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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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