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A Trip In The Mountain Countryside

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Since DH sold his little British car, we haven’t had much of an opportunity to go with the group.  The car shows don’t want a modern car unless it is a Maserati or something equally expensive and rare.  Last month, we hosted an Australian Pursuit rally at a local park.  It was fun and I did get some pictures of the cars and us which you can see HERE if you like.  Members were given an easy route to follow for about a 35-40 minute drive and sent out at one minute intervals.  The finish line was hidden.  They then regrouped back at the park, and were sent out again in the reverse order of time finishing to run the same route in exactly the same time.  Finishing the second time faster than the first meant disqualification, and slower had points taken off.  Since no one knew their exact time, or where the timing ended, concentration on consistent speeds at the posted speed limits were crucial.  Everyone seemed to have a fun time on the drive, and afterwards we enjoyed a picnic lunch together.

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We did go to the Heart of Brevard show over 4th of July weekend, but didn’t stay long and I didn’t get any pictures.  It has just been too frazzling hot to go hiking this year, and I really want to do that again soon.  Yesterday the club had a drive planned, and I didn’t want to miss this outing, a nice drive in the lush green hills near Black Mountain ending at an Amish store in Fairview.   DH couldn’t go this day because of work, so I was accompanied by my friend Bonnie who really needed to get her vintage Mustang out for a drive. Here it is next to Mitch’s gorgeous MGA.

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We met up as usual at a parking lot.

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Troyer’s is a popular drive destination, so lots of members showed up for this drive. The weather was a bit warm, but tolerable.

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This time I took my good camera to get some nice shots of the scenery as we drove. Summer in the mountains means lush green everywhere.

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Every corner turned shows more green. Did you know that looking at the color green will lower blood pressure?

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No wonder that I find these drives to be so relaxing, and mind clearing. I desperately needed that after this past week at work.

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Our destination was Troyer’s Amish Store.  We parked in the back and enjoyed the gardens first.

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We really enjoyed the live music with a bluegrass flavor. I should have asked their names but I got distracted by the huge sandwich I was served.

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“Come sit for a spell and relax” the swinging bench beckoned to me.  I had to walk past lovely wooden quilt racks for sale, along with other wood items.  One of these days I am going to bring one home with me, I think I can fill one with quilts easily by now!

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Now, which jam to get, blackberry or blueberry, or maybe plum, or apple or peach?  Those are pickles and chutneys on the left.

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Turn the corner and there is rice and pastas, just waiting to be dinner.  There are shelves and shelves of locally made spice blends and other foods, along with soaps and hand creams.

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Homemade bread is sold here too, the little round loaf on the right came home with me. The nice lady waiting on me offered to slice it, but I think it will be best in big hunks with sweet unsalted butter.

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From the Amish made cheeses, I selected my favorite – Amish Butter Cheese – and got several slices for that sourdough bread. I should have bought a couple of pounds of it, it is that good. Alas, I’ll just have to go back again for more, along with more of the wonderful turkey and roast beef, and more of their horseradish sauce.  They also have fresh milk and buttermilk from Happy Cow Creamery.

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Back outside to the gardens, lovely aren’t they?

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This little outbuilding has quilt designs on the side.

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This little storage barn has a wonderful mophead hydrangea growing beside it. The flowers are still green, and I’d love to know if they will turn pink or blue.

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You have to visit the girls too.

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Really fresh eggs anyone?

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One more shot of the cars at the farm.  The windmill is charming.

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There is another garden behind the store.  It reminds me of an English country garden, a bit unruly and full of flowers.

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More places to sit and drink in the beauty behind the store.

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If you are near Fairview, NC just southeast of Asheville, stop by and get some of their fresh meats, cheeses and eggs, wonderful jams, jellies and chutneys, breads, spices, pastas, snacks or anything they have! They sell handmade wooden items, and Amish furniture too. Visit them on the web at Troyer’s Amish Store.

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Do you have a country market near you?

 

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19 thoughts on “A Trip In The Mountain Countryside

  1. Carole, thanks for taking us on your adventure! Looks like ya’ll had a lovely day. And thanks for pointing out Troyer’s, that doable for me!

  2. Your story brought back memories of my college days in the little town of Clyde, NC, just south of Asheville. Will never forget the beautiful greens and the snow on top of the mountains come winter. On a clear day, it seemed I could just reach out and touch them. In the fall, the tourists would come to see the changing colors that time of the year brings. Fond memories-thank you, Susan

  3. Wonderful pictures, almost imagined myself being there. The foodstuff looked incredible.

  4. Oh sweet. I love these kind of places.
    My family always teases me when we go on road trips, we drive through some really out of the way interesting places.
    I always say “people live here!” which just has all sorts of meaning, either disgusted (haha) or envious.
    I love the photos. What a fun wonderful time with friends.
    Friends are the best!!

  5. Good Morning Carole! Thank you for sharing all of these gorgeous photos. They really do have a calming effect. I can tell that you had a very nice time. The store that you were at is a dream kind of store; it is filled with such a brilliant variety of items and all of them without preservatives. That alone is worth the drive and I would certainly buy all that I could well if I could decide what to get. LOL. Even though your husband sold the car, I am glad that you are still participating and enjoying the club. Sounds like the event you two put on was a lot of fun. Thank you for sharing.
    Deanna and I are going to be making a couple of the circle purses that you presented in the Christmas in July blog hop. They are excellent gifts for individuals in both our families and friends, plus for ourselves. Thank you for including it in the hop and for sharing all of your brilliant ideas! Have a fantastic creative day!

  6. I enjoyed the road trip out today – great photo’s and lots of information – thanks 🙂

  7. I am so in love with that swing!!!!!!! Looks like great time and I do so love going to places like that ❤

  8. Thanks for another grrrrrreat tour with fantastic pictures of the countryside, the beautiful Amish store…..the outside looks so inviting and what a wonderful array of goods displayed inside. I visited their homepage–very nice, lots of quilts on display. Nope, we have nothing like that here in our small rural area. If I lived where you do, I’d probably make that a monthly visit….or maybe weekly! LOL

  9. What a wonderful trip, and the swing seat, I have seen a quilt thrown over a seat like that in a book of Amish quilting patterns. Green, I always think it has a soothing atmosphere. And those cars, fantastic, do they polish and wipe them before the photos?

  10. What a lovely drive. I used to like to drive out in the country once in a while. I don’t anymore because i lost my license because of my eyesight sadly.
    When I went to Pennsylvania a couple summers ago, my Aunt and Uncle took me to Lancaster where the Amish were. I had such a wonderful time. I hope to be able to go back for another visit next year.
    Brenda and I are going to be making the little bags later today. Cant wait.

  11. What a perfectly wonderful outing! I need to look at green more often 🙂
    Jenna

  12. What a nice outing! I think my favorite is the unruly garden !! 🙂

  13. What a fun drive and outing! Thanks for taking me along! Pam @ Everyday Living

  14. Looks like you had a great time and what a neat store Carole! We enjoy going to Kalona, Ia where there is a Amish store too.

  15. What a wonderful post. Lovely journey through the countryside and to visit that gorgeous shop, great fun

  16. Hi there,

    My oh my does this ever bring back fond memories for me.

    I’m going to have to make a trip here. I’ll probably spend my whole day in the swing, my mother taught me how to embroidery

    Sitting on the front porch of grandmothers swing, thus my love of swings which I incest on having to enjoy on my own porch. I

    Have a story to tell you about that but will save for later.

    There is an Amish store here in Blue Ridge, Ga that I go to every chance I get whenever I go to Blue Ridge plus we have an apple

    Orchard that is great and is quite popular. I’m a red hatter so that is one of the places that is a must on our schedule of events and we

    All look forward to that and the fresh apple cider we can purchase plus so much more at their store which is quite big. We red hatters

    Have so much fun and being a widow now I love the fellowship with the women.

    Thanks for the new area to explore and looking forward to going there.

    Phyllis

  17. I enjoyed seeing your trip to the Amish store.

  18. Looks like a wonderful time. Wow – it really is green there- just beautiful! Thanks for linking up again at the Take Me Away party this month! Enjoy your weekend!
    Shelley

  19. How fun! What a great way to spend a day and I love that there is a secret finish line.

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