It has been the joke over the past month or so that as we were gearing up for this Quilt-Villa-a-thon, we were going to do EVERYTHING we could this year to keep those chiggers at bay.
Chiggers are the bane of our summer existence up here on the mountain – a nearly unavoidable curse, and we are always trying to out-smart them.
Young pretty girls may be jokingly referred to as jail bait, while women of a “certain age” in the wilds of North Carolina can only be referred to as CHIGGER BAIT!
Did you spray your shoes and clothing with permathrin??
Did you use the spray with at least 30% DEET on your arms, legs, and especially every crease where chiggers love tender skin? ((Behind knees, under arms, waist bands, etc?))
Did you rub on the special cream that Mickey brought that leaves you smelling like a citronella candle?? ((LOL! Either that or Lemon Pledge the jury is still out!!))
If you answered yes to all these questions, it’s still a crap shoot! Them little chigger buggers are sneaky.
But it was worth the few bites we got to go out and enjoy this grandeur:
Mickey and Lisa, both shooting from different vantage points!
Such a gorgeous day –with temps at only 66 degrees up here…
Cluster of Chigger Bait!
From here we went on the same hike that I took just over a week ago with Hunter family. To the Cascades water fall.
Lisa and Mickey enjoying the falls
Smile pretty girls!
Crazy up-the-stairs Selfie coming back from the lower level.
Beautiful burbling streams and ever-present green.
Adorable little cabin on the side of the road of the parkway.
**NOTE** I had to sit down on the bank in the grass and lean over to get this photo just right so the wild flowers were a visible element in front of the cabin. ((ie: MORE CHIGGER-OPPORTUNITY!))
I love to read these historical markers!
Story behind this lovely spot with the little cabin and other building.
HOW did those Appalachian Americans of “long ago” gatherings survive Blue Ridge Mountain CHIGGER SUMMERS without modern inventions in spay cans like Repel and citronella candle-cream?? Long Skirts, Long Johns, Long Bloomers, tall boots and petticoats and home remedies, evidently!
The entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway is only about 6 miles up the road from where Quilt Villa is – I’m happy to be able to enjoy this loveliness in ANY season, even in Chigger-summers.
We were only gone about an hour and got right back to our sewing ---windows to the cabin wide open, beautiful cool breezes blowing through. Oh yes, this is a July to definitely remember.
And while we are remembering…..don’t forget to clean your feed dogs!
This is the result of MUCH MUCH MUCH Busy sewing!
And we’ll be back at it today ---
Love from Buck Mountain --