The Beckoning Path

Beckon: To invite or summon.

Path: A roadway or trodden track.

Put them both together…

…And this is what you get.

“Come hither”, it says…

…”Follow me”.

Take it all in.


October 18, 2009 Ashv 087 (2)

…The Bonnie Brae ~ pretty hillside
The most beautiful place in the world*.
*Found in North Carolina high atop a mountain owned by Bulbarella, The Contractor and Christopher of Outside Clyde.

ps, a technical note: If you received notice on the feed reader of old posts being updated, it is because the blogger blog was finally deleted. All of the posts with links to blogger, rather than the same exact post on wordpress had to be updated. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. It won’t happen again because all Fairegarden posts are now only on wordpress. I was tired of google sending searches to the blogger posts instead.

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33 Responses to The Beckoning Path

  1. Eileen says:

    I was wondering what happened Frances. At first I thought you were in a blog frenzy, but then I noticed the dates and started reading them!

    This is a beautiful place, such color.


    Thanks Eileen. That feed thing was an unintended consequence of the blog link clean up, sorry for the confusion. I am happy you read them anyway! The Bonnie Brae is the most amazing place I have ever been. Nature at its best, with a little help from human gardeners. πŸ™‚

  2. gardeningasylum says:

    Good morning Frances, Those are lovely photos and lovely thoughts for the beginning of November. Cheering on a cold morning in Connecticut frosted with snow!

    Hi Cyndy, good morning to you, and thanks. There has been snow here nearby in the higher elevations too. I guess winter has decided to get back to work! πŸ™‚

  3. Stunning. Just tranquility!

    Leaves are falling thick ‘n’ fast here today. It’s windy and pouring.

    That road in the first photo, winding through all that natural beauty, I’d have to pinch myself.

    I’m curious, what is the chimney in photo 8?
    Is it a BBQ?

    Hi Rob, thanks. It is the most perfect of places to me. Sounds like you are experiencing fall there in the Dordogne, same here. The chimney is a remnant of an old homestead that came with the property. The exact provenance is unknown. Inside it is a geocache, which makes it even more mysterious.

  4. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I recognized the path immediately. What a beautiful place. You are lucky to get to travel that well cared for path.

    Hi Lisa, of course you would know it! I am so lucky to be able to visit Christopher and his family on that beautiful mountaintop. Maybe someday you will too, you won’t be disappointed! πŸ™‚

  5. Could it be even more beautiful through your eyes and camera lens?

    No, Christopher, to my eyes it is not possible for it to be more beautiful. Let us just say that Bulbarella and The Contractor chose their land well. πŸ™‚

  6. I love a good path, particularly through woodland. I suppose it is all those fairy tales and Tolkien stories… Beautiful pics!

    Thanks Janet, me too. This spot on the mountain is the closest I have ever seen to those magical tales, the stuff dreams are made of. πŸ™‚

  7. Janet says:

    I love the woods in the autumn and you have captured it well in these photos. Very inviting.

    Hi Janet, thanks. I know your new place is quite lovely too, in all seasons. πŸ™‚

  8. Great photos, Frances–especially the first one.

    Hi Kelly, thanks and welcome. A place such as this is easy to photograph. πŸ™‚

  9. Garden Walk Garden Talk says:

    This is a magical place, ever so much more by the ever changing seasons. Your photos, again are so lovely. I too was wondering about the number of posts, as you have been very prolific. So not all of them are produced recently? I get it now. I have gotten so many emails, being a subscriber, from your blog. And I made the mistake of clicking the Notify me button on two of them. It was almost spam like. No more clicking that button. Curiosity solved.

    Hi Donna, thanks. I am so sorry about all those posts showing up. I didn’t realize that would happen. I subscribe to my own blog, to oversee what gets sent out and did not receive them. Just delete them, or mark them as read. It shouldn’t happen again.

  10. Layanee says:

    Ahhhh, very inviting. The path is, in itself, a destination isn’t it but with a cozy cottage at the end and C’s smiling face, a fulfilled journey.

    Hi Layanee, thanks. Seeing those paths fills me with happiness. They, and the whole spot, are perfect. Christopher’s smiling face is the icing on the cake. πŸ™‚

  11. Steve says:

    Gorgeous, Frances. I suspect Springtime there is every bit as enchanting as the unbelievable pretty Autumn. You’re blessed to be able to tramp them there woods.

    Hi Steve, thanks. The very first time we visited Christopher was on Mother’s Day in 2008. We had never met in person and several of my family went along. It was freezing cold and raining/snowing but we all hiked the paths to see the gardens. It was love at first sight. πŸ™‚

  12. That’s just breath-takingly beautiful! What a treat to visit there in autumn. You know how I love the woods and wild places.

    Hi MMD, it really is a treat to be able to visit there. You would love it and never want to leave! πŸ™‚

  13. One says:

    It’s really beautiful and colorful too.

    Hi One, thanks. It was a gorgeous day, warm and sunny and the leaves were like fire on the mountain, they were so colorful. Perfect timing for a visit. πŸ™‚

  14. gail says:

    Frances, I think your early commenters have described this little bit of heaven fantastically! Magical, stunning, breath-taking, gorgeous, enchanting, beautiful~It’s all of that and more. I’m not sure I would want to come down from this haven into the hustle and bustle of the city! Thank you for sharing ~I need to go back and look at the photos again they are so splendid! xxoogail

    Hi Gail, thank you. I know you will fall in love with this place, the beauty of the untouched wildflowers, nature in charge. It is another world up there.

  15. Sweetbay says:

    I agree, that may just about be the most beautiful place in the world. The fall colors are spectacular. The carpet of blue asters doesn’t hurt either. πŸ™‚

    Hi Sweetbay, thanks for agreeing. All along the steep drive up to this spot, the blue asters blanketed the rocks and woodland floor. It was stupendous, and for once it wasn’t raining and/or snowing. A good day all around. πŸ™‚

  16. Tatyana says:

    Fantastic! Wonderful, wonderful path! Everyone should walk in the autumn forest once in a while. Very inspiring. Thank you Frances!

    Hi Tatyana, thanks, I agree. Oh to have a forest in which to walk! We are lucky Christopher does not mind our drop by visits. πŸ™‚

  17. commonweeder says:

    This is a beautiful post, and I have to say I am feeling very smug, because one of the reasons we bought our house is because of the ‘lane’ which is a discontinued road (back decades ago) that leads into our woods. The trees are bare at this point, but it is time for me to go up and harvest some princess pine for holiday decorations.

    Hi Pat, thanks. You have every reason to feel smug, with that lane of yours! I would love to see it someday. I also love princess pine, you are a lucky gal! πŸ™‚

  18. Leslie says:

    How absolutely lovely…lacking that kind of fall color here I appreciate the virtual walk in the woods.

    Hi Leslie, thanks so much. The woods where Christopher is building his cozy cabin is beyond compare, fall color, no leaves of winter or spring green. πŸ™‚

  19. It is a beckoning path, and we’d follow you anywhere my friend whether you’re a WP gal (yea!) or blogger. πŸ™‚ ~~Dee

    Hi Dee, thanks for that, you are too sweet! I would follow you anywhere as well. πŸ™‚

  20. Ellada says:

    Amazing photos. I love to walk in the forest and to feel the leaves that fly over my head.

    Hi Ellada, thanks. A walk in the forest sounds divine. πŸ™‚

  21. easygardener says:

    The woodland path looks irrisistable – especially at this time of year. The leaf colour is beautiful.
    I wondered why 23 Fairegarden posts suddenly appeared in my reader…now I know!

    Hi EG, thanks. I am so sorry about the feed reader pile up. It should never happen again now that the blogger/wordpress thing is sorted out. πŸ™‚

  22. Lola says:

    I completely agree with Gail. The red behind the chimney is breath taking for sure.It was a most beautiful day for a stroll upon those paths.

    Hi Lola, thanks. It was a warm, sunny, wonderful day on the mountain. The chimney is always intriguing. πŸ™‚

  23. Victoria says:

    I love a beckoning path too. Especially through autumn foliage. Beautiful pictures, Frances xoxox

    Hi Victoria, thanks. The paths on this mountaintop are a dream come true. We were lucky with the foliage colors too.

  24. Kristi says:

    Wow, what beautiful foliage!

    Hi Kristi, thanks and welcome. Glad you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚

  25. Carol says:

    A beckoning path, in any season, is a pleasure to follow. But in fall, it is magical with color. I’m waiting to see more of what you found at the end of the path!

    Hi Carol, thanks. We had a delightful day with Christopher and his family. To see what is at the end of the path, check out Outside Clyde. πŸ™‚

  26. Rose says:

    Simply beautiful, Frances! This path certainly looks inviting, especially with the brilliant fall colors. I think Christopher and his family do have a little piece of paradise.

    Hi Rose, thanks. Whenever we visit Christopher, the paths are followed. We are never disappointed. πŸ™‚

  27. Valerie says:

    Looks like a wonderful place to take a leisurely stroll.

    Hi Valerie, thanks for dropping by. It is a wonderful place, but the mountain paths are quite steep, sort of a work out to be honest. HA πŸ™‚

  28. Darla says:

    Such beautiful Autumn color in every photo Ms. Frances.

    Thanks Darla. It is a beautiful spot, the weather was perfect and the leaves seemed to be at peak. It doesn’t get any better than that! πŸ™‚

  29. Cindy, MCOK says:

    Oh, to wake up to such beauty and be able to spend your days savoring it! Christopher is a fortunate man. Thank you for sharing your stunning photographs with us!

    Thanks Cindy. Yes, just imagine waking up to that. It would be hard to find something better. πŸ™‚

  30. Ginny says:

    My husband and I have hiked many a beautiful North Carolina mountain path over the years. I grew up just a couple of hours away from the Blue Ridge Parkway. There aren’t words to express the beauty to be found in all seasons on those paths, but the fall is the absolute best.

    Oh Ginny, that is wonderful! I agree, words and photos don’t do it justice. What a place! πŸ™‚

  31. gittan says:

    Wow! I am speechless with the beauty. The fabulous beautiful color combinations mother nature offers are breathtaking!

    Hi Gittan, that is the way I feel too, whenever we travel up the mountain to visit Christopher. Mother Nature’s grandest design. πŸ™‚

  32. What a lovely journey. Thank you for sharing this with all of us. Beckoning is also a form of invitation.

    Hi Kathryn, thanks and welcome. Beckoning is a lovely word. πŸ™‚

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