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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Christmas Party Weekend at 1927 Lake Lure Inn

Our Mini Cooper club had a fabulous Christmas event last weekend, with several meals and events planned from Friday night to Sunday afternoon.  We caught up with them on Saturday morning in a local parking lot to decorate our cars for the Christmas parade.  The weather did not cooperate, and it began raining while we …

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Hiking Devils Courthouse and another visitor

Autumn is finally coming to our part of the world.  It is a bit late this year due to the warm temperatures continuing long past its normal time.  We decided to take a hike last week at Devil's Courthouse on the Blue Ridge Parkway to see some of the color.  Driving up the parkway, we …

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Extraordinary Wildlife and Autumn Color

Sometimes something extraordinary happens here, and very rarely do I get to photograph it, but this day was special.  Long time readers will know about the wild turkey we call Clarence, and how he comes by every few days for a handout.  His cluck-purr is wonderful to hear, and he preens a bit for us …

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October in the Garden with Wildlife

In the garden, there is much to do this time of year.  There is ongoing clean up with falling leaves, and some plants need to be dug and stored.   The flower beds will get a covering of mulch, making sure to keep the rhizomes of the irises clear. If you compost plant materials, this …

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September Wildlife

Wildlife at our place has been prolific lately, with what seems to be autumn migrations in full swing.  I was very surprised one rainy morning to open the curtains and find 14 female turkeys in the front yard.  A large flock like this had two males with them last year, but this group was all …

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Fun at the NC Mountain State Fair

We went to the fair multiple times this year.  Between the days to take in competition entries, pick up days, cooking contests, volunteering in the log cabin Heritage Center in the quilting booth, and a day just to see the sights, it has been non-stop for the past two weeks.  We don't ride the rides …

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Cooking Competitions at the Mountain State Fair

Entering the cooking contests at the fair is just a hoot, and it is fun to see the ideas of all the contestants.  This year the theme for the Egg Competition was Anything Goes, so no restrictions as to what you did with eggs.  Last year, contestants had to make egg salad.  This year contestants …

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King Apple Parade

The final part of the Apple Festival festivities is the King Apple parade on Labor Day.  After delivering my entries to the State Fair, I ran home to get DH and we got downtown miraculously finding a parking space only two blocks away from the parade route.  The Corvette club was going by, and we …

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Apple Festival 2018

Labor Day weekend marks the start of a three week period that is a super fun time of year for me.  Beginning on Friday with a visit to the Apple Festival, this is the kickoff of the fall season, even though the temperature is still hot (at least by our standards). This year we went …

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Quilter’s Meet and Greet

Today I am participating in an event called Quilter's Meet and Greet - a blog hop of quilting bloggers, some new, some established.  Welcome to From My Carolina Home!  I am a longarm quilter, pattern designer and speaker for quilting enthusiasts, and I've been blogging for over 4 years. I do lots of free patterns …

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