Groundhog Mountain News (it's better than the networks)
Besides the visit, Paulette and Jorge, (who you were briefly introduced to in the previous post) blessed us with a super pair of binoculars to enhance our "birding". We can add Pine Warbler to the growing list of birds we've seen. They also identified the Winter Junco which are plentiful but we didn't know them.
Last night we dined at the The Galax Smokehouse in downtown Galax. It's an informal (paper and plastic) type of place with awesome Bar-B-Que. The ribs are tender and flavorful since they are slowcooked over a hickory fire. The greenbeans were seasoned and a tad spicy and I want some more. All the food was excellent and not expensive. (Although I'm not sure about that, Jorge paid, bless his little Cuban heart) The service was prompt, professional and friendly. So, there's my first restaurant review.
I found this little tid-bit nestling among Guys many posts. Got my interest up because, that's my bank. They are very accommodating and have been a big help since we've moved her. This article says BB & T (Branch, Banking and Trust) is declining to finance developers of land taken by eminent domain. There are offices all around this area and the branch in Stuart has a wall mural of JEB Stuart and his cavalry. Stuart was born very close to here and lots of stuff was named after him.
The North Carolina-based bank, which employs more than 28,000 people in 1,400 branches in 11 states, announced last month that it would no longer approve loans for developers who want to pursue commercial enterprises on land seized by the government using the power of eminent domain, or taking private property for public use .
I think it says a lot about the way people think in these parts. There is that devotional undercurrant of respect for the land. Russel H., a farmer who we visited recently, in between twice inviting us to stay for dinner and telling of his morning, birthing calves (one of which died) said, of his land, once you sell it, you don't get it back.