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Starring Brandon Lee Barbour as “Zorro” the debonair masked riderand expert swordsman. Okay, so maybe he’s under the age of four,but he’s still a heart breaker. Not sure that it was his favoriteHalloween costume, but it was his Mom’s. It was great fun seeing all the adults and children around todaycelebrating a little early in their costumes. Have fun and be safe! Lee & Carol Barbour www.LeeAndCarol.com
This Weekend Time Falls Back - Change Your Clocks! - 10/29/09 09:04 PM
Sunday, November 1st is the day time "falls back" - we can all use an extra hour of sleep. So Saturday night before to go to bed, remember to change your clocks back an hour! This is also a good time to change the batteries in your carbon monoxide and fire detectors. Make sure to pick up extra batteries while you're getting all the candy :) Daylight Saving Time has been used in the United States and many European countries since World War I. It was adopted in 1918 when Congress placed the country on Daylight Saving Time to conserve energy (6 comments)
CREEK FRONT 3BR/2BA HOME with over200 feet on rushing Junaluska Creek!Sit back and enjoy to sounds of the rushing creek and enjoyfishing in your own front yard. This spacious older home has a masonry fireplace with insert and a wood stove. Mountain views and beautiful2.23 acres. Out building for storage or separate workshop, and anice garden spot and plenty of yard. $199,900 NC #107205Lee & Carol Barbour www.LeeAndCarol.com
If you're planning a special trip to the North Carolina Mountains let us help you find a Great Mountain Chalet for your stay. We have Cabin Rentals available in NC, GA and TN. Wooded private lots and mountain or river views. Click on CABIN RENTALS for a small sampling of the many cabins we have for you to choose from. If you are looking for a real estate team that can help you sell your home, or find the perfect place to live, then you’ve come to the right place. As former (14 comments)
While all the pumpkins and gourds are plentiful let's enjoy a little creative art time. These are just a couple of the many personalities that inhabit the domain of Extreme Pumpkins. Tom Nardone, master of his own web site and author, is highly advanced in the art of Extreme Pumpkins. Nardone has some pretty twisted pumpkins, free pumpkin patterns and even instructions on using power tools!
The air was crisp and the leaves were blowing and rustling on our metal roofas we sat out this morning enjoying an espresso. The sky was still cloudy,but even that couldn’t keep the Glory from shining through in all the surroundingvibrant colors of the season. There wasn’t a better place in the world to be, than right here at home, enjoying our view and this special time together. Lee & Carol Barbour www.LeeAndCarol.com (18 comments)
Are you looking for a great day trip in the mountains?The leaves are in their full glory so don't waste another minute.Plan your SCENIC DRIVE and pack your camera! If you are looking for a real estate team that can help you sell your home, or find the perfect place to live, then you’ve come to the right place. As former Floridians that made the move to the mountains, we want to serve you in finding and making your dreams a reality, too. It would be our pleasure to help you with all your real estate needs. If you're searching for a (14 comments)
No need to travel to the tropics to fly through the treetops. Enjoy a soaring and gliding experience naturally fueled by a gradual elevation change at Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours. It takes limited energy to participate and is not designed to scare with big drops as much as excite with smooth gliding. Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours is located in Bryson City, NC, in the middle of one of the premier outdoor activity areas in the world. Located adjacent to the Nantahala Gorge, with outstanding whitewater rafting, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. More than just a zip line (14 comments)
Get Your Home Ready for Winter Weather! - 10/19/09 09:55 PM
Fall is here and the temperatures are dropping. If you haven't already started gettingyour home ready for the changes in weather make sure you've done these.... * Check gutters and clean them if necessary. * Have your heating system checked by a licensed heating/air-conditioning professional. Most manufacturers recommend annual inspections. * Have your chimneys inspected by a chimney service and cleaned if necessary. * Be sure there are no flammable materials stored close to your furnace. * If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, set to at least 55 degrees. * Check the foundation for areas where water may (6 comments)
Outdoor Activities in the NC, GA and TN Mountains - Part 5 Scenic Drives - 10/18/09 08:39 PM
Hop on out of that Golf Cart and get behind the wheel of your automobile or motorbike. Just choose any clear Fall day for the ride of your life. Try to keep your eyes on the road as we cover some of the most beautiful long range mountain views into multiple states you've ever seen. We'll stop along the way for lunch or pack a picnic basket and we'll stop on the way at a roadside overlook and have lunch al fresco. The Blue Ridge Parkwayis a National Parkway and All-American Road in the United States noted for its scenic beauty. (7 comments)
Take time to reflect on this past week and all that you've accomplished. Be thankful for the opportunities that you didn't even know were coming your way. Be in wonder of what this coming week will bring and who will make a difference in your life - even if only for that brief moment. Take time to reflect. If you are looking for a real estate team that can help you sell your home, or find the perfect place to live, then you've come to the right place. As former Floridians that made the move to the mountains, we want to serve (9 comments)
We're enjoying our Fall here in the NC, GA and TN mountains. Everyday we venture out more and more color is transforming our lush green mountain scenery. We love to decorate for the changing seasons and you'll see many displays like this along your travels. Today the temperature was 37 degrees and it's the perfect weather to be out hiking, biking sightseeing, picking apples at the orchards or just out walking with the dogs. All too soon winter will be here, so get out and take in all the bright colors nature has to share with us. If you are looking (18 comments)
THIS GORGEOUS 2BR/2BA, PLUS OFFICE HOME ON 2 ACRES IS WHERE YOU'LL WANT TO SIT on the screen porch or patio enjoying mountain and pond views as nature surrounds you. Plenty of room with a full finished basement, 15x29 bonus room, lots of storage and extra touches. This 2540 sq. ft home has solid poured block walls, Hardi Board siding, and metal roof for energy efficiency and low maintenance. Average electric bill is $84 a month. 2 car detached garage. You're only about 1 mile to marina so bring your boat. Must see to appreciate. Additional adjoining acreage available. $235,000 (10 comments)
Ah, it's time now to spend some time out on the greens.There are many Golf Courses in this tri-state area so you'll have to try some out of these local ones.The Golfer's life is always a hole-in-one in our beautiful mountains. The Ridges For an inspiring day of golf amidst mountain views, head for our 18-hole, par 70 championship course. Designed by Willard Byrd, it holds challenges for golfers of all levels, from beginner through advanced. The course is located at our new Country Club in Hayesville, NC a quick ride from The Ridges Resort & Club Lake Chatuge. The (8 comments)
Amazing Math and the Love of God - 10/12/09 10:55 AM
The Beauty of Mathematics and the Love of God! Make sure you follow it all the way to end... Just the math part is good enough, the end is even better. 1 x 8 + 1 = 9 12 x 8 + 2 = 98 123 x 8 + 3 = 987 1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876 12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765 123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654 1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543 12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432 123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321 1 x 9 + 2 = 11 12 (16 comments)
While riding the bike loop in Cades Cove we came upon this mother bear and her three cubs. They were just enjoying themselves eating nuts under the Hickory tree not paying any attention at all to the onlookers - that is until this crazy woman with a red bike helmet stood up to get a closer shot. Don't mess with mama bear! I had to back up and just barely got the third cub in this photo. If you are looking for a real estate team that can help you sell your home, or find the perfect place to live, then you've come to (24 comments)
Outdoor Activities in the NC, GA and TN Mountains - Part 3 - Mountain & Road Biking - 10/10/09 09:35 PM
Our Outdoor Adventure continues and you might find yourself on some of the same trails we were just hiking on in Part 2 Hiking & Camping. Many of the Trails for Mountain Biking are also shared with hikers and horseback riders. Biking is another great outdoor activity for all levels to participate in and enjoy. So grab your helmet and let's get riding! MOUNTAIN BIKING...
North CarolinaHanging Dog Trail Is 4 miles total out-and-back gravel service road, combined with to-be-determined singletrack loops off the main out-and-back. There are two fairly long climbs, both of which are steep. The road has a (4 comments)
Mini Farm in the Murphy, NC Mountains - 10/09/09 09:53 PM
MINI FARM IN THE MOUNTAINS! Spacious older 3BR/1BA home with attached garage on 3.93 acres. All of the property is fenced in and ready for all your animals. Located in Murphy, NC. Beautiful pasture with two small barns and a smaller pen and small storage building. Wood fireplace, wood stove in the garage, well and back up spring. Come live the country life! $219,000 NC #108187 MINI FARM INFOFor more information on this Mini Farm in Murphy, NC contactLee & Carol Barbour www.LeeAndCarol.com (6 comments)
Six motorcycle riders bearing armed service flags and representing pallbearers lead the caravan that included the truck containing a replica of the Vietnam War Memorial today through Murphy, NC to Konehete Park.The moving wall is a half-size replica of the memorial wall on display in the nation's capitol since 1982. There are 58,260 names engraved on both sides of the wall, which includes about 1,300 missing in action with the remaining names of those killed in action during the war, which spanned 1959 through 1975. The United States began to become heavily involved in the war in the mid-1960s. The wall (14 comments)
Outdoor Activities in the NC, GA and TN Mountains - Part 2 Hiking & Camping - 10/07/09 10:22 PM
Hope you saw our first post on the Wild & Wet outdoor activities that this tri-state area has to offer. If not, you can see Part 1 - Wild & Wet to catch up with us. Our next adventure take us into the woods. The North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee mountains provide the perfect place for camping and hiking. That's right grab those hiking shoes and sleeping bags! These campgrounds all have great trails around them or access to some great trails for hiking. The locations below are just a few of the many places where you can explore the great outdoors. Don't (8 comments)
Purchase an empty bowl, a spoon, a napkin and a ballot for $6.00 (children under 6 for $3.00).Vote for your favorite for the People Choice's trophy. Judges will determine the winners of the first, second and third place trophies and the Showmanship Award. Held Rain or Shine. Come enjoy some Old-fashioned family fun! For more information on this Murphy, NC event and other area happenings contactLee & Carol Barbour www.LeeAndCarol.com (12 comments)
New Home in Wolf Mountain Estates, Murphy NC - 10/06/09 09:49 AM
NEW 4BR/3.5BA CHALET IN WOLF MOUNTAIN ESTATES.The builder has spared no expense on this gorgeous home located in Murphy, NC. Features custom cherry cabinets, granite countertops, large pantry, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, tile, many upgrades and lots of storage. Decks and covered porch to enjoy the year round long range mountain views. Attached 2 car garage. All in a quite, peaceful setting. $229,900 VIRTUAL TOUR
For more information on this great property or area information contactLee & Carol Barbour www.LeeAndCarol.com (18 comments)
Outdoor Activities in the NC, GA and TN Mountains - Wild and Wet - 10/05/09 09:12 PM
Our beautiful mountains are surrounded by many lakes and wide rushing rivers so we'll start off with the wild and wet outdoor activities you can enjoy while you're in the mountains. All of these companies offer Rafting, Kayaking, Canoeing and Tubing adventures on the rivers. RAFTING... Ocoee Adventure Center: The whitewater rafting trips with the Ocoee Adventure Center are unsurpassed on the Ocoee River because we take our time and focus on quality, safety and big fun. Each of our Ocoee rafting trips spends 33% more time out on the water than other whitewater rafting outfitters.Wildwater Rafting: Since 1971, Wildwater Ltd. Rafting's attention to (11 comments)
Fall brings out all kinds of colors and shapes.These are some pumpkins and gourds we found over in Tennessee. If you are looking for a real estate team that can help you sell your home, or find the perfect place to live, then you've come to the right place. As former Floridians that made the move to the mountains, we want to serve you in finding and making your dreams a reality, too. It would be our pleasure to help you with all your real estate needs. If you're searching for a get-away cabin, land, investment property, or to make that move (23 comments)
CUSTOM BUILT COUNTRY HOME & WORKSHOP. Located in the mountain community of Quail Cove Subdivision in Hayesville, NC you'll find this unique two story custom 2BR/2.5BA with den/office/possible 3rd bedroom, hand built home. Garages galore- 1 car attached, 2 car detached with workshop above w/ parking & entrance, 1 car detached and a large lean-to. Features include: master with bay window and jetted tub, laundry/mud room, poured concrete porches, covered large deck, parquet floors, gorgeous marble foyer, tile, custom maple cabinets, and many other hand built special touches. Parking and easy entry on all levels. Private yet just minutes to (4 comments)
Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin. God lifts you up, takes you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. He opens you up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all the yucky stuff-- including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside you to shine for all the world to see. This was passed on to me from another pumpkin. Now, it is your turn to pass it to a pumpkin. I liked this enough to send it to all the pumpkins in my patch...Happy Fall! We had to (11 comments)
Author Bio: Lee and Carol Barbour - The Mountain Living Team are Realtors in the Murphy, NC mountains and live, play and sell real estate in Murphy and Hayesville NC and Hiawassee, Blairsville and Blue Ridge GA and Copperhill TN. Follow our blog to see the scenery, outdoor activities, homes, land and mountain lifestyle we love.
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