Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Farm Olympics!

Once again, Gaelen and Nicole hosted a bang-up outdoor party at their Green Toe Ground farm in early July including the Farm Olympics, Celo's most competitive and most ridiculous sporting event.

Here's a collage of contestants in action. You can watch it in this little viewer, but I recommend full-screen for maximum muddy detail.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Log by Log

There's a remarkable project going on over at Penland School right now. The school has known for years that many (about 20 percent) of the logs in the iconic Craft House were damaged to the point of needing replacement. It took a decade to raise the funds for this project, and for all that time everyone kept wondering how in the world the job would be done when the time came. Now that contractor Richard Huss and crew are deep into the job, we are starting to get the answer.

And the answer is: log by log. They take out a log or two, put in some props, cut a new log to length, lay it in the space, mark it, cut notches, put it in place, refine the cuts, put it back in place, and then do it again. It helps that the building has a quite a bit of structure inside of the logs and it’s nailed together every which way. But the secret seems to be patience and the methodical application of craft.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Cool Tents

Last weekend there was a big old singing gathering at the end of Grindstaff Road -- with cool tents.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

End of the day

Tom Trout sent this fine photo from a recent, post-rain evening.

Sunday, May 20, 2018


There was a packed house in the South Toe School gym on Friday night for the Fifth Grade production of their play, #cinderella, an update of the old fairy tale.

Led by the amazing Miss Margot, the play included an original script (written by the class), live music, two sets (because you need a house and a ballroom), 

a zillion costumes and props, multiple dance numbers, and lots of clever jokes. Not only that but you could hear all the lines -- way to project, kids!

And everybody loves a school play, right?  (Click pictures to see them bigger.)

Sunday, May 6, 2018

How many trees...

From Charlie and Joanne:

How many trees could a woodchuck climb,
if a woodchuck could climb trees?

This one in our yard was 40 feet off the ground and would not come down (we thought maybe it COULD not) until we went inside.  Then he scampered!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Kill the Burning Bush!

Jess Ruegg recently educated me on the invasive nature of the common landscape shrub, Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus). Though it turns a beautiful red in autumn, it really is bad news for our native plants. Further research has convinced me that these intruders must go.  Today, I dug this one up by the Community Garden, and now it is on its way to being dead.