Monday, December 28, 2009

Wild Turkey party

The turkeys have been frolicking behind my office at Penland.

Friday, December 25, 2009


Happy Christmas, y'all. Stay dry.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Lighting candles

At Jeff and Margot's on Wednesday.

At Gib and Annie's on Friday.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

This is very sad

These are the formerly excellent tomato and greens producing hoophouses at Firefly Farm--now thoroughly stomped by the snow.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Reporting from Grindstaff Rd.

The road

The river

Our house

Tammy measuring 13 inches late last night.

A snowy day

Posted in honor of my friend C.T.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Burnsville Christmas Parade

The Burnsville Christmas parade was a blast. Really, I recommend it.

The band sounded quite good.

The old tractors were there.

The politicians were there.

Fire trucks, fire trucks, fire trucks!

These kids were actually singing Christmas songs with their voices.

There were a number of bizarre homemade floats, but nothing was better than this. Look closely: granny is rocking on the porch of the cabin; laundry is hanging on the line; Johnny is in the outhouse.

Scary Mickey.

I have no idea what this was about (and I was there).

Santa was riding in a giant cherry picker. I guess that's how he gets to the top of the chimney now.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

A touchy situation

Windstorm aftermath right near my office at Penland.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Did you see the sky do that last week?

Arby's Altar

Driving home from Charlottesville on Thanksgiving weekend, Margot, Kriby and I found this quite spot for reflection at an Arby's off of I-81.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Makin' Glass

Polly Lorien and Miles Dreyer doing a glass-blowing demonstration at Kenny Pieper's studio during the TRAC studio tour this past weekend.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Just Like Egyptians

Bev Hill and crew using rollers and ropes to move a heavy object.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Turkeys by headlight

The AMS turkey flock caught in my headlights. Good thing they have a house to sleep on top of.

Friday, November 20, 2009


Wow, first they redid the bridge on Lower Browns Creek Road and now they are rebuilding the one at the end of Grindstaff Road. Yesterday I drove the length of Crabtree Road and crossed two gleaming new bridges. I think we are being stimulated.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Punkins on the bridge

A choice selection from Philip Mitchell's annual Jack O' Lantern extravaganza on the Seven Mile Ridge Road Bridge.

Two pumpkins were involved in this one, made by Carl Peverall.


Friendly skeleton

My favorite. A New Yorker drawing?

And, of course, the traditional pi pumpkin. (Hi, Evan)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

Stop being so cute, would ya

The tiny Halloween Holstein and her sister on the way
home from the co-op.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

It's all relative

I have always thought of my 55 MPG Honda Insight as a "small" car--until the other day when I saw this. Oddly, the Smart doesn't actually get better gas mileage than the Insight. Must be fun to park.

Friday, October 30, 2009

How to get everyone to come over

Want to know how to get all sorts of people to come over?

Do like the Celo Community Center and have a GIANT YARD SALE! (I mean, who can resist?)

Here are some choice items.

Little known fact: I went to high school with Randy, the cowboy.

Nobody seemed to want this, but it would be great if you were trying to bulk up.