North Carolina is my second favorite state. We’ve just returned from an absolutely wonderful week in the mountains with our two younger grandchildren and their parents.
For 26 years we have returned to the beautiful High Country between Boone, Banner Elk and Blowing Rock. Year after year, the mountains, the cabin and the activities are the same but the cast of characters has changed, as we and our children have…uh…”matured” and the grandchildren have come into our lives.
A visit to the Mast General Store in Valle Crucis is a mandatory event. We have identical photos to the ones below featuring our own son and daughter when they were youngsters. Now the next generation plays checkers
and drinks their first sodas on the Mast back porch swing.
Last year a new activity was added. The zip line at Hawksnest, which can be seen from the front deck of the cabin has tremendous appeal for young and old (though not for this oldster). Alastair displayed his bravery zipping the line last year when he was 5 and couldn’t wait to repeat the thrill in his 6th summer.
The children watched fireflies from the back porch, but the terrain was too rocky for them to actually make a catch. Alastair was thrilled with sighting more than 100 each night. Of course, the accuracy of that count is in doubt. In his excitement he counted 23, 24, 35, 46, 57, etc. At 100 he said is was tired of the numbers.
We had chocolate cake one night to celebrate my birthday. After everyone enjoyed a piece, Vivian Rose pulled a plate from the lower cabinet and came asking for more.
This year’s experience was different from those in the past. We sold the cabin last fall so this time we came as renters, not owners. We did NO work–no new curtains, no repairs, no trips to WalMart for paper goods and supplies to last until our next visit. It was wonderful.
If you are looking for a mountain getaway, check it out. Cliffside Getaway
Wonderful as it was, I’m happy to be back home. I’ll finish up those kitchen curtains and move on to a fun outfit for Vivian Rose. I’m thinking about a Whimsy outfit. But probably next in line will be a copy of this adorable dress made by Terry Collins.
It is a CC Lucy of blue baby cord embroidered with Bit of Stitch’s beach design. It will be perfect for her family week at the beach.
So what are you sewing for summer?