She could tell you what they are. I just know they’re pretty, plentiful and she loves them. They make her happy which makes me glad. They remind me how fleeting are seasons and time itself and to appreciate the gifts we have in life like those we love.
It is another beautiful morning in the high country! 6:27 am, 58°, and the sun about to peak through the first little leaflets emerging from our trees. What an exquisite place to live! I often pinch myself and wonder what I’ve done right in my life to deserve this. Suffice it to say I am humbled and grateful for the privilege of enjoying this wonder.
Yesterday we decided to put some good privacy screen up at matts house in Blowing Rock, NC. We chose Leyland Cypress as a good natural barrier. These are the dark green plants you see every 10 feet in the foreground. Sharon and I planted these 5 years ago at her mom’s house and they are 20 feet tall now. I love planting flowers bushes and trees in the mountains. Isn’t it always such a pleasure to watch things grow!
Dogwoods are reaching full bloom this week in the NC mountains. This is our state flower/tree. When in bloom this blossom is perhaps the most beautiful bloom of the spring. By the time these beauties bloom the mountain weather is turning exotic and lovely. I just thought I’d share one of my favorite sights.
My goodness but it has been a protracted end of winter in the mountains this year and aren’t we glad to see the onset of spring! Here is the herald of spring, my favorite early flower – the forsythia. We’ve caught this one a bit ahead of peak but we thought you’d want to see how it looks precisely on April 11th. In another few days with the sun gleaming on its bright little petals it is perhaps the most glorious flower on the planet. And it is especially welcome at the end of a long winter. Whenever I see its beautiful flowers I am filled with the halcyon hope of wonderful weather to come, that life is good and all is well on Earth. We will try to keep you abreast of all the bloomings ahead this season. Next we should have for you the Bradford Pears, Azaleas and Dogwoods. Keep visiting and enjoy the blossoming of spring right here on these pages!
Here’s the way March 28th looks on top of Seven Devils North Carolina. You can see the old ski slopes in the distance. People still come here for the tubing runs in winter and zip lines in the summer. With all this snow at almost 5000 feet elevation in early spring, you can imagine how cool it will be when everybody is sweltering in summertime. This is certainly been a prolonged winter in won’t the advent of spring be beautiful when it arrives this Easter weekend!
It has snowed nail on off for about 3 days. It looks to me like we’ve got about 8 inches. The roads are fine and the mountains are beautiful. By the weekend they are forecasting the high Fifty’s. The forsythia and daffodils are just waiting to burst. Come CS in the mountains of Boone North Carolina soon.
It’s another winter storm warning for Boone North Carolina. We’re supposed to get 5 to 10 inches of snow. Although this part of spring is hard to take and we can get cabin fever there’s no day that isn’t beautiful in Boone, North Carolina. I’ll go home and get the dog and cat inside and wake up to start snow blower in the morning. It’s another invigorating and exotic moment in the mountains of North Carolina.
Isn’t it a gorgeous day in Boone, NC! And all of that beauty is augmented by the knowledge that so many more with exotic temperatures and mountain breezes are just ahead. This halcyon moment – the onset of spring in the high country is exquisite. I don’t know anywhere else in the world that radiates with such natural splendor. Next week I expect the forsythia will burst into bloom. Today I saw daffodils popping at Sharon’s farm. Winter withdraws with a roar with it dropping to 19 degrees tonight but the beauty of spring in on the way and I’m grateful beyond words to be able to celebrate it in Boone, NC!
The loudest sound in the mountains today is the ice falling off the trees. The strongest one have survived, if slightly bowed for the moment. These natural exigencies are part of the rite of spring. Winter’s last gasp. Almost last gasp as we forecast 5-10″of snow now thru Sunday. But by then we’re in March and winter’s losing her battle with spring. Here comes the sun!
Here is my morning view on my two-minute commute to work. That’s Howard’s Knob and Rich Mountain in the background with Snake Mountain in the far distance. In the foreground is the Boone Public Gold Course with Watauga Medical just behind. This is what a beautiful small mountain town looks like on a gorgeous brilliant winter morning.
Don’t you love a storm! Here’s the sky on the way from the Boone, NC to South West Virginia. The color of this sky is a reminder of the power in nature always holds over us. One of the reasons I live in Boone, North Carolina it is for the majesty of nature. It is here every day and I thank heaven for it.
We had an incredible storm yesterday and floods on most of our rivers. Here’s a picture of the New River in Ashe County overflowing its banks and running over one bridge. It was hard merely getting back to my house last night and many of my friends had to take several routes to finally find their way home. It’s a small price to pay though to enjoy the beauty of the mountains here everyday. I love the mountains!
It was 24 degrees when I woke up this morning in Boone. Our dog Alex and cat Aide. didn’t like it one bit. Here they are malingering at the front door rather than running around in the mountain snow like good, furry animals. They know I’m a soft touch and all they have to do is whine and I let them back in the warm house. personally I can’t wait to get out on this beautiful, brilliant, cold, sunny, mountain morning in Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina can sell some real estate.
Here’s the way it looks on our deck on Sunday, January 20th. It’s nice to see winter finally arrive. The ski resorts like Beech Mountain in Sugar Mountain are very happy. Anyway you slice it Boone and Blowing Rock North Carolina are gorgeous places any day of the year. Come visit us and see what we mean and take a look at real estate in the mountains.