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Carl Sandburg visit

Posted by eemilla on October 30, 2012

One of my cousins mentioned that the Carl Sandburg Home was free to visit the grounds and the goats, and her girls had a nice time there.  As her youngest daughter is several months older than LB, I thought we might give it a visit.  We took my mom along as I figured she would enjoy a visit to the house (being the history lover that she is).  The day was warm but overcast, and the our tour of the grounds and the goats took longer than I had planned which meant the LB was pretty horribly grumpy near the end of our trip.  The trek from the parking lot afforded a nice view of the lake and the house, and it was shaded with benches for pondering the sights.

shroom

Carl Sandburg home

stump

I had read about the Glassy Mountain trail on the website, but I hadn’t really thought about making taking the hike.  After we walked to the barn and checked out the goats and the garden, we decided to continue our adventure.  The trail is pretty smooth, but it does climb.  Once it widens out and becomes gravelled, there was a respite bench or two.  As I was wearing LB (and we were both sweaty) we took the opportunity to pause at one of the benches.  Mom and I were a bit worried that we had overestimated our vigor, but then again we hated to turn back before enjoying the overlook.  While the cloudy day wasn’t the best day to view the overlook, it was still a refreshing stop.

Glassy Mtn overlook

Glassy Mountain overlook

We wrapped up our day at West First Wood Fired Pizza.

West First Wood Fired Pizza's oven

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Victory Garden Weeks Nine to Fourteen

Posted by eemilla on October 29, 2012

Around week nine (which was early August) we began harvesting the riesentraube tomatoes (cherry), and they were great for caprese salads although their skin seems a bit tough to be my absolute favorite, and they were no where near as delectable as the cherry tomatoes we grew in our shared victory garden.  I failed to take a decent photo of a harvested one even though both plants were prolific even after they were neglected for several days.

riesentraubes

 

week eleven riesentraubes

 

The stalks of one of the riesentraubes sprouted these weird growth, but it’s productivity seemed unimpaired.

what is this

 

Contrary to my expectations, I loved the brandywines much better.  We were finally able to harvest them in early September after weeks of watching them grow.  They were so large I expected to find them on the ground each time I went to check on them.

week nine brandywines

 

 

blighted brandywine

 

week fourteen brandywines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WNC Nature Center membership

Posted by eemilla on October 28, 2012

I cannot recall if I’ve mentioned our WNC Nature Center membership here before so I’m going to be repetitious if I have.  For our family (two adults and a toddler), a year is $45, and a visit for the three of us is $16.  We decided surely we’d be by at least four times, and we’ve taken many more visits.  Now that LB is walking, it is a great place to let her walk as the walkway has a new site every few yards to draw her attention, and I don’t have to worry about her stepping in poo or tripping over a root.  Another great thing about the membership is the list of organizations that have reciprocal admissions (regionally Discovery Place and the Greenville Zoo).  Below are some photos from our visits in the past few months.

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Filo

Posted by eemilla on October 27, 2012

Another work class in East Asheville a few weeks back led me to enjoy a meal at Filo.  The exterior is a cute stone house right on busy Tunnel Rd across from the VA, and the interior is open and light.  The women’s bathroom is just cool.

ceiling

bathroom

The best option I saw for my tastes was the vegetarian quiche, and the price was reasonable.  The portion was generous with a typical amount of fillings, but the eggs were perfectly cooked.  For dessert I opted for the tiramisu (because I hate change), and it left me wishing I had chosen another dessert from the case.  It was served in a bowl, and the top layer was thick cocoa, which I inhaled.  I was much more careful on my next bites, and while I avoided inhaling another tablespoon of cocoa, the tiramisu was extra sweet.  Aside from the cocoa on the top, it was difficult to discern any tastes aside from sweet.

Quiche

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