Saturday, May 31, 2008

Murphy's day in the limelight

A reminder, in the Asheville Citizen Times, that today is the 5th anniversary of the day Eric Rudolph was caught by Murphy police officer Jeff Postell behind the Save-a-Lot on the east side of Murphy.
Many Remember Rudolph Saga:
...what also stands out in (Murphy mayor)Hughes’ mind five years later is the media horde that descended on Murphy when news of the capture broke.
“I think we had 26 satellite trucks in town, and I was interviewed 15 or 20 times that week,” he said. “I think I knew everyone at CNN by name.
“It is an ill wind that blows the national media into your town. Far too many reporters wanted to portray us as illiterate, ignorant and anti-government hicks who approved of Rudolph’s doings, which was totally false.”

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Rainy day

Mountain laurel, nearly past peak:
A couple roses:

Gabrielle takes a walk in the woods. Nearly 20 years old, amazing she still does this.
Layla just watches.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

A ride over the Blue Ridge

Lakes, mountains, and lovely small towns.
This is Chatuge Lake on the NC/GA border.

Cullusaja Falls along NC 64:
Lake Jocassee, South Carolina.
Whitewater Falls on the Whitewater River that runs from NC to Jocassee Lake and SC.
Buildings along the railroad track in Dillsboro, NC:

...and a restaurant (Cornucopia) in Cashiers.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

A slow week

After the rain the other night:
It's time for the ladyslippers but so far have seen only a couple. They're not back in the normal spots. The laurel blossoms are coming out now and will be full in a day or so.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Another mountain weekend

Saturday, one day without rain, and as clear as it gets. And green as it gets.
Friday night at Hiwassee Dam community center.

Steel String Sessions is playing.

Monday, May 12, 2008

In Murphy

Courthouse on a clear day.


Rhododendron in bloom.

Valley River St.

Roses at the bank.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Farmers' market, irises and cat blogging

Cedar Valley Farmers Market, Saturdays in downtown Murphy

Reminders of old Murphy. Irises in my yard. A good year for them.
On the prowl.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Tuesday flea market

Flowers and a photo blog link

Wild flame azaleas,Some things in my garden,

And more woods azaleas, these didn't start out wild....

And, via comments, The Riverbum has a photoblog called Random Ramblings. A couple weeks ago he spent some time at the John C. Campbell Folk School, and has some great photos from his woodturning class and other folks around the school. Check out the April postings.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Our front yard

It's looking pretty green these days...

Evening in Andrews

Saturday was Murphy's Spring Festival, but we stayed home because of the rain. Sorry we didn't make it, it's always fun and would have made for good pictures. But it was our anniversary, so we went for an early supper at Cole House in Andrews. From the highway, still lots of clouds over the Nantahala mountains:

This old house is a unique restaurant for this part of the world, and the food is amazing, especially the trout. In early evening it's not crowded and the light is beautiful.
Live music outside,
in the wine garden.
The light was wrong for getting a picture of the restaurant but at least it shows the lovely view of the Snowbird mountains to the north:

House by the railroad tracks.
Coming back, the clouds have dispersed and the view of the Valley River mountains is clear as a bell:

Oh, yeah, that anniversary? 18/27, depending on how we count.

Bonus photo blog link: via a comment from Dee Dee, lovely flowers, still lifes, and scenery from Florida at Love White Linen.