Saturday, September 11, 2010

Northern Wisconsin

Friday (yesterday) was a quilt shop day. After leaving the motel yesterday morning in Eau Claire, the first stop was Mill End Fabrics. Interesting shop with every kind of fabric.

Then we went to The Calico Shop. A very nice quilt shop in downtown Eau Claire. They also sold ladies clothing!

Driving north, the next stop was at Elly's Sheared Sheep in Chetek. A large shop that had a nice variety of fabric and yarn. Hard to believe I've gone through this area, within a mile of this shop, for years and didn't know about it! Elly sent us to The Pokegama, on the shore of Lake Pokegama, for lunch.

We took the back roads up to Rice Lake and stopped at The Busy Bobbin. I was at this store many years ago when it was downtown. It is now in a house and there's LOTS of fabric for the space but I really enjoyed our stop and will go back.

Arrived at Shell Lake in the middle of the afternoon. We are staying at my brother Jim's. We made a quick trip to Louie's in Cumberland - quite a meat market! Then my brother Tom and his wife, Sandy joined us and we all went out to Foxxy's and celebrated their anniversary.

This morning after our walk and breakfast (which included wild blackberries!), Jim, Ray, and I headed out to some county land for a hike. We were hoping to see some swans. As we left the truck and started into the woods, we heard what we thought was a rifle shot. Still not sure that it was but have found out that bear season just opened so we probably shouldn't have been hiking in the woods! Anyway, it was overcast and drizzly and we didn't see the swans until later when we were driving! We didn't see any bears either! The trees are beginning to change.

A lot of football was watched today. I did go shopping for a while. After dinner tonight, we went on a boat ride around the lake. By the time the sun was setting, the sky had cleared.

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