Friday, July 29, 2016

Back to the Blue Ridge. . . . . . .



We've just enjoyed a short but sweet visit to western North Carolina.
We met up with some old friends and made some new ones, always fun.
The Blue Ridge Mountains shimmered in the 95F summer heat -
and the sunsets were beautiful. 

These were views from our hotel window. 

Driving home yesterday, the sun was bright , temperatures soaring into
 the nineties yet again. Leaving the higher mountains, the rolling hills were
 many shades of green, and the 'Carolina Blue' sky filled with puffy clouds,  
making the drive so enjoyable. We stopped for ice cream at the half way mark.
Arriving back in Raleigh the heat index was 108F! I quickly ran from the car 
into the cottage which felt wonderfully cool.

As I always say, there's no place like home!  




Monday, July 25, 2016

Turn up the heat!


What do you do in the heat of a Summer's day?

Well I had to turn on my oven yesterday and bake a batch
of blueberry muffins!
108F and I'm baking! Crazy, right?

We'll be out of town for a few days. I had a huge box of blues just
 screaming out to be packed into a light, old-fashioned style, cake batter.
A little grated nutmeg and a few crushed almonds scattered on the top.
A quick bake, thankfully, and then a pan of fresh muffins
to share with neighbors, stash in the freezer, with two 
left out for breakfast this morning.

Yum, they are really good, believe me!



Go HERE for an older post with this easy Blueberry Muffin recipe. . . . . 
if you're up for baking in the Summer heat!



Saturday, July 23, 2016

A beautiful day viewing the Ring of Kerry. . . . . . . . . .


Did I tell you I LOVED Ireland?
Of course I did, and here are some of the beautiful spots we visited 
whilst enjoying a perfect sunny day in the South West. . . . . . . .  
. . . . . . . around the famous Ring of Kerry.

View of the Skellig Islands, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Skellig Michael, the largest island 




Hopefully I'll have a chance to return again some day, there's so much
more to see!


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