Lucy Boston

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

peace in the summertime

I recently had the opportunity to visit Middle Bass Island in Lake Erie, above Ohio...

I walked daily, enjoying the island atmosphere:
the gardens,
the slow, vacation pace,
the sound of the waves crashing against the shoreline,
the birds circling lazily,
the boats trolling by,
and, if the wind was blowing the right direction, the sound of the horn from the ferry reverberating across water and island.
The best part of the island atmosphere was the architecture...
the old, Victorian houses with all of their gingerbread trim just intrigued me to no end...

While I was there, I read a book:
Island Passage by Sherry Hartzler -
a story about a family,
in their house that was based on that exact island.

So, as I took my walks everyday, I looked and looked at all of the houses on the island,

in that old section of buildings facing the east side of island.
Was it the one with the mansard roof,
or the one with the green gingerbread trim?
Maybe the great, pink, happy house?

Maybe the one with the complete wrap-around porch and beautiful, heirloom flower-beds? 
I walked around that side of the island so many times,
each time trying to find
"the house" from the story -
trying to place the family and the porch and the sounds of the water from the imagination in Ms. Hartzler's writing.

I'm sure that people that saw me walking,
not really watching where I was going,
thought that I had issues...
stumbling around and almost walking into shrubs,
and off of the paths. 
I felt that I had almost beaten my own trail around that side of the island...
I never did think I found the exactly right house,
but, I kept looking,

1 comment:

  1. Deb, WOW. I'm at the library checking your blogspot and had no idea you had done this!!! My computer at home is still dial-up and I'm having a horrible time getting much further than my e-mail. I have to look into getting something other than the dial-up that will work okay out in the boonies. Any-way, I am so impressed with the photos of the Middle Bass houses! If I had to choose one, I choose the last house with the aqua shutters. Of course, I have to say that the Douglas house is but a composite of all the houses, not just one, just to be impartial. You are truly amazing. I'm going on my twitter page and direct people to your website! You are the best PR person ever! Thank you so much. I, too, loved Middle Bass. The island is definitely not high-brow, but homey and comfortable. I loved putting the story on the island and hope I don't step on anyone's toes. I loved the idea of creating two old friends who meet again, add a first love to spice up the story, and then whip in a smidgeon of teenage daughter angst. I hope it worked for you. Love ya, Deb. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart.


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