Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Blue Ridge Parkway Trip Part 1 - Annabelle's 1st leg of her Journey

We took Annabelle out on our trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It started with the drive and a few days stay at Katie's place in Roanoke.  Here's some photos of her 1st leg of the journey....

After the first 3 hours on the road with us telling her where she couldn't go (the driver's lap and under the brakes and the dashboard), Annabelle finally settled down on one of the 2 beds in the back.
Here's her view from her bed of choice.  She also enjoys looking out the winds from the sink top on the right, but during twisty roads, she found the bed the better choice.

 Here's our van, with Annabelle inside resting after her 1st 5 hours on the road.  We parked in the community's parking lot which also serves as parking for the church down the street from Katie's apartment.  The van has a Fantastic Fan in the roof that pulls the cool air from the side windows through the van and exhausts it out the top.  We checked on her often and found that even though the outside temps reached into the low 80s, the inside temp never went above 75.  We joined Belle each evening when bedtime rolled around.  It's nice knowing we weren't putting Katie out of her bed for once, and it was pleasant sleeping weather.  Belle found sleeping in the driver's seat was her favorite spot at night.

 On Saturday, there's a Farmers' Market that can be seen from Katie's apartment.                                                    

 Of course we headed over there and I picked up this cherry tomato plant for $1.00.  Wish I had taken a photo of the homemade doughnuts and freshly roasted coffee, but we scarfed those down before I could get a photo.
After those doughnuts, Lee started working on Katie's car which was acting up.  She had already left for a picnic at her
boyfriend's folks house near Raleigh.

While he was working, I sat here and read a bit.  Such a lovely day to kick back and relax.
 After a bit, I decided to take a few pictures of the community garden which resides next to Katie's place.  The chef of a local restaurant started growing a garden here, then the community took it over when he moved.
 I believe this is borage.
 There are a few gooseberry plants loaded with fruit.
 All through the garden are paint rocks with inspirational messages.
 The raspberries were in bloom.
 Katie's landlord placed some planting beds for the renters to use.  Here are two that Katie and the renters above her have planted with tomatoes, peppers, carrots, onions, squash, and garlic. 
Here's a bed of lambsear leftover from previous renters.

As a closing shot, here's a picture of the house's "unique" chimney across from Katie's place.  We call it the Dr. Sues chimney.

Linking up with Our World Tuesday and Skywatch Friday.
Next posts will be more of our Blue Ridge Parkway trip.

Until next time..........

                                        ~~ Karen ~~

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad Annabelle gets to travel with you now!! She looks quite comfortable! Sounds like a fun time at Katie's. Love the community garden and the Dr. Suess chimney! Love to you and Lee!


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