Well, we’re back from our short mini-vacation/family get together with some elements of my side of the clan. Mrs. Poolman and I headed to the North Carolina mountains near Waynesville to meet up with my sister and brother-in-law, and my father. Mrs. Poolman’s sister and her husband built a second home on Cold Mountain, of book and movie fame, several years ago, and she graciously offered it to us for the visit. It’s a great house and perfect for multi-family gatherings.
They also rent it out. If interested, check out their Web site. The plug is a way of thanking SIL for the use of her house.
In any case, we had a great time. Although we drove from coastal Georgia to Western North Carolina, we took the long way there. We passed through Denmark…
and Scotland (aka Scotia).
We call it the Northern Europe route through South Carolina and are always sure to pack our passports.
We spent one afternoon cruising “downtown” Waynesville.
The next day, we took a drive to see some of the countryside, including…
And the view from the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The rest of the time, we hung around the house, doing what my sister claims our family does best, eating, drinking and talking.
Sister and BIL introduced us to a new card game, “Hand and Foot,” and I have to confess, we spent entirely too much time playing cards at the kitchen table.
I did run into one issue. We stopped at a local farm and bought some fresh vegetables. I love summer tomatoes, but I really had trouble getting my taste buds around these heirloom tomatoes.
I guess they tasted great, but I couldn’t get the image of orange and purple tomatoes out of my brain. They are supposed to be RED!
It was a nice late-summer break. We have three “off weekends” before the fall football season begins along with lots of additional activities. Back to work!