It took a walk in the woods to come up with some lush greens to mark the first day of spring and although all that appeared were mosses, they were at least mostly clear of snow. Ice still remains in the harbors, but has lost ground along the Lake Michigan shore, giving way to several pair of geese. It may be possible that strong north winds affected the growing pattern of these two clumps of cedar trees, making one of the trunks on the right almost ribbon-like. Moving from the out-of-doors to inside the office at Sievers, we continue to receive new yarns, books and handmade items for the shop. Soon it will be time to freshen up all the buildings […]
A Sandhill crane here, a robin there, whitetail deer prints in the soft ground leading up to the sidewalk of the Sievers shop all indicate that we are transitioning into spring. Some shores are ice-free and some are still locked in, at least until the right wind direction comes along. A 10-year plus tradition on the Island has been a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Starting at the Electric Co-op and ending at Karly’s where corned beef and cabbage are served, this year’s parade saw only a few marching participants, but they were heartily cheered on by a good number of parade fans (including the winter Sievers staff). Boxes of new yarns, books and handmade items for the shop are coming in daily and […]
We are in the midst of the loveliest of spring days and we want you to be a part of it! The birds, wildflowers, blue sky and many shades of green are everywhere you look. All along the entrance path to the Jackson Harbor Ridges, the dwarf lake iris are blooming. These two-inch or so beauties are certainly a rare treat. Imagine your own Island spring day…
We’ve been cleaning and moving things around in the shop the past two weeks and are now putting out the new yarns and books for our 2013 season. Consignment items are beginning to arrive, too, in time for our mid-May opening. Another spring cleaning note is that we have found enough parts for THE LAST 36″ Sievers Floor Loom. Made of maple, it has been assembled and finished with Danish oil. The price for this loom is $1,670.00. If you are interested, please let us know by calling 920-847-2264 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The loom would have to be picked up in person and would need a van to transport it to its new home. Folded, the dimensions are approximately 23″ […]
Jackson Harbor is always a good spot to see some of the first returning water birds, a sure sign that spring is arriving Some Pileated Woodpeckers ushered in spring by feasting on this tree across the road from Sunset Resort. More springtime visitors are the sand hill cranes. About a half-mile before you get to Sievers is a dip in the road under which in springtime, water often flows. Beginning in the fields below Mountain Road, what’s known to Islanders as “the creek” meanders north until it reaches Lake Michigan. A little more water and a little less snow and ice at the Washington Island Ferry Line Potato Dock landing!
Looking back, it was a full week ago last year when the sandhill cranes were in the fields, the red-winged blackbirds had returned and the first daffodils were showing their sunny faces. This being a more “traditional” winter, we wait patiently for those signs of spring. While a recent ferry trip had only clear skim ice near the dock, further north and west along the Island, a jumble of larger chunks had created a robin’s egg blue ice shove. While keeping warm inside, we’ve registered over 265 students and several of the classes are filled or have waiting lists. With the sun getting warmer each day, we do know that winter is slipping away!