So this is an assignment long over due but I felt like I really couldn’t go on to new stuff until I went back and hit some highlight of the summer. Also only just this week the weather decided “Oh hey y’all lets have FALL” so I feel like its really not completely over yet.
This year waaaaay back in July we went to Black Mountain, NC and stayed in a lovely rental home called Thompson’s Tuckaway. It was just the right size with real live AC, internet, and most importantly, baby gates. They also didn’t try to fool you with the number of folks you can comfortably house by claiming the living room couch as a sleeping area. All sleeping areas were real live bedrooms with amazing fiber fill mattress toppers. Even my sister, who hates all beds except her own, loved those.
The view from the deck
Geranium, thy days are numbered…
On the way in we stopped at the Asheville farmers market and got these fantastic heirloom tomatoes which became tasty sandwiches.
One tradition of mine is to go to Montreat Conference Center’s Sally Jones Pottery. This usually is the highlight of my trip but was a major downer this year. The staff was grumpy almost to the point of hostile. This is not the norm for them and the staff tends to turn over yearly…at least I hope they do. The master potter was an ass and there was some idiot red head who WAS the proverbial bull in the china shop. I am harboring a secret suspicion that it was she who broke some raku greenware of mine and quietly tucked it away for me to find in the clay waste bucket the next morning. I blame it on the overabundace of under-chaperoned teens there that week but I hope there is a different staff there next year. Otherwise I’m going to have to find myself a new vacation tradition. Oh there was one exception, Ann, who is there every year and is a joy and a beautiful wonderful patient person who let me stay late to play un-harassed on the kick wheel. My nerves were so jangled by the whole experience that I produced nothing I am willing to photograph and share.
One day we made it into Asheville although it happened to coincide with a major craft show so parking was at a premium. We managed to hit the highlights of yarn shops including Purls, who still was my friend even though my stroller attempted to shoplift a skein of bulky hand spun on the way out of the door. They even suggested the Early Girl Eatery right next door for lunch.
And this kid is ready for it.
The main reason for picking this particular week this year was to see David Lamotte as he completes his farewell tour. We have tickets to his final concert that happens to fall on our 5th wedding anniversary.
Hangin’ with the cuz, listenin’ to some tunes…
I think this kid likes peaches
Photo op with David
By the way I have 10193480239840234985 pictures of ducks that S took. This one just happens to include me and the babe. I guess he likes ducks. *shrugs*
I knitted! Here is a “skirty” made from Sugar n Creme cotton. Of course it can’t be worn as a waterproof diaper cover but it gave me a chance to work out my pattern. I got this loud stuff on sale for about 20 cents a skein and honestly, what else was I going to do with it?
Bye bye mountains … see you next year!