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HOW TO INCORPORATE YOUR TRAVELS INTO YOUR DECOR…

…WITHOUT CREATING A JUNGLE! Excerpted from an article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “If you’re a wanderer, you probably have a number of items you’ve brought back from your travels…a trinket here, a rare antique there, a couple thousand photographs thrown in…pretty soon you have quite a collection.  The question is how to use them. …

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PLANTING MILKWEED…

…GARDENERS URGED TO CREATE MONARCH HABITAT. “One of the most widely recognized butterflies in North America, the monarch, is disappearing fast.  Most of that decline is blamed on changing land use, but property owners can  help shore up the population by setting aside monarch “way stations” filled with milkweed and other nectar-rich plants. “We’re not…

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ENJOY SPRING THREE TIMES, LIKE WE DO!

Driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway in early June, we were momentarily surprised to see that some of the deciduous trees were just beginning to show their small, greenish-yellow leaves at the highest elevations (above 6,000 feet).  When you live in the Brevard, NC area between 1,000 and 3,000 feet, you are close to the…

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IT’S FLAME AZALEA TIME…

George Ellison’s Nature Journal appears near the end of every week throughout the year in the Asheville Citizen-Times.  George lives in Bryson City, NC with his wife, Elizabeth, a nature artist…and provides us with great commentary on our natural world here in the mountains of western North Carolina.  We look forward to his articles every…

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MOTHER’S DAY 2015…

INSPIRATIONAL MOTHER’S DAY QUOTES FROM FAMOUS PERSONALITIES…Mother’s Day is observed on the second Sunday of May, and this year the day will be celebrated on the 10th.  People all around the world take the day as an opportunity to pay tribute to their mothers and shower them with gifts and kind deeds.  It is to…

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CHESTNUT MOMENTS…

“CHESTNUT TREES… Chestnut trees have been around – just about as long a the sacred ground – of the Chippewa and the Cherokee.  – Let’s  hope they last eternally. It’s a handsome wood for furniture – and strong for structures that have endured – in the simplest beauty of a split-rail fence  – Or in…

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SOMETIMES, YOU JUST HAVE TO GET AWAY…

…FROM THE MAIN-TRAVELED ROADS.   George Ellison, naturalist and writer, does wonderful nature columns every week in the Asheville Citizen-Times newspaper, and we love them.  Sometimes they are just so good, and so pertinent to our area here in Brevard, surrounded by mountains and trails as we are, that we just have to quote them… “Occasionally,…

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START THE NEW YEAR WITH SOUTHERN COLLARD GREENS…

MacKensy Lunsford, food writer for the Asheville Citizen-Times, gives us a great recipe to start out 2015 in a tasty way. “New Year’s Day food traditions seem more personal and varied.  Americans tend to create their own traditions based on nostalgia…but whatever the tradition – and no matter what the origin – nearly all New…

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FORAGING FOR WILD FOODS IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA…

The following paragraph was taken from a short article in the weekly magazine The Week, October 17, 2014, Leisure Section. “Foraging is a growing pastime in many places, but “nowhere is it more visible than in Asheville, NC,” said Jayne Clark in The Washington Post.  The university city (UNCA), “a bastion of laid-back cool cradled…

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“WHY DO WE SO LOVE OUR MOUNTAIN HOME?”

The following article by George Ellison, columnist and author of The Nature Journal, appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Thursday, August 14.  Excerpts below… ” “To myself, mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.  In them…my affections are wholly bound up.”  – John Ruskin, ‘Modern Painters’, (1850)” ” “Elizabeth (Ellison) used…

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