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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Making Scents at the Arboretum and the Quilt Garden

Wearing perfume is enjoyable for me, but is fraught with problems nowadays because of other people's allergies or lung issues.  I have to be very careful when I decide to wear it out.  I don't put it on in crowded situations like meetings, but I do enjoy wearing a pretty scent out to dinner with …

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Getting Ready for the Fair

The Mountain Regional State Fair turn-in day for the competitions is Monday, and I am entering 23 contests this year in a bunch of divisions.  I actually started early enough in August this year pulling it all together, getting my online entries done,  and completing projects.  I have 5 quilt entries, 5 photography entries, several …

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Mountain Living – Panthers, Cars and Fiber Art

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 …

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