In talking with women friends there seems to be a general consensus that life feels cyclical. We plan for certain occurrences in our lives by season. This planning runs the gamut from birthdays, holidays used not only in celebration but as markers of life.
Summer time ends tomorrow and the patches of color dotting the burning bushes about town act as harbingers of the blazing color that will soon envelope the mountains of Western North Carolina but much like my friends I wanted one last brief examination of Summer time before plunging head long into one of my favorite Asheville season’s~Autumn.
We’ve owned the inn for a long time now begun as much younger versions of ourselves. We commenced our 18th year here on June 19. It has been a very busy summer punctuated with visits from repeat guests and introduction of many new ones.
Sometimes, the best way to identify that you live in a wonderful place is when family visits. My brother and his wife, Cindy visited this July. Being very well versed in concierge after all this time, I began the compilation of the list of “fun things to do.” In the making of the list, I could not help but be impressed, as I always am, with the circuit of really awesome activities available from zip lining, white water rafting, hiking of a lifetime to the more sedate activities of pub crawling to partake in our vibrant craft beer scene or gallery trolling in thorough examination of all the variant forms of art our city is known for. Whether you are into canvas, glass, metal, wood or fiber~you can likely find your heart’s desire in Asheville.
Meanwhile, things at the inn moved forward just as predictably as the hands of a clock. We refurbished the gravel in the parking lot and driveway, repaired a post on our back deck, had a, no pun intended, bird’s eye view to the birth of not one but two families of Robin’s. Beloved staff of long standing moved inevitably into new arenas of their lives and new staff members were introduced. The front door was re-varnished and looks lovely, a quasi, but very functional sprinkler system was installed to help our flora friends get through one of the driest summer seasons we’ve experienced since we arrived in Asheville. Mounting water usage enabled creative garden re-design thinking. In the aftermath, we made some really significant changes to the lay of the garden carving out some of the greenery to create simplicity and a less robust design resulting in some very awesome views of the waterfalls in the back. It all looked so fresh, invigorated and inspired, a complete window washing was in order so that all this work would not go to waste wanting the views from guest rooms to be just perfect. It was at this point standing in the garden or possibly the need to sit down for a spell… that we thought to really thoroughly clean the teak garden furniture we have spotted all about the garden to enhance guest enjoyment of this area.
If you will remember my starting of this blog about life being cyclical: so is activity. One thing starts, it’s finish creates another idea, spurring on yet but another…. each feeding on the impact and success of the last. Now that I’ve reviewed Summer time 2016, it is little wonder I got the Fall wreath up a bit earlier than Fall actually began. I think we might have been trying to cycle out of Summer before I spotted something else that needed tackling. Well, there’s always Summer 2017.