We flew into Asheville and stayed overnight on the Biltmore estate...8000 acres with the highlight being a 250 room French chateau. I'd love to be able to stay overnight in this place....I wonder if anyone gets to do that. I suppose if you are rich enough you can do anything.
|I couldn't figure out why I was seeing so many Rolls Royce's on the estate. The were having a Rolls Royce National Meet there.|
|The flowers were beautiful and there were lots of gardens. Unfortunately we didn't have the time to see them.|
|Love the detail of the internal staircase|
|V is for Vanderbilt|
|One of the fountains just outside the house.|
|Another fountain on the grounds.|
|And what house is complete without a lion....or two|
So...after a quick look around we headed up to Wild Acres. We went from sunny and warm in Asheville to foggy and rainy. We also went from total connectivity to no TV and very sporadic internet. I didn't miss the TV but I have to admit that I missed the internet.
|It was rainy and foggy a lot but I didn't mind. It made the place very magical and primeval|
|We were right in the middle of the forest.|
|One of the lodges and a view down to the patio|
|We stopped in the Gallery. My favorite piece was a paper mache rabbit by Margaret Couch Cogswell|
|And a wonderful exhibit by Wendy Marayuma on The wildLIFE Project.|
|Looking off the porch of the metals studio.|
|View off the second floor balcony of the metals studio.|
|The textile studio|
|It was all so lovely|
|Sam, Debbie, and Kathy|
|I love this building.|
And butterflies and pretty flowers.
|Loved the hand-made railing|
You could see the storms coming in across the mountains. Not more than 10 minutes after taking this picture we got rain.
And it didn't just rain....it RAAAINED buckets!!
But I kinda liked it. I'm not one for a hot weather and we have had that here in Cleveland. The rain was a nice break. And...it kept us in the studio. One night we worked until close to midnight. We came out to the fog.
|This picture isn't blurry...this was the fog. It was thick and I kept blinking my eyes because it seem only logical that I should be able to clear my vision...but I couldn't.|
|The walk-way coming down from the lodge.|
|This was the lodge we stayed in.|
|A view out over the mountains. As it got darker you could occasionally see headlights way off in the distance climbing up the mountain.|
I absolutely loved being able to get up in the morning and concentrate on making jewelry all day long...no budgets, no e-mails, no responsibility. Just working at the jeweler's bench all day and sometimes all night long.
|I wasn't as prolific as some but I did finish two pieces. I learned new skills and brushed up on some old ones. The piece on the right really challenged me because of the mistakes I made...but I also learned the most on that one.|