Life in Black Mountain

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This blog post is long overdue, and is dedicated to all the people that love me and ask what my life is like in Black Mountain. I apologize for it taking a while, for me to take and gather photos. Although I would love to take pictures regularly, I just don’t like carrying a camera around. I’d really like to get used to that habit though, because there is always so much I’d like to share.

My current life in Black Mountain is not on the land I purchased in 2012. It’s downtown, and closer to all the things I need to get to on a somewhat daily basis. The move to the land probably won’t happen for another 2 – 5 years. There is so much to do to the land to make it livable. It’s way more work than I can currently afford or do at the moment (like fixing and paving the road, building a tiny home, clearing plots and paths, growing a garden, building a greenhouse, getting wifi set-up, digging a well, etc.).

Daily life for me is pretty similar to life in New York City (where I lived from summer 1996 to summer 2014). I go to the post office several times a week (to ship orders from my Etsy shop), I walk to the grocery store or farmers’ markets for small batches of groceries, I walk the dogs in the park, and I go to my classes. What’s different now is, instead of dance classes, I am taking ceramics classes, and instead of going to Fort Green Park, I take the dogs to the Greenway.

The major difference is not really what I am doing, but how it feels. Everything is much more relaxed here in the south. The pace is easier, and things flow effortlessly. Everyone I meet seems to be super sweet & friendly (9 times out of 10). Everywhere I go is super-clean and very well taken care of (for the most part). After moving here, my stress level immediately went down, I lost some weight (physically, but I’m sure mentally too), and my skin issues began to clear. I noticed the difference right away. It could be due to the fresh air I now breathe, and the clean streets I walk down — but it is mostly due to the fact that the energy is not intense here. The city isn’t crowded and the pace isn’t rushed.

Below is a bunch of pictures for you to see of what I see daily. What I am sharing today is only scratching the surface, there is so much more to share. If you would like more blog posts about my daily life, just let me know. I usually don’t share those kinds of posts on Sunday Is For Lovers (they are usually posted on The Rainbow Farmer). But if you would like for me to share them here too, I’d be happy to. Email me or leave a comment below, and that’ll let me know if everyone wants to see more of these types of blog posts here. –Have a great autumn!

Late night, while walking the dogs. Notice the rainbow ring around the moon.

Late night, while walking the dogs.

moon clouds morning

I think this was early morning’s moon.

I just walked out of that door you see on the side with the bright light on. I'm out walking the dogs on the front lawn..

I just walked out of that door you see on the side with the bright light on. I’m out walking the dogs on the front lawn.

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The sun is up! And this is the front lawn.

..more lawn...

..more lawn…

..caught my shadow..

..caught my shadow..

Mushrooms growing on the lawn.

Mushrooms growing on the lawn.

Penny walking on mushrooms.

Penny walking on mushrooms.

She could care less about them. But I love 'em!

She could care less about them. But I love ’em!

..smashed..

..smashed..

On my way to the post office.

On my way to the post office.

..passing a church..

..passing a church..

..still on my way..

..still on my way..

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Almost reached the Greenway path.

This sign is at the entrance to the Greenway.

This sign is at the entrance to the Greenway.

This is the Greenway.

This is the Greenway.

..more Greenway path..

..more Greenway path..

..and more..

..and more..

..last pic of the Greenway, I only waked in a bit, then turned around, just to show you..

..last pic of the Greenway, I only waked in a bit, then turned around, just to show you..

..in downtown black mountain nc..

..in downtown black mountain nc..

..almost at the post office..

..almost at the post office..

..Black Mountain Post Office..

..Black Mountain Post Office..

On my way to the market...

On my way to the market…

I'm in the parking lot of Roots and Fruits.

I’m in the parking lot of Roots and Fruits.

They have squashes growing in their parking lot, and the ladybugs love it!

They have squashes growing in their parking lot, and the ladybugs love it!

I am now at Roots and Fruits.

I am now at Roots and Fruits.

Inside the market buying tomatoes.

Inside the market buying tomatoes.

I also bought this super-yummy kale & quinoa salad.

I also bought this super-yummy kale & quinoa salad.

It was raw, vegan, and it was good!

It was raw, vegan, and it was good!

Silver Moon's Medicine Ball (amazing raw vegan chocolate!)

Silver Moon’s Medicine Ball (An amazing raw chocolate treat!)

Woh! It's good!

Woh! It’s good! And it’s full of amazing things, like bee pollen, chlorella, hemp seeds, pau d’ arco, milk thistle, and much more!

Walking through the back of Roots and Fruits, they also have a big garden and chicken coup. The produce they sell is mostly their own. Home grown!

Walking through the back of Roots and Fruits, they also have a big garden and chicken coup. The produce they sell is mostly their own. Home grown!

Passing through downtown...

Passing through downtown…

Passing the Dripolator coffee shop. Sometimes I hang out their with a cup of tea and people watch.

Passing the Dripolator coffee shop. Sometimes I hang out their with a cup of tea and people watch.

..still passing through..

..cutting through a parking lot to ceramics class..

Next to the Black Mountain Arts Center is the Clay Studio.

Next to the Black Mountain Arts Center is the Clay Studio.

I take classes here and I attend open studio work times.

I take classes here and I attend open studio work times.

This is Penny and Apple. They have brought so much sunshine to my life.

This is Penny and Apple. They have brought so much sunshine to my life.

The sun is going down, and it's time to bring the girls home.

The sun is going down, and it’s time to bring the girls home.

Saying goodbye to the French Broad River.

Saying goodbye to the French Broad River.

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2 responses to “Life in Black Mountain

  1. Windlord

    Lovely land you’ve found there, Aimee. I’m sure your own joyous attitude has a lot to do with your welcome reception. I wonder if anybody there would be interested in some of your more unique skills such as yoga or dance instruction?
    Cute poochies too. Don’t have any of my own at this time, but on occasion I’ll visit a local dog park to experience them vicariously, much like a grandparent. Enjoy, then go home!
    Some major projects you’ve got in store, but they’ll flow all in good time for you. Regarding road building, you might be interested in a product like this.
    http://www.midwestind.com/360-degree-solutions/natural-paving-systems/natural-paving-road-bldr/green-paving-ecopave.html
    I saw something similar used to good effect in Belize a couple years ago. Attractive, minimal materials, and likely safer for the environment than most other constructs.
    Namaste, Luv :)

    • WL!
      It’s always so good to hear from you. I love when we connect. It’s always positive and encouraging.
      Yes, my mom brought up that idea too. Teaching dance would be a big adventure, and it would solve my problem of not finding a dance class near me. I’ll continue to entertain the thought. I might have to take a Zumba teachers training or some other type (like Latin, Modern or African). I’ll continue to think of possibilities and options.
      Teaching yoga would be much easier (because I already have the teaching certificates/credentials, but I rather look onto dance possibilities first. I really want to play music and move wildly!
      I know what you mean. Having dogs is a HUGE responsibility. To visit with or care for (occasionally) other dogs that need help or playmates, is a better option for most people. My life has really changed since getting my dogs. I’m not as mobile or independent, and I have to make sure they are well taken care of financially, physically and emotionally. It’s major. But I spent so many years roaming and living by the seat of my pants. It’s good for me to have my wings clipped for a while.
      Thanks so much for the link. I’ll look into it. I could always use eco-solutions or DIY tips!
      Much love & thanks! :) Stay in touch.
      A.

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