May 23, 2009 | Watauga County Farmers’ Market

From the morning email…

Watauga County Farmers’ Market will be celebrating Herb and Plant day on May 23 with the music of The Sheets Family. Deborah Jean and Randy Sheets and daughter Kelly are well known for their tight harmonies and are listed in the Blue Ridge National Heritage Directory. We are sure you will enjoy their music this Saturday.

The Wednesday morning markets have been moved to Wednesday afternoons for the 2009 season. The time is tentatively set for 4 – 7PM, starting on June 17.

Find us at the Horn in the West in Boone, turn next to First Citizens Bank on Highway 105 Extension and go to the top of the hill. Call WCFM manager Karen Bauman at 1-828-355-4918 or visit our website at for more information. We will be there rain or shine!

via May 23, 2009 | Watauga County Farmers’ Market.

Not Your Grandfather’s Retirement – CBS News

I caught this on Sunday Morning yesterday and found the Asheville stories very interesting…

Mountain air is not enough for a generation determined to ban boredom in retirement. Martha Teichner visited Asheville, N.C., to explore how some are designing more creative retirements:

Americans just aren’t retiring the way they used to …

“We don’t want to just sit down and vegetate,” said Jim Wyatt.

via Not Your Grandfather’s Retirement – CBS News.

It was three years ago today…

Inventing the Myth as I Go

Where am I heading and how will I get there?

You are welcome to come along for the ride. Try not to fall off as we round the curves…

I have tried to do this blog thing before and haven’t managed to develop the discipline to make it work…Blame it on the Floyd County Group of Bloggers for this new try. Fred First and his Fragments From Floyd Blog is inspiring me to begin again in the creation of the myth that is my life. Give me a little time and I’ll try to tie up the loose ends…

via Day One of the next stage of my life… | North Carolina Mountain Dreams.

And  I am still trying to put the words together that will tell the story I want to tell…Three years down and a lifetime to go.

Daily muses have moved to Stop over and sit a spell…

May 2, 2009 | Watauga County Farmers’ Market Opens

Watauga County Farmers’ Market will be opening for our 35th season on May 2. We are all looking forward to greeting old friends as well as welcoming many new vendors to the market. There will be an even greater range of products at the market this year including new craft items, prepared foods, and local meats. We hope you will be able to find many things to make you life more healthful and enjoyable.

via May 2, 2009 | Watauga County Farmers’ Market.

One of my favorite stops whenever we are in Watauga County. If you are in the area tomorrow, stop by and say high…

All Parkway Concession Facilities Open this Weekend!

Via Facebook Group Blue Ridge Parkway

What a perfect weekend for the Blue Ridge Parkway! All concession facilities – Peaks of Otter Lodge, Crabtree Falls, Mabry Mill, Bluffs, and the Pisgah Inn — are open on Saturday to take care of your hungries after your favorite hike or activity. The apple trees are in full bloom at the Moses Cone Estate and the Orchard at Altapass. Higher elevations e.g Graveyard Fields are showing a rich display of serviceberry; a special frame of Mabry Mill is available now with the serviceberry in the foreground. This photo op is only good for the next few days.

All members who add photoghraphs (PHOTOS MUST BE TAKEN OVER THIS WEEKEND THROUGH MONDAY) to the new Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Flickr site by the close of business, Monday, April 27 will receive a free Blue Ridge Parkway “RIDE” pin … Share the Journey!

Enjoy the view, but watch the road …

I wish I was close enough to make a road trip…

High Country Conservancy obtains new easement…

In the news:

Another prominent ridge has been protected after being placed under a conservation easement.

The High Country Conservancy has helped add the Oliver Hill property to a chain of easements near Valle Crucis. Tom Andrews donated the conservation easement on the property, which is located atop a knoll in the Matney community.

The easement’s conservation values include wildlife habitat, scenic views and grazing pasture. Featuring more than 97 acres of woodlands, grasslands and a tributary to Craborchard Creek, the land falls under the North Carolina State Wildlife Action Plan “Priority Habitat.”

via High Country Conservancy obtains new easement – Watauga Democrat.


Blue Ridge Country… The Mountain Report

When I first discovered the Blue Ridge Mountains I also discovered this magazine. A subscription soon followed…

Here is an article about my favorite mountain…Go read it at their site.

A Grandfather for the People

Grandfather Mountain, a North Carolina icon, may soon become Grandfather Mountain State Park – though the park’s name has not yet been determined, its fate has. Cathryn McCue spent a day with members of the Morton family, who have served as caretakers for the mountain since Hugh Morton died in 2006.

via Blue Ridge Country… The Mountain Report.