MINIs on the Dragon 2021

Every year, MINIs from all over the US get together in Fontana Village to run the twisty road called the Tail of the Dragon and have fun with other MINI owners. Last year the event was canceled, and this year the restrictions were still in place making it difficult to do the evening activities. So …

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Springtime Apple Blossom Drive and Garden

Spring seems to be here at last for good. This week the azaleas have burst into bloom along the driveway circle, with the larger white one and the light pink both fully opened up now. Down the driveway, the later bloomers are coming out now too. Another couple of whites bloom along with multiple pinks …

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Drive to Sassafras Mountain

Last Sunday was a warm, sunny day, and our MINI club took the opportunity to get together for a drive. We met in Traveler's Rest, South Carolina, gathering at a local grocery store parking lot. We had about 14 cars to start, and three more joined us on the route. Once again, we were leading …

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Happy Easter Parade

This weekend the small town of Dillsboro in western NC was finally back to holding their annual Easter parade on the day before Easter. We were there in 2018, our first drive event with the Appalachian Mountain MINI club, and I posted about it then. See the cars and the parade from that year here …

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Secret Sewing, Garden and More

It seems like it has been a while since I could share with you what I am working on in the sewing room. But, alas, everything I am currently doing is a secret. And it is multiple projects, LOL!! First, I am making progress on Pachanga, but I can't show you that yet. Second, there …

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March Madness Drive

Cabin fever has caught hold in all our car clubs, and with the warming weather, more drives are happening. The first one of the season for the British Car Club had us meeting in west Asheville for a drive north. That's our red MINI on the left. It counts as British for this club, and …

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Spring in the Mountains and in the Garden

Spring has sprung in the mountains! On our property, our cherry is starting to bloom. I'm not sure what variety this is, I think it is a Japanese cherry, but I really don't know. I've never seen any fruit on it. Or else the birds and bears are eating them before I notice any. Still, …

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Breathing Again

The weather turned warm this week, with sunny days in the upper 60s (20ºC) and more crocuses showed their pretty faces. As I stood on the veranda enjoying the fresh air it seemed like the load was lifting. The warmth outside led to a couple of walks in the local parks this week. Long months …

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Having Some Fun This Week

Having fun these days requires a bit more creativity, doesn't it? I have been doing a lot more on Zoom, as it is a safe way to see friends and have conversation. On Monday, I was able to spend a nice day sewing with friends, and working on Pachanga, while fat snowflakes drifted down all …

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