Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
After we had as much of the heat as we could stand, we decided some fresh fruit and vegetables would really be tasty so off we went to the Farmer’s Market where we found fresh corn, green beans, peas, peaches and a watermelon.
I’ll bet you’re wondering what this has to do with an enchanted coffee house. Last week my daughter wanted to take me there as well as a couple of other places. Our plans didn’t work out as we had hoped. It wasn’t for lack of trying, believe me. I suggested we try again on Satuday after her dad returned from London because I was certain he would probably like to come along too. So that’s what we did.
Per her instructions, she insisted that we must go no earlier than dusk so we could get the full effect. With the timing exactly so, she told us how to get there and where to turn. Arriving just about as the sun was going down, we discovered she was right. It was a place that seemed slightly other worldly when twilight settled in and the fairy lights came on. Here are a few photos from our adventure to what my daughter has dubbed ‘The Enchanted Coffee House’.
We ordered our coffees and tried to decide where to sit and enjoy them. We could sit outside in the front and listen to the live music. We could sit inside or out back. My daughter had another plan.
We went down these wooden steps . . .
with our coffee in bowls being careful not to spill . . .
and we sat at the bottom of the hill under the fairy lights . . . my husband . . .
my daughter . . .
And then we added this special spot to our list of favorite places.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Webster: I think if we look on her blog, we can see the mountains.
Sam: I wonder why they didn’t take us with them when they went.
Henry: I want to see the mountains!
Molly: I’ll bet they are lovely. I wonder if there are any photos of black bears.
Henry: I want to see the mountain goats!
Webster: Mountain goats? Who told you there were mountain goats?
Henry: They went to the mountains, didn’t they? And don’t mountain goats live on mountains? I’ve never seen a mountain goat and I want to see one.
Sam: How do mountain goats keep from falling down when they are on a mountain?
Webster: They have uneven legs.
Sam: Uneven legs?
Webster: Yes, their two right legs are shorter than their left legs. It makes it easy for them to stand on the mountain and eat the grass.
Molly: If they want to go to a different part of the mountain, how do they turn around?
Webster: They don’t turn around! They just walk around the mountain in the same direction until they get where they want to go.
Henry: Wow! Is it always the right legs that are shorter?
Webster: Almost all the time, but every so often, a baby goat will be born the other way, with his left legs shorter than his right legs.
Molly: What happens then?
Webster: When they are kids, they just look at their mamas all the time, but when they get bigger they are always facing the wrong direction. When a mountain lion comes along and scares the herd, they all run away in the same direction but the left-legged goats run the opposite way.
Sam: I never knew that.
Henry: So they are either left-legged or right legged?
Webster: Not always. Sometimes on a rare occasion their front legs will be shorter. Then they are always facing uphill.
Sam: Do they call them front-leggers?
Webster: No, they are called Northies. Then every once in a blue moon, a baby goat will be born with his back legs shorter and they always face downhill.
Sam: And they are called Southies, right?
Webster: No, they are called back-leggers.
Sam: That makes no sense.
Henry: I want to see the mountain goats!
Molly: You can’t see mountain goats until you see the mountains.
Henry: I want to see the mountain goats! I want to see the right-leggers, the left-leggers, the Northies and the back-leggers!
Webster: I can’t find the photos. She must not have put them up yet. I think she’s been kind of busy packing Posy’s travelling case. I’ll tell you what. Next time they go out for a café mocha, we'll sneak back in here and check again.
Henry: And see the mountain goats?
Webster: Yes, we’ll see the mountain goats. And the mountain lions. I heard them say they petted a mountain lion that was wearing a pink hat.
Sam: No self-respecting mountain lion would wear pink. I think you must be mistaken. They must have said “mink hat”.
Molly: No, I think it was an “ink hat”.
Webster: What in the world is an “ink hat”?
Henry: Maybe it was a “sink hat”?
Molly: A “sink hat”?!!
And with that I realized that the whispers could go on long into the night. I slipped back down the hall, climbed back into my bed, nestled under the covers, closed my eyes and dreamed of goats with uneven legs and mountain lions wearing sinks on their heads.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Of course that means nothing to you, but I have the key and to me it means that Barb from Oregon is the winner of Posy, the Pincushion Faerie! Posy will be getting ready, packing her bags, and standing by for takeoff.
For those of you who didn’t win, and that’s everyone else on the list, I want to tell you that I will be doing another giveaway and if you entered this one and come back and enter the next one, I will automatically enter your name twice or thrice! Why do I complicate things for myself? Well, first of all, I’m grateful that you are interested in my work. Secondly, I’m grateful that you stop by to read my blog. And lastly, I complicate things for myself because I’m crazy that way.
Poor dear husband – all these years thinking it can only get better right? Sorry, it seems to have gone the other way for him. But he’ll be back home tomorrow and begin trying very earnestly to keep me in line. (I know it’s impossible and you know it’s impossible, but he’s such an optimist. Let’s not spoil his plan.)
Congratulations Barb! Posy will be winging her way westward and looking for a safe place to land!
Thank you all very much for your entries and your enthusiasm!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
"It’s time for me to flutter and fly and so I’ll say farewell.
So long, au revoir and goodbye to you, it certainly has been swell."
Farewell, Adiόs, Au revoir, Vaarwel, Auf Wiedersehen, до свидания, and Goodbye
Monday, June 22, 2009
Food of the Day:
Does chocolate qualify as food?
This coffee shop is a popular and a peculiar resting spot.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
If you’re still with me on tour it’s on to day 2 . . . We didn’t think we had ever been to Black Mountain (a small town near Asheville) and we had read so many brochures that were enticing, we decided we’d go for a visit.This town is small, charming and full of personality. A couple of snapshots of the streets of the town of Black Mountain to give you a feel for the town.
The artful influence is abundant here and the shops are filled with loads of temptation.
No Food of the Day photo but how about Building of the Day instead?
We also took a ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you haven't ever visited the mountains of North Carolina, the parkway is a wonderful way to see them. I'll post some of those photos in a separate post soon. Only one day left to see what we can see!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
I didn’t expect anything extraordinary. After all, I’d been there before, but I’m always surprised. Now we’re back home with our photos, our memories, and plans to go back again one day to see a few more things. But I was thinking, perhaps you haven’t been there and visited this wonderful place. It’s infused with art, loads of beautiful scenery, and a few quirky, funky things thrown in for good measure. So, come along with us and I’ll show you a little bit of Asheville through our eyes.
Food of the Day:
Shortly after we arrived, it was time for dinner. This is “where the locals eat”. So we gave it a try.
First they brought these giant biscuits with homemade apple butter. I really wasn’t planning to eat something that seemed like dessert first! I think they were just trying to get us warmed up for what was to follow.
Sweet tea – Southern style was served in Mason jars to complete the atmosphere and lots of food – Southern style as well - too much to eat but delicious just the same.
Quirky Sight of the Day:
We did a double take when we passed this house. The place was decorated with plush Pandas everywhere. It seems they’re there whatever the weather.
Sitting along the fence, wondering if you'd like to join them.
I was wondering if these guys had misbehaved. They were around the corner as if banished from the main population.
Flower of the Day:
My husband took this amazing shot along a mountain roadside where this plant was growing.
Chocolate Shop of the Day:
This place is more than a chocolate shop; it’s a chocolate lounge.
You can go in and buy chocolate or cake or treats and leave but it’s a great place to sit . . .
My family wouldn’t let me leave without taking a photo of the menu board . . .
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
This is the dog that came to visit.
This is the dog that came to visit us in North Carolina.
This is the dog that came to visit us in North Carolina all the way from Texas.
and became very tired.
This is the dog that came to visit us in North Carolina all the way from Texas that had an exciting trip