Memorial Day Poppies are a beautiful legacy from the horrors of World War I -- The Great War, the War to End All Wars...
For some years now, North Carolina has done wonderful roadside plantings -- including these poppies on a highway near me. I always stop and take pictures and wonder why I don't plant these beauties at home...
The poppies, of course, are inspired by the famous WWI poem by Lt. Col. John McRae. (There's a touching story about the poem's creation HERE.)
Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between
the crosses row on row, That
mark our place; and in the sky The
larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce
heard amid the guns below. We
are the Dead. Short days ago We
lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved
and were loved, and now we lie In
Flanders fields. Take
up our quarrel with the foe: To
you from failing hands we throw The
torch; be yours to hold it high. If
ye break faith with us who die We
shall not sleep, though poppies grow In
I wonder how many seeing the poppies know where Flanders or Ypres were...
The poppies were blowing in the wind on the day I stopped to photograph them.
So fragile, so beautiful, so quickly gone -- like our little lives.
Corn, tomatoes, peppers, squash, beans, cucumbers, broccoli, kale, collards, lettuce, to name a few, are the staples of our garden. But it's always fun to try something new.
Tipper, over at BLIND PIG , sent me some seeds from a local (Asheville) company that sells heirloom, non-GMO seeds. I'm excited to learn about Sow True -- these days when Monsanto seems to be trying to take over agriculture, I think it's vital to support our small, independent companies. And I've never grown lima beans -- I look forward to seeing what Dixie Speckled Butterpea Bush Beans taste like!
And then there's the Glass Gem corn! There was a drawing on Facebook to win five seeds of this gorgeous corn and I carried on in public about how much I wanted to win.
I didn't win but Dannie, a friend in my writing class, found seeds on ebay and presented me with a little silken bag containing ten!
I started the little jewels on the porch and when they'd made some size. transplanted them to their special spot in the garden -- right next to the Dixie Speckled Butterpeas!
Last of all -- artichokes! Inspired by my one artichoke plant (now in its fourth year) that produced five artichokes last summer, I've been pestering the good folks at Reems CreekNursery about artichoke plants. Finally Ruth called to let me know they were ready and I had her set aside eight for me
I tucked those babies into the bed above the rock wall and am nourishing visions of an overflowing abundance of artichokes in the coming years.
June 1o - Speaking at a luncheon at Montreat College
June 25-July 1 -- John C. Campbell Folk School. I'll be teaching A Practical Guide to Writing Popular Fiction. Your novel starts here with this intense, week-long class. We will focus on writing realistic dialogue and creating characters that move through and interact with a fully realized setting. We will discuss different approaches to plotting, tricks for building suspense, means of ensuring continuity, and the avoidance of info dumps. We'll also talk about forming or joining critique groups, the ins and outs of self editing, agents and how to query them, as well as the various publishing alternatives available today. All levels welcome. Link to JCC HERE.
July 8-15 Wildacres Writing Workshop. I will be leading a workshop on the novel. Here's your chance to spend a week surrounded by writers of all sorts. More info for 2017 HERE.
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I'm the author of The Elizabeth Goodweather Full Circle Farm Appalachian Mysteries from Bantam Dell. The series includes SIGNS IN THE BLOOD (LA MONTAGNE DES SECRETS in France), ART'S BLOOD, (LE SECRET DES APPALACHES in France,) OLD WOUNDS,IN A DARK SEASON (Anthony Nominee, Best PBO), and UNDER THE SKIN. There's also THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS (a spinoff/standalone)chronicling the unexpected life story of Miss Birdie, one of Elizabeth's neighbors.
Currently I have just completed a historical novel, dealing with a massacre in my county during the Civil War.
I came to this weird business late (my first novel was published in 2005) and am still trying to figure it out.
As my novels are set in a place much like my real life home, I thought I'd use this blog to share pictures of our farm and county. I've been blogging for nearly nine years now, on an almost daily basis, and the topics have ranged from writing, chickens, food, books, quilts, flora and fauna of all sorts, to the occasional tiny rant. There's no plan, but there are lots of pictures.
There's more information about me and my books on my web site: http://vickilanemysteries.com/