Program for Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild

Speaking to quilt groups is one of the most fun things to do.  I get to meet new quilters, talk with other longarm owners, and have a great time.  Last week I presented my program, Decisions Decisions, to the Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild and I have to say that I was treated like royalty …

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The Raulston Arboretum, Part 2

Returning to the JC Raulston Arboretum, there is so much more to see.  Day lilies are prevalent in NC, and they had a number of beautiful specimens in bloom in August.  My home garden day lilies are earlier bloomers.  At least the ones I have left, LOL, after digging up a bunch and giving them …

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Visiting the Raulston Arboretum

While I still work on secret sewing, I thought I would finally show you the gardens I visited in Raleigh.  The JC Raulston Arboretum is maintained by NC State University as a study area for plants and trees that would do well in our area of the country.  They describe themselves as a 'living laboratory' …

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Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens

Last summer, when we went to Florida to visit friends, they took us to the Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens in Port Orange.  Knowing that we enjoy walking in nature, this was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.  While I work on secret sewing projects, and it is bitterly cold outside, I thought it would …

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A Day at the Races

Last weekend we made a quick trip to Florida for the Daytona Historic Races, giving us a chance to visit our friends there too.  We all went to the track together for the Saturday races, arriving as this group of racers was on the track.  Mustangs and Porsches raced alongside other cars of similar vintage.  …

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Thames River Cruise and more from England

During our vacation in London last May, one of the highlights of our time there was a River Cruise on the Thames.  The cruise began near the London Eye ferris wheel, and took most of the day to go to Greenwich, have time to explore there, then cruise back.  The day was clear and not …

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Windsor Castle and St. Georges Chapel

While we were in England in May, we had beautiful weather the entire time.  Most of the time was mild temperatures, with partly cloudy skies.  When I did the poll, the second highest vote on what readers wanted to see from our trip was a tie, so we'll start with Windsor Castle and St. George's …

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Kensington Gardens

Next to the palace, Kensington Gardens encompasses a large parcel of land.  There is a small formal garden next to the palace, but the bulk of the 270 acres of land is given to a large grassy meadow lined with trees on either side of a wide concrete walkway.  This is devoted to public use, …

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Kensington Palace

The votes are in, and the number one pick to share from our England trip was Kensington Palace and Gardens.  So, today we return to London for a tour.  Today we'll see the palace and some spectacular jewels, and I'll show you the garden tomorrow.  Kinsington Palace is quite unassuming compared to other historic buildings …

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Back from England

Back home again, and now you can know that my blogging break was spent in London, England!  We've had this trip planned for months.  I didn't take my laptop, because I decided just to take some time off from the computer altogether.  We had a marvelous, exhausting trip, seeing more of London in the time …

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The Casements Gardens and Waterfront in Ormond Beach

After seeing the Casements House, the gardens and grounds were next.  This is the view from Rockefeller's office on the second floor.  The grounds went all the way to the water.  He had the retaining wall built so his friends could moor their boats while visiting.  The restoration of the property in the 1970s put …

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A Visit to The Casements House in Ormond Beach

Visiting older houses is a favorite thing to do, as I like to see the workmanship and architecture that is not common today.  While we were in Ormond Beach last month, we took the tour of the Casements House, John Rockefeller's winter residence.  The house was originally built in 1913, and named the Casements due …

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Visiting Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

While we were visiting our friends in Florida, they wanted to show us some of the interesting sights in their new area.   One of the historic places is the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in Florida at 164-1/2 feet above sea level.  We had a lovely cool clear day, perfect for getting a bit …

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Karesansui teien

I have been planning for some time to do a series of posts inspired by Japanese influence.  I hope you'll enjoy these posts, with interesting facts, fun projects, and even a couple of giveaways later this month.  These posts will be sprinkled around  other post subjects over the next month or so, with gardens, sewing …

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