The colors have been several weeks late here in the North Carolina mountains, but we are getting some in spots...finally.
Blue Ridge Parkway near Balsam...
We had a barbeque at our house for my choir members a couple weeks ago and really enjoyed using the porches and back yard. Luckily, it was not too cold, although it did get cloudy.
My mums are in full bloom and have done well over the last several years here.
My dad let me bring out some of the old plows...
I didn't have pumpkins but I used this "candy roaster" instead. It's the only thing we ever use to make pumpkin pies. They are so sweet and wonderful. My uncle, who is a farmer, grew this one, although my mom grows them here also.
And, you might have noticed that I have a sponsor! A real one, really!! It just happens to be April from Folky Art Candles, whose candles I love. Once I discovered her incredible scents, I knew I would never buy any other candle ever again. They are that good. This is my favorite time of year for candles, and she has so many great ones to choose from. Visit her at Folky Art Candles and stock up!
I *had* to add some corn stalks and a scarecrow along with this antique hand plow:-)
One of the things I love to see here in the mountains are ferns hanging in old garages and barns, so we decided to so the same...
And speaking of barns, Luis shot this photo of one of my uncle's barns. This belonged to my mom's parents, and my brother and I spent many summer days in the field above picking beans and strawberries with my mammaw and our cousins. I always pretended to be Laura Ingalls Wilder:-) That field must be a mile long and in the hot summer sun, we thought we would never, ever get to the end. What wonderful memories we all have of them growing all their food, then canning and preserving it for winter. Both set of my grandparents certainly lived self-sustaining lifestyles, and so many of the things they did, I find people are trying to learn now. This is why "reclaiming the past" is so important to me.
...and the reason I love authentic country living...for real:-)