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Car Club Weekend Fun and Gardens

It was one of those weekends where everything went just right.  We had two car club events scheduled for Friday night and Saturday morning, but the remnants of a tropical storm threatened to scuttle our plans.  On Friday nights all summer long, our small town does free band concerts called Music on Main.  People bring their interesting cars to park on the road, paying a $5 fee to be in the show which goes to charity.  We always have a fun time, and go as often as we can. We had a discussion as to whether or not our new car would be welcome, but the Classic Car Club members in charge of the show said yes, they’d love to have us park on the street with the newer models.  Our white two-seat convertible Fiat Spider is still a bit rare in this part of the country.  The car next to us is a replica kit car.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

We parked and walked just a block off Main street to a new restaurant called Olive or Twist on the corner of Barnwell and Church. If you are local, or you come up to visit, have a meal here. The food is really good, and they specialize in small appetizer plates, and specialty martinis. I like having a meal like that, shared with friends, ordering a bunch of appetizers and grazing off all the choices. The four of us at the table had shrimp cocktail, spinach artichoke dip with chips, smoked trout, baja fish tacos, fried oysters and a tuna-tini.  This was the second time I have eaten here and the food was consistently good.  In the evening, they have a light jazz group playing live music and we enjoyed that before the main concert on the center stage began downtown.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

The band was Special Edition, playing lots of oldies from mostly the 1970s and 80s.  This is a permanent stage set up to do concerts and events in the summer and fall.  It is downtown next to the Visitors Center.  I’ve done posts on this summer music series with car shows before, and you can see more on Summer Fun and Friday Night in a Small Town.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

Further down, the rest of our British contingent were mostly parked together.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

Lots of other old cars were there too, I won’t show you all the pictures I took, LOL, but they will be on our BCCWNC.org website in a couple of days. I need to collect the rest of the pictures the guys took.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

The rain stayed west until after the concert was over and we were home.  Whew, dodged the first downpour, now for Saturday’s event.  We were a bit afraid that the rain would extend into the morning as it rained most of the night, but we got up to mostly clear skies.  Meeting up with a bunch more club members in a parking lot in Fletcher, we were in for a wonderful drive. We set out on Mills Gap Road heading up to Hooper’s Creek.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

Through lovely green areas with trees and lots of fresh grass, fragrant from the overnight rain.  The clouds were building, but we hoped for the best.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

Out in West Henderson county, we stopped for a brief photo-op of these huge cow statues. If you are local and want to see them, they are on Old Clear Creek Road.  We were told that the Paul Bunyon statue is nearby, but we didn’t look for it.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

We wound around the apple orchards, with the trees heavy with ripening fruit. We still have about 8 weeks to go to get fresh apples. With the abundant rain and sunshine, it should be a good harvest.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

More of our beautiful roads, our route took almost an hour.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

Our destination was Troyer’s Amish Farm.  I posted about this wonderful place last year, showing a lot more of the farm and the country store.  Click Here to see more. Members parked on the green, and had our lunch in their new pavilion behind the cars.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

They have added to the gardens as well.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

After lunch, we caravan drove over to a members home, like we do every year, to see Mary Alice’s gardens and have dessert. Her home was on the Garden Tour from Asheville this year, and they estimate that they had about 1000 people visit their garden over the course of the event. You can see why, her gardens are just wonderful, full of flowers and veggies!  That is her greenhouse next to their home at the top of the hill.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

I’ve shown her gardens before too, click on Mary Alice’s Garden to see more of her gorgeous flowers, along with the treehouse and some of the other features of their home.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

She has a new ‘she-shed’ for potting and doing the artistic things she does. It is all reclaimed wood, and recycled windows.  Built by husband, Terry, it is a true marvel, right next to the vegetable patch.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

Inside is rustic, and the creek can be heard babbling just outside the shed. I love the old glass.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

Inside her home on her table, she has a chrysalis house. She has found a number of monarch chrysalis on her plants, and brought them inside to protect them until the butterflies emerge. As usual, she had the perfect thing to keep them, a little metal house with glass panels to use as an incubator.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

Thankfully, the rain held off until the club members had toured the gardens and eaten most of the three cakes offered for dessert. We sprinted for the car as the rain came on, thankful that we made it through both events before it let loose.

Fun with the Car Club at From My Carolina Home

What did you do this weekend?

 

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Lake Lure and Tryon Drive

It has been months since the car club was able to go for a drive, so little wonder that the one on a warm Saturday in March was such a hit.  The warmer weather of the past few weeks has made everyone antsy to get back on the road.  So, a drive was planned, and we hoped for a nice day.  We met at 10:30 on Saturday morning for the first drive of the season with more than a dozen cars.

Lake Lure Drive

Rain came down overnight, and the parking area had some puddles, but we came out hoping for a nice morning.

Lake Lure / Tryon NC Drive

We were off to a nice drive through east Henderson county. Sometimes a stray car got in line, but mostly we had the roads to ourselves. This time of year is preseason for tourists, and most of the Florida folks haven’t returned for the summer.

Lake Lure / Tryon NC Drive

Some of the sheltered valley areas are greening up. We passed by several apple orchards, and I was happy to see that they were still dormant, no blooms yet. Which means the hard freeze last week might not have done much damage.

Lake Lure / Tryon NC Drive

Arriving at the restaurant in Lake Lure called Larkins on the Lake, we mostly parked together, with a few on the other side of the restaurant.

Lake Lure / Tryon NC Drive

The food here was really good. I had a Salmon BLT, which was a lovely grilled salmon filet sandwich with applewood smoked bacon, fresh lettuce and tomato, and a spicy aoli. Yum! Looking out the window on the porch where we were having our lunch was a beautiful lake view.

Lake Lure / Tryon NC Drive

Our next stop of the day, after another nice drive on some back country roads, was Tryon. We stopped here for dessert. Tryon has a charming, small downtown area of shops and parks. There is an ice cream and coffee bar here that is fun. While some of the club stopped there, I went next door to the handmade chocolate shop for a dark chocolate truffle.

Lake Lure / Tryon NC Drive

There were little beds of daffodils in bloom all down the main street.

Lake Lure / Tryon NC Drive

The Tryon Toy Horse is a sight to see, a symbol for the town. Tryon is also the home of FENCE, the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center. They do horse riding events several times a year. We have been there in the past for a dressage competition that a friend was in.

Lake Lure / Tryon NC Drive
Lake Lure / Tryon NC Drive

Back on the road after a stroll through Tryon, we went back another route through the southwestern part of Polk and Henderson counties, more mountains to go around. The orange-rusty color you see in the trees in this picture are actually maple tree flowers.

Lake Lure / Tryon NC Drive

But higher up, the trees are still in winter mode.

Lake Lure / Tryon NC Drive

We’ll see how the flowers do in the coming weeks. Soon, everything will begin to green up and the azaleas should begin their show.

Lake Lure / Tryon NC Drive

But any day driving in the mountains is a good day!  What did you do over the weekend?

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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!

Cherry 3

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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Spring Drive with the Car Club

Saturday was a spectacular day, warm and sunny with lazy clouds drifting around.  The car club had planned a drive along the French Broad River and its tributaries, ending at a member’s home for a home smoked barbeque dinner with all the fixin’s.  We met at one of our rural grocery stores, lining up in a row as members arrived. Our blue TVR is at the far end.

BCC May 2015 Drive 1

More members arrived, this was going to be a huge turnout. We had 19 cars participating, and 32 people joining in the fun.

BCC May 2015 Drive 2

A short drivers meeting to remind drivers to keep up with the car behind them, and off we went.

BCC May 2015 Drive 3

We drove around the Davidson tributary.

BCC May 2015 Drive 4

Here’s a bit of the Pisgah Forest.

BCC May 2015 Drive 5

BCC May 2015 Drive 9

So much fun with all those little British cars all in a row. We really got a lot of attention as we went by!

BCC May 2015 Drive 6

The Pisgah range of the Blue Ridge Mountains is in the distance.

BCC May 2015 Drive 7

At one point, the two cars in front of us missed a turn, and got back in line behind us. Yes, that is a DeLorean in front of us now. We have two of them in the club.

Bcc May 2015 Drive 8

Many of the pictures I took out the window came out blurred, but a few made it. So green, and I love those layers of mountains!!

BCC May 2015 Drive 10

There is a reflection on the windshield, but the mountain is just beautiful.

BCC May 2015 Drive 11

Arriving at the member’s house, we had to cram the cars into a limited space, but we did make it!  That’s my buddy Gail’s classic Mini Cooper in the front.

BCC May 2015 Drive 14

All around the drive route were gorgeous flowers, I’ll show you some of the rhododendrons soon.  It is crazy, I have so much to post about there aren’t enough days in the month!  Hope you enjoy these Mountain Living posts.