Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The end of another great season!

Every year this time when the weather turns a little cooler and the flowers slow down we stop going to the Market.

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We enjoy our time at the market, but all good things must come to an end. We will miss moments like these that make you squeal...

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And, moments like this that just make you smile from the inside out!

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We will miss seeing our buddy, Joe! There's no one that can make you smile like Joe does.

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With each summer market season we continue to build our friendships that go back to our first year 8 seasons ago! Like our friend, Taco, and his mom!

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And, Mrs. Moyer, our dear sweet friend who comes rain or shine to pick up her flowers for church and give us hugs...

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We will miss all of you, our new friends...

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And, old ones!

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And, Charlie will REALLY miss his time the most we know! He's adapted quite well to his role as "Market Dog" don't you think? Any dog that will let kids put stickers all over him has to be pretty awesome! We sure do think so!  We'd like to thank each of you for loving our family and our fur-child! We thank you for your hugs, your well wishes, and your support each and every week and throughout the year! We love all of you!

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As I've said many many times before...it's not about selling flowers and soap for us! It's about being with you, our friends, each and every week! Be blessed and we hope to see you before next market season!



Monday, September 15, 2014

Mountain Bike Monday - Biking and History All in One

So, we started out our Sunday ride yesterday at the Petersburg National Battlefield. We decided to mix in some off and on - road riding to vary up the scenery, etc.

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It was a GREAT day for a ride. Even a little chilly at the start! Definitely getting to be fall weather!

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Many others were enjoying the trails and the day as well! Lots of 4-legged creatures! The owner of this horse asked if the horse could smell Dynamo's bike! Of course!

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We thought that was a pretty good idea! Instead of making a big deal over the bikes, let the horse go up to the person and the bike to check things out!

The yellow wild flowers/weeds were in full bloom!

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We just love the section over by the creek! It's so green and pretty!

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And, all of the new fancy bridges are super awesome!

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But, the best part of the ride was running into our friend working at the park. Yesterday, he was in full attire and we stopped to for a history lesson!

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We checked out the officer's quarters...

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Doesn't he really look authentic?

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He even got to fire the gun!! Too cool!

We had to get a group picture together!

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It was a great day!!



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Market days are happy days!

When I see this pic it just makes me smile!

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Market days are such happy days!

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There's no reason to be sad here because life is good!

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The market is a chance to have a girls' morning out...

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Or time with your honey...

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It's mommy and baby time...

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And, family time...

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It's time for laughter...

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And, time for Charlie lovin'!!

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Thanks for your continued support! We'll see you Saturday!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

End of summer beachin'

Every year around this time we take a beach trip to get away and relax a little. Usually we go to Southport, North Carolina. This year we decided to try another small NC town, Beaufort. And, what a lovely place it was!

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We stayed at the Ann Street Inn, a quaint bed and breakfast, central to all of the restaurants, etc. in town.

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The town was beautiful! Most homes were at least 100 years old. Almost every one had a plaque indicating the house name and the year it was built.

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Town was small, but just enough to have what you needed!

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The waterfront boardwalk was so pretty!

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Dynamo starting taking my picture since I was always taking his!

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In town there is a ship building building and museum.

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Over the few days we really experienced the area! The first evening we ate at Aqua Restaurant!

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It was yummy! Then, the first full day we ventured over to Atlantic Beach and Fort Macon.

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We relaxed on the beach and hunted for shells!

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We found lots of clear rocks that looked a lot like sea glass!

For dinner we went to Spouter Inn and sat on the deck and enjoyed the view!

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The bread was amazing there! They have their own bakery!

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The next day was a little questionable weather wise, but we really didn't want to miss out on the great shelling we had heard about over on Shackleford Banks!

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You could only get there by ferry so we ventured over to see what it was all about!

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It was a nice 15 minute boat ride over to the island. We got to see the town from the waterview!

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The captain was quite friendly and helpful! They promised to come and get us if the weather turned bad! But, it actually turned out to be so nice and so much fun we called to ask if we could stay longer!

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We walked as far as your eye could see until it started drizzling and then turned back! Look at some of the cool shells we found!

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The water was rough and the shells were just rolling onto the beach! Dynamo found so many beautiful shells. More than we could carry!! We had to leave some behind! But, we had so much fun hunting! My legs were so sore the next day from running and fighting the waves!

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Back in town that evening we found what appeared to be a heart in the sidewalk!

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We ate at The Cedars that evening! It was delicious!!

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And so pretty too...

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One thing is for sure...the food in this town was AMAZING!!!!

The next day we decided to ride over to Harkers Island to catch the ferry to Cape Lookout National Seashore and Lighthouse! On our way we stopped and grabbed a bite at the Fish Hook Grill.

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The ferry ride was a quick 15 minutes and on the way the captain stopped for us to take pictures of a wild horse eating on Shackleford Banks Island.

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The horse didn't even care that we were there. It just kept eating.

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We hopped off of the ferry at the lighthouse and snapped a couple of pics...

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We learned that the black diamonds mean north and south while the white diamonds mean east and west!

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The beach was so gorgeous. Not many were out visiting the national park that day! It was like we had the whole island to ourselves!

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We hopped onto the "Mule Train" and got a short tour of part of the island and were dropped off at "the point". It's the very tip of the island where the Atlantic meets the sound. The view took our breath away!

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It was nothing but sand and water meeting the sky!

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Not a soul around! You could see where the water covers the sand at high tide.

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The tour guide dropped us off for a couple of hours and left us to hunt shells! Us and another couple of people hunted and found whole conch shells galore! It was like our own private island.

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And, back we had to go to catch the ferry back to the mainland! Did you know that the island has over 50 miles of rustic roads that run along the beach? You can camp there to experience the whole beauty of the island. Dynamo and I would love to go back and do this! It was truly one of the most beautiful places we have seen. We are so thankful that it is preserved as a park.

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There are a few signs here and there...

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The tour guide was excellent. He knew the island well from his days in the Coast Guard while stationed there. This place truly is a national treasure! We had such a fun filled day adventuring together! We are so blessed to have one another to experience life with. God has created so many beautiful places for us to enjoy!

Here are some more pics of the town's scenery...

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And we were able to set the camera up and take a pic of ourselves...

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And one more!

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The last night we ate at the Blue Moon Bistro!

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It was the best eggplant lasagna I've ever had! And, the red velvet cake was to die for!

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I'm telling you...the food in this town is unmatched! We wish we had more time to try more of the restaurants! We will have to go back because there's still so much we didn't get to do!

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And, on our way home we stopped in Oriental, NC, which is the sailing capital of North Carolina!

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And, here's a pic of all of the shells once we got them home!

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We are looking forward to going back and visiting more around the area. There's Emerald Isle, Hammocks Beach State Park, and so much more! Hopefully next year! It was a nice time together. I treasure our one-on-one times. Life gets so busy that sometimes it's nice to slow down and relax together! Thank you, Dynamo, for a wonderful time. I love you always!