In between the rains the weather has been glorious. Native dogwood blooming all up and down the road. This photo was taken about 100′ from the front entrance. Guest’s over the weekend, Kevin and Elizabeth, stretched the smile on my face. We were talking about a few of the things I carry in my “gift shop” (total space a 3′ X 4′ table,) one of which are the “Gracehill” coffee cups. They spent their wedding night here and were back for their anniversary. Said they only use their “Gracehill mugs” while they are drinking their coffee together!
I should get ready for check-ins. Jim and Beth from FL are bringing friends from NC with them for a couple of nights. They stayed here last year a couple of times and fell in love with the area. They just bought a house in Louisville, same county, and closed on their retirement home this morning. mizkathleen @GracehillRead More
I was picking some fresh herbs this morning to include in one of the B&B breakfast dishes and couldn’t help snapping a shot of the thyme in bloom next to the backyard pond. Mom is itching to get the annual herbs in the ground, basil, etc., but I think we should hold off for a couple of more weeks. Our weather has been at the extremes, either very warm during the day or too cold at night for tender plants. mizkathleen @GracehillRead More
The approach to the bed and breakfast starts a mile down at Highway 321, change in elevation a 1000ft. The first 4/10th of a mile is “subdivision” road. The last 6/10ths of a mile is a private drive. I have planted a lot on the right and left the left side natural, for the most part. It is a clay bank, from where we cut the road in, which is filled with indigenous things like ferns and wildflowers. One thing I did plant on that side, were about 4 shoe boxes full of native Crested Dwarf Iris, both Iris Cristata and Iris Verna. (Verna, the leaf is a little narrower, and it lacks the crest on the sepal.)
The story behind that– In 1990, while the owner/operator of Little River Village Campground in Townsend, I bought a cabin in Wears Valley on top of Cove Mountain. I went out in the woods one day and dug up a shoebox full miniature iris and planted them in my garden. Sending good thoughts their way along with a little fertilizer, fast forward 3 years, and I had several fair size patches blooming. A couple of years I dug from that garden and sent some home some with friends, another year I dug up some and planted them at Mom’s house. When I started building Gracehill, I dug up from the same garden the 4 shoeboxes full I planted here. They are scattered along a 300-foot stretch of driveway. If you clumped them all together it would probably be about 15 feet square that is covered! Ya gotta love em. mizkathleen @GracehillRead More
Ran a few errands today, and on the way back to Gracehill I noticed the banks along our driveway are covered with blooming Bird’s Foot Violets (Viola pedata). We hosted the Townsend Business Association meeting this evening at the B&B and had a number of business owners from town who had not been here before. At the last meeting they thought it would be lovely to have a cheese and wine tasting party at this meeting. In typical Southern fashion, there were two wine drinkers and everyone else had ice tea. I’m sure getting off the mountain when the meeting was over didn’t enter into the decision on what to drink! Cloudy, rainy, misty weather all day till 15 minutes before the meeting, then it broke and the clear crisp sunset was lovely. Mizkathleen @GracehillRead More
Wow, about 6:45 this morning, as I rolled up the window treatments overlooking the side yard, I saw three blobs on the ground. Took me a minute to realize the blobs were three sleeping deer. I have seen deer out there before, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a deer lying on the ground except in Cades Cove. I did a few chores looking out every five minutes and about 7:15, they decided to get up for the day. Not much of a picture. I had to take it through the screen, window and with no flash. Mizkathleen @GracehillRead More