Exploring Charlotte

Last June we moved from Indianapolis to Charlotte to be closer to our children and grandchildren.  After living in the same home for 26 years, it was a tough move to make.  As much as I miss all my friends, it is one of the best decisions we have ever made.  We are busier than ever and get to see our family so much more.  In addition there is a whole new city to explore.  Saturday was a busy day and one filled with hidden discoveries in Charlotte.

persian_rugThe long runner my husband discovered at Classic Attic.  It was in great shape and we got a very good price for it.

My husband had discovered a place called Classic Attic, it is a great little consignment shop that is tucked into an unusual space.  It is on the backside of Park Road Shopping Center.  Normally, one would think this is where the dumpsters and employees park.  Not in Charlotte!  They  tuck the coolest things there.  It is a lower level than the Shopping Center… like a walk-out basement effect.

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In the map above is the shopping center.  I have marked my favorite spots with hearts.  Classic Attic is next door to one of the nicest garden shops.  Great plants I am going to have to go back and spend more time (money).  And then as we were leaving to go to a soccer game we passed a great little pub (also on the backside)  It had an outdoor area with umbrellas and beautiful blooms.  It was located just under a walkway that went from the shopping center to a group of apartments.  So quaint.  Sir Edmond Halley’s

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This was our table.  The food was wonderful.  We ordered something quick so we wouldn’t be late for the game.  A cuban with sweet potato fries.

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What would we do without our cell phones and Instagram?
And a nicer view of the outside of the restaurant.

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From there we went to the soccer game at Dillworth Elementary which is worthy of photos, too, but I was watching the game….kind of.

Next stop Farmer’s Market on King.

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The plants, the plants!  I purchased a couple of sweet potato vines, vinca and some mosquito plants that smell like lemons!

veggiesThe veggies were awesome as were the strawberries.

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We couldn’t get home without some of these!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

A Brief Visit to Brookgreen Gardens

bg_path_cr_sm“God made a beauteous garden
With lovely flowers strown,
But one straight, narrow pathway
That was not overgrown.
And to this beauteous garden
He brought mankind to live,
And said “To you, my children,
These lovely flowers I give.
Prune ye my vines and fig trees,
With care my flowers tend,
But keep the pathway open
Your home is at the end.”

God’s Garden”
Robert Frost

bg_foxglove_1_pos_smThe Foxglove were beautiful and plentiful.

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Everyone might not see the beauty I see in this moss hanging from one of the great Oaks.  I love the tangled chaos of color.

More to come….later.

Basketball Weekend – Duke University

I am a big college basketball fan.  And as it happens, Duke is my favorite.  We were lucky to get seats or standing room for the last meeting between Duke and Maryland as an ACC competition.  While waiting for the game we walked around the beautiful campus.  Above is the Duke Chapel.

We enjoyed the campus and then on to Cameron to experience the Cameron Crazies and the unique experience that is a Duke home basketball game.

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The Cameron Crazies were wild and ready for the cameras with their wild apparel, looks and signs.  The theme was Maryland leaving the ACC for the Big 10.

coaching moment_2_lighten sponge_smWith all the yelling and commotion going on around me, it was nice to take note of this quiet teaching moment.

huddle4_smWhile there are no  bad seats in Cameron…. some seats are definitely better than others.  Tough game and luckily the score ended with Duke in the lead…barely.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Happy

These photos all depict something that makes me happy.  First of all, photography makes me happy.  Editing and creating photos makes me happy.  The photos are in no specific order, but family and grandchildren make my life very happy.  I love the water whether it be ocean, lake, river, stream or even the bathtub.  I love taking photos of animals, gardens and nature in general.  It takes me outside of myself and stills my mind.  I love travel and absorbing new sights, sounds and knowledge. I also love books, knitting and quilting, but I will save those for another time.

This has been fun learning to use the gallery skills.  I will be sure and try it again.  For more Happy photos go here.

Flickr Comments Story Challenge – N is for Nautical

N is for Nautical.  I love taking pictures of boats.  If I didn’t get so darn seasick I would think that living on the sea in a cozy cabin rocking gently and reading or knitting would be a perfect life.  Of course, I don’t like to fish or clean fish, so maybe just sitting at the dock and living close to a grocery store would be great, too.  A lot of people do it.  I can tell these boats are not the stay at dock types.  These are fishing boats I saw in Alaska when I was on a whale watching tour.  Aren’t they beautiful?

For more N stories visit here.