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Views along the Blue Ridge Parkway: Burnnett Reservoir from Craggy Gardens; view from Pisgah Inn; road to Mt. Mitchell; rockers and the Parkway approach to the Pisgah Inn.

Friday, May 24, 2019

new garden at lake

One of our local Master Gardeners, David Bush, takes care of the "experimental garden" at Lakeview Center. Last Saturday he planted some flowers, and some seeds of flowers.  So when I arrived Monday, I saw someone had watered the plants.

 The second tier has some strawberries, as well as hostas and perhaps rosemary. The bushy growth on the lower level looks like carrots.  I'll have to ask David.

 Above strawberries (there are some ripe ones from this pic) are the last of the iris!

I think these are sweet peas.

It looked for a while like some weather was coming over Lakey Mountain on the other side of the town, and the lake.

Today's quote:
We inhabit bodies for a reason - experiencing all the range of feelings and emotions that come with being present in a body.
Madisyn Tayor, Daily Om

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Religious Education

Our Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swanannoa Valley honored our religious education program and all the people that bring it together for our children and their families, on Sunday this week.

Two teens read the story of the Lorax to all of us (while the youngest sat around in front at their feet.

Our Director of Religious Education headed up the program (in purple here, Beata Ball) while her daughter, Dorinda, was given the ritual of passage of crossing a bridge into adulthood (while watched by her father on right.) On left is Sybil Argentur (our former Director of RE) and our minister Rev. Michael Carter, both seated.

Sybil led the bridge crossing ceremony so Beata could be a parent rather than RE Director for a moment.

Many little ones had the chance to talk about their classes this year.  It was most enjoyable...for the grownups at least.  One of them read a story about bullies and a pink shirt, and apparently that was the theme of all the children (and most parents) wearing pink shirts.  It was all about finding your own power.

I'm taking a few days off from blogging. Hope you feel better than I do, achoo!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

2 more plants

I looked around one of our best plant sale opportunities on Saturday.  It was around noon, so not yet the 91 degrees which it reached in the afternoon.  Poor plants.  Poor plant sellers.

I had one goal in mind. To get my cilantro from which I can nip leaves for enhancing my eating pleasure. And I found it finally!

 Yes, this herbal selection included cilantro! I was thrilled!

 And there's my other purchase...a lavender to replace the one I grew from seeds that died last year.

 Up the hill behind the flat plane of an old swimming pool is the Red House Gallery.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Senior Picnic at Black Mountain Recreation

Oh boy, a nice cool day, sometimes sunny and sometimes windy off Lake Tomahawk...and a bunch of friendly seniors!

Then the Recreation Dept. honored the many volunteers who help out with various jobs like passing out meals, making coffee, putting out the salt and pepper, taking photos for the newsletter...etc.  There was a 50/50 raffle...and someone got paid half the proceeds while the rest went to our programming.  We had drinks and boxed lunches of fried chicken.
Photo by Lynn Swann

Photo by Lynn Swann

The geese thought about 50 people meant plenty of crumbs for them.  I had some words with one of them...over and over again!  He wouldn't wait for me to leave to come demanding his share (just like a puppy but not nearly as cute!)

 Someone else won the raffle, oh well. Good food. Good company.  Good times!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Beacon Blanket Mill

I may have mentioned that I'm being a docent a couple of times a month at the Swanannoa History Museum, and their big display this year is about the beacon Blanket Mil in Swanannoa. Swanannoa in an unincorporated village between Black Mountain and Asheville, NC.

The Beacon display has many interesting details. I'll share a bit with you.

The story boards tell almost everything you might want to know about the factory, and the results of beautiful blankets and bathrobes.

It took about half an hour to read them all, and take photos of them.

There are also 3 videos.  I hope you get a chance to visit.