Monday, August 26, 2019

Agaves, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens


Last year in Fall Cheekwood featured gorgeous Agave plants in their Fall Festival. I hope they return this year as they were gorgeous. Here's a few pics to wet your whistle.


These are Blue American Agave plants surrounded by blue flower beds. I'm not sure what that blue flower is, but it's a gorgeous display.


The varigated Agaves were planted next to yellow and orange Chrysanthemums. Wouldn't this look great in a yard for Fall. Notice the pumpkins scattered throughout this particular display.


When I Googled Agaves, including the various varieties featured here, I noticed several images where the Agave plants are planted in long rows in Mexico. No doubt so they can grow big and be exported to America. It's a rainy week here in Tennessee, but at least the high temperatures are gone. Although we still have a fair amount of humidity to contend with. I did some Fall decorating yesterday. I can't hardly wait for the cooler season to come and relieve us of all of this heat and humidity. ENJOY!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Happy Sunday!


This beautiful iron pot sits in the gardens at Cheekwood. As I visited last Summer, the Sweet Potato Vine caught my eye. Isn't it fabulous. Have a wonderful Sunday everyone. ENJOY!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy Independence Day America!



My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrims' pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!

I captured this image last evening during Hendersonville's Freedom Festival Fireworks Show. I love the reflection on the water. Thank you to all the men and women who died so that we could live in this great country free. God Bless America. Have a safe and Happy Fourth of July! ENJOY!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Barn Series - Day 8 - Shaker Village

After taking a few days off from The Barn Series, here we are still in the great state of Kentucky at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. This historic village originated in 1807 and closed in 1922. It is just southeast of Lexington in central Kentucky. Shakers were celibate, believed in equality of race and sex, and freedom from prejudice.


They called themselves the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, but because of their ecstatic dancing the world called them the Shakers. The Shakers were celibate, never married or bore children, yet they were the most enduring religious experiment in American history. You can read more about the Shakers by clicking on this link Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill.


Today Shaker Village is a registered National Historic Landmark and is a very popular tourist attraction. When you visit the village, you will find several large houses, barns and sheds, with animals grazing and organic crops growing in the fields. There are hiking trails and a lake in the village as well. The Shakers built over 250 structures.


These images were taken with a very old Fuji DSLR that was not very high end, but I wanted to share the Shaker Village images because it is such a special place. The Shakers that settled this village originated from one of the many Shaker villages in New York and New England in the early 1800's.

I really would love to visit during the Summer months and take in more of the property at Shaker Village. I can't say where we will be tomorrow, but I hope to come back with another posting. Stay tuned. ENJOY!

Monday, July 1, 2019

The Barn Series - Day 8 - Great Smoky Mountains


Cade's Cove is on tap today for The Barn Series journey. A beautiful, peaceful valley with old farmsteads and historic, one room churches dotting the landscape. This old barn is one of my favorites. I love to photograph it in all of the seasons with the mountains looming in the background. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the largest national park east of the Mississippi River. Visitors flock here every year in the tens of thousands. The park is located in eastern Tennessee and is actually in Tennessee and North Carolina.


Cade's Code is one of the main attractions with visitors. In this valley, you can go back in time, as you travel the winding road. View first hand how these farmers plied their trade throughout the decades. The moment you enter this park you know you are in an amazing place. The forests are thick and lush with gorgeous trees and plants and wildflowers. Rushing rivers wind through the park as they make their way down the mountains into the valleys. The flora and fauna of this national park is like none other you will find across the nation, because the Smoky Mountains is also a rain forest. Witness that first hand as you drive throughout the park or hike the trails. Water is paramount here.

I hope you are enjoying The Barn Series. Wonder where we will end up tomorrow. ENJOY!

Linking to Metamorphosis Monday

Saturday, June 29, 2019

The Barn Series - Day 7 - The Mennonites


On Day 7 we travel back to the turn of the century and visit a Mennonite Community located just west of the small towns of Scottsville and Franklin, Kentucky, about 20 miles north of the Kentucky/Tennessee border. The Mennonites of this community call themselves "the plain people". Their simple life does not allow for electric gas power machinery and make their living in agricultural pursuits.


In the Fall, they harvest molasses made the old-fashioned way. In Summer, they grow fresh produce and make leather goods. On one of the back roads, a horse drawn buggy carrying young Mennonite farmers passed me just as a gal on horseback was making her way down the road.


As I drove around the community on this lazy, late Summer, Sunday afternoon, I saw this little girl, with doll in hand, being dropped off at the end of her long driveway.


I traveled to this community which was only about a 45 minute drive from my home, to check out the barns and farms. Most of the farms, however, sat way back off the road where no photograph could capture them. Out of respect for these simple Mennonite people, I tried not to capture an image of their faces. I want to get back to this area this Summer, where the farmers carry out a thriving produce business at Haybegger's Amish Market nearer to Scottsville, and hopefully, pick up some fresh vegetables.

I am a little bit under the weather as I write this post having had gallbladder surgery yesterday. The pain medications are leaving my thoughts a bit clouded. The pain is palpable, but I venture to say in a few days I'll be almost back to normal. And I might add, I can't wait. I hope you all have a great weekend. Let's see where Day 8 takes us. ENJOY!