Carolina Panthers Training Camp

It is getting close to football season with the Hall of Fame game last Thursday night.  Once again this year, DH took me to Spartanburg to the Panthers Training Camp for a first look at the new rookies, and some veteran players injured last year.    This time I took my good camera, and had a …

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Geocaching with the Mini Club

Last weekend was a fun day with the Mini Cooper Club, as we drove around our beautiful mountains looking for geocaches.  We did this last year too (Geocaching), and had such a good time!  This year our hosts took us to different spots to look for the little caches.  If you've not done this, you …

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Quilting Fun in Sevierville, Tennessee

Traveling to visit and speak to quilt guilds is so fun!  I have a couple of hours to talk to DH while we drive. He is so helpful with set up and handouts, and it is nice to have him with me.  Last week, we drove over to Sevierville, Tennessee to give my Decisions Decisions …

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Visiting a Gem Mine and Driving Diamondback

Summer is definitely here!  The milder temperatures mean another car club outing.  We now belong to three clubs, so there is something to do almost every weekend!  Our Appalachian Mountain Minis club was joined by the Upstate Minis club from South Carolina for an outing last weekend.  We are members of both clubs.  It was …

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Walking at the Arboretum

Right before my knee went out, we went for a walk at the NC Arborteum to see a special exhibit and enjoy the springtime flowers.  The knee was bothering me a bit then, so we didn't do a long hike, just a nice stroll around the blooming flowerbeds to see the color.  I know you …

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Mini Coopers Featured at the British Car Show

Mini Coopers were the featured marque at Saturday's car show put on by the Southeastern British Motorcar Owners Club at Furman University in Greenville, SC.  We've done this show before with previously owned British cars, and I did a Perfect Picnic post from there with my Farmer's Market Quilt.  You can see the Scottish games …

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MINIs on the Dragon!

Last weekend we had a fabulous time with an annual event called MINIs on the Dragon.  It is a gathering of Mini Cooper owners for five days of drives, dinners, activities and fun.  MINIacs come from everywhere, not just this area.  In its 17th year, people came from 38 states as far away as California, …

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NC Arboretum Orchid Show – part 2

There were so many gorgeous blooms with the orchid show, that it is taking two posts to show just a small part of them.  The show was stuffed full of a huge variety of blooms!  Color and shapes were awesome, so let's take a small tour of some more of the beauty in this room. …

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NC Arboretum Orchid Show

I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday, and will enjoy these gorgeous orchids in a very picture heavy post!  A couple of weeks ago, DH and I went to the Orchid Show at the NC Arborteum to see the competition with participants from all over North Carolina vying for ribbons and recognition.  I took …

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Rainy Day Blues but the Irises Bloom

Rain washed out the Mini Cooper club's participation in the Dillsboro Easter Parade yesterday.  The director of the club pulled the plug on the event Friday afternoon.  Moderate rain was predicted with even some snow in the high elevations.  Since the event planned was an all day affair with the outdoor pre-party, the parade, then …

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Birdwatching at Our Mountain Home

Over the past month, it seems like the rain and the cold was never going to end.   The bird visitors have been fun to watch, with the variety of birds in colorful plumage all making short work of the seed.  DH has had to fill it up a couple of times a week.  Several …

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Cruisin’ on a Spring Day

Last weekend, our car club decided it couldn't wait another week to get the cars out for a drive, in spite of the chilly morning.  The idea was to drive around the apple orchards, but it was too early for blooms.  Still, the excuse was good, so we gathered at a local parking lot to …

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Snow Birds

There have been a wide variety birds on the feeder this month, particularly when it snowed earlier in December.   DH has kept the feeder full of nice cracked sunflower seeds, and I made a suet cake for them too.  The goldfinches on the upper left have put on their more drab winter garb.  The one …

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Just To Let You Know…

I know, I don't usually post on Tuesdays, but I wanted to let you know two things.  First, that Bernie at Needle and Foot is having a fun giveaway on her blog this week.  Remember when I did a blogger bundle for her last August?  The Colors of August placemats, plus the Improv Table Topper …

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Beginning of Winter

After a warmer than usual Autumn, we finally got a cold spell over the past couple of weeks, turning the remaining leaves pretty colors. Most of the trees are bare now, but a few remain here and there.  This picture is from the last week in November, early morning mist is settled in the valley …

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