2 kids.
it looks like a vacation spot for real, nice one Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: It is definitely a vacation spot, Dotun. Just wish we lived close enough to visit it more often!
Nice to meet your family Ginnie..
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Shakara. I hope Ruth and Don won't be too shocked to see themselves here. smile
Looks very relaxing and peaceful. Lovely shot smile
Ginnie Hart: It is, indeed, Tracy. Thanks.
A very real life picture. You guys sure do a lo tof travelling. Good thing ive made good plans for ,y 40s, 50s and sixties onwards. Hopefully i should be free to have as much fun as you.
Very soothing picture. Thanks for sharing
Ginnie Hart: We gotta take care of ourselves, Busola! Those 60s come way too quickly! grin And yes, we do a lot of traveling but thank God we enjoy it!
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 16 Jul 2007, 09:04
Nice crisp shot Ginnie. Love the colors. Wish I could go to a place like this and do nothing smile
Ginnie Hart: It's a good thing we don't have an Internet connection there, Thomas. Some of us take our laptops to look at and organize our photos. But other than that, it is pure relaxation! My mom (my she rest in peace!) used to sit on that porch and talk to the trees! smile
Nice family shot Ginnie smile
Great looking fireplace in front, never seen that kind before
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Magnus. It's the only shot I took that had part of the cottage showing, so Don and Ruth are it in for the ride. But since the cottage IS about family, it kinda worked out nicely.

That "fireplace" gets its workout, let me tell you, in both summer and winter. That's where we make our 'smores during the summer nights...and where we sit out in the dead of fall/winter and keep ourselves warm...with many a conversation combined! smile
Hi Ginnie, I can't help smiling at you use of the word "cottage". For me that is something that little people live in and I bang my head on the ceilings! Looks like a lovely location with the light coming thro the trees. ;0) Mike
Ginnie Hart: HA! 'Cottage' for us in America usually connotes a lake house, which this one is. Believe me, you would not bang your head on the ceilings here. smile
relaxing... great idea
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Chantal. Just wish we could go there more often!
Ok. So what is a cabin? As Oscar Wilde said a little while ago, but still true - "We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language". lol Mike
Ginnie Hart: So true, Mike, so true! My connotation of a cabin almost always is of somewhere in the woods. We wouldn't say a "cottage" in the woods, nor do we normally say a "cabin" on the lake. Isn't that interesting!

Having said that, this cottage is definitely in the woods on top of this hill but it's on a lake (which is down the hill to the right of this pic and will be in tomorrow's post, taken from this deck)! Are we all now sufficiently confused or is it now as clear as mud! smile
Lovely family spot. That would not be a cottage here in Australia.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I just looked up 'cottage' in the online dictionary and it says "a usually small house for vacation use." Well, this was definitely smaller before we added onto it. But most families are also a lot smaller than ours, with 8 kids! Now we're the older generation and our kids now have kids. So I guess it needs to be a bit bigger than most of you are thinking. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 16 Jul 2007, 11:47
Ah, there is that bbq again. Made for late evenings and staring into the fire. So this is what Ruth looks like - just see her comments and now have a face. This little cabin looks like a home for extended families - which it is at this time of the year.

Thanks for sharing.
Ginnie Hart: The actual BBQ grill for meat is that hooded thing behind the cottage on the left, Louis. This little firebox in front is for weenie roasts or 'smores...or for nice atmosphere/warmth in the evenings. Lots of good conversations around those fires!

And yes, this is what Ruth looks like! She's the "baby" of the family, 11 years my junior! smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 16 Jul 2007, 12:18
Ha, you caught me with Donica's laptop, oops. Not what one is supposed to do at the "vacation house" (I won't call it a cabin or a cottage). Well, you and I were both careful not to spend too much time on our pictures, or trying to connect with Donica's wireless. It's a good clear shot of us and the house, and I think we should invite all your SC'ers up there for a retreat.
Ginnie Hart: I was actually thinking the same thing, Ruth. How fun it would be to have a SC meet-up here at Hukilau! smile

BTW, I was on Donica's wireless only once and for only a couple minutes! We did good! grin
Nice to meet your family Ginnie...looks like a lovely place.
Ginnie Hart: It IS a lovely place, Bridge. Thanks.
Enjoyable quiet time in the shade - that's a good way to spend some time off.
Ginnie Hart: It is wonderful on the deck because it's totally arched by trees, Red Pen. That's especially good for us redheads! smile
What's an Hubby tongue ? I hope the house is strong enough for bad-weather. It looks like it is made out of wood. And every american has a barbecue, so it looks like wink .

It was a nice day when you took this picture.
Ginnie Hart: If you're serious, Tim (sorry for our colloquial words), 'hubby' is short for 'husband.' Sorry about that! The house is very solid and has been there for many years! Our family has had it for longer than 40 years! The metal roof will need renovation soon. But we've already added the new vinyl siding, which will never need painting again!
Interesting shot here Granny!!! :d
Ginnie Hart: Uh-oh. Now she's sounding like Suby. grin
  • mal
  • 16 Jul 2007, 18:23
I can't go anywhere without my technology either! lol

I looks like you had a great time, lovely shot. mal
Ginnie Hart: We did, Mal. Too bad we don't live closer so that we can go more often!
Just sit down and relax... sweat life !
Ginnie Hart: My sentiment exactly, Roland. smile
Nice relaxed shot. All the best, Dave.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Dave.
Ohhhh yes, 9 more days of work and then I hope to get this cottage feeling - without my computer tough smile

It looks like they are relaxing, I guess they are used to you snapping away grin
Ginnie Hart: HA! Ruth was doing more snapping than I was, truth be known, Aksel. smile

And yes, we were basically there without Internet access. We did transfer and sort through our pics, however, just to keep the flow going. Doing that day-by-day saved on the sense of being overwhelmed later!

I bet you're counting the days!
Ahhhh, yes a laptop, glass of Scotch watching the leafs passing by... smile Looks like a great place to kick back.
Ginnie Hart: We all have our picture of the perfect vacation, don't we, John! smile
I wonder if that's a mid west thing "cabin and cottage", in the east a cabin as a rule is made out of logs and yes sits by a lake, some in the woods but most by the lake. I do adore that fire Ginnie, me and my sisters with there broods would spend many an evening sitting around and nattering if we had something like that, and tell Ruth she has to be a little more sneaky if she doen't want to get caught and then the whole world gets to see it smile smile
Ginnie Hart: I also found out that a cabin is, by definition, only one floor. This cottage is 2 floors. Hmmm. But you may be right, Johnny, about it being a Midwestern thing! smile

Nattering, huh! And that's definitely a British thing, but we all do it! grin

Ruth told me yesterday that she and Don were okay with the pic...another way of saying they would let the whole wide world see them. It sounds so...um...scary/overwhelming when you see it that way, doesn't it! smile
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 18 Jul 2007, 15:22
Looks like a wonderful spot. Haven't seen grass that is green like that for a while. As my wife is from a big family as well it is easy to see that the cottage would be chaotic as well as a great to have all the family together. Ruths comments about retreat are interesting. reminds me of a geek security one ntbugtraq that always sounded interesting. lovely shot.
Ginnie Hart: I think a retreat there for us SCers would be very fun, Neal! smile And yes, the cottage gets plenty of rain, it appears!
Why a computer in a so quiet and resting place ? smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! We can't live without our computers, can we, Zeb. Actually, we were transferring our pics from the camera and looking at them! smile
It is an authentic familiar photo of relax. I like because no is kind to the photo! Very natural.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Jose!

Leave a comment

must fill in
[stop comment form]
show
for this photo I'm in a constructive critical comments icon ShMood©
camera Canon PowerShot S3 IS
exposure mode program mode
shutterspeed 1/80s
aperture f/2.7
sensitivity unknown
focal length 7.0mm
It's MondayIt's Monday
The LakeThe Lake
Sun BathingSun Bathing

Warning