Easter Hat Parade with the Mini Cooper Car Club

One of the most wonderful things about living in western North Carolina are the small towns and the fun things there are to do with every holiday, and most weekends through spring, summer and fall.  Every year on the Saturday before Easter Sunday, the small town of Dillsboro hosts an Easter Hat Parade, marching all …

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Itadakimasu, and Musings on Gratitude

This is the last post on the Asian inspired ideas, and I want to share a way of thinking that has really captured my interest.  One of the things that really inspires me is the Japanese way of showing gratitude and an appreciation of beauty in everything, down to the smallest thing, the tiniest detail.  …

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Frozen Waterfalls

The deep freeze across the east has lasted long enough for some of the local waterfalls and even parts of the French Broad River to freeze.   This doesn't happen every year, we need sustained weeks of sub-freezing temperatures for the ice to form around running water.  It was 27 degrees F (-2C) last weekend when …

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Winter Lights

Winter Lights is an event at the NC Arboretum for the holiday season, and is just magical.  It is a major fundraiser for their programs and exhibits, and you can attend any evening in December through the 31st.  We went on the last warm night before the recent cold snap and snow fall to enjoy …

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December In the Garden – Snow!

December mornings have been cold and grey these past few days. Fog in the valley shows the layers of hills between our mountain and the next ridge.  This might have to become my header photo for winter. Friday morning dawned colder still. As I looked out the window, I noticed that the snow had begun …

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Happy Thanksgiving and Some Autumn Views

Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers and friends!!  This morning, I will be enjoying parades and hot coffee in my flannel jammies with DH.  Breakfast is baking and filling the house with the aroma of sausage, eggs and cheese.  Later will be football games, and phone calls to family out of state.  Turkey will be …

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Autumn Hike on Fryingpan Mountain

This weekend the colors on the Blue Ridge Parkway are finally reaching their peak, and are past peak in the highest elevations.  Friday was going to be clear and comfortable for hiking, so we thought it would be the perfect day to see the lookout tower on Fryingpan Mountain.  Driving up the Blue Ridge Parkway …

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Autumn Hike at Graveyard Fields

Autumn in the North Carolina mountains is usually a glorious time of blazing color.  Some Autumn color would fit right in with the Autumn Jubilee event this year, reminding us that with the quilt along, sew along, stitch along, new recipes and projects, there should be a day to just enjoy the season.  So today, …

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