|The Cardinal that came to breakfast|
Today is hand over the $$ day, or Tax Day. It's also the last day of volunteering at the Blue Ridge Assembly YMCA for Ila and myself. HURRAH! On the flip side, I'll miss sitting at the cabin window, watching those southern tweeties come and go. I'm really going to miss the Carolina Chickadees, my resident Black & White Warbler & Eastern Phoebe, not to mention the boisterous & LOUD Tufted Titmouses - "PETER! PETER! PETER!"
Oh, and will miss the magical, mystical floating Down Woodpecker. How does it defy gravity?
|One of numerous beautiful buildings on the Arboretum grounds|
Wow, this is what I had hoped for yesterday & didn't get at the Asheville Nature Center; a massive grounds teeming with North Carolina horticulture and birds. There were deep rose blossoms on a huge magnolia, thick groupings of tulips and ranunculus in shallow clay saucers and row after row of imaginative plant placement.
|Ila getting info suggestions for hiking at the Arboretum|
Ila and I enjoyed the grounds each in our own way, Ila admiring the settings and statues, me... yes, I chased birds around with my long lens camera.
|Loads of Black-throated Green Warblers singing in the Arboretum gardens|
Too soon we had to head back to the Y for my final two hour shift at the Eureka Cafe.
|Lemon Cress Pie|
During my shift Miss Vickie, a supervisor dropped by and she was darn near loopy with exhaustion for her long, long work hours. She giggled like a kid, which as a aspect of her personality I found refreshing. We three chatted about southern baking - Caramel Pound Cake, Oatmeal Pie and Lemon Cress Pie which Ila and I got to sample at dinner one evening - interesting!
It was a great last shift, to end my fortnight at the Y. Tomorrow it's time to hit the road.