Wonder tree!

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A wonder tree!  She may not be in an ideal location, considering her 125 year old ‘twin’ that came down in a wind storm earlier this summer–and has now been rendered into rounds for splitting to keep the house warm!–


But she’s a wonder when it comes to long pine needles.  Hers are nearly a foot long! This is an ideal length for learning the art of pine needle basket making!


And that’s what I’ve been up to this week!

Oh, there was a hike too—a re-run to the Smallwood overlook to introduce Jim to the view.  This could become our new ‘Scout’ Mountain hike; it’s the closest to home.

It wasn’t raining this time.  The panoramic views were pretty spectacular, other than the smoke!P1180310P1180290P1180305

Forest fires to the South are keeping the lid on our sunshine these days.

Smoky Morning [Photo taken at 7:30 AM]

P1180314…all the better for staying indoors and finishing up my first basket!


And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food… [and baskets!]  Gen. 2:9

The View from Here…

P1180088I got to discover a new trail this week, thanks to new friends who know this neck of the woods…


The rain we’ve been needing for so long decided to come just as we set off for our little hike..


It didn’t stop us from picking yummy blue  berries along the way–Huckleberries, I think, but so much tastier than the red ones we had on the coast.  (Sorry, no pictures, too busy munching and walking…)

P1180074As we got to the lookout, the rain came down in earnest, preventing my getting any really clear pictures of the view!P1180082

I was impressed nonetheless and hope to go again soon for some post-worthy pics! (and a chance to sit awhile without getting drenched!)



Till then…grateful for rain, new trails and new friends.