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Saint Betina Zita

05/29/2015

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Saint Zita is the patroness of domestic servants. She rests for eternity in the Basilica of San Frediano in Lucca. The church is breathtakingly beautiful, with high arches and frescoes and dark old pews smoothed by centuries of worshipers sliding their length. The story we were told by a local was that little Zita was a household […]

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A Little More Lucca

05/27/2015

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Our first couple of days in Lucca were spent wandering and lingering and learning the streets around our apartment in the south west corner of town. So many shop windows caught my eye! The goods in all the shops were artfully arranged. The beans, the pasta, the wine, the meats, the cheeses, the clothes. Unfortunately […]

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In Honor of Earth Day

04/22/2014

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I’ll post some of my favorite pics from days past:

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Auction!

01/29/2014

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I did this painting this past week. It is 12″ x 24″ and I am auctioning it off to support the Madison County Arts Council. I will donate 50% of the proceeds to the Arts Council, in support of Appalachian music and crafts. As of this moment, the price is $35.00. If you’d like to […]

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October’s Soiree

11/08/2013

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Each autumn, a wonderful group of people come together to support the Madison County Arts Council.  The Madison County Arts Council in turn supports the past, present and future of traditional mountain music. Pat Franklin opens her lovely home and property to an appreciative crowd and holds a proper Soiree.  The setting is so perfect; the […]

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Ruckus and Reward

07/20/2013

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On Thursday morning, I noticed Snapdragon and Clara Barton in the front yard.  Their ring leader Sweet Pea was nowhere to be found.  Then I heard a ruckus in the side yard and panicked – it was Sweet Pea in distress!  My first thought was “Damn it, I am going to be late for work.” […]

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Egg-cellent!

07/08/2013

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The other day, I was talking about using a faux egg to entice my hens to lay inside their coop and not out in the brush.   A woman I work with, Hillary, crocheted this egg in about 3 minutes.  Isn’t it adorable?  Can’t  wait to show it to my birds! And wouldn’t a rustic bowl […]

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Madison County Fiddlers

03/10/2013

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Some day I will learn not to blog on my I-Pad, because I do silly things like click on “post” before I have written anything. I was trying to tell you all about a terrific fundraiser at the Madison County Arts Center in Marshall, N.C. on Saturday night.  We saw some of the best fiddlers […]

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Cake Walk!

03/03/2013

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Tonight John and I went to my sister Dana’s house for dinner before attending a concert.  Mom and Dad brought Luella’s BBQ from Asheville.  Our friend’s daughter Kate was there, as well as my sister-in-law Cindy.  We had a glass of wine and ate, then some of us went out to The Depot in Marshall, […]

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