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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Southern Getaway

 Bill, Grace, my mother and I took a little 4 day getaway last week.
Grace had two days off  school due to teacher conferences so off we went!
 We headed down to the Great Smoky
 National Park to catch the last of the Fall color and just enjoy
the peace of this special place.
 The Cades Cove area of the National Park has always meant a great deal to Bill
and me. It is a spot rich in history and beauty.

Went into Marysville and spent lots of time with dear friends who moved to Tennessee not long ago. We got to meet their new puppies, two long haired miniature dachshunds who were just so precious!
While visiting with our friends they took us to meet a skilled artisan in the great Smoky Mountain tradition. He makes, plays and sells the most beautiful dulcimers. It was a delight to hear this music and see this lovely art form continued.

We also had the chance to hop over to Crossville, Tennessee one day. 
My parents moved to Crossville after retirement and lived on a lovely
lake there for 27years. We were able to visit with many
dear friends which is always a treat!

 One of our friends is the head winemaker at Stonehaus Winery.
We always bring home a few bottles of this delicious wine!

We were also so pleased to be able to meet with over 20 of our family members one evening in Knoxville. Such a joy to be able to have dinner and enjoy these wonderful people! My father was born and raised in East Tennessee and many of our family live in this area. We also got to spend a little time with some of Bill's family who now live in Tennessee. Isn't being with relatives, especially those you don't get to see often, a blessing?

The weather was perfection while we were in Tennessee. Highs in the 60s, sunny and bright. Autumn weather at its finest! Here in Ohio the weather was equally pretty I hear!

This week will see all that change as the cold Northern air moves in accompanied by an icy rain. Perfect hot soup and crusty bread weather! Hmm...let's see what I have in the pantry to work with...

Stay warm and dry and enjoy your mid November. Each day is such a gift!

Love to you all!


Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

It's a beautiful area. I hope that some day you can head a little further south to NC...

Kat said...

Gorgeous photos my sweet friend.

Hugs to you and Bill and Grace,

Jo said...

So glad you had a gd time on your mini vaca!!

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Hi Sweet Bunny Lady! Sorry I haven't been a good blog visitor lately since my sweet Auggie left this world. I just can't seem to get myself together sometimes, but I'm trying. You've been busy! I'm caught up to April right now and will visit again when I have some time. Christmas is coming fast and you know it always gets hectic around this time of year for me. :)
Be back soon. xxoo

Lynilu said...

Those were just lovely pictures, Sue! And it sounds like such a sweet and relaxing trip. Glad you got to do it. Thanks for sharing!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

What a lovely trip you had..The country side is beautiful! I have not been to Tennessee, I hope to visit one day. The Smoky Mountains are amazing, I can see why you love the National Park.
I enjoyed your post very much..
Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

joan said...

You're pics are always the best! Looks like you had a great time!! Looking forward to lunch next month!!

Sue said...

Hey Susie girl, glad that you had a good time visiting in TN. Same ol' stuff going on here. Except that I need to climb up into the attic for you know what.... LOL How time flies! Seems the holidays were just here. xo Sue

Sheila said...

We love Tennessee, and it looks like you do too. The weather looks to have been glorious.
Glad you got to spend some special time with family and friends as well, always a bonus..
big hugs

Betty Jo said...

I just returned home yesterday from a week with my son and family. What a joy to find your comment on my blog! Love your trip photos and glad you had such a wonderful getaway. Cades Cove is one of my favorite places. Frank and I lived in Maryville, TN once, only thirty minutes from the cove, and spent many evenings there taking photos of the deer and eating our picnic supper. Brings back beautiful memories for me. ♥