Chihuly at Biltmore

My grandson and daughter-in-law had been reading Robert Beatty’s Serafina series. It was set in the Biltmore back in the days the Vanderbilts lived there. So one of the things they wanted to do when they came down this last July was go to the Biltmore. Just so happened the Chihuly glass exhibit was on then. I’m not sure what I think of it. It is amazing really what they do with the glass, but I don’t find most of it attractive. Some was. I loved the pieces in the fish ponds.

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Beatty’s next book series is Willa of the Woods set in my sweet Smoky Mountains National Park! We went to a book signing party for the release of the first book at Barnes and Noble in Asheville while Ian was here too. It was a fun day standing in line! They had magician’s, ice cream, live animals like you find in the book and mountain music. Ian was so excited to meet Mr. Beatty and get his copy of Willa of the Woods signed!

One of our dear friends, John the same fellow who took us to Horse Creek, is a pilot and maintenance man at our local airport. He’s always getting us involved in airport things trying to get us out of the house! I shared about flying in the 1928 Ford Tri-Motor last spring. Every now and then they have a Youth Day and local pilots take kids up for a free flight in their small planes. Its all geared to get youth excited about aviation. The interest is dwindling and we will have a shortage of pilots in the future. That happened while the kids were here too. They both got to fly for their first time! Isa was so excited and really interested in everything. John had given her a lesson on the instrument panel in a plane a few days before at the airport. Ian only went up because Isa asked him to. He was a little afraid, so I was pleased he did go up. He wasn’t impressed, but Isa loved it.

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Future pilot?
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One cool dude!

These kiddos are my heart! John said they are ‘the cat’s meow’! I’m prejudice, but I think so too 😉 it’s just sweet when someone else says so too!

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