Just To Let You Know…

I know, I don't usually post on Tuesdays, but I wanted to let you know two things.  First, that Bernie at Needle and Foot is having a fun giveaway on her blog this week.  Remember when I did a blogger bundle for her last August?  The Colors of August placemats, plus the Improv Table Topper …

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Beginning of Winter

After a warmer than usual Autumn, we finally got a cold spell over the past couple of weeks, turning the remaining leaves pretty colors. Most of the trees are bare now, but a few remain here and there.  This picture is from the last week in November, early morning mist is settled in the valley …

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Hiking Devils Courthouse and another visitor

Autumn is finally coming to our part of the world.  It is a bit late this year due to the warm temperatures continuing long past its normal time.  We decided to take a hike last week at Devil's Courthouse on the Blue Ridge Parkway to see some of the color.  Driving up the parkway, we …

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Extraordinary Wildlife and Autumn Color

Sometimes something extraordinary happens here, and very rarely do I get to photograph it, but this day was special.  Long time readers will know about the wild turkey we call Clarence, and how he comes by every few days for a handout.  His cluck-purr is wonderful to hear, and he preens a bit for us …

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Apple Festival Tablescape

Coming up in just a few days, the annual Apple Festival will run four days over Labor Day weekend in downtown Hendersonville, starting on Friday.  This is really a fun event, such a small town thing.  I've posted about it in the past, showing the wide range of apple varieties and yummy things made with …

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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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More Fun at the Fair

Going back to the the Expo Building at the State Fair while the judges tasted the offerings in the cooking competition, I wanted to search out the two quilts I hadn't found on my previous visit, and get some better pictures.   Be My Carolina Neighbor was hanging with its second place ribbon. The Scrap Dance …

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Wildlife on the Mountain

Wildlife abounds in the country, and in the mountains we have been seeing more visitors lately. It is a true quote I heard somewhere that if you put food out, someone will come along to eat it. I had some scraps left over from cutting vegetables, and thought the squirrels would like to have the …

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French Broad River Canoe Trip

The late spring weather has been mild, with cool mornings and evenings. Abundant rain this spring has pulled us out of drought, and brought the level up in the French Broad River. DH had a day off during the week, so we decided to finally take the canoe trip we've planned to do for years. …

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November Visitors on the Mountain

The last few days have seen some really amazing sights.  Having a camera with a really good zoom lens has helped to capture some spectacular pictures of our regular visitors.  Often I am unable to grab the camera fast enough to get good photos of the visitors, but this week was a banner week. First, …

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Waterfalls in the Autumn Mountains

I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin and crisp sunburnt leaves. ~Ann Drake, 2013 I found this quote recently, and had to share it with you.  It was the perfect opening to a picture heavy post from our hiking over the weekend with friends here from out of state.  …

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A Hint of Autumn in the Mountains

The calendar says October, but there hasn't been the needed cold snap to turn our leaves to the autumn beauty we anticipate. Friday and Saturday did bring some much needed rain, and I was happy to spend the days inside. With some projects finished and others not yet begun, it was a perfect day to …

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Planning for the Mountain State Fair

Mid-August means the State Fair is right around the corner, and it is time to decide what to enter this year.  I have to get my paperwork in before the end of the month, then get the entries ready.  Quilts need hanging sleeves, and everything needs a label too. I got my catalog last month, …

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A Trip In The Mountain Countryside

Since DH sold his little British car, we haven't had much of an opportunity to go with the group.  The car shows don't want a modern car unless it is a Maserati or something equally expensive and rare.  Last month, we hosted an Australian Pursuit rally at a local park.  It was fun and I …

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A Drive for the Love of Dogs

Saturday had beautiful weather for our second drive of the season with the car club.  This one was special, as it was a benefit for the local humane society.  Everyone who knows me knows I am an absolute sucker for a terrier face.  Any dog face, really, I just love them all.  When the local …

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