Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mountains, Sisters and Black and White

The tilers started on the master bath yesterday. Here is the floor, so far. This pattern will be on the bathroom and shower floor. The subway tiles will be on the shower walls and also on the bathroom walls about 1/3 the way up. It is looking great!


One of my sisters is here visiting this week and another sister arrives next week. The Blue Ridge Parkway is about 5 minutes from my new house. Today we packed a picnic of Brie, fresh apples, crisp white wine and a baguette and went for a drive on the Parkway to see the fall leaves.

We traveled to Mount Mitchel, which is the highest peak east of the Mississippi at 6684 feet above sea level.


As we left the parking lot to hike up to the observatory tower we saw snow!!



And someone had made this cute little snow man. It stood about 12 inches tall and had a moss hat. (you can click on the pictures to enlarge)



Here is a view from the very top of Mount Mitchel. The mountains go on for miles and miles. You can see a couple of states from here.




Below is a picture of the road we traveled to get to the top.


The weather was perfect today. The skies were blue and the views spectacular! Hope you are having a wonderful fall week!
Welcome Home,
Penny

27 comments:

Kathleen Grace said...

Love, love, love the floor! And oh those mountains~sigh~!

Thirkellgirl said...

The first time I was on Mt. Mitchell, I was about four, and my dad about drove off the mountain with his little pop-up tent-trailer trying to park in the dark. The second time was about 13 years ago and I had a migraine and we encountered a hailstorm, two days after we'd just picked up our brand-new Taurus wagon. And the third time was a few years ago when dear daughter was making a college visit to Montreat, and THAT was a lovely day in October! Love your photos, always. And I loooove your tile!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I get goosebumps knowing you are that close to the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway! Wonderful post, Penny! My friend Gwyn is over at Nags Head this week. I should tell her to come home, via the pkwy, so she can see some snow!:-)

I love your tile floor!!

Donna said...

Wow, Mt. Mitchell is beautiful! I can't believe there is snow already, and what a cute snowman. How nice to have your sister with you.

Love the tiles!

Hugs,
Donna

Pen Pen said...

I got butterflies in my stomach, looking out over the mountains in your pic's. I miss living there! Your black and white tile is gorgeous!

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Hi Penny,
How wonderful for you and your sisters to have a chance to visit. I bet its a nice brake from all the painting and cleaning!.
I do love the black and white flooring, very retro.
Everything looks like its coming along beautifully!.
Enjoy your day,
Elizabeth

~~~ M ~~~ said...

I was laughing at your post, Penny. The views from the mountaintop are truly beautiful! But where I live in Colorado, my house is at basically the same altitude as Mt Mitchell. And we have snow on our yard (which is unusual this early in the season, but winter seems to be hitting early anyway.) Etc!

Your house is coming along beautifully, but we all knew it would because you have such fabulous taste! Love checking in on your blog!

:-) Marilyn

Beverly said...

The view from Mt. Mitchell is always glorious. Are you seeing a lot of leaf color around you?

Love the tile. Have fun with your sister.

Rue said...

I am in LOVE with that tile Penny! I want to put it in our kitchen, but it'll have to wait until we get the other 4 billion projects done LOL

The picnic sounded as wonderful as the views you had :)

xoxo,
rue

Lee Laurie said...

I love thoses tiles! Those mountain pictures are gorgeous too! Glad you had a great visit with your family.

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Shelley said...

That tile is perfect in that bathroom Penny! Love it! And sounds like a great visit w/ your sisters. I think I might steal your idea to go on a picnic w/ the hubby and bring some of the items you mentioned - especially the brie and wine - my faves! (Next week is our anniversary!)
Hugs to you,
Shelley

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That looks very nice! And I love your photos! Time for us to drive up there, too! Did you stop at Earth Fare for your snacks? What fun!

pennythequeen/queeniep said...

I recently ran across your blog. Love the bathroom floor and all of your renovations, and of course the name !

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

What a wonderful way to spend a day!
The floor is looking mighty fine!

Beverly said...

That floor is going to look so nice! I just loved the little snowman...My son made one that looked almost like that last year.

Ginger said...

Penny,
You live is such a beautiful area, what a blessing. Your tile is going to be gorgeous. I will keep coming back to see all of your up dates.
Ginger

Cottage Sisters said...

Penny,
My sister and I love your blogs so much. MY in-laws just moved from your neck of the woods after 15 years. I really loved all the time we spent visiting them. Your homes, both of them remind me so much of what they had when they were there. Your mosaics and your decorating are truly lovely. Thanks for sharing.

bj said...

L.O.V.E. that tile, Penny. You knew I would, tho!! :)

Beautiful country and i know the picnic was wonderful.

cindymeguiar@yahoo.com said...

Beautiful scenery! We are headed to Hendersonville on Saturday for apples.....just a VERY fast day trip but I am REALLY looking forward to it!

Angie said...

You live in such a beautiful area! Love that tile!!!

Fifi Flowers said...

GORGEOUS view!!!
ENJOY your time with sisters!

Sue said...

What views!!! love the tile and gad to see you taking a nice break from the moving and the unpacking....and what better way to do that then with Brie and French bread...

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

Having a lovely day here! Well, it's now evening and dark. I love your tiles! I can't to see the rest of the house.
Brenda

LW said...

The floor looks wonderful, good choice.

We had snow last Friday; I was not a happy camper....

Louise

LW said...

The floor looks wonderful, good choice.

We had snow last Friday; I was not a happy camper....

Louise

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Penny; What beautiful views, and love that cute snow man... I hope you have a lovely time with your two sisters... the tile on the bath room floor is just beautiful... have a great weekend..

Hugs;
Alaura

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

My family has camped there Penny in the summer and it was sooooooo cold. We had to go back down the mountain and buy warm weather clothes. Oh it was cold! At least that's what I remember. I was only like 13.