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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 Saturday 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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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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Take Me Away Travel Link Party


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Blue Ridge Parkway Progressive Drive

Saturday, the British Car Club got together for a fun drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  We call it a Progressive Drive, and it is an idea I came up with a few years ago to mix up participants during a drive.  When everyone is in two-seater cars, it is hard to get a lot of conversation going, so we stop along the parkway, and the passengers change cars.  It gets different people together for 15 minutes or so at a time, so they can to get to know each other in a one-on-one conversation.  This time we met up on Brevard road in a shady parking lot.

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

We had 17 cars participating, a great turnout!

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

Enjoying beautiful views along the parkway, our first stop was at Tanbark Ridge overlook, elevation 3175 ft.

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

Our car is the blue one.  DH couldn’t make it so I got to drive and enjoy the company of new people and old friends in the club.

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

I asked my passenger to take some pictures with my camera as we went.

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

Thanks, Toni, you did a great job!

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

We stopped at Craggy Gardens, elevation 5500 ft, enjoying a rare perfectly clear day.  Many times this area is fogged in.  It certainly was windy, and the temperature was in the low 60s, pure heaven for a heat-hater like me.

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

There is a beautiful view of the Asheville reservoir, near Black Mountain.

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

We didn’t have time to do any hiking, but I did get a shot of the interesting stone wall behind the visitor center.  DH and I will go another time to hike up to the peak.

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

Along the way, we got to go through a couple of tunnels, honking the horn is required, LOL!!

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Last stop, more cars and mountains.

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

From My Carolina Home - a car club drive

We went to lunch after that, and headed home. Boy was it hot going back down into the French Broad River Valley! I am so ready for autumn!  How was your weekend?


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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.

April Dawn 2015 -2

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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Sunday Drive April 2015 - 5

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.

Sunday Drive April 2015 - 16

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.

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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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