Monday, May 25, 2015

Austin's Garden

 Austin's first garden.
The first Annual Berea Victory Garden Blitz, 
sponsored by Sustainable Berea, 
was held May 16 and 17.  
115 volunteers built and filled 130 raised garden beds.
Glenn and Austin purchased one and Austin is our gardener. 
I'll keep you posted on how it produces. 
Photo above from Sustainable Berea 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Time To Remember

Memorial Day was known as "decoration day" in my family
during my childhood here in Appalachia. 
I learned early from my mother and my aunts to decorate
the family graves for Memorial Day. I continue the family tradition. 
We decorated six graves "in town" and five in the country cemetery.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Special Mom and Austin Time

 Austin and I enjoyed the Bed and Breakfast package at the 
Inn on the Biltmore Estate
 And, we especially enjoyed the convenience and the quiet surroundings. 

The best gluten free breakfast ever!  
GF pancakes served with lemon curd and blueberries. 
The great food served at the Inn made up for not being able to 
have afternoon tea because they were all booked
during the Downton Abbey Costume Event. 

Austin is a great travel companion! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Biltmore Visit

Last weekend Glenn was in California for a business trip, so Austin and I
drove to one of our favorite places, Asheville, NC,
and the fabulous Biltmore Estate.
The purpose of our visit was to view costumes from
the popular PBS TV series, Downton Abbey.
The costumes were exhibited throughout the Biltmore House
in various settings.
I bet you can you can guess the costumes in the kitchen.  
Photos are not allowed inside the house. bit they kindly
had one costume in a glass case. 
Read the description below. 
The mountains surround the estate.
Austin and I stayed at the Inn on the Biltmore Estate.
A great convenience of staying on the estate is free 
shuttle transportation to various locations on the estate. 
Austin and I enjoyed a delicious dinner in the dining room.
Mighty leaf tea is served at the Inn.
I enjoyed a cup of Earl Grey with dessert.
 Below: Creme Brulee' and Raspberry Sorbet

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Welcome Reception for the Sister City Visit

 Our family has hosted the Welcome Reception for the 
Sister City Delegation from Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
for several years. The delegation visits Berea, Richmond and Madison County, KY 
in May for a week.  
In turn the Madison County delegation visits Japan in October. 
The Sister City relationship has been happening for over 25 years.  
 Yes, that's Derby Pie for dessert. 

There were 40 guests for the event, including 15 delegates from Japan.
 Below: Austin, the head of the delegation, and Glenn. 
 The week is full of fun activities as we all become better acquainted! 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Shelley "Blue Rock" Teacup Trio

This Shelley "Blue Rock" teacup has been on my shelf
for a few years.  I was very pleased to recently find the plate
to make it a teacup trio set. 


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