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Friday, August 31, 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hill house

Somewhere near Belfast, Tennessee
What a great old home this must have been.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tiny city on a hill


What in the world is this?
It is an Airsoft field somewhere in Tennessee.
Similiar to Paintball, but they shoot tiny plastic pellets instead of balls of paint.
Go figure.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Parthenon

A week after visiting Belfast, we visited the Parthenon.
Both in Tennessee, U. S. A.

This Parthenon is in Centennial Park, Nashville, Tennessee.
Hubby and I spent a couple of days there this weekend.

I do not know if the tiny lady in front is having disco fever, aspires to be a Greek goddess,
or is just pointing.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Cotton Saga continues

The cotton is starting to open.

This doesn't look like a lot, but it is just starting.  See all those bolls that haven't started opening yet.

The anatomy lesson for today . . .

 This is one of the four "pieces" of cotton in the boll.  I'm sure there is a name for it.

 There are eight seeds in that one piece.

I've been told that cotton seed hulls are good for your garden and
that you can get a load from the cotton gins, but we've never tried it.

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Rural Thursday

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Two old companions

Across from the Belfast Depot, aka, Coon Den Lodge, in Tennessee, are two old store buildings.

This one is in pretty bad shape.

The J. C. Tate General Merchandise building looked to be in pretty good shape.
They both are filled with junk, both trash and treasure.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Barn envy

This barn was behind the house where I went to an estate sale on Saturday in Fayetteville, Tennessee.
Wouldn't you love to have this behind your house?

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Barn Charm

Belfast Depot

Belfast, Tennessee, that is.

Wondering about the Coon Den Lodge?
Apparently it is a coon (raccoon) hunting club.
They have a Facebook page.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Passion flowers

I ran across (literally with a wheel barrow) these flowers in a field that needs cutting at our place.  My husband said they were "maypod flowers".  He said they used to hit the pods with a baseball bat to bust them.  I guess that's what Chattanooga kids did for fun in the late 60s out in the fields that are now Hamilton Place Mall :)

That very night I found an article about them in the new Country Living magazine.
They are Passion Flowers!

Who knew?

Probably everyone except moi.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012


Powder Mill Hill
Near Lawrenceburg, Tennessee

I went back this weekend, but was not inspired by much.  It was mid-day and the sun made everything unattractive.  And, you know sometimes places and things (and people) seem all great and wonderful the first time . . . then you take a second look . . .

Anyway, I saw this cool Jeep.
Reckon those are bullet holes in the back window ?

Click my Powder Mill Hill label for more . . .

I know some wonder how these old rusty things could be considered a top shot, but I'm still

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Winner, winner

Our son is returning to campus this weekend so he got to choose last weekend's meals.
He asked for steak on Saturday and for Sunday he wanted chicken, dressing, creamed potatoes, gravy, etc.
Essentially, Thanksgiving, but without turkey.

My husband loves to cook.  He can make a mean roasted chicken.
At the risk of getting a bit raunchy, he cleans it, rubs it, stuffs it, and dresses it.

I didn't get a photo of the cooked chicken because it fell apart and just didn't look very photogenic.

(BTW, that red enameled iron pot is the best thing we've bought for cooking in a long time.
It's not that really expensive brand, it's a Lodge, and we recommend it highly.
We bought a second one in a smaller size.)

The nineteen year old's plate.
(first plate, that is)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Can you stand more . . .

. . . Zinnias ???

Sometimes I get obsessed with something and won't let go.
I just can't get over this patch of garden flowers.

We planted Zinnias many years ago, but stopped for some reason.

Hubby planted seeds all along this row next to the fence, but most didn't come up.
Can you imagine how it would look if they had all come up?

Will they come back next year from seed?  I don't remember.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

B&W Evening Tomato

This is last summer's photo.  I decided to try it in black and white.

And the color version posted last year . . .

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Rural Thursday
Lisa and Nancy

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


"Can I come outside, please?  I promise I won't get eaten by coyotes."

Me:  "No, you need to stay safe inside."

"Well, blemnnn!"