A Visit to Bullington Gardens, and Last Days for the Quilt Raffle

Bullington Gardens is a local treasure, not far from our home.  With the raffle of the Sunset Dahlia quilt that I quilted for them coming up, I thought you'd like to have a virtual visit to the public botanical garden on 12 acres that the fundraiser is for.  These photos were taken some time ago, …

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Apple Festival Round Up

Happy Labor Day!  Since this is our usual Apple Festival Weekend, I thought it would be a nice time to see some previous posts with all things apple. Comments are closed on older posts as I was getting a huge amount of spam on those, but posts less than two years old still have comments …

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Visiting the Apple Orchards

This is a transitional time in the year for me, still too hot to be considered autumn, but September doesn't feel like summer either.  This weekend should be the annual Apple Festival, but the downtown street festival is canceled this year.  Instead, the apple orchards are doing individual sales of their apples this weekend, allowing …

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The View and Visitors At Our Place

It was an extraordinary morning just yesterday, with an abundance of wildlife in the early morning fog.  I didn't get photos of the five deer that were grazing in the meadow, as they went into the forest before the camera could boot up.  Fog is a frequent morning visitor here, and I love how it …

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A Safely Social Drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway

We always enjoy drives in our beautiful, western North Carolina mountains, and even more so with our MINI clubs.  We actually belong to two, one based in North Carolina and one based in the Upstate of South Carolina.  This time, the Upstate group planned a safely social drive where the route came very close to …

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Hiking Connemara

A short drive from our home is the 260+ acres of the Carl Sandburg estate called Connemara, in Flat Rock.  He purchased the home in 1945, and continued to write and publish here until his death in 1967, producing almost a third of his life's work in that time.  His wife raised goats, and they …

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Being Distantly Social

Bee-bee-beeeeeep! "We're sorry, but the person you have reached has been disconnected." Yep, that's me.  Disconnected.  Forgive me while I vent for a moment.  Just skip this paragraph if you want.  My usually busy schedule is now blank, no quilt meetings or shows, no retreats, no classes, no sew-ins for charity or anything else.  Quilt …

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Having a Picnic at the Arboretum

Last weekend, we had a bit of a bright spot in our otherwise isolated lives.  Finding ways to see people safely can be challenge these days.  We planned a picnic with social distance to get a few of our car club buddies together.  Unfortunately, none of our MINI friends we personally invited could make it, …

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Hiking at the Arboretum

Early summer is a great time to go hiking.  The weather is not too hot yet, and the trails are full of flowers.  We like going to the NC Arboretum property, as it has a number of trails, and none are very strenuous.  Recently, the Arboretum opened up a few trails again after weeks of …

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