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Shelby Car Show

Last Saturday was the first car show of the year for our car club to attend as a group. Nine vintage cars, one new car, and 23 members met at Cracker Barrel at a wee hour to get to Shelby, North Carolina by 9:30 for the Broad River European Motor Club’s Annual Car Show. Arriving for registration, DH’s white Fiat was leading the group.  At the show, four more of our members came later, so our club had a nice showing.

Shelby Car Show at From My Carolina Home

All kinds of European cars were there, but the neat thing about this car show is the artist’s and crafter’s fair that is held on the courthouse lawn on the same day. This gives the participants more to do and enjoy. I usually buy another piece of pottery from one of the artists, but this year I didn’t see anything that spoke to me.  The tents on this end were behind the BMWs.

Shelby Car Show at From My Carolina Home

Two sides of the square, and a couple of side streets had wonderful vintage cars. Added to that, there is the historical backdrop of some marvelous architecture on the buildings around the square.  There were some gorgeous restorations of old cars.  These are MG TD series cars.

Shelby Car Show at From My Carolina Home

Some of the architectural detail is just spectacular.  This kind of workmanship is seldom seen in modern construction.  These are Austin Healeys.

Shelby Car Show at From My Carolina Home

There are lovely shops and restaurants on the square, so even if there isn’t a car show it is a fun place to visit.  These MGs are in front of the beautiful church with some spectacular stained glass windows.

Shelby Car Show at From My Carolina Home

I’ve been seeing these little free libraries pop up all over. Fun to have one in front of this historic church.

Shelby Car Show at From My Carolina Home

It is really a pretty square too, with trees all along the courthouse side, and many on the shops side too.  Lots of shade and a gentle breeze made for a relaxed day.  There is a gallery of 80+ photos of all the cars on the car club site Here.

Shelby Car Show at From My Carolina Home

Wouldn’t this courthouse lawn be a lovely spot for a picnic?  I love all the trees!

Shelby Car Show at From My Carolina Home

It was a very warm day, but it went very quickly with so much to do and see.  Several of our members won awards at the show, and DH came home with a first place in the Italian car division.  Kind of funny, as there were only two cars pre-registered, and the other one didn’t show up, LOL!!  But a trophy is a trophy!!

What are your weekend plans?

 

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A Trip In The Mountain Countryside

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.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

We met up as usual at a parking lot.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

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

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

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.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

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

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

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

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

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

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

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.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

“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!

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

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

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

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.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

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.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

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.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

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

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

This little outbuilding has quilt designs on the side.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

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.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

You have to visit the girls too.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

Really fresh eggs anyone?

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

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

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

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

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

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

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

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.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

Do you have a country market near you?

 

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A Drive for the Love of Dogs

Saturday had beautiful weather for our second drive of the season with the car club.  This one was special, as it was a benefit for the local humane society.  Everyone who knows me knows I am an absolute sucker for a terrier face.  Any dog face, really, I just love them all.  When the local Jaguar dealer offered to have our car club over for a cookout, they asked if we wanted to help them with their drive to help the animals.  Of course we would!! That’s our blue car on the left, a British TVR, next to our President’s British Racing Green MG.

April Drive for Dogs

The participation was epic, with 24 cars and more than 40 members meeting up at a local grocery store parking lot.  Both our DeLoreans came, along with more MGs.

April Drive for Dogs

British MGs and Triumphs, …

April Drive for Dogs

along with a Jaguar or two.  The Porsche on the end is a member too, we let him come along when he can.  Our club is just happy to have more in the event, no matter what they drive.

April Drive for Dogs

Member Toni (pictured below) was dog-sitting for a rescue who became our mascot for the day. Chester is adorable, and so very shy. We tried not to overwhelm him with attention, but of course, I had to give an ear rub or two.

April Drive for Dogs

Participants were taken on a lovely scenic drive, lasting about an hour, …

BCC Drive for Dogs

down lovely tree lined streets…

April Drive for Dogs

and pastoral vistas…

BCC Drive for Dogs

ending at the local Jaguar dealer who fed us a marvelous lunch and collected our donations. We filled up the back of an SUV with both rear seats folded down!  Dog food, detergent, towels and treats were appreciated.

Collected donation

Our last two furkids were rescue dogs from a Welsh Terrier rescue group called WT Cares. We lost our dear psychodog last fall, and the house is pretty quiet without her.  But now isn’t the right time to have another, maybe in a couple of years when we are able to retire. Isn’t this the most precious face?

Sweet Face

Some years ago, I found this poem in a column by Ann Landers, and I still find it to be profound wisdom.  I had it on the blog for National Dog Day 2014, and I’d like to share it with you again.  I have been unable to find the original author to give credit.

“If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can get going without pep pills,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your problems,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can overlook it when something goes wrong through no fault of your own and those you love take it out on you,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct him,
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
If you can say honestly that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion, or politics,

Then, my friends, you are almost as good as your dog.”

If you are thinking of adding a furkid to your family, please consider rescuing a forever friend from the local shelter, breed rescue or humane society. You can save a life today, and the rewards will be worth it. If you cannot have a dog (or another dog) consider volunteering at a local shelter. They always need help to clean cages, walk the dogs and just provide much appreciated ear scratches and tummy rubs. You can donate food, towels, laundry detergent, plastic bags, toys or just cash, there is always a need. If that isn’t possible for you, please consider donating unused and unwanted items to a Humane Society Thrift store. Every little bit helps for those who cannot speak for themselves.

A few days ago, fellow blogger Kathy put a wonderful idea on her blog about making dog beds out of leftover scraps too small to use elsewhere.  She stuffs fabric bags, what a great idea!  You could also use old pillowcases.  See her post HERE.

Do you support your local animal rescue?

 

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First Drive of the Season

Warmer weather has come, and we eagerly anticipated the first drive of the season with our car club yesterday.  We weren’t the only ones, seems like a lot of members had cabin fever, and were glad to get the cars out. That is our blue TVR on the left.

Blue Ridge Parkway drive March 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

We met up at a parking lot near the outlet mall, lining up all together.  Lots of people stopped by to see our impromptu British car show!

Blue Ridge Parkway drive March 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Setting out on the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Arboretum, we noticed the mountains haven’t greened up yet but at least the snow is gone. At least it is for now, there is snow in the forecast for this weekend.

Blue Ridge Parkway drive March 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Lovely views, even without the trees fully leafed out.

Blue Ridge Parkway drive March 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

It was cool on the Parkway, but a light sweater was all that was needed.

Blue Ridge Parkway drive March 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

The evergreens were pretty. I tried hard to get some shots of the beautiful flowering trees that dotted the landscape, but they came out too blurry.

Blue Ridge Parkway drive March 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

We stopped at an overlook for a photo op.

Blue Ridge Parkway drive March 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

The mountains are always beautiful.

Blue Ridge Parkway drive March 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Blue Ridge Parkway drive March 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Blue sky and evergreens, such a relaxing way to spend part of a weekend.

Blue Ridge Parkway drive March 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

At the end of the drive was a fun lunch at a local burger place.  It was another car show as we all parked together.

Blue Ridge Parkway drive March 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

On the way home, DH was indulgent with slowing down so I could get a few photos of the flowering trees. This is a cherry with white flowers.

Blue Ridge Parkway drive March 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

And these are Bradford Pears, lots of them!

Blue Ridge Parkway drive March 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Golden forsythias are in bloom all over the place.

Blue Ridge Parkway drive March 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

And my favorite, a weeping cherry. These get a hundred feet tall, with cascading flowers down the long fronds in pale pink. Gorgeous.  I really want to plant one of these on our property this year.

Blue Ridge Parkway drive March 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

We do have one small upright cherry tree, and it began blooming this week.

Cherry field

Lovely white flowers with a tinge of pink, they are so pretty!

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More things are coming into bloom at our place, and I’ll share our garden soon.

What is blooming in your part of the world?

 


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Summer Evening Music, car show, and a fun video

Summer heat is beginning to abate, with some early mornings this week in the high 50s, just like autumn!  It is a great time to get downtown and enjoy another evening of Music on Main with the car club.  This time we took a picnic.  I would have loved to use my Farmer’s Market Picnic quilt, but I have agreed to have it hang in the Apple Festival Quilt Show.  I didn’t want to take a chance of it getting filthy before the show, so left it at home.

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I wanted to make a special picnic, so I found these crusty rolls at the deli. I added little spinach salads with my Cranberry Vinaigrette, raw carrots, grapes and cheese, and summer sausage.

Summer Evening Music

The sandwiches were peppercorn turkey with horseradish aoli, and fresh lettuce on those crusty rolls. I like to wrap in wax paper to keep the rolls crispy. I put a little sprig of lettuce on the top of mine so I can easily see which one is the larger for DH.

Summer Evening Music

I cheated with the cookies, as I didn’t have time to bake from scratch. I used the break apart and bake chocolate chip cookie dough from the store. One of these days I’ll remember to roll them into dough balls so the square shape of the dough isn’t so obvious, LOL!! Yet, not one person complained, they just grabbed them up and scarfed them down.

Summer Evening Music

Once again, British cars are parked together, so our friends can picnic with us.  We arrived at Music on Main’s car show early enough to have our picnic and see all the cars before the concert started.

Summer Evening Music

All along Main Street in Hendersonville, antique and vintage cars line both sides of the street and down the middle of the road.

Summer Evening Music

Did you want a Mustang when you were younger?

Summer Evening Music

I have a soft spot for these two-tone Bel Air cars. We had a turquoise and cream one when I was a kid.

Summer Evening Music

Summer Evening Music

Summer Evening Music

Lots of people strolling around in the wonderful cool evening, getting ready to enjoy two hours of live music at the Visitor’s Center Bandshell.  Lots of cars from the 1940s came too.  All total there were about 175 cars to see.  If your DH is looking over your shoulder at the cars, there are more pictures on our car club event gallery at HERE.

Summer Evening Music

This is the last Music on Main for the year, and it was a gorgeous evening to be outside. No rain this time!  Tuxedo Junction plays oldies from mostly the 60s and 70s, with a bit of 50s thrown in here and there.

Summer Evening Music

They played until well after dark, and we had a great time.

Summer Evening Music

One more note (pardon the pun) about music.  I recently found the neatest music video.  Have you heard the song Sugar by Maroon 5?  It is one of those fun songs that will stay with you for a bit.  This video is so much fun, I must have watched it a dozen times now.  The members of the group surprised seven brides at their wedding receptions all in the same day, according to the video.  Take a look, and watch the faces of the brides and the audiences.  They were all blown away, and you will be too. Sugar! Yes, Please!


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Late April Sunday Drive

We woke up Sunday to a lovely view across the valley just after dawn.  Fog in the valley shows the layers of hills and mountains so much better than a clear view.

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Gradually the fog burned away, and we decided to go for a nice little drive with friends in our little British cars.

Sunday Drive April 2015 - 2

We drove a route around the countryside past beautiful mountains and lovely pastures.

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There were shades of green everywhere as the trees and meadows come to life again.

Sunday Drive April 2015 - 4

We went by an apple orchard, but the blooms were already done.

Sunday Drive April 2015 - 12

Horses saw us coming and strolled from their barn toward the road. I love those old barns.

Sunday Drive April 2015 - 13

The clouds were a bit threatening, so we headed for a favorite local restaurant for lunch.

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Arriving back home, the azaleas are in full swing!

Azaleas late April 2015 - 1

The light pink azalea that was just buds a week ago is now beautiful.

Azaleas late April 2015 - 3

The island is in full bloom, three white azaleas, and more pinks.

Azaleas late April 2015 - 7

Azaleas late April 2015 - 11

I need just a couple more to fill in that last spot. I planted gladiolas there but they didn’t bloom. Up at the house, the iris blooms have started.

Iris 2 2015

I actually took these before the drive, while the dew was still on the flowers.

Iris 2015

Two blooms and a couple more buds. I plan to dig these up this year and divide them as they aren’t blooming like they used to.

Iris 3 2015

I am so ready to dig in the dirt.  I’ll be picking up my torenias the first of May, and those will go into the hanging baskets.  I have some lettuce and pansies, and I’ll show you those when I get them potted up.  My little bakery box greenhouses are still doing well and the tomatoes are coming along too.

How is your garden doing?


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First Outing in the Little British Car

We got the TVR out on Saturday for a drive with friends.  It is one of our favorite things to do, springtime in the mountains just has to be experienced.  We really enjoy these drives, and we get to see some of our wonderful blooming trees.  So, here we are at the parking lot, gathering together in preparation for the drive.  The blue TVR in the middle is ours.

BCC Drive March 28,2015 - 4

On the road, lots of little vintage cars.  We had 14 in the queue, here passing by one of the pear trees in bloom.

BCC Drive March 28,2015 - 16

Golden forsythia was in full bloom in many places along the route.

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BCC Drive March 28,2015 - 36

By far, though, my favorite is the weeping cherry. Lovely pink blooms cascade down on long fronds like a weeping willow.

BCC Drive March 28,2015 - 38

We ended our drive at the local Jaguar dealer, who fed us a wonderful lunch of burgers, hot dogs and all the fixin’s, along with some decadent chocolate cake.

BCC Drive March 28,2015 - 45

Yesterday, I got a few extra pics of these beautiful trees to show. These weeping cherries are about 100 ft tall.

March 2015 - weeping cherry 6

They are all over, and all in bloom right now. The bloom color runs from pinkish white to a deep pink.

March 2015 - weeping cherry

These are up the road a bit, upright pink flower covered trees.

March 2015 - cherry trees 2

Close up of a bloom. They look a lot like peach blooms, I am not totally sure what they are.

March 2015 - cherry close

Here’s another weeping cherry, with some golden forsythias.

March 2015 - weeping cherry forsth

In front of my office are these cute little daffodils.

March 2015 - jonquil 2

And behind the house, the periwinkles cover the mountain.

March 2015 - periwinkles

The redbud is getting ready to bloom too, but that is enough for now. This time in the mountains is wonderful, with something new blooming just about every week for the next couple of months. Happy Spring!!

 

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