21 September 2014

Work in progress on the window project, and a few more visitors to Kat's Corner

Do you remember, back in July when I introduced you to 
They are the Owner / Artisans of
Beverly & David Joosten Glass Studio, and they are working on a project for us. My Sweet Husband stopped by their studio recently and took pictures of the progress.

 What is this?
 Beverly grinding the glass
Even small pieces have to be carefully ground.
 Cutting the next piece
Beverly and David are not only Artisans, they are both genuinely nice people and it is a pleasure to see where they work and visit with them.
 Work around the edges of the old stained glass
Some of the old lead will have to be replaced and the window has to be stabilized. Once they are done with it, it will be beautiful for the next 100 years (or more).
 Checking placement
This is a very exacting process. A small error could throw the whole thing off. Besides stabilizing the old glass, the framing will allow it to be installed in our lovely old antebellum house and it has to fit the existing opening.
 The big picture, Glass on the cartoon.
The original window in the center is attributed to Clayton & Bell, a firm that produced stained glass from 1855 to 1993.
The window is believed to have come from a church in Wales. We bought them from Tomkinson's Stained Glass on Portabello road in London and brought it back from Britain with our Household goods in 1992.
 Beverly hard at work.
I can't wait to see the finished project in place.
(There will be pictures here, I promise)
 Praying Mantis
One of the visitors I told you about. 
Just hanging around to see what's next.
 Turkey Vulture Conversation
"Nice of them to leave water here for us".
"Yup".
 Turkey Vultures Drinking
 Turkey Vulture Conversations Continued
"Hey!"
"Something moved in there!"
"Did you see it"
"Yup"
 "There are a bunch of them"
"Startled me, lets go drink somewhere else"
"OK"
Spontaneous the Cat
Spontaneous thinks they are silly, there have been tadpoles in that water every summer since before we moved in. 
(Isn't she looking lovely?)

Cheers from both of us
Kat 
Spontaneous the Cat

14 September 2014

End of Summer

Our summer has flown by quite quickly
it is not really gone yet
green is everywhere
you can see the signs that change is coming.
mornings are a little cooler
the sun sets a little sooner
and the evening light is different.

I am looking forward to Autumn
I am also going to enjoy each little bit of summer that is left
come see why

 On the Balcony
This is where we love to go for a cup of tea on a summer morning.
 Bunny Rabbit
An early morning visitor. They can not see us up on the balcony so as long as we are quiet, we can watch them eat their breakfast.
 Old barn
The barn looks quite lovely in the summer evening light. This picture shows a hint of color changing, but it is only an illusion.
 End of summer Elm
I love the light this time of year. I stepped out with the camera to take a picture of the visitor below, but I was so entranced, I stayed for quite a while. 
 Charlotte ?
We call these talented ladies writing spiders. See the pattern in her web? Is this what Charlotte really looked like (Charlotte's Web)?
 Writing Spider Micro
Here she is zoomed in to show off her fancy colors. She is about the size of a silver dollar (do you remember those). 
 Down the road
Walking down to pick up the mail is a pleasure this time of year.
 Wildflower
This lovely wildflower is serving as a road side attraction next to our mailbox. It is taller than me. I keep waiting for the little buds to open, so far, no luck.
 Creeping Kudzu
Here is a look up close and personal at one of the South's biggest pests. Lucky for us, the railroad doesn't like it either and they keep it on the other side of the tracks.
 Kudzu Patch
I have to admit, it is kind of pretty though.
Tiny Yellow Wildflower
The wildflowers won't last much longer.
You see what I mean about wanting to enjoy the last of summer?

Hope you are enjoying yours as well.
Cheers,
Kat

07 September 2014

Bears in the woods? Cherokee North Carolina

Boston and Chicago have cows (so do many other cities)
Ogden Utah has Horses, 
but for this post,
I told you there would be bears.
So lets pop back to the lovely the Blue Ridge Mountains for the Bears of Cherokee.

 Transformation Through Forgiveness
OK, so this one is not a bear. It is a "Traveling Bronze memorial" that was placed in Cherokee's Veterans park while we were there. 
The picture does not really do it justice.
 Children's Mixed Bear
This is one of the first we spotted. It is also one of the most charming. The art and overall design is by the children. 
 Patriot Bear
This bear lives in the Veterans Park. Easy to guess his name. Right now he is looking over the statue shown in the first picture.  As a veteran I think he is a fitting tribute. 
 Magic Lake Bear
I love all the details painted on this one. He makes me want to find and visit Magic Lake. I wonder if swimming is allowed? (and is it warm enough, the rivers up there are chilly even on the warmest days)
 Pottery Bear
This one is all in brown and white. The patterns mimic traditional Cherokee pottery patterns.
 Eagle Dancer Bear
You can see this one front and back.
 Sequoyah Bear
and yes, that is a pipe. I wonder if he is meant to look like anyone in particular.
 Legends Bear
 Forefathers Bear
If you want more information on the Bear Project, you can go to Cherokee Bear Project - article from Indian Country News
 Visitors Center
Even the sign on the visitor's center door, is an artistic bear.
Bear on the Little Tennessee River
This bear is the last I took pictures of, but it is by no means the last bear. There were plenty we didn't see. 
Maybe we will have to hunt more bears on our next trip up there. 

Hope you enjoyed this Bear Hunt.
Cheers
Kat

24 August 2014

Last Weekend, Heintooga Round Bottom Road

Last weekend, my Sweet Husband and I, went hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I promised pictures and here they are. 
Please note, most of these were taken with my oldest Fuji Finepix as someone (who me) forgot to either charge the battery in the Cannon or bring along the spare....
Good thing the Fuji was with me.

Fuzzy Caterpillar
We stopped at a picnic table in Maggie Valley to eat our lunch and build up our energy before hitting the trail. This entertaining fellow decided to come check us out. Evidently we were not all that interesting, but my purse was. I had to move it out of his way several times.

Mushrooms
 We spotted a bit of bright color early in. The mountains are lovely this time of year and the temperature was perfect for the day we had planned. I always associate mushrooms with autumn, but they are visible year round. I would not be brave enough to pick wild mushrooms, but I think they are fascinating and I love to take pictures of them (some may hide fairies you know see By Special Request , Blue Fairy , or Hodge Podge, for example).
The Road
We reached our destination, Heintooga Round Bottom Road, early in the afternoon. Heintooga is a 25 mile long, one way, unpaved road just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. It has lovely picnic areas at the top and the bottom comes out near Cherokee North Carolina. We have been up here before and usually we park at the top, walk for an hour or so and walk back. This time, we decided to drive down a ways, find a safe pull off, then walk a bit, return to the car and repeat the process.

Miniature Waterfall
Our plan was a good one. The road is clearly marked at the top as one way so there is not much traffic. The few people who do use it are there for the scenery and they are going slow (usually with lovely smiles on their faces, it is that nice). There are little waterfalls and streams in several places along the way.

Hanging Vine
I saw this and it reminded me of Jack's Beanstalk. I could see climbing that. It almost appears to be braided and tied in knots. That gets the imagination going. I wonder if I could add some Fairies climbing it?

Top of the Vine
This is the same vine, further up. Nature is always interesting. Climbing or touching anything in the woods, is not a good idea unless you know what you are doing. The vine could turn out to be poison ivy (Fairies would probably be immune, right?).

The road
The road turns and twists gently down the mountain side. You don't have to walk very far to find something lovely to photograph.

Bend in the road
What is up ahead? I love the way the light filters through the trees in the afternoon. 

Yellow Fringed Orchid
This was a lucky find. There were only three or four plants and I have not seen them before. I identified it with the help of US Wildflowers . 

Potential
This one was a little further down the same trail. It is not open enough for me to attempt to look it up, but seeing it and knowing that it will be covered in flowers soon, makes me smile. 

Mushroom
 Here is another one. We had a light rain shower. If I had found this during the rain, would I have found a fairy sheltering under neath?
Trail
This is aways down one of the trails that connect with Heintooga Round Bottom Road. I love the play of light and shadow through the trees. So very atmospheric. There was no one else on the trail but us. So peaceful.

Another view
I could walk for hours in places like this. The day was wonderful. The temperature was just right and the light sprinkle hardly reached us through the trees. 

Navigating
Our trusty navigation system was a little baffled. We told it we were going to Cherokee. When we first turned on the Blue Ridge, it kept trying to turn us around. It eventually gave up and routed us through the parkway. When we turned onto Heintooga Round Bottom Road, it was confused again, apparently as it is not a paved road, the system does not show it. As you can see, it finally just told us to "Continue to roadway".

Nearly to Cherokee
This is close to where Heintooga comes back out onto the paved road. Still lovely, now it goes both ways. From here we drove on in to Cherokee North Carolina. There were BEARS, (you will have to wait till next time for those pics though).

My Sweet Husband
One of the trail heads we turned down while we walked. What a wonderful way to spend a day and what a wonderful person to spend it with. I am so very lucky!

Breakfast Pizza
Speaking of lucky, this is what is waiting for me for breakfast. It is a veggie Pizza made from scratch just for me (OK so I have to share it with the Chef, but I like sharing with him).
Hope your weekend was as nice.
Cheers,
Kat

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