This has truly been a wonderful month! We’ve seen family and friends, descended into deep caves and hiked to the mountain tops. We’ve seen rushing waterfalls and walked in the ocean. We celebrated a birthday (mine) and a BIRTH day (Hayley Elizabeth). It’s been a month of new places and adventures and refreshment. Ahhhh. It was lovely!
We’ll be “staying still” here in Kingstree, SC for a couple of weeks. We’re on another Sower’s project – at the Youth Academy Group home. Looks like this time I’ll be working mostly in the office, while Gary will be working with a crew refurbishing a home for use as staff housing. Our co-workers are a lovely couple from Vancouver Island, Canada. The area is very rural – and Kingstree is pretty close to…….well, we haven’t actually found anything it’s close to, but we’re still looking!
On to December!!!
Here are some shots of the location of the Gypsy Gathering that we attended in Lake City, FL (North Florida). It was a beautiful property.
Here we are tucked down one of the trails. The peace and quiet was wonderful!
Here are some of the bike trails…mmmmm, we had a great time!
As we traveled through Western North Carolina in search of a quilt fabric store, we stumbled upon the Carl Sandburg’s Home in Flat Rock. The house is old (built pre-Civil War), but since the Sandburg’s lived there until the 1960’s it has a very comfy lived-in feel. The Sandburgs were savers – keeping every magazine in piles along the walls. The house is decorated to be comfortable and useful. Mrs. Sandburg was an internationally famous goat breeder – she was well known for breeding goats that had increased milk production. The farm still has some token goats, the grounds are beautiful (as is the view) and the house tour ($5.00) was very interesting. It was a far cry from Biltmore, but all in all a great place to visit.
(And yes, we found a couple of fabric stores – My Quilt Shoppe in Flat Rock, Material Things, and Fabric and Foam Outlet. And I managed to find a couple of pieces of fabric that will remind me of our time in Western North Carolina!)
None of the pictures really speak to the majesty of these mountains. Here are just a few of the ones I took. If you can, get to this National Park.
1. It’s free! Small charge for some wonderful guide books, but no entrance fee.
2. It’s has something for everyone – hiking, biking, horses, valleys, mountain peaks, shopping (in nearby Gatlinburg)….
You’ll love it!
On our day off last week we joined the school as they went to the Georgia National Fair up the road in Perry, GA. Along with all of the “fair food” ~ funnel cake, sausage sandwiches, gyros, and Philly Cheese Steaks (now that’s a scary thought ) ~ we got to see cows and horses and bunnies and llamas and pigs and chickens and sheep and sheep dogs herding sheep. We also were delighted by the wonderful competitive displays – cooking, photography, flowers, crafts and beautiful quilts. The day was crisp and clear – it felt more like Vermont than Southern Georgia! It was fun to share part of the day with the “kids” and we were glad to have “gone to the fair”.
Guess I was in Quilt Heaven here!
Hanging around with some of our new friends from Faith Christain School
Just me and a couple of calves….
We finished the day with a trip to Jack’s Old South BBQ – one of the big winners of the 2004 Big Pig Jig Best BBQ award (among the other quadzillion trophies in the restaurant!). I’m not much of a BBQ connoisseur, but it tasted pretty good to me!