Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Frigid Temps and North Winds Brought the Ice Back to the Lake Shore

Winter just won't go away. There were actually a few days this week that we had zero evidence of ice on the water. Unfortunately I did not have a chance to catch a shot and if you saw the Lake today, you would think I was hallucinating.
Last evening I was able to get the sunset and saw the start of ice on the shore.

There really was open water beyond the rocks.
Well at least the Sun was very brilliant today and the winds are pretty calm.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring Arrival is Sunny, However Very Chilly on Lake Erie

Well there are finally definite signs of Spring along the shore of Lake Erie. Each day we are seeing more open water.
The sun is indeed setting on the water. This is a shot from last evening.

There is clearly evidence of daffodils coming back to life. Another few weeks there should be much more color on the grounds of The Lakehouse Inn.

Here is a visual of the shoreline I took this morning after breakfast. It was very sunny, however the temps are in the low 40's.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tomorrow is the First Day of Spring, We'll See..

Well I have to say there was great progress in the weather this past week. Can you believe it was just last Friday when we were dumped on with tons of snow and all our schools were closed again. It took me double the time to get to my day job. Today there is little evidence of that storm. The lake clearly warmed up this week, Thursday was clearly a wonderful day.

 Our shoreline looks a little like Glacier Bay. I am thinking the sun should be setting on the water, I just have not had the opportunity this past week to be home at sunset; hopefully I will get a shot this evening. The forecast is for vivid sun today-haven't seen any evidence yet.

The guys are working on bottling oaked Chardonnay today. In order to do so, they must first pump the wine from the barrels in the cellar and move the wine to the bottling line in the production area which is located closer to the road.  I am sure they are looking forward to some sunshine.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Will the Groundhog Really Be Correct?

Okay, so Tuesday will be six weeks since The groundhog did NOT see his shadow, which means Spring should be well on its way, Right?
Looking at the present landscape surely does not lend itself to "Spring being right around the corner".
Granted the days are getting longer and the Sun (when we do see it) is setting closer to the water's edge. Well I was just starting to get used to the fact that it was actually light in the early morning and it was time to change to Daylight Savings Time. Losing an hour sleep last night was not my idea of fun, especially when it is SO dreary out.

So with all this said, let's look at what we have to look forward to in the not too distant future.

First and foremost on our minds is the sound of the lapping shore-That will be a sure sign of Spring. It has been months since we have heard or seen liquid on the shore. Yes we do get an occasional day where we see some open water which is the promise of better weather ahead.
Next in line is the ability to have our guests enjoy being outdoors again, feeling the breeze (warm, we hope) and enjoying the beautiful sunsets Lake Erie brings our way.

Of course the next best thing is guests snapping pics of the sun setting -without winter coats-can you imagine!!!
I REALLY miss the color of The Lakehouse Inn grounds.
Our 2011 brides are all hoping for a breathtaking wedding day.
Well enough pondering on what the near future will hold, I better get back to reality and assist Andrea with today's activities.