Sunday, October 26, 2014

Planting Miles' garlic

Robin and Ginger keep the love and magic alive.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fortune telling

Margot tells the future at the South Toe Elementary School Fall Festival

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Blue Rock Road

Friday, October 10, 2014

A million views and counting

  A YouTube screen shot with a rather large number.

Just in case there's anyone left who doesn't know about this, I thought I'd go ahead and report.

In 2012, Jeff and a bunch of our friends and neighbors spent an afternoon assembling a giant version of what is normally a tabletop demonstration called a pendulum wave. You can read our previous posts about this project here and here including a video of the pendulum wave in its original location in the soccer field. After a few weeks, Jeff took the structure down and reassembled it at his house, greatly improving the release mechanism and adding little chimes and strikers so it acquired a musical component.

Late in August of this year, a group of kids from Camp Celo came over to Jeff and Margot's house on a Sunday morning to watch the pendulums. One of the adults who came along was Maria Ikenberry, and she made a nice video of the action. She posted the video on her Facebook page where it has now gotten 315,800 shares. She also posted it on YouTube and from there it was picked up by a website called This is Colossal,. Then it was on Huffington Post and a bunch of other widely read websites. As of this evening it has gotten 1,071,616 views on YouTube.

If you do not account for one of those views, you can watch it here.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Tiffany glass light

Did you see the light Sunday morning? Ah!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Taco Truck!

This picture was taken -- no kidding -- in Yancey County. This truck has been operating for a couple of weeks in the parking lot of the old Byrd's Furniture, formerly the old Newdale Grocery, on 19E in Newdale. The owner said they are open Wednesday through Sunday. Not sure about the hours, but evening is probably your best bet. The menu is quesadillas, tortas, and tacos. Not too much for vegetarians, maybe the quesadillas. 

The product is quite traditional: double corn tortillas, meat, onions, cilantro; add lime and salsa to taste. Yum. They also have Mexican soft drinks (including that cult item, Mexican Coke) in a picnic cooler. At 5:00 on Friday, they were doing a brisk trade.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Horse-Drawn Theater Returns

This is the Rural Academy Theater performing at Penland the other night. They are roaming around WNC with their horse-drawn theater wagon. The show includes great music, a shadow play, several declarative narratives (I made up that term), a silent movie (shown here), and group crankies. They are performing on Friday, October 3 at Arthur Morgan School here in Celo and again on October 7 at Marshall High Studios in Marshall. It's a good show.