Monday, August 29, 2011

Lovely Lovely North Carolina

Hello friends.  I'm home, and I have to say my trip to North Carolina was all I'd hoped for.  Being in Maggie Valley reminded me of one of my favorite Judy Collins songs, "Times Passes Slowly" -- remember this? 

(click play and you can listen while you read if you'd like to)

I honestly did feel as if the passage of time had slowed down and I had a lovely sense of comfort and contentment while I was there -- as if my dear old granny had just draped a warm shawl over my shoulders and sat down with me on the porch to shell a lap full of peas while chatting softly about the simple events of the day as the sun gently floated down behind the mountains.  It was so very lovely and peaceful.

And there were lots and lots of flowers everywhere.

This beautiful creek was about 50 feet from my bedroom window.

I wanted to wade in but never did -- just watched it flow.

There were soul quenching green leafy glades all around.

And beautiful meadows.

Just one of so many pretty farms in the area.

I think this once lovely old farmhouse might have been the former home of a Moody relative -- it's on Moody Farm Rd. -- right down the road from where I stayed.  And there are still many Moodys in Maggie Valley.  I asked a friendly woman in one of the shops if she knew any Moodys in the area, and she looked at me as if I might be a little simple and told me that half the town is Moodys (as if anyone in their right mind would know that).

My grandfather's name was Jim Moody (James actually), but this was another Jim Moody (no doubt related to my grandfather).  This is the road that led up the mountain to one of the Moody cemeteries I visited.

Maybe it seems odd to think of a cemetery as beautiful, but it was.  When I came up over the hill and saw this amazing view, it really took my breath away (the beauty of it, not the climb up the hill ^v^).  It reminded me of some of the cemeteries I saw in Ireland and Scotland years ago.  As family lore tells us, the Moodys originally came from Scotland .

I thought it was so touching that there's a broom left on the gate of this Moody cemetery (there were at least 2 Moody cemeteries).  And you could tell both of them were carefully and lovingly tended.

Just outside the gates of the cemetery.

I must check my mom's book of the family history to see if I can find this ancestor.  This is just one of many Moody graves I found.

I took so many pictures while I was in North Carolina that it will take me a while to plow through them all (Picasa & Blogger are running slow as molasses today).  Anyhoo, I am the kind of picture taker (not a photographer - at all) who must take about 500 photos in order to get 10 decent ones.  I hope I don't bore you to tears with my tales of North Carolina, but I'll be back soon with more to tell. 

Wishing you a lovely peaceful week,

♥ ♥ ♥


Wonder how many times I said lovely in this post?  I just couldn't help it -- everything just was so very lovely ^v^.


GretchenJoanna said...

A valley named Maggie? Right there you've grabbed me...I am feeling the peace and comfort. The cemetery definitely is beautiful -- I have never seen one that is so green and lush. I love cemeteries.

I hope you do tell more tales and throw in a few more pictures, too!

Cathy said...

Glad you have returned with wonderful memories. NC is a state of great variation, lovely from coast to mountians...I should know!

Gigi said...

Hi GJ!
It was really lovely (how many times have I used that word in this post ;)?). I'm a little sad to be back in the desert, but we're finally supposed to get some rain this weekend -- I'm hoping!

Gigi said...

Hi Cathy!
If you tell me you live in NC, I'm going to be so jealous. I just love it and would move there in a heartbeat if I could!

stitching under oaks said...

so glad you had a great time! Looks like a wonderful place for renewing and refreshing! Can't wait to see the rest of the pictures.

Jess said...

Simply beautiful!! Do share more! It's 'lovely'. ;) It really is, and so are you!!

Jess said...

Oh and I just love that Judy Collins song!! I haven't heard that one before. Perfect!!

Tabiboo said...

That is so lovely - words, pictures and the song.

take care,

Nina x

From All Stitched Up said...

I love your pictures and words. It was a lovely little vacation for me this afternoon reading your blog.

Gumbo Lily said...

What beauty all around! The deep green cemetery with rolling hills is just lovely, even if it is a cemetery. It reminds me of some we saw in England a few years back.

I'm glad you shared your pictures with us.


Pom Pom said...

Hi G! Wow! It sounds like your vacation was WONDERFUL! There are so many pretty places in our land, don't you think? LOVE your pics!

Gigi said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comments Ladies!

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