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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Making Connections

A couple of weeks ago, I was chatting online with blogger buddy Vicki, and she mentioned having driveway chats.  She invites a friend/neighbor to bring their own chair over to sit in her driveway to have a visit while maintaining social distance.  I thought this was a brilliant idea.  Phone calls are nice, and video …

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Counting Blessings, and Safelight Winners

Strong storms roared through our area on Sunday night, with driving rain, thunder and lightening.   The winds were howling up the coves on both sides of our home for some time, and the noise was frightening.  The next day brought the damage to light.  We were counting our blessings that we only lost two …

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Blue Ridge Outing with the Car Club, and Another Idea

Last weekend, our British car club had an outing planned.  There weren't any reports of the virus being in our area yet, so we went ahead with it.  We practiced our new social distance, and I was using a Asian style bow for a greeting.  I find that keeping my hands together reminds me not …

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Downton Abbey Exhibition with Lessons in History

The Downton Abbey Exhibition at the Biltmore Estate was one of the most extraordinary events I've ever seen.  I came to realize that Julian Fellowes is more than a genius author, he is an amazing historian as well.  Each character and setting in the series was grounded in historical facts, with a unique view of …

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January in the Garden

January in the garden is not really very colorful, but here and there we find some things to make us smile.  The geranium didn't know it was winter when it bloomed in December. And it still didn't know in January, as it is still blooming.  I have high hopes of overwintering these again.  They are …

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