Category Archives: New River Valley

The Light of Spring

“A light exists in spring Not present on the year at any other period- When March is scarcely here.” Emily Dickinson It shines with the promise of new life.  It reflects off new fallen snow with bright green shoots of … Continue reading

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Deep Freeze

The pond is frozen. The New River Valley has finally taken a plunge into the deep freeze of winter. The fickle sun brightly beckons me outside but the thermometer sitting on 8 degrees over rides the urge to walk about.  … Continue reading

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Winter Greens

When last week started off with this beautiful sunrise,  I suspected that I might be taking a technology break and I did.  I spent my week before the holidays away from the computer and immersed in my favorite activities of … Continue reading

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Asphalt Seagull

From the mountains, across the Piedmont and Tidewater and onto the beach is a trip of about four hours from the New River Valley.  How odd that a bird with no interest in playing in the snow would make the … Continue reading

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A Simple Sound, a Pleasant Memory

I awoke this morning to a soothing sound.  Anyone who has spent a night in a canvas tent in the woods knows the sound. Most of our oak’s leaves have fallen, carpeting the ground in rich burnt sienna.  Before dawn … Continue reading

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A Calm Before the Storm Day

Yesterday was a mild, sunny “calm before the storm” day to be savored. With an Arctic blast of winter weather predicted to arrive on Wednesday I spent most of my time Sunday outside joining other creatures who were excitedly enjoying … Continue reading

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Scatter Seeds, Gather Weeds

Several years ago my sister gave me this cute little gardening stake.   I’ve been gathering weed seeds this week.  That’s right.  And I plan to scatter them and plant rows of them around my yard for a bumper crop … Continue reading

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Journey into Autumn

I said goodbye to the garden this afternoon. The sky is a clear blue, there is a chill in the air and frost/freeze warnings are in effect for tonight.  I walked back to the house with a huge bowl of … Continue reading

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A Gathering of Artists

I enjoyed the company of some very talented quilters this week who had  assembled for several days of camaraderie, creativity and inspiration.  Their quilter’s retreat at nearby Claytor Lake is an annual event and I was treated to lunch and … Continue reading

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Every Leaf a Flower

I vacillate between happy and sad this time of the year;  mostly happy.  Sad because last night was the first frost of Autumn.  I went down to the garden and picked a big bucket of flowers in the afternoon before … Continue reading

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