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Chrysanthemums, pumpkins, and gourds … oh, my!

By Lynn R. Mitchell

1Oh my heavens! In mid-September my sister and I stumbled into Blue Ribbon Nursery and Landscaping in Broadway … and it was decked out for fall and Halloween. What a show! Pumpkins, gourds, mums of all sizes, garden flags, wreaths, decor … whatever you need for your autumn decorating needs, chances are you’ll find it and get into the spirit of the season.

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Autumn travel and leaf peeping in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley

By Lynn R. Mitchell
Originally published in the Washington Examiner, October 4, 2010 – Updated

17Now that autumn has arrived in the Shenandoah Valley, October’s calendar is full of festivals and events for those who wish to enjoy cooler temperatures and colorful leaves. If waiting until the fall color show hits its peak, be sure to check out Virginia Tourism’s Fall Color Hotline at 1-800-424-LOVE or check the Fall Color report.

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European pastries for the birthday girl

By Lynn R. Mitchell

12To celebrate daughter Katy’s birthday while out to dinner last weekend, what better way to up the sugar intake than with an assortment of fine European pastries, thanks to Giancarlo’s Fine European Pastries in Staunton?

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A little girl named Katy

By Lynn R. Mitchell

1 Wearing Pappaw’s hat – age 3.

Happy Birthday to my sweet girl!

In 1987, October 3 was a Saturday just as it is this year which has opened a flood gate of memories that take me back to twenty-eight years ago today. It had been warm in Iredell County, NC, that fall — typical for our western Carolina location — but a cold front was expected to pass through on Friday night, October 2, that would significantly cool down our area located at the Brushy Mountains, the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Even though I was nine months pregnant, we were preparing to attend the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival just as we did every year, located thirty minutes up the road in North Wilkesboro.

The expected cold front came through that Friday night, and Saturday was overcast and cool but instead of attending the festival, we began the day with the newest member of our little family. Three-year-old Matt was at the hospital with us, sleeping on my bed and watching Saturday morning cartoons as he waited to find out if he had a little baby brother or sister.  We had two names picked out: Katelyn for a girl, and Andrew for a boy. We got our Katelyn and her dad promptly wrote “Katy” on the name card located in her nursery bassinet.

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Weather causes closures on Blue Ridge Parkway

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By Lynn R. Mitchell

From Virtual Blue Ridge website:

Due to heavy rain, high winds, and the threat of historic flooding, many sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway are closed through this weekend or until further notice.

View the complete list of closures and cancellations before planning your Parkway excursions, and check back regularly with our Real-Time Road Closures Interactive Map.

They advise that, above all, be smart, use extreme caution, and stay safe.

Most of the closures are in North Carolina and some are in Virginia so be sure to check the website for up-to-date information.

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell

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Back roads, sheep farms, mountain vistas of Highland County

By Lynn R. Mitchell

32Highland County is also known as Virginia’s “Little Switzerland” because of its mountains and sheep. Sparsely populated, the vistas year round are exceptionally stunning but in the fall vibrant oranges, reds, and golds make the mountain slopes come alive with color. These photos were taken on September 30 when only the far western part of the county was at peak but the next week will see big changes as the autumn color show moves east. (For more photos see Fall colors brighten western Highland County.)

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Fall colors brighten western Highland County

By Lynn R. Mitchell

15With a hurricane tracking toward the East Coast and weather forecasters discussing a “perfect storm” of high winds and historic rainfalls within a few days, we took advantage of the break in the weather on Wednesday, September 30, and headed out Route 250 west of Staunton as we looked for fall. We found it at the high elevations of western Highland County at the West Virginia state line — the bright oranges, red, and golds that will spread eastward over the next weeks.

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Jeb brings presidential campaign to Bristol, helps Virginia senate candidates

By Lynn R. Mitchell

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Governor Jeb Bush. September 24, 2015. Bristol, Virginia.

4Governor Jeb Bush (center) with Senators Ryan McDougle and Bill Carrico (right) and senate candidate Nancy Dye and Senator Ben Chafin (left).

Impressive. That was my first thought reflecting on Thursday’s fundraiser with Governor Jeb Bush to help Republican state senate candidates retain their majority in Virginia’s General Assembly. In an election year when all 40 seats are up for reelection, Republicans hold a slim 21-19 lead. Demonstrating the team effort that has been stressed as absolutely necessity, Governor Bush emphasized, “We have to be a team of conservatives that reach out to everybody to win.”

It wasn’t his first time helping Virginia Republicans. Earlier this year he donated $10,000 to the cash-strapped Republican Party of Virginia.

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Back roads: Historic truss bridge over Wolf Creek in Bland County

By Lynn R. Mitchell

5The road less traveled is usually the one I will take when exploring the back roads of Virginia because life happens on the back roads. That is where you will find abandoned bridges like this one in Bland County — the old Route 61 truss bridge over Wolf Creek at Rocky Gap (intersection of Rt. 61, Rt. 52, and I-77). The road is blocked by guardrail that is now graffiti-covered and the area was very overgrown on the mid-September day when we happened upon it. Wary of snakes, I didn’t go past the roadblock but if we’re back that way in winter, it would be interesting to explore the bridge since it is noted on Bridgehunter.com as open to pedestrians. It was in amazingly good shape with no rotting boards.

Bridgehunter also noted the bridge was built as a railroad bridge in 1890 and opened to vehicles in 1946 when the railroad was discontinued. It was abandoned in 1987 when the road was straightened, behind where I stood to take this photo, with a concrete bridge that allows two-way traffic. The bridge was posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 7, 2011.

6Travel route: From Blacksburg we took Rt. 460 west to the picturesque little town of Narrows in Giles County where we picked up Rt. 61, crossed the New River, and followed Wolf Creek through the mountains of Giles and Bland County on our way to Bluefield, West Virginia. This was just one of the interesting sights along the way, typical of meandering the back roads of America.

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
September 17, 2015

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House Mountain

By Lynn R. Mitchell

House Mountain 1House Mountain, September 15, 2015.

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell

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Remembering a very special day

1Three years ago … September 15, 2012 … a beautiful mid-September day when SWAC Daughter married SWAC Son-in-Law at House Mountain in Rockbridge County west of Lexington. With the Virginia mountains as a backdrop, it was a very special occasion for family, friends, and colleagues to come together to celebrate the joining of two families. We danced into the night and held onto the memories. Three years ago today….

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Late summer in the Blue Ridge Mountains

5Hazy Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia in late summer.

By Lynn R. Mitchell
August 2015

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‘Steppin’ Out’ for a good time in downtown Blacksburg

Blacksburg 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

Downtown Blacksburg celebrated the 35th Annual Steppin’ Out Summer Festival this weekend as thousands packed the streets to check out hundreds of vendor and food tents while listening to toe-tapping live entertainment coming from several outdoors stages. Streets were blocked off Friday morning for the two-day event, and the crowds that were small during the day swelled in late afternoon and into the night. Overcast skies kept August temperatures in the comfortable low 70s.

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1The event is sponsored by the Downtown Blacksburg association that provided free admission, free parking, and free bus shuttle.

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Happy Birthday, Kurt Michael, from all of us at LynnRMitchell.com

Happy Birthday 1Everyone at LynnRMitchell.com wishes the happiest of birthdays to our managing editor

Dr. Kurt Michael!

He has met many people along the way so here’s a little walk down Memory Lane. We’ve had an exciting year that will continue and only get bigger as we grow. Wishing this long-time friend many more birthdays!

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” –Galatians 6:9

??????????Kurt and Ed Gillespie

18aLieutenant Governor Bill Bolling and Kurt at the Capitol.

??????????Governor Mitt Romney and Kurt

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It was hot out there today … and other miscellaneous thoughts

By Lynn R. Mitchell

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Thank goodness there was a fairly blustery breeze most of today because it was hot — 88 degrees and humid — but much nicer in the shade if you weren’t doing much. Yesterday’s half-finished flower garden didn’t get any attention today while I wait for the promised cooler weather by the end of the week to finish weeding and put in new mulch.

Tomatoes are coming in by the bags-full from the garden and we’ve been glad to be able to share with friends who are mater lovers. I would hate to see them go to waste.

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This has been, for the most part, one of the more enjoyable summers as far as moderate temperatures with few days in the 90s and none in triple-digit range. We have not had a dry spell this summer and grass that is normally parched and crispy brown by now is still lush and green. Same with trees and bushes — it has been so lush that we had to trim and cut branches to push back the jungle. The numerous shade trees in our yard offer an oasis from the hot summer sun. Of course, we had that rain storm last week that parked over Staunton and surrounding vicinity, and dumped 3-5 inches of rain, depending on where you were, for four hours. That was the night our basement, for the first time in the 18 years we have lived here, leaked and we were left mopping up and doing repairs.

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