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September 20, 2020
A Visit to Bullington Gardens, and Last Days for the Quilt Raffle from From My Carolina Home

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, I’ve just not shared them on the blog before now.  Bullington Gardens owned and managed by a partnership of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension & Henderson County Public Schools, along with a lot of volunteers.

Bullington Gardens at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The mission of the garden is “To connect children ...

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September 7, 2020
Apple Festival Round Up from From My Carolina Home

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 open. This is my Apple Tablescape 2017, and it has some notes on how to serge the table topper made from the apple fabric.

Apple Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

In 2018, I added the gold flatware to the table, and some cute plates to the apple stash. Apple Tablescape 2018 ...

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September 6, 2020
Visiting the Apple Orchards from From My Carolina Home

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 visitors to wander in the orchards to pick their own apples, and some with extra things like a corn maze or live music.  There are 14 orchards on the official tour, and several more that are not.  We still are not comfortable in crowds ...

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September 2, 2020
The View and Visitors At Our Place from From My Carolina Home

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 delineates the layers of hills across the valley and the mountain ridge in the distance.  Photo taken from our veranda.

September in the Garden at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Mere moments after I shut the camera back down, My Sweet Babboo said there were three foxes coming towards the house.  I jumped up ...

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August 23, 2020
A Safely Social Drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway from From My Carolina Home

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 our home.  So, instead of driving an hour to get to the start, we waited for them to come by us and then joined the group.

Blue Ridge Drive AMM at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

We jumped into the line about eight cars down, with another 12 or so behind us.

Blue Ridge Drive AMM at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The route ran ...

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August 21, 2020
Figuring It Out, Safely Social from From My Carolina Home

Does it seem like this isolation is never going to end?  As much as I know that someday it will, and we will be able to get back to our fun times, meetings and social events, for now we just have to find a way to bridge the gap.  But boy, is it a big gap!  I know now what it is that bothers me about the term “social distance”.  I looked up ‘distance’ in a thesaurus, and what I found was enlightening. Some of the synonyms include all these that just emphasize the gulf between, not only physically (which ...

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August 17, 2020
Hiking Connemara from From My Carolina Home

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 still are raised on the property today.  After his death, his wife sold the property to the government to be turned into a national park.  She also donated all the furnishings and goats so the estate could continue as a historic working farm.  It ...

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August 9, 2020
Being Distantly Social from From My Carolina Home

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 of Valor presentations postponed.  Mountain State Fair canceled for this year, so no competitions.  No gathering of photos and quilts, crafts and recipes for entering contests which usually takes up the entire month of August.  All dinner events, overnight weekends, speaker events, parties ...

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July 5, 2020
Having a Picnic at the Arboretum from From My Carolina Home

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, but we did have a nice group of new club members come that we enjoyed meeting.  The morning was overcast, and there was a bit of rain, but we knew it would blow over.  The MINIs all parked with spaces between so we could have ...

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June 7, 2020
Hiking at the Arboretum from From My Carolina Home

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 being mostly closed.  The number of people allowed inside is very limited, and there are only two parking areas open at trailheads.  This past week, the buildings were all closed, and they were working on resurfacing the main parking area.  We got there early one ...

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June 3, 2020
Venturing Out from From My Carolina Home

It was such a delight to get dressed to see friends yesterday!  Getting to put on a pair of cute shoes and spring clothes, get some takeout and have a meal outside was such a lift to the spirit.  I had to wear a spring hat too.  Three of my friends and I got takeout food and met at a local winery to enjoy some fresh air and chat time.  They do not have a restaurant, only a small tasting room, but they were happy to have us come by and have our meal on their outdoor tables, have a ...

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May 17, 2020
Making Connections from From My Carolina Home

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 chats have been fun, but a few friends you just need to see in person.  Our lower driveway is perfect for this, with nice shade in the afternoon, so I set out a chair and a table making sure they were at least 8 ...

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May 4, 2020
Carrying On from From My Carolina Home

It has been seven weeks since my last outing with friends, and I am hitting a wall.   The only activity we’ve had is going to the post office and grocery store once a week, otherwise we are at home.  We did take a short drive to see the apple blossoms, but we were a bit too late for them.  I’ve tried my best to find different things to do, ways to fill the time, creative ideas to try to inspire and help me keep from pulling my hair out in boredom.  I’ve done a bit of photography ...

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April 15, 2020
Counting Blessings, and Safelight Winners from From My Carolina Home

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 trees, and neither of them hit the house.  One branch broke off and lodged itself high in an adjacent tree.  This branch will just have to come down on its own as it is about 50 ft off the ground.

Counting Blessings at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The forest behind the house has ...

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March 18, 2020
Blue Ridge Outing with the Car Club, and Another Idea from From My Carolina Home

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 to hug my friends like I usually do.  It is reminiscent of an old habit from the surgical suite of keeping your hands clasped together while waiting for something to be done so you didn’t break your sterile field.  For this drive, since ...

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February 9, 2020
Hiking Catawba Falls from From My Carolina Home

Hiking in winter is wonderful when a warm day presents itself.  There are views when all the leaves are off the trees that just cannot be seen when it is summer.  This past week had one of those days, so we set off for Catawba Falls to hike.  It was a new place for us, as we have not been here before.  On the way to the trailhead, we spotted this barn quilt.  The little fox faces all pointing to the center were interesting.

Catawba Falls at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Reaching the trailhead, we were a bit surprised to find this area was relatively new to ...

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January 19, 2020
Downton Abbey Exhibition with Lessons in History from From My Carolina Home

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 the social values of the day.  Many of the exhibits were interactive as well.  Get ready for a long and picture heavy post.  Starting off with a scale model of the castle, large pictorial exhibits gave interesting historical facts related about life in large ...

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January 5, 2020
January in the Garden from From My Carolina Home

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.

January in the Garden at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

And it still didn’t know in January, as it is still blooming.  I have high hopes of overwintering these again.  They are the same ones that I successfully kept alive over the winter last year.

January in the Garden at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I whacked off the parsley to harvest the last of it in October.  It is putting out new growth again, so I’ll have some fresh leaves for cooking over ...

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