Chef and The Farmer lives up to reputation

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy Finally — we made it to Chef and The Farmer restaurant in Kinston. We’ve tried multiple times to get reservations, but without success. We didn’t have reservations this time either, but were the happy recipients of some pass-along tickets to a...

Watching soccer in Español

Views and Reviews By Jean McCamy I love English pubs. It’s not just the pints and fish and chips, but all the soccer games playing on the screens. In fact, I am generally happy when in sight of a soccer game, either live or on screen, but with only one grandchild playing soccer...

Mourning the loss of a great garden party

Views and Reviews Jean McCamy I feel like I am mourning the loss of an old friend. Twenty-one years ago, Raleigh sculptor Frances Alvarino invited a few friends to bring their sculptures to her beautiful garden for a show and sale called the Larkspur Party in honor of the blooms...

Welcome overstayed

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy Canada is a lovely country. It has beautiful forests and fields, mountains and plains, and rushing rivers and placid lakes. It has delightful, friendly people and interesting wildlife. It has historic sites and cultural offerings and sports. It...

April showers lead to a beautiful May

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy After a long season of cold, wet weekends, it was wonderful to have beautiful weather and state cup soccer games coincide. I was only able to see one game, the winning one, over the weekend, but the BB&T Soccer Park in Advance was a fine place...

N.C. may lose millions of education funds

Views and Reviews By Jean McCamy I grew up tuned in to education — not necessarily mine, but education in general. Both my parents were teachers. Daddy taught and coached in prep schools and colleges and one year at Wake Forest High School. Mother spent a few years on college...

Finding direction in the middle of chemo

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy I am sitting at the computer trying to find a thought to share with all of you — profound, funny, or even political, correct or otherwise — but I find myself preoccupied with the unsavory world of cancer and chemo and unable to think much beyond...

Fresh is sometimes not much fun

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy We have greens in the garden all year, but we are just getting into the season when there is always something new demanding to be eaten. A vegetable garden is wonderful and I love being able to go out and pick dinner, but it is challenging as...

Encyclopedias — dust collectors or old friends

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy On the top shelf of the bookcase, there is a set of Compton’s Encyclopedia (1972 edition; updated from the one I grew up with). The books’ mustard colored spines make a mural, so a volume is seldom returned out of place. That was important when...

Development leads to raccoon wars

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy Since we live east of Wake Forest where they are cutting down all the trees to stuff in new houses, we have one of the few remaining patches of woods, along with lots of shrubbery and brush and even a pond, though it is more of a large mud puddle...

Always a frost in April

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy Everybody who has lived here for a long time knows it. Everybody who moves here gets told about it. But still, when the weather turns sunny and balmy in March, we all ignore it. Even Mother Nature turns into a gambler. The rule is not to put...

Feeling like Humpty Dumpty

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy I feel like Humpty Dumpty. I was sitting up on my wall, kicking my feet and enjoying the sunshine, when suddenly I fell off. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men (also known as doctors, nurses and other medical personnel) are working...