Monday, June 7, 2010


We feel so fortunate to live close
to the picturesque
Mabry Mill.
In the Summer,
Mom and Dad
love to go there for breakfast.
Mom says they have the best
grits in the world.
We wouldn't know -
she never shares them with us.

Mabry Mill is the most photographed
grist mill in the world.
Mom and Dad have seen paintings and photos of it
in such places as the Philippines and France.
This is a picture of it that Mom took
several years ago -
the handsome couple in the foreground
is our Granny and Pa.

As you know from our previous post
about the mill
Mom is very interested in learning
Appalachian Mountain Arts.
Last year they learned to weave chair bottoms
and this weekend they learned to make brooms.

This is the pavilion where classes are taught -
you can see some of the instructor's brooms
hanging around it.

This beautiful broom corn
was grown locally at the Brinegar Cabin.

Here you see some of the items needed
for making brooms -
the black cording is wrapped around a tensioner,
and the broom corn is in the foreground.
You can barely see the dried stems in the
handmade Appalachian Egg Basket.

Meet Ranger Diane,
demonstrating how to make a turkey wing broom -
the ladies watching her are all
Blue Ridge Parkway Volunteers.

This is the class picture with the finished product -
you probably recognize Mom and Dad,
but if you don't,
they are the only two wearing hats.
Mom made a Turkey Wing Broom
and a Hawks Tail Broom.
Dad made 2 Turkey Wing Brooms
and a Hawks Tail Broom.
We have heard them talking about
growing broom corn on our farm.
Hmmm - Rocky Creek Brooms -
has a nice ring to it!

Here we see Dad with his finished brooms.

And just so you don't go into "Scottie withdrawal"
- a picture of our little ladies.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi


Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

It sure is beautiful there! We can see why your momma and daddy would want to spend time there.

Stella, Gunther and Betty

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Isn't Mabry Mill the best place!! I love your pictures. I bet taking the classes is fun! We just missed each other by one day! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Benny and Lily said...

What a great place. THe class sure looks like fun. Bet your pawrents had a wonderful time. We love the pictures and thank you for taking us along.
Benny & Lily

YankeeQuilter said...

Great brooms! Do they ever teach how to make that great egg basket in the photo? You can never have too many brooms and baskets!

The girls look wonderful as always....

Wyatt said...

What pretty brooms. They are too nice, for sweeping up Scottie Furs.


Maggie and Mitch said...

How cool the brooms are! Mom says learning a new craft is always loads of fun!
Our friend Holly visited Mabry Mill too! She has pictures of the mill building on her bloggie too!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Dory and the Mama said...

That sounds like so much fun!! Those are some nice looking brooms your parents made!!

Smileys and Snuggles!
Dory, Bilbo and Jacob

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

I recogzine that mill from pictures I have seen. How so very lucky that you have such a wonderful place to go and visit. Looks like fun, too! Lynn, I love the photo of you and your husband. Just precious! His overalls remind me of the ones my Great Grandpa Oscar use to wear.

Hugs to you and your beautiful bunch!

Becky, Doogie and Fee

Bouncing Bertie said...

Well Scotties I say that was jolly decent of you to let your parents go off and take a class and learn something useful and fun.
Oh and doesn't your Dad look (from where we sit here in Scotland) every inch the the fine Appalachian craftsman!
Toodle pip!

scotsmad said...

That looks like such a GREAT place to run around. Too bad they have rules about dogs!

Alph says the brooms look great and she didn't know they were made from corn. She used to teach in Bath County a hundred years ago and she love the Appalacians. She's been known to have grits when in VA, too.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

PeeS The girls look fabulous.

An English Shepherd said...

Looks like a very nice place to visit :-)


houndstooth said...

What a beautiful place! You are most lucky to have a place like that to learn such cool stuff!


Ginger Jasper said...

Looks like your mum and dad had a great time there. I am impressed with the brooms.It looks quite idillic there.. Love the last picture.. Hugs GJ xx

Mango said...

My momma likes those cool old buildings too. I think your mom and dad made great brooms. Do they use them to sweep up the scottie hair?


The Teacher's Pets said...

What a very pretty place! Looks like you guys had a good time. I bet that class was really interesting.

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Hi Scotties and Lynn,
How cool to live close to such a cool place!!! They have classes and service food too???
Lucky you!!!
XXOO, Bambi & Fern

GenaroSil伊蘭 said...

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The Strawberry Mallard said...

Oh Lynn!!!!!!!!!!! What fun you both had! The pix are making our little crew itching to come down there and join in on the fun. How wonderful to be able to partake in that......and BTYW,will they let you make one big enough to fly on???BOL!
The NJ menagerie and their humans

Inky and Molly said...

What a beautiful craft. Good on your parents for learning something new, together!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Wow, what fun and I really do love the brooms!! I am not talented enough to do anything like this and so admire anyone who can make something so lovely!!!

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

How cool is that?! Your mom and dad are sooo much like our mom and dad. Matching hats. Matching shirts. They like each other!!! hehe. nice brooms.
XOXo-BabyRD and Hootie

TwoSpecialWires said...

Ummmmmm. We're beginning to think we may need to come spend the summer with you.

Wishfully thinking,
Jake and Fergi (and Family)

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