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Taking time out – Mother’s Day

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What more can you ask for, for Mother’s Day but a relaxing time with family. That is exactly what my day was like yesterday. I got my favorite flowers – tulips in amazingly bright colors and a Raclette set (see yesterday’s post) from the hubby. My son made an amazing flower and wrote the nicest things about his mum. Isn’t it amazing how the simplest things from your child can bring out so many emotions of happiness?

Sean is 5 years old and is in Kindergarten, for non-US folks 1st year in primary school. They made a flower and each petal is an adjective to describe their Mum. His said “My mom is….Artistic, Good Cook, Helpful, Pretty, Smart, ? we aren’t sure what this last one is”

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This is now hanging in my office (note to self – mod-podge does not work well with ink). He also wrote a note which just in case I will add the translation and my comments are in blue ;-):

  1. She is as pretty as a beautiful butterfly.
  2. She weighs 1 pound and is 5 feet tall (for starters…why would you put this on a note such as this – right??? Anyway, I thought it sweet that I was only  1 pound 🙂 )
  3. My mum’s favorite place to go is the mountains. (which is so true)
  4. I think my mom is really funny when she takes a shower (I think I need to explain to my 5-year-old that I don’t think that was exactly the right meaning of the question, oh dear…the honesty of a 5-year-old 🙂 )
  5. My mom is so smart, she even knows how to sew (I was surprised and delighted that he considers my craftiness/sewing as being smart)
  6. I like it best when my mom hugs me (I do too, he gives the best cuddles)
  7. I wouldn’t trade my mum for toy Lego (well wouldn’t you know that I am more valuable than his Lego’s)

Again it amazes me at the thought and perception one already has at 5. Love all my thoughtful gifts.

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The rest of the day was wonderful, quilted my Madrona road challenge quilt top (just in time for the guild meeting last night…will post details tomorrow), went to the Durham Life and Science Museum and then had fun sharing projects at our modern quilt guild meeting which is now held at Spoonflower (my favorite place to visit at the moment). I really enjoyed having a laid back kind of day with the family!

I hope you all had a great time too. I would love to hear what made it special so leave a comment or a link to your blog and I will come and take a look. To finish up I will leave you with a couple more photos from our visit with the Dinosaurs.

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Goal Achieved – Relaxed

The mountains put on a scene that was amazing today. This was our best and last day in the mountains. The autumn/fall colors really came in, these are a couple of trees surrounding our cabin.

We spent the morning in Boone, strolling down the main street enjoying the park benches and the flower gardens along the pavement (footpath).

  

Next stop, was lunch in Blowing Rock. We tried Bistro Roca, while the food landed up tasting good, it was a little disappointing. Our lunches of Salmon with fries and a Veggie Burger, were cold the first time out. The second round the food was great; the veggie burger was Eggplant and Quinoa with tzatziki, and would recommend giving it a try.

For the trip along the way, we grabbed a coffee at the acclaimed “Bald Guy Brew of Blowing Rock”. They made the best Latte I have ever tasted….I will be stopping by there again tomorrow – one for the road, so to speak.

The afternoon of sight seeing started with the overlook at Linn Cove. It was totally worth the stop.

    

  

We got back in the car to spend the afternoon at Linville Falls region, a little further south on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We had decide to go to the Linville Cavern and do the Linville Falls walk. I would definitely recommend both – Sean’s favorite is the cave. Some facts we learnt about the cavern:

  • There were fresh water trout that go blind in the dark after approx. two years of living in the spring cavern creek.
  • The stalagmites grow up (grow with all their might), stalactites grow down (they hold on tight). They are made mostly of Calcium Carbonate, Iron oxide give them a rust color. Algae (green) grow over the growths.
  • The bats return to the cave in winter when it is cold enough for them to hibernate.

We throughly enjoyed the 0.8 mile walk (each way) to the Linville Falls. Sean went a little crazy and pretty much ran there and back, jumping off every rock, tree stump or step he could find – exhausting just to watch let alone keep up 🙂 (I am getting old).

We started the walk around 5 pm, and got great sun-light in the late afternoon.

            

As sun was setting as we made our way home, stopping quickly to catch the sunset at the Grandfather mountain overlook.

  

It is always a little daunting at night on a windy road….I kept myself entertained by experimental with some night shots :-). The last of our photo tour.

  

Well, I hope everyone enjoyed our vacation photographs. We had a successful vacation and, yes it was relatively STRESS FREE=RELAXING!!!!  Goal achieved.

Day 1 Photos

Day 2 Photos

Sean’s Photographs (age 5)

Vacation through my 5 year old son’s eyes

So, what would a 5 year old take photos of, on his vacation in the mountains? This is the experiment we are trying out :-).

This vacation, we decided to let Sean have his own camera to take his own photos. He has been so excited about it. I think he has done a great job!! Here are some of his photos.

Day1:
The Streets of Blowing Rock

    

Bass Lake Walk

    

Day 2: 

Lunch at The Village Cafe
(Daddy was a camera “hogger” today and this was Sean’s only chance for photos)
    Day 3:

Boone

  

Linn Cove Viaduct

  

Linville Falls

Grandfather Mountain Overlook

Day 2: Amazing Fall Day

Today, was the most amazing day here in the North Carolina mountains. Perfectly clear, I do not think we saw a cloud at all today.

We spent most of the day along the Blue Ridge Parkway, visiting Grandfather Mountain and the Moses Cone Mansion – Arts and Craft Center. It was for sure cold up at Grandfather mountains but wonderfully warm in the sun along the rest of the parkway. Boy, are we now exhausted.

Lunch was great!!! We had tried to go The Village Cafe in Blowing Rock twice now, but always seem to land up there when they were closed. Today, we had success – and so worth the wait. It was a small Victorian cottage converted into the cafe, surrounded by a wild garden….and the food was amazing.

Photographs of the day are below.

Grandfather Mountain memories:

            

(now Dad…..that is a big tongue 😉 )

The Village Cafe in Blowing Rock:

  

Moses Cone Mansion:
  

Day 1 photographs can be found here.

Today’s photographs: Fall was here

It started of wet in the North Carolina Mountains this morning, but by lunchtime it had cleared. It was a little windy, but if you were in the sun, out of the wind, it warmed up. We all enjoyed the first day of the very relaxing, no stress vacation.

We spent our afternoon in and around Blowing Rock, which is a very quaint town. We ate lunch there, but not at the restaurant we wanted as it was closed just for today 😦 (unusual for a Monday as they are usually closed Tuesday). The boys followed lunch up with dessert – ice cream from Kilwins.

We walked all the food off with some fun in the playground. Sean and I had a competition on the swing – I have not been on a swing in years….I was giggling like a school girl. We finished off the dat with a walk around Bass Lake. Beautiful day!!!

Here are today’s photographs.

The fall colors of the parkway:

  

Town of ,Blowing Rock:
  

Bass Lake:
  

The boys having fun:

  

Goal this week: Relax….ahhh!!!

We have just arrived to our vacation spot in the mountains of North Carolina, to stay 4 nights and 3 days…time to relax, ahhh. We have never been here in October, so we are hoping to see the great autumn (fall) colors start to come in.

This week, I am hoping to post beautiful photos and some of the results of our relaxing time here. Yes, I carried my sewing machine and craft activities with me. I am happy to say though, that the family have put a 1 hour restriction on electronics, which actually feels very liberating.

Here are some photos of the cabin and its view, from August 2010 – we are staying in the same cabin.

Inside the cabin (this is a view of the 1st and 2nd levels; the is an additional floor in the below):

  

View across the valley from the deck: