Monday, May 19, 2008

When You Find A Good Professional, Keep 'Um!

Having lived in Ashe County a little less than two years, I have had my chance to run through the list of people who don't really understand the meaning of "showing up" and/or getting the job done. However, I now know some good folks who do show up and fix the plumbing or beautify the property or remodel your home, room, or deck. So, periodically, I want to share with my blog readers the names of some of those who have done the job and who do show up and take seriously the meaning of professional! I think it important!

Need landscaping done? Need someone to test your lawn and soil? Need someone to help you get your property ready for building? I have the man....Call Jason Roark, Gradescapes LLC at or phone 1-828-406-9293. He'll do the job right! He's done a great job for me!

Have a great week!


Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Ashe Chamber's First Accommodations Road Show!

Today, I had the pleasure of participating in the Ashe Chamber of Commerce's "Accommodations Road Show." The Chamber realized, as did many members who were involved in the accommodations business, that many of us had not seen other properties in the county. Sometimes, we have requests that we cannot fill and need to gladly recommend someplace for a potential guest to stay while in our beautiful Ashe County. It was a great success; we all learned about properties and will certainly be able to recommend! Thanks, Ashe Chamber!

The road trip took us in some absolutely pristine and stunning areas of the county with beautiful, majestic mountains, valleys, lush and green, plowed fields ready to be planted for spring, old barns and barn art, and pretty white churches dotting the countryside. Ashe County is a jewel in North Carolina and should not be missed!

Come "Fiddle Around in Ashe County" with us.

It was a good day.


Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Birds of Ashe County and The Giving Tree

I put some bird feeders out last week and, of course, bought some bird seed...three kinds of it. I really didn't know what kind of seeds certain birds may enjoy, so I just made a selection. I assumed they had their likes and dislikes. Anyway, it's now out and the birds are having a feast!

One of the places I put a specially-built feeder, a little house without walls but a roof, was on the stump of a very old tree that was in my front yard. That old tree was sort of like the story from the children's book, The Giving Tree. How many years had its beauty given happiness to people who could marvel at its enormous size and stately look!

Sadly, I had to have that beautiful tree cut down last year; it was getting rotten and a huge limb had fallen very close to my house. But I asked the folks who cut it down (It took three days!) to leave the stump, a large one at that! It was sort of like that giving tree.

So today the birds are sharing in the feast of the bird feed I put out for them in the Giving Tree bird feeder. They can rest safely on that old stump in the little house and know that probably someone is watching them and enjoying it as much as the beauty the old tree once had for all of us who sat on the front porch and marveled.

Have a great day! Plant a tree. Feed a bird....