valley forge

valley forge

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hello...again


Hello...remember me? I have been off line for a good while, trying to do a little of this and a lot of that. It is a busy time for all of us...especially those of use that are "makers". Our creative efforts kick into gear mid-summer and reach fever pitch right about now. My hand dids for Halloween and Christmas are finished and have been delivered. Aaah...a sigh of relief. 


I've done a bit of decorating for the season. A new addition to our fall decor is this sweet witch from Angela Hillstrom of Olde Raggs. Angela does such a fabulous job bringing her creations to life. The detail on all of her work is unequaled. And once again, this generous artist sent a special package to Annie...an adorable mouse ornament. As soon as Annie opened it, with a very big smile on her face, she said he was going on her owl tree. It will be down from the attic and decorated in a few short weeks.


Can you see an original hooked rug by Rebecca Lundquist in the background? What a great hooker and artist!


I did manage to hook a few pumpkins...long and lean.


And I pulled out this pillow I hooked many years ago. I think it is a Maria Barton pattern. I'll try to get myself together and add a few more decorating pics later.

****************************************


Recently, we spent a week in Tennessee. On our way to a board meeting in Nashville, we stopped in Franklin for four nights and spent our days exploring this beautiful and historic area. The house above is located in downtown Franklin. Isn't it a perfect house...especially for this time of year?


Downtown Franklin is a great little area with beautiful homes, churches, shops and restaurants. Just a little off the main street there is a cluster of antique shops...I did a little damage.


A visit to this cemetery was such a sobering and sad experience. Rows and rows of unidentified souls resting in a field on this plantation. Large obelisks with the name of the state and the number of the fallen from that state mark their graves.



The family who owned the plantation is also buried in a separate section of the cemetery...with many graves being those of the very young.

****************************


We went walking in the woods.


And spent a day at Cheekwood Gardens. This is a beautiful mansion, full of art and surrounded by gardens. There is an herb garden, a boxwood garden, a Japanese garden and several more. We ate our lunch in an open area right beside a creek complete with waterfall. Heavenly!



*****************************


Midweek we moved on to Nashville to meet up with our gang.


We stayed at this magnificent hotel...The Hermitage. It is an historical beauty and our room (which I neglected to get a photo of) was wonderful, with a glorious view of the state house.


We had a long sit in the lovely lobby. (No lunch available, but we had a yummy lunch with our group on the veranda).



While we were sitting in the lobby, several city tours came into the hotel and gave the group a run down on all the history that has taken place here. The Suffragettes had their first big meeting here.


Right across the street from the hotel is the Tennessee State Museum. It is full of wonderful artifacts like the portrait above, and lots of great information about famous Tennesseans. We love a good museum and this one was an unexpected delight!

Our Last afternoon...a very tired Annie at the Ryman.

Of course, a trip to Nashville includes a visit to the Ryman. Annie is not a fan of loud music so we passed on the live concert with Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers and a few others that our group had tickets to see. 

I have to admit the highlight of the trip for me was Franklin. Although it is a bedroom community to Nashville, it still has that small town feel. The Battle of Franklin was a turning point in the Civil War...the beginning of the end for the Confederacy. This lovely town has risen from the ashes of all that death and destruction and, in my opinion, does it's heritage proud.

Annie continues to talk about Cheekwood Gardens and what a fun day we spent there...just walking around...looking at nature...being together. Indeed, we enjoyed that day!


Hope to get around to visit you all and do some catching up.

Enjoy the day,
Robyn









17 comments:

  1. Hello Robyn,glad to see you back! I really enjoyed your pictures and décor. What nice treasures!

    Happy Autumn!
    Audrey

    ReplyDelete
  2. HI!!! So happy you're back! hello & a hug to you & sweet Annie ~
    xoxox
    L

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hi Robyn,
    So lovely to see a post from you my friend!! Love all the beautiful photos of your latest family adventures!! Thanks for taking us along!
    Big Heart Hugs to you and Annie~
    Julie

    ReplyDelete
  4. What wonderful pictures. I am so glad you posted. You had a busy summer. I love your fall decorating. Welcome home.

    ReplyDelete
  5. So glad you're back posting...looks like you're been very busy. Did a girls week in franklin a few years ago & love it.
    nancee

    ReplyDelete
  6. Love all of your Halloween goodies pictured. That hotel is amazing! I'm with Annie...I would also have loved the garden! Janice PS Glad to see you back.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Nice to hear from you. Sounds (and looks) like a wonderful place to explore.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thanks for sharing all the beautiful photos!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I am so glad to see you back online !!
    Creating and traveling.
    Lovely pics to see in this post.
    That mushroom steals my heart ;)
    Rose

    ReplyDelete
  10. It's lovely to see a post from you! Beautiful decorating and making, and lovely pics from your trip too.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi, Robyn, I'm so glad to see you posting again! You have certainly made a great post with lots of interesting pictures. Thanks for sharing. I would love to go to Franklin, TN and see Carnton plantation, among other things. And of course the antique shops... I have an ancestor who was wounded at the battle of Franklin, must have just been a scratch, because he survived and I even have his discharge papers from the Ohio Volunteer Infantry. I have always wondered what his injury was, because I think most who were shot, died. Maybe he just twisted his ankle or something, but he did get the payment for being wounded. I have seen Carnton in several books/magazines, and it is indeed beautiful and haunting. Melinda

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hello Robyn, missed you so..I love you hooked pumpkins and pillow, so very sweet.. Wonderful trip to Tennesee, what a grand time you all had. Hugs Francine,

    ReplyDelete
  13. Robyn,
    So good to hear from you!!!
    Beautiful pictures and it sounds like a wonderful trip. Thanks for sharing with us.
    Hugs :)
    Lauren

    ReplyDelete
  14. So glad you are back and looks like you had such a great time.
    Cathy

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hello Robyn. Looks like a wonderful trip.

    Take care, doreen

    ReplyDelete
  16. From one Robi(y)n to another, WELCOME BACK!!! I don't believe you have been gone as long as I have, but I can truly say it's good to see you and your wonderful posts again. You, Mr. Mugwump, and Annie go on such delightful expeditions!! Even when I was practicing, I didn't get to go to fun places like you do! So, I especially love to live vicariously through your posts. Tennessee has always held a sway over me...not sure why, as I have really only "passed through." Anywho...I adore your little witch by Angela...some day I hope to have one!! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

    ReplyDelete
  17. So nice to hear from you again. Enjoy seeing and hearing bits about your decorating, crafts, travels, and especially family. Happy Autumn. ...jan

    ReplyDelete