57.8 F
Friday, February 15, 2019

Early arrival

ICE2.JPGWinter arrived a day early in the Blue Ridge with sub-zero temperatures and howling winds, leaving thousands without power, water pipes burst and propane tanks running dry.

Merry Christmas from Chateau Thompson


No, we don't have a White Christmas. This is from a snowfall last year but it seemed appropriate for the occasion.


031505fog.jpg It is that surreal time of morning. First light, just before the sun rises over the mountains to the East. The fog not yet lifted, the birds not yet awake and the human inhabitants not yet out and stirring. You walk along the quiet road, captured by the beauty and surrounded by the serenity of the morning. The bitter, 25-degree temperatures nip at your cheeks but you don't mind. Morning has come and you welcome the start of a new day.

Morning fog

062705fog.jpg Early morning fog along Frankin Pike in Floyd County.

Levon Helm rocks FloydFest 9

By the time rock and roll legend Levon Helm took the stage at FloydFest 9 Saturday night,  a nearly full moon hung over the...

Floyd Fest 9, Day 2

Hot weather didn't cool the enthusiasm of those flocking to day 2 of FloydFest 9 Friday. A power outage from a blown fuse threatened the...

Blue Ridge

110804bluesky.jpgEarly morning in the Blue Ridge. A blue morning in the Blue Ridge, not blue in mood but certainly blue in color. The mountains take on many moods and colors throughout the seasons. Many mornings have a blue cast like this one but a bright rising or setting sun can provide a bright orange glow.

Duck and cover

050505ducks.jpg The duck population continues to grow at Chateau Thompson, possibly because the rapidly growing grass in our front yard too often resembles a wildnerness area but more likely because the lady of the house has taken to feeding them.

Snow? Yeah, that’s snow on the ground…sort of

Yep, that's a bit of snow on the ground this morning. Over in West Virginia, they have six inches or more but what fell here overnight was just enough to make the ground seem almost white.

The thermometer read 21 when I got up at 5:00 a.m. today and might reach 31 at the height of the day so the wet conditions will bring black ice on back roads and slick conditions on bridges.

Snowfalls are rare these days. Not like the 50s and 60s when snow fell from October to February (and sometimes March) and today's forecasts calls for light snow showers with all precipitations ending by 6 p.m.

Overnight lows will remain below freezing throughout the week but highs are expected to reach 46 degrees on Thursday and the low 40s for the weekend.

So enjoy it while it lasts.

Christmas beauty

Amy's hometown of Belleville, Illinois (part of the St. Louis metro area) has a religious retreat called Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows and, each year, the shrine puts on a display of Christmas lights and decorations that brings visitors in from hundreds of miles away.

We spent Christmas 2003 in Belleville wrapping up her mother's estate and found time to visit the shrine and drive through the mammoth display.  It is something to experience.

Such displays remind us of the spirit of Christmas. At a time when the religious significance of the season can be lost amid the commercialism that dominates not only Christmas but so many other holidays.

As we head into the final weekend before Christmas, please join us in remembering the real reasons we celebrate this holiest of holidays.

Merry Christmas.