Saturday, May 9, 2015

Holland MI Tulip Time

  Monday morning, bright & early (4:30AM), five of us left to catch the bus for a Red Hat trip to Holland MI. Four of us are Red Hatters and one woman is a good friend. It was a nice trip because we were not on the bus all day. This picture is at our first day dinner stop. Redamak's is a tavern in New Buffalo that specializes in hamburgers....and....they don't accept credit cards. Now THAT is unusual. 

our Two Rivers group
 I had on khaki colored jeans the first day. When I went into the bathroom I noticed I had a brown spot on the zipper area of my pants and 2 on my inner thighs. You see, I'm somewhat messy and I must have dropped a piece of chocolate from one of the treats we had on the bus (a total of 39 in all for the 3 day trip were shared on the bus). I'm glad no one had a camera handy as I was looking down at my crotch area and trying to clean it. We did have a good laugh over it. One woman brought me a small glass of ginger ale and a paper towel the waitress had given her. Paper toweling does not do much, but rub off into a mess, when trying to clean off jeans. Thank goodness my friend was able to get a real towel to use. Finally one of the women gave me a Shout Wipe, that really did the trick! Fortunately I had another pair of (dark) jeans along. 

We visited Pillar church in Holland, it's the first church established in 1847. A beautiful church with a gold rooster on top.
 Lovely pipe organ.
We did listen to it play....heavenly sound.

No matter where we ate we had delicious food. One meal each day was at a church.

 Rows and rows of tulips, as expected.
   Of course we toured Windmill Island and the De Zwann windmill. It is the only authentic, working Dutch windmill in the United States. The placement of the blades, when not moving, has a meaning.
borrowed from the internet

We toured 4 stories of this working windmill. it would have been very interesting to see it in motion. The miller is a woman, wife, and mother. She is the only Dutch certified miller in the United States. Milling is HARD work.
And you thought wooden shoes were so plain. 

I'll finish up Holland in a day or 2.
I have a lot of catching up to do...on my blog.....and reading yours.


  1. Wow! This sounds like a fun and interesting trip. Love the wooden shoes.

  2. Linda, I am so happy you got to go with your lady friends. I have wanted to see those tulips for years. It has be just beautiful. I do not think I could wear white pants again, I used to love them. I am afraid of sitting in a mess or like you dropping some sticking food on my lap.Glad you go that cleaned up. Blessings for a great mother's day. xoxo,Susie

  3. What an awesome trip to experience with your friends!
    I usually wear jeans or black pants - just for the same reasons you described!
    I do wear white pants around the house - with never a problem!! Go figure!

  4. Looks like a good time. I love the rows of tulips!

  5. Wow, the photos with the tulips and windmill are awesome! Gotta love those spiffy wooden shoes. lol
    I'm sorry to hear your husband lost his job, I know all too well how that feels. Hopefully, he'll find another soon or that minute possibility of a buy-out happens.