Pinehurst, NC is probably best known for golf, but it wasn't golf that brought us there over the holiday weekend. Our first visit to this part of the state was to attend a wedding and we added an extra day to check out the area.
Tall pine trees lined the roadsides. It was soon easy to see how Pinehurst might have gotten it's name along with the neighboring towns of Pinebluff, Southern Pines and Whispering Pines.
Driving along the country roads admiring the pine trees we were starting to get hungry. The sign for Homemade Peach Ice Cream came along at just the right time.
Creamy with chunks of fresh peach in every bite.
Seemed like a great treat on this late summer day.
The pots of lantana were doing a nice job of attracting butterflies and hummingbird moths. Not to mention their colors coordinated nicely with the ice cream.
The pumpkin sitting (amongst the pine needles) at the base of the lantana served as a small reminder to me. It seemed to be saying enjoy the last of the summer bounty before it's too late. Soon I will be the center of attention and fresh peaches will be a distant memory.
Not being one to disregard a pumpkin, I promptly finished my ice cream cone and headed back to the stand for a basket of peaches for the road. Once home again, I located the pectin I'd bought last summer or was it the summer before?? Who knows but a quick check of the expiration date told me I had until October 2015 to get some freezer jam made. Perfect timing. Now as soon as those peaches ripen I'll get right on it. How nice it will be to have a taste of summer all through the winter.