Thursday, December 30, 2010

History in the making...

The first white Christmas in Hendersonville since 1981...
I was just 16 years old at the time...nothing stands out in my memory about that day.

My Belle, a dachshund-terrier mix, is 17 1/2 years old and celebrating another Christmas as an "old girl."

Began a Shetland shawl on my triangle loom with the above yarn on the 26th, my wedding anniversary, as my husband was out with the tractor scraping driveways...

Completed 7 foot shawl in a record four days...

Finished product commissioned by my brother in New York for his wife...
Wow!! Much going on in western North Carolina over Christmas break!!
Hope everyone has a blessed New Year!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Visit To America's Largest Home

Katie and I enjoyed a day at the Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina. Katie's first visit to this amazing home was when I was teaching 6th grade in the public schools and was pregnant with her. Now she is 22 and we could really enjoy it together!
It was cold enough to feel Christmas-like but not cold enough to be miserable.

Inside decorations for Christmas included a huge live tree in the dining room. Thirty something feet tall, I believe. It was adorned with huge ornaments including full sized presents among the branches. We were told that Mrs. Vanderbilt would have all the employees and their families in for a party. Children 11 years old and under received gifts each year that were actually in the tree. It was amazing! Of course pictures were not allowed inside.

George Vanderbilt bought acreage that totaled 200 square miles. Here you see the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Much of the land was sold to Pisgah National Forest upon his death. Wow!!

Here's my lovely Katie posing in front of Vanderbilt land. Her bag contains beautiful Christmas ornaments purchased in one of the shops in the old stable. We love to collect ornaments wherever we go.

Here is the greenhouse where amazing flowers grow. An orchid room was what pleased me the most. You will see many of the lovelies below.


We also visited their farmyard. They raise a flock of sheep and herd of cattle on the property.
Someday we will return and take a nighttime Christmas tour...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like...

CHRISTMAS! Snowy weather this early is quite unusual for us here in Hendersonville, NC. Last year was an unusually snowy year and weathermen are predicting a calmer winter for us (or so they say).
It was exciting to wake up to 3 or 4 inches of snow that was only to have been snow flurries and snow showers.

The sheep seem to have enjoyed a nice day in the barn. Hopefully these mammas are growing some sweet little lambies!

Merry Christmas! May you have a blessed season celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus!