I've been back for two weeks so this is a wee bit overdue.
Left on July 4 and took the AutoTrain to visit my parents in Florida. For those of you unfamiliar, what this means is that I drove 3 hours to just south of Washington DC and the car got loaded onto the train (her first train trip!) and I got aboard. Got a roomette which living up to its name was tiny but great. Train left around 4:30 pm and got into Sanford FL (near Orlando) at 9:30 the next morning. I love train travel. You get to meet bunches of people and have interesting conversation. My plan to catch up on my email was kaput as there was no wireless on the train. No big deal. I love sleeping on the train in my sleeper which during the day is two comfortable seats. My car was the 2nd one off the train (some people have to wait a couple of hours) so i was really lucky.
Drove another 3 plus hours, checked in to a hotel in Boynton Beach by the ocean and went to visit the parental units. Spent the afternoon and evening with them which was fine. The next morning I went to the ocean and remembered how much i love the ocean. Spent about 45 minutes just being in the ocean, getting past the breakers, doing a little swimming, trying some water aerobics (much more challenging than a pool). Showered up at the hotel and then spent all day with my parents and went back to the hotel about 8 pm. Next morning it was raining, but I didn't want to waste the fact that I was at the ocean, so I took a wonderful walk in the sand - had the beach totally to my self except for the lifeguards. Showered up and checked out. Spent the day with my parents and took off around 4 pm.
Drove north and stayed in Wildwood, FL. The next day was pretty much drive all day. Got as far as Athens GA. Lovely college town. Went to a very good Indian restaurant for dinner. Next day I was driving to Asheville NC which was only about a 3 hour drive. I had checked Craigs List and gotten some addresses for yard sales along my route. So I stopped at 3 yard sales and what was billed as the largest flea market in Georgia. The yard sales were quick stops - bought a tin at the first one, nothing at the next and 3 tins at the 3rd. The flea market was a hoot. Some of the things for sale were: mattresses, roosters, bunnies, cars, books, clothes, tools, junk, food (processed and fresh), crafts, furniture, major appliances - just about anything you can think of. Bought another 4 or 6 tins there.
Got to Asheville, checked into a hotel and called an acquaintance I have there. We arranged for me to come over Sunday morning so I could see her place and then we'd go out for brunch. Had a quiet evening and tried to catch up on the never ending email as well as spark just a bit.
Next morning went over to Robin's. We had taken a fabric dyeing class together about 3 years ago and at the time she was mostly illustrating children's books. She still does some of that but spent considerable time the last year fixing up this house she bought. She totally made the house hers and every room was totally her. Very fun as she is very visual. We then went and had a splendid brunch. I had a spinach artichoke frittata that was fabulous. We said our goodbyes and I was back on the road.
Had a 2 hour drive to get to Brasstown, NC and the John C Campbell Folk School which is my idea of heaven. I believe it was my 7th time there. I took a tin can art class (hence my yard sale and flea market buys.) There are at least 10 classes a week and it happened to be Dance Musicians' Week which meant that one of the classes was made up of people who play music for dancers - contradances, square dances, etc. What that meant for the rest of us is that there was music all the time like while we waited for lunch and there was a dance every night. My tin can art class was lots and lots and lots of fun. We made stuff out of tin cans - duh! Here are photos from our exhibit at the student show at the end of the week.
So what did I make?
A clock out of a large olive oil can - front and back view: