Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sewanee arts and nature touring

A wonderful 5 nights in Sewanee enjoying the beautiful spring ... arts, athletic competition, training, hiking, and a party at Ellis's place.

After waking up to and watching the Boston Marathon on Monday, we went to visit Ed C. at the Iona Arts Gallery.   Ed gave us a lengthy and generous tour.   He's wonderful fellow with a very interesting spiritual and mystic connection to his art.  We'll be seeing him again soon I expect.  A super artist and interesting person.

We also visited the University Gallery, named after Ed.   Lastly, we visited the fine art of nature on the bluff.

Artist Ed C., explains his work at IONA art barn

Roya at the University Gallery
KA Point

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Thumping Dick hike

Today, we saw a new site on the Sewanee Domain for the first time.  I was joined on the hike into Thumping Dick Hollow  by Roya and Nancy.

The hike was very steep along Thumping Dick Creek as we descended to the two caves.   Near the second cave we found numerous interesting flower species.   Jack-in-the-Pulpit was my favorite.

Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit), is an herbaceous plant that lures insects into it's center for pollination.   Unlike the 'pitcher plant' ... it is not carnivorous, as some believe, although, it frequently kills small flies that get lured in because the plant contains toxic oxalic acid.

Awesome spring weather, one of the best times to be in Sewanee.


the mouth of a jack-in-the-pulpit

Roya at Solomon's Temple Cave - Thumping Dick Hollow

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

From 70ºs to snow

Waking up on April 15 to snow on the mountain.   The north wind was blowing the  snow sideways.  I can't recall a later snowfall in TN, although it was just a dusting.   It's already been 80º in Murfreesboro and my pool is open with all the plants out... and guess what?  A freeze warning issued for tonight with temperatures expected in the upper 20sº.   Great ... I know what I'll be doing after work tonight.

Saturday was a picture perfect warm day, although a bit windy.  Thursday through Saturday brought mid 70sº and then ... wham.

I would have bet we were done with freezing weather weeks ago.  But, I can confidently say ... this will be our last snow of the season.

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Family photo with my cousins and Aunt Betty in Louisville.

Betty, Theresa, Lorinda, Mary
Marcia, me, Susan

I also saw cousin Daniel.  A nice visit, good conversation.  Wishing the best for uncle Flory who was in the hospital.