Yesterday we drove up to the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway for the monthly Carolina Woodturners meeting. This months presentation was a woman artist/woodturner/furniture maker who had a little different view of turning. She started out saying she understood if many in the audience didn’t like her approach. It was much more art and less functional wood and most of her pieces are painted with milkpaint. Here is her website http://www.finecrafts.org/Winkle/Gallery.htm. My tastes are pretty simple and plain and her work is definitely modern. I liked her presentation and we got some good ideas (candle holders) but you probably won’t see any of her work in our house.
Since it was a gorgeous day (75) we drove up to the Biltmore Estate for lunch outside and took a quick tour of their new exhibit. All kinds of spring flowers were coming up but no leaves on the trees yet. in mid April we will and take the rooftop tour and see their spring Festival of Flowers show which should be breath taking. Also will visit the new Antler Hill Village and take their new wine tour and wine tasting and have lunch. Hope it is a nice day.
My hurt knee is still recovering. Most of the time almost ok but steps still hard. Took a walking stick to Biltmore just to have more firm footing when I walked.
Last week Bob started his 8 week “build a workbench” class at the Woodworkers Guild. Today he started building a small fold down work space for the garage. He LOVES his workshop! I planted a few pansies outside.
Next week I start 3 eight week classes at Furman. I had signed up for a card making one but for some reason that got cancelled. Darn. I really need a refresher on what to do with the hundreds of dollars of card making supplies I have!
Tuesday Elder Wisdom, gathering to develop the potential for wisdom that we all have within us.
Tuesday Great Decisions 2010 which will discuss one of these topics each week – special envoys, Kenya, global crime, China, financial crisis, Russia, Persian Gulf and peacebuilding. My knowledge of world events is very lacking. We have reading each week before class. Should open up a whole new world for me.
Thursday The Dark Corner which I have talked about before. It is the mysterious region in the mountains near Greenville.
Tuesday is our 34th anniversary but Bob and I both have classes so it will be a low key anniversary.
Wednesday night we have orientation to the Commerce Club.
Friday day a tour at a company that is structured to be an engineering problem solver- teamaec.com
Friday night is a dance recital at Furman. We went last year and it was really, really good.
Add in three days of swimming and water aerobics and a sick kitty and it is the start of a busy spring.
The prickley pear trees popped open yesterday. Azaleas aren’t far behind. Someone asked me when the mountain laurel blooms and I haven’t been able to find that out.