August has had lots of fun things to do, so much that I can’t get to it all to talk about on the blog. Settle in for a long and picture heavy post! The highlight of the month so far was a trip down to Spartanburg for a day to see the Panther’s at their training camp. With a new owner, this might be their last season at the college just an hour’s drive away, so we went.
Practice went on for about 2 hours, and once we got a spot to watch and pay attention, it was easier to follow the action. Offense and defense ran plays together, then individual positions worked on their own. We watched kicker Graham Gano make a number of kicks over the goal post, while running back Christian McCaffrey took handoffs and ran down the field chased by the defense.
Quarterback Cam Newton in the red shirt #1 threw some hard passes at receivers. The speed and spin on the ball was amazing to see. The other red shirts in this photo are the three backup quarterback hopefuls, vying for the coveted second string slot. Veteran Panther Garret Gilbert is hoping to win the position, while newcomers from other teams Kyle Allen and Taylor Heinicke look like stiff competition. This will be interesting to see during the preseason.
The guys are so generous, signing autographs for fans at the end of practice, hot and tired, but still gracious. Greg Olsen is a veteran tight end, essential to the team.
Linebacker Luke Kuechly, star of the defense.
On another day, we gathered together with the British Car club for a drive, in spite of the rain. It wasn’t supposed to rain until the afternoon, but well, it is North Carolina.
Even on a misty day, the lush green of our mountain road is beautiful.
A stop at Justus Orchard was part of the day, where you pick you own apples.
Rows of apple trees in various varieties stretch into the distance with misty shrouded mountains in the background.
Most of the trees were still heavily laden with apples. The Apple Festival is coming up on Labor Day weekend, and I am sure many of these will end up there for sale.
Back into the cars for a bit more driving, there were 12 of us at the stop sign.
Last stop, Burntshirt Winery, that I showed when we did the same destination last year. The flowers in front of the wine shop were in full bloom and covered with pollinators.
Some of our member cars in the parking area creating a small car show got the attention of other visitors to the winery that day.
After two weeks of being rained out, we finally got to Music on Main for the last show of the season with performance by Deano & The Dreamers. These guys were really good, playing mostly 70s hits.
Back at home, I had peaches from the orchard to make DH a Fresh Peach Coffee Cake. Yes, the bears got mine this year.
Then, we had to see the fiber arts show at the Arboretum. The show is called Nature Across the Carolinas, and showcases the work of local quilters Mary Stori, Judy Simmons and Kate Weston. It is in the Education Center, and is huge – the works cover the walls on four hallways!
The nature theme is evident in every piece. I really like this piece called Morning Glory by Judy Simmons. She has composited the background with nature images, then put the flowers over the top. Can you see the birdhouse? The more you look, the more detail you see. The colors are so harmonious, and not the usual for morning glories.
Some of the pieces were on tables. These had interesting dimension to them.
Every piece was for sale. I sure hope these talented ladies sold some of their incredible work.
The Education Center floor plan is a large square hallway running around the second floor with classrooms and offices on either side. It is a huge space for displays. The show runs to September 16th, and if you can get to the Arboretum to see it, it is wonderful. I came home inspired to create.
Yes, I am still drawn to Japanese things, LOL, I had to stop and study this piece for quite some time. It is Butterfly Garden by Kate Weston.
We went hiking before the show, early on a cool misty morning. There’s another show in the Baker center, and I’ll try to get to it soon.
What are you doing for fun in August?