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Whirligigs and Tobacco

A whirligig can do all things: milk a cow, catch a fish, decorate a tree, wash clothes, even ride a bicycle…anything that has movement. I have been fascinated with these wonderful toys for as long as I can remember.

whirly gig in eastern NC | Whirligigs are everywhere at Big Mill B&B-this one overlooks the tobacco field | https://chloesblog.bigmill.com/whirligigs-and-tobacco/

Whirligig overlooks Tobacco Field at Big Mill B&B

Maybe I shouldn’t assume that everyone knows what a whirligig really is… Whirligigs are whimsical, wind-driven folk art that might remind folks of a “comic weather-vane.” Most are made of wood by craftsmen and are used purely to decorate or add joy, often to a garden.

Please note the plant in the background – it is newly planted tobacco. North Carolina is still a tobacco-producing state. Although Big Mill B&B is totally non-smoking, our guests who feel they would like to enjoy a pipe or a smoke outside are welcome.

Helicopter Whirlygig by Volis Simpson

Called the Junkyard artist, Volis Simpson created many yard art beauties like this helicopter. I was lucky enough to meet him; he has since passed away.

King Tobacco growing on the farm at Big Mill B&B

It would be way too sanctimonious for us to refuse, since they can see the beautiful plant growing just outside the door. In a few months, this plant will have pretty, albeit sticky, pink flowers. I will keep you tuned to the progress of King Tobacco.

Tobacco is a beautiful plant and grows on the farm at Big Mill B&B | https://chloesblog.bigmill.com/whirligigs-and-tobacco/

Tobacco Plants at Big Mill B&B

Chloe Tuttle Big Mill Bed and Breakfast near Greenville NCBig Mill B&B, Williamston, NC tel. 252-792-8787
www.bigmill.com

90 miles east of Raleigh, NC
103 miles south of Norfolk, VA
94 miles west of Nags Head, NC
145 miles north of Wilmington, NC

Author: Chloe Tuttle

I am a farm girl who sailed the world, returned home to the family farm and opened Big Mill Bed and Breakfast. Join us for a quiet getaway 252-792-8787.

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