Quality of Life. "Green" Communities. Sustainable Innovation in Homes and ECO-Friendly Living. THIS Asheville area picnic (one of a series of picnics planned with all of us in mind) includes all of the above.
It's an Appalachian wonder, all right, where you can just hang out, toss your picnic basket on a rustic table beside the mighty French Broad River (see photo) and really get into a slower pace.
Bring along some homemade peach cobbler, and just "BE" for an afternoon...or longer.
Today I'm taking you with me to a place where the French Broad River runs boldly and small towns nearby nestle comfortably beneath the sheltering wealth of the oldest mountains on Earth.
On the way, we will stop to chat with an organic farmer about the benefits of a gentle lifestyle for horse lovers, Permaculture advocates, and life in a small town.
Take the small college town of Mars Hill, in Madison County North Carolina, for example.(see #1 of this series) . Mars Hill, just twenty minutes or so north of Asheville-with its old-time white wood gazebo on Main Street is a place to find "good old-fashioned" things happening. Like this July, as I chatted with a couple from Michigan who are investing in a land trust for their family, a parade with horse-drawn floats and a 20-piece marching band distracted us. I could see my clients' eyes light up.
"How often do you get such homespun pleasure?" they asked.
"Life, as an art form, is present in our lives around Asheville almost every day!" I smiled.
Yes, you may come to know what the poet Albert Camus , one of my all-time favorite poets meant when he said,
"A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened."
Great and simple images.
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