Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day Memories from Asheville

While I later would become a Registered Nurse, my time spent in the U.S.A.F. was not spent in that profession.  After basic training I was sent to school for training as an Administrative Specialist.  Exactly as the term implies, I dealt with administration largely of paperwork involving the actual running of the base. Off base housing, billets &fiscal operations of the base from fuel consumption to pay for our military.

Upon my arrival at Davis-Mothan Air Force Base, I received a new assignment. My tenure in the military was during the years of the Vietnam War.  I was assigned to Personal Affairs.  In non-war times, this department handles many things but during times of war it is best known for notifications.  In other words, on all the bases and posts around the United States, when a service member dies the family is generally visited personally by some member of the military.  That job fell to Personal Affairs.  I worked directly under an elderly Captain who was the OIC (officer in charge) of this department and often accompanied him in the visitation that occurs after a members death.  At 19 years old, death was not a topic that I was familiar with in any personal way.  Certainly, I knew people died but it was the kind of knowing one obtains about a subject in which there is no visceral response so little personal experience I had.  That changed radically during the time I spent in Personal Affairs.

I watched  young women receive news that their husband and the father to their children would not ever be coming home.  I listened and observed  as the Captain held the hand of a Mother just told her firstborn son died as a hero.  I know that knowledge did little to assuage her pain.  Her son her baby and every dream she had for him was irretrievably lost with his words. 

Yesterday, as I stood in Asheville's downtown commemorating those members of the military that gave our country the gift of their lives, of everything they could have accomplished, all the good they could have done, all the joy that would have been theirs and every dream they ever had ....I had only one prayer.  Of course, I prayed for the fallen and the nation they served with their final breath but I also sent up a silent hope that soon we would close the door on our involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq so no more of our country's brightest promise would be snuffed out before it could be realized.

This weekend we hosted two service couples at our bed and breakfast.  We have, through the years hosted many, many couples in our military.  My husband I and I secretly wondering if there was some kindred spirit that led them there.  My husband and I served, my brother as well and my sister retired after 20. We make it a point to thank them for their service and their sacrifice.  All of us have an opportunity to do that and it remains my prayer that one day there will be a Department of Peace and no more will have to die.  The lives and hopes of so many go with every single death.  God Bless America and God bless those who serve her so nobly.

Patti and Gary Wiles, Innkeepers 

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Guests from Asheville Bed and Breakfast Decidedly Excited Biltmore Concerts

I am an unabashed fan of Biltmore Estate and think Asheville is fortunate that it is in our midst.  The gardens are stellar, the French Chateau stands as a monument to George Washington Vanderbilt's awesome vision of a self sustaining residence not to mention his conservation efforts which were far ahead of his time.

One of the most beautiful evenings I've spent in Asheville was at a concert on Biltmore Estate.  Al Jarreau was the act, the moon was full placed high in the sky, the home in silhouette and the evening simply perfect.
Many of my guests at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast have attended them and report the same feelings of magic.

Wanted to take a moments to offer this years line up.  They book quickly and I wouldn't want you to miss setting the night to magic:

July 29 2011-Natalie Grant with comedian Jeff Allen on the South Terrace
July 30 2011-Michael W. Smith on the South Terrace
Aug 5 2011- Smokey Robinson and the South Terrace
August 11 2011-Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers and Bela Fleck & The Flecktones
August 12-Alison Krauss & Union Station on the South Terrace
August 27 2011-The Beach Boys on the South Terrace
September 3 2011-Styx on the South Terrace
October 7-Eddie Money at Diana
October 14 2011-The Fab Four
October 21-The Chairmen of the Board and The Embers

Patti and Gary Wiles Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial Day Extravaganza Appetizer from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

 Most of us will be hosting some form of Memorial Day party and there is always angst regarding what components can be brought to bear to creating the perfect party.  Here is a Memorial Day Extravaganza Appetizer from your Asheville Bed and Breakfast guaranteed to put a smile on their faces because it is simply delicious!  Make this cheese ball at least 24 hours before use and 48 hours would be even better as this allows all the wonderful flavors to merge, meld and grow even more scrumptious with time.  Never a bad thing.

Memorial Day Cheese Ball Perfection

2 8oz. packages of cream cheese, allow time to soften
2 8oz. blocks of cheddar cheese,shredded using fine selection on grater (use nice quality cheese for a good end product.
3 T. onion, chopped fine
6 T. pimento, drained very well and minced
6 T. green pepper,chopped fine
6 T. red pepper, chopped fine
3 tsp. of Worcestershire sauce (We use Lee and Perrins and I do think it best)
1 T. lemon juice
A bit of cayenne pepper (you know your taste for heat.)
3/4 cup chopped walnuts, pecans or pistachio nuts, your choice. Toast these.  

Beat cream cheese until smooth with an electric mixer; add the Cheddar to this after the cream cheese is well creamed.  Mix in all remaining ingredients.  You will want to start with the least amount of cayenne and if you want a bit more heat, add more.  You cannot remove so be careful.
Place a piece of plastic wrap down on the counter emptying the contents of your bowl unto it working to form a ball.

Chill this thoroughly.  Roll in the chopped nuts and serve with crudites or crackers or both. Fruit is also an excellent choice and we do a fun thing at the inn because by adding strawberries and blueberries to the tray it presents a colorful Memorial Day fare presenting the red, white and blue using the crackers (Carr water crackers for the white and the berries for the red and blue. 

Enjoy, Happy Memorial Day, drive safely and take a moment to remember our U.S. troops serving our country all around the world. All members and families are making sacrifices and some have sacrificed their very lives for our country.

This Blog is dedicated to Ben Larscheid, our grandson, who now serves his country in the U.S. Navy as of this May. Keep safe Bennie!   

Patti and Gary Wiles Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast launches Plant-a-Thon

There are moments for all of us over 40 that make us know in real terms that the term "middle age" or more....Now belong to us. Asheville Bed and Breakfast launches Plant-a-Thon morning has provided me with the Ah-ha moment in every single joint in my body.  Why, save the pharmaceutical relief of ibuprophen, I would be hobbling about after the "planting of the flowers saga."  Yesterday, here at the inn, all the little seeds sown in April of this year- now fully developed into fledgling plants- found their final resting place nestled in the ground here At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn. In about 2 more weeks, I am hopeful to have a "feast for the eyes" resplendent in the beauty from flowers of all kinds.  We have zinnias (both the tall red ones and the lilliputian small ones), cosmos (double and single, both orange and pink), marigolds, strategically placed about to dissuade all the bugs that might otherwise ingest these yet small plants and more.  This is not even to mention the dreaded snails and slugs.  Why, it's a jungle out there.    We have moon flowers which open white and bright in moonlight,  beginning to climb on our trellis currently inhabited by both honeysuckle, carolina jasmine and a climbing hydrangea.

There are 3 weddings currently scheduled for the gardens here At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn and believe me when I tell you that backdrop will be the stuff dreams are made of;  a feast for the eyes. 

It will be at that moment that I will once again talk myself into putting those little seeds in the pots in April of next year....having sworn off that activity for life just yesterday in the full and certain knowledge that  I will be back on my knees again putting them in. Gardeners are very scary people.   

Patti and Gary Wiles Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

Monday, May 23, 2011

Plants, Beautiful Plants for our Asheville Bed and Breakfast Inn

 An opportunity to discover a new plant is never something to be ignored by this Asheville innkeeper.  Plants, Beautiful Plants for our Asheville Bed and Breakfast Inn is always an opportunity I am actively on the look out for.

Hendersonville, about 30 mins. from our inn, is will be hosting their annual Garden Jubilee Festival this coming Saturday-Sunday, May 28-29.  From 10-6:00 p.m.... You will have the opportunity to check out the plants (thousands of them) from 200 vendors, see the coolest of fun stuff for the lawn & garden at your house and you can even snag a snack.  Now that is my kind of day!  Just FYI, this is not a pet friendly venue and they suggest that you bring your own cart so just in case you completely lose any sense of control and purchase everything your eyes feast on- you will have a way to haul away your treasures.  Why, those folks at the Garden Jubilee sure know how to plan a festival. May you find all the plants your heart is dreaming of...Unless of course they would be the ones my heart is dreaming of.  Strange thing that....Plants can bring out the greedy grubber in an otherwise nice person.  Forewarned is Forearmed!


Patti and Gary Wiles Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Asheville Sets the Night to Music-Downtown After 5:00 p.m.

 Though summer vacation may not find you in Europe this year as we all navigate " a bit dicey economy" no worries at all because on the 3rd Friday of each month through September...  Asheville sets the night to music-Downtown After 5:00 p.m.  This years location will be the same as last year under the 1-240 overpass where Lexington Avenue and Broadway join.    There will be craft ale, great adjacent restaurants and all the conviviality and rhythm your heart years for after an interminable winter.  

Join some of our Asheville Lodging guests as they head downtown for this free, rousing good time in search of a tune of their very own.

Some of the headliners will be:  

Jonathon Scales Fourchestra/Aaron Wood ....... July 15

Lubriphonic/The Lee Boys......August 19

Bobby Miller and the Virginia Dare Devils/Town Mountain......September 16

Patti and Gary Wiles Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Asheville Festival This Weekend

 If the fates are kind to you this weekend and you find yourself in the magical glory of our Western North Carolina Mountains... please beat a path to the Asheville Festival this weekend. You will be joined there by many of the guests at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast.  This weekend, a brief walk from the inn will land you smack dab in the middle of our Montford Music and Art Festival at the corner of Montford Avenue and Soco St.  Arts, music, food, frivolity and finding the beat is the order of the day- So get thee to the Monford Music and Art Festival or miss a really fine time!

Patti and Gary Wiles Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Summer Package Sampler

Everyone looks forward to Summertime.  It's hot, steamy, laid back and all of us are ripe with anticipation of what we hope will be a stellar vacation line-up...Wait for it....Asheville Bed and Breakfast Summer Package Sampler.  

In short order, all the siren songs of summertime will be bombarding you using various byzantine antics about what they can do to make your vacation special so now I will throw Asheville NC into the mix.
Asheville is special.  Arts of all kinds, adventures of all kinds, music, theatre and more natural beauty than should be legal coupled with cuisine that will make you cry (in a good way),  some reasonably saucy nightlife and music all playing to the backdrop of drop dead gorgeous mountains.  How am I doing so far?

We are offering all kinds of summertime packages.  Check them out and see if any of them are singing your song. Trust me,  you will have tons better stuff to report to your friends than they will have to report to you.  

Patti and Gary Wiles Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Guest Review of "Inside Job" Film

 When asked what kind of movie I like generally I would respond that I am into "period pieces", classics, drama and the like.  It was a guest review of movie discussed during breakfast that inspired me to watch Inside Job.

Guests are awesome in that all of them come as visitors to our  inn with regional differences, life experience variations, all kinds of work experiences variant from your own and thus bring a diversity to your life that I know few careers could deliver.

The gentleman referring me to the above movie was a mortgage broker.  He discussed this film over breakfast Saturday morning and I was mesmerized. When the financial demise of the U.S.  economy began in earnest  I, along with many other people, sought to investigate at least to some degree how we got in this mess.  I already had done blogs about the Great Divergence e.g., Glass-Stengall Act and the impact those things had on life in the United States before this guest ever brought up the film and piqued my interest even further.

I rented Inside Job last night. You should too!  Every thinking, conscious, citizen of this county should see this movie.  It is not politically oriented, it is powerful, it is unbelievable and of most importance, it is unfortunately not fiction.  We'd all better wake up and smell the coffee while there is still a pot to brew it in.

Patti and Gary Wiles, Innkeepers 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Fiber Art Festival at Folk Art Center in Asheville NC

Today, in our way artsy hamlet, on this "bit of rain" day anyway take thee to the Fiber Art Festival at the Folk Art Center in Asheville NC.  Believe me when I tell you that you will be intrigued by things you see there.  Sheep will be sheared, weaving on looms.... braving intricacies that one can hardly believe fingers can master.... will create such beautiful fabric you won't believe your eyes, recycling efforts will entirely re-purposed items as they are born to a new life, natural dyeing and the vibrancy of the colors it renders will astound you.  The intricacies of embroidery will be on display with all the delicacy that art form can render.

Sunday is for the runway...Calling all you style mavens out there...A fashion show that will grab you whether your style is eclectic or classic as they show off their fiber in wearable art. This is the 12th year.  When I tell you they have some unusual, out of the box ideas, trust me.  We left the inn after serving our guests breakfast at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast with several guests also making the trip.  Check out our Facebook Page At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn for today's entry to see what we saw there.  You truly won't believe it.  I didn't!

Patti and Gary Wiles Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Stash Tea, Asheville Bed and Breakfasts and the joys of a good Cuppa!- Part 1

This Asheville North Carolina innkeeper has a long history of tea drinking.  When I was a young girl coming up I was blessed with my Nana's firm and blessed presence in my life and that long and convoluted path lead me to Stash Tea, bed & breakfasts and the joys of a good Cuppa!

I firmly believe that there are those of the population who are not either-or folks.  There appears to be a theory that one is either a tea drinker or a coffee aficionado and never the twain shall meet.  Thanks largely to my Nana and connotation she developed in my life for the occasions of tea.... I happily enjoy both of those caffienated treats but they both are approached at entirely different times during the day and the atmosphere surrounding them is entirely different.  .

Inn keeping is not a profession for those disdaining morning.  If your biological engine simply will not commence in the early day...do not leave your current position for the life of an innkeeper.  Just because a person "can do" mornings would not be to say that they cannot benefit from a bit of pharmacological assistance in the form of the stimulant and my old friend-CAFFEINE.  I accommodate guest requests for DE-CAF though to tell you I have a personal concept of this request would be untruthful. Hello, one drinks coffee to get in gear so the whole idea of De-caf entirely eludes me.  I begin every morning with at least two cups of this entirely heavenly substance.  Those of you who are "coffee hounds" know exactly what I am talking about when I make reference to "heavenly substance."  It is celestial, and of the God's...Further, it does the job.

Now, re: TEA.  Tea, in my world has an entirely different connotation.  As a girl when I would be troubled, annoyed at my Mom, feeling ill at sorts with the world or in need of some sympathy or companionship, I could always count on my Nana.  She would apprise my general outlook on whatever "ailment of the day" had ruffled my feathers and she would sooth them just like silk with the magic of a "cuppa."

My Nana would make a celebration of tea.  Further, as I was very young and knew elder folks drank tea, I immediately equated this custom with importance, being older, being considered and valued and that tea was an "occasion" during which we would discuss the day, my childhood grief of the moment or my angst regarding whatever subject was the fodder of today's crisis.

She would begin at the stove with a special enamel pot, she readied the tea pot with a nice rinsing, removed the special "tea cups" from up on high where they lived to preserve their lives in a house inhabited by my brother and me.  It began with always being careful to get the water as hot as possible until the little bubbles were forming on the bottom of that red enamel pot but absolutely- not boiling.  The tea, loose of course, would then be placed in the waiting tea pot, the specially prepared water poured into it, the lid rested on top in it's proper place sealing up the magic.  Then, the waiting began (10 mins) during which time we were under no circumstances to disturb the lid from our tea pot.

 I was not to be idle while the "waiting period" ticked by so Nana would then assign the table prep to me.  The place mats were shaken out and placed on the small breakfast table, the tea spoons were in place, the napkins folded and ready for the feast, the sugar, and milk were placed in readiness and by now the mystical ten minutes had almost come to an end.

We sat down together, my Nana and her granddaughter and looking at me intently she would say, "Tell me everything."   I did just that and "in the time of tea" we covered every topic in my life, she shared her stories of "the old days" about her life as a young girl and woman and in that time we learned each others hearts, lives and stories.  We chatted about things of vital importance and things wonderfully ordinary.  We never completed tea time that I did not rise to my feet completely sure of so many things.  I was sure I had the most wonderful Nana in the entire world and that her insight, wisdom and intelligence was one of the highest gifts of my life. I felt sorry for those not having her.  I was also sure that no one invested this kind of time in someone who could not solve her own problems and move beyond any perceived obstacles she was having no matter how large they seemed before the "time of tea" began. I was confident in her confidence in me.

The next bit of this story is about how Stash, the tea I use here at the inn can help you enjoy Asheville travel in the form of a free night's stay with the purchase of a night (mid week in the winter) when "tea drinking" can become the stuff of which legends are made.   Stay tuned! 


Patti and Gary Wiles, Innkeepers 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day Is Gone In Asheville NC

Mother's Day is gone in Asheville NC.  I now belong to a club in which Mother's Day is gone from now on.  I didn't want to be in this club and hate my inclusion in its membership every single day of my life.

I would want to write here that every day my relationship with my Mother was flawless.  I would want to say that I always took all the suggestions, helpful advice  to heart and receiving it as I know it was delivered, with love and wisdom.  That would not be factual.  Many times I received the advice no matter how carefully couched it was with anger, resentment and on occasion- hostility.
Wasn't I a lucky girl that my mother loved me enough to risk that response and try to help me anyway?  My Mother was not a saint, likely yours isn't either.  She did not render perfect performance in every aspect of her parenting because though she was a Mother....She was also a person, not superwoman.  She knew frustration, sadness, hopelessness, financial burdens in the raising of two children alone and they were her constant companion.  With those as companions, I now know that she also was well acquainted with fear as she wondered every day how she was going to get through the next one.  All this, as a very young woman herself likely feeling the oppression of all this responsibility as it zapped any remnants of vigor and youth despite her efforts to cling to them.

I was blessed to know my Mother as a woman as well as a Mom.  This came at the end of our time together.  I told her many times she was the bravest woman I knew. She always said, "Really? as though she was not special.  
I will send those words out again today.  I will send them to the universe wide with as much energy  and faith as I am able to muster. I will scream them to the expanse of the sky my love, my loneliness for her and my eternal gratitude for the precious gifts she gave me;  her love, her wisdom, her hard earned knowledge and her laughter.
I will move forward in the life she gave me trying to honor the gift of her time, energy, effort and love and I will remember it all. She is still the bravest person I know. 

Patti and Gary Wiles, Innkeepers 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Favorite Pizza Recipe

Time crunched is something every person has experienced.  It isn't pleasant and no one looks forward to it but that said, it is often a reality of life and our Asheville Bed and Breakfast Favorite Pizza Recipe will be faster than going out and definitely beats a sandwich.  

A guest shared this with us and now I am sharing it with you.  It is so fast, so wonderfully delicious and reasonably healthy that it will become your favorite too.

1 Tbs. good quality olive oil
1/2 tsp. of unsalted butter
I small onion cut into rings (use the small rings and save the larger ones for something else.)
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
2-3 ozs of goat cheese.  
I T. olive oil
Fresh Italian parsley

Take out a medium sized skillet and put in the butter and olive oil.  Add your onion rounds.  Use a skillet large enough not to crowd them.  Onions like mushrooms will not brown nicely if you crowd them.  Once brown, add balsamic , sugar and1/3 cup of water stirring until sugar is completely dissolved.  Reduce heat until this is boiling gently to reduce some of the fluid into a glaze.  Remove from heat; cool.

I use a prepared pizza crust as did she.  Everyone looks for their own particular favorite but I have a secret weapon.  A local pizzeria sells me a bit of dough and off I go with no more effort than stopping for milk.  Gotta love it.  The woman who gave me this recipe used the ones in can in the refrigerator section and loved it.  Another woman I spoke to rolled out a piece of a frozen bread loaf sprinkled it with olive oil and used that.
If you have a pizza stone put the crust on that. 
On your crust place goat cheese either dotted or a proportioned amount on what will later be per slice. Leave a bit of room around the edges so your ingredients don't fall onto the stone when you are cooking pizza. 
Place the onion slices all about the crust including some on the goat cheese.  
Put under the broiler for 7-8 mins.   Remove, sprinkle with parsley and drizzle with the olive oil.  Cut into 6 slices and serve to grateful family. 

Patti and Gary Wiles Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Asheville Lodging Gas Special Will Put the Spark to your Ailing Vacation

Take heart, I believe our Gas Special will Put the Spark back in your ailing vacation plans.  
Every once in a while I get an opportunity to watch the evening news. The news about gas (and many other issues) is plain scary. Frankly most of the "gas pricing"  news angers me. It is plain our gas costs are not escalating due to a lack of gas... despite Middle East tensions.  The future speculators are fueling widespread panic about potential supply issues that are at this point non existent hence making a bad situation worse. 

If an option for you to travel mid week is feasible and you are seeking at least 3 nights away we may be able to put the hope back in your heart for what might otherwise be an "opportunity lost."  Take a peek at our innkeepers box on the home page and you just might find the cure for what ails you.

Patti and Gary Wiles , Innkeepers

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Asheville's Historic Montford Music & Arts Festival

Our Asheville bed and breakfast is located in a historic neighborhood called Montford.  Montford rules for a myriad of reasons not the least of which is Asheville's Historic Montford Music & Arts Festival, which by the way can be found on Facebook under exactly that name.  This year the festival will be held on Saturday, May 21.

We are especially delighted with this years music round up because it, very much like our Montford neighborhood, is an eclectic mix of musicians all bringing their own spectrum of music delivered straight from their hearts.  This year, for the first time, there will be two stages. One- acoustics only.. behind Nine Mile Restaurant right down the street from our inn.  Our guests love this place for not only its easy access but also the stellar, fresh as a daisy and reasonably priced food.  Check 'em out.

If you find yourself with a song in your heart, a foot that can't stop tapping and no where to go that Saturday, even if you are not flush with cash...no worries.... It's free. Find your way to Montford Avenue and Soco in our fair Asheville neighborhood and you will be smack dab in the middle of awesome arts,  fab food,  perky plants and the magic blend of music you are yearning to hear and Montford will welcome you with open arms.    

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

A Copper Beech Tree Grows in Asheville

Those of you following the blog at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast know I am a lover of all things green in the garden and that's the reason-A Copper Beech Tree grows in Asheville.  A blogs or two back, I made mention of the Growin in the Mountains Spring Herb/Plant sale held in Asheville this weekend.

God help me, needing nothing but a few fresh herbs we use in breakfast at the inn...basil, french tarragon, rosemary, lemon thyme, chocolate mint...ok, maybe a bit more than a few... off I went to the sale.  I was in my element and focused on the "herb procurement program" when right out there in the aisle, right next to each other,just like kissin cousins they were, these two trees stood.  The first one, recognizable by its unique leaf, the Ginkgo biloba (AKA-Maidenhair Tree) is one of my favorite trees. The leaf is so completely unique and when I see this tree- I think of Asheville as they are planted in the downtown area.  Long have I wanted one and long have I denied myself this pleasure because...Well, a girl can only plant so many trees...Failing buying more property that is.

I mentioned two trees didn't I?  Well, I was very busy talking myself out of Gingko when I began my further study of the tree right next to this one.  It had purple foliage and was shining enticingly in the sun when the vendor of this booth approached. "You are looking at the Purple Beech?" she asked. I stammered that I had stopped to look at the Gingko and just noticed this one too due to the foliage.

Upon first arriving in Asheville, a woman owning the inn across the street extended the hand of friendship to me.  She came to our inn with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, a hearty laugh and an invitation to come over for some iced tea.  A lovely aspect of that inn as in my own, is a sun porch which overlooked her back property and standing gracefully, beautifully and rising like a spire was a tree she called a "copper beech" tree.  A magnificent tree specimen large and gorgeous gracefully shining in the sun as we drank tea, learned of each others lives, shared secrets and became friends.
Alas, I digress. The booth vendor was waxing poetic about "purple beech" and I mentioned my friends tree across the street; the copper beech.  "Oh, it's exactly the same tree.  The colors alter depending upon the time of the year."  That did it.  I knew I was now going to be the proud owner of both trees failing the cost being more than my road can bear right now. It wasn't.

Now you may be wondering where I am going to plant these two trees.  I am too.  Both of these trees are very young trees currently standing at about 2 feet and 2 1/2 feet respectively.  That said, there is something wonderful I am feeling in knowing that some day, a very long time from now, when my life is only a memory to those who loved me-- two fine trees may serve as a beautiful backdrop to two women, unknown to each other finding friendship and camaraderie in their shade, children playing, lovers having a picnic or the like.  That's the magic of nature, gardening and planting.  Faith! Faith that it will grow, faith that the future will enjoy the beauty of your plantings and the knowledge that so many will live their lives amid this beauty just as you were blessed to do. Happy gardening!              

Patti and Gary Wiles Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast