How “The Fox & Fiddle” got its name

My kids and I were walking beside a lake in North Carolina, brainstorming about a name for the bed and breakfast we were soon to open on a small organic farm in the Appalachian Mountains. The spacious house had real southern charm, and we looked forward to hosting music jams on the wraparound porch overlooking the creek and forest.

Kylie proposed “The Fox and Fiddle,” and everyone loved it. The name embodied our vision of warmth and hospitality and artistic beauty, as well as evoking memories of music jams and fresh pints we’d enjoyed at cozy pubs while living in Scotland (pubs with names like the Dog and Hedgehog, or the Pig and Rose).

That was in 2009, when we moved from the dramatic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains to the down-home, southern roots and old mountain culture of North Carolina.

Five years and hundreds of guests passed by in a heartbeat. The kids moved on to other interests, so Joan and I sold the farm … although the name continues with my freelance writing and production business (formerly called Peacedude Productions, LLC).

We have so many warm memories of all the friends we made at the bed and breakfast … and the awesome musicians who inspired our dreams … and the delicious home-grown greens and eggs, and the fresh-roasted coffee we shared with our amazing guests. I could write a book about all the wonderful stories from that season in our life.

That was then. Now, here at the threshold of 2015, just wait and see what breathtaking adventures are birthed in this new season of the Fox and Fiddle.

(Here’s my daughter Kylie bicycling along the Ashby de la Zouch canal in Bosworth, U.K., not far from the Dog & Hedgehog Inn.)