14 September 2015
I'm a sucker for museums that have people dressed in period costumes or have working farms or showcase folk artists and crafts or, in this case, ALL OF THOSE THINGS! Shelburne Museum is a huge place with a ton of different interests represented within its sprawling green area. Glassware? Yep. Ceramics out the wazoo? Done! A steamboat? Sure thing! Wait, what? There were even gardens where every single item is grown for dyeing purposes...
It was hot as heck while I was there but the passing rain storm cooled everything off...and that Ben & Jerry's ice cream cone helped a bit too!
The Ticonderoga everyone! It was massive and when the whistle blew it scared the bajeezus out of me. There's a great article about how the boat got to the museum here and more general info here. It may seem like the boat is, pun intended, like a duck out of water in regards to the other exhibits at the museum but it truly fit right in...
I'd go back to the museum in a heartbeat. I want to sit in front of their Wyeth for about an hour (it's this one) and see more of the Grandma Moses exhibit.
11 September 2015
We only had about 30 minutes to walk around this beautiful art park in Wilmington, NC last weekend. When your husband is playing piano at the wedding you're attending, well, you don't have much time to get out and do stuff. I was happy to have the spare moments to stroll and to visit the bottle chapel built in memory/honor of Minnie Evans. I kinda like folk art, you know? Just a little bit!
Besides seeing all the smiling faces at the wedding (made more prevalent by Brady's accidentally playing the wedding march early due to a mix up in signals...it was a perfect comedic moment!) this was the best part of visiting Wilmington. It was noisy and buggy, and we stayed at the shittiest/skeeziest hotel in the world because we were traveling with the dogs. It was so bad we left the damn country and went to Canada. Really, we're in Canada! Montreal to be exact...sitting in bed and eating croissants. Ok, we didn't come here to escape the hotel but it makes for a great story. Our almost month long road trip truly started the moment I handed over my formal dress to the in-laws along with two depressed Chihuahuas (they hate traveling but are deliriously happy to be staying with Brady's folks because they get so spoiled) and then watched North Carolina disappear in the review mirror. I'll share a bit more about our stops so far later...
Happy Friday y'all!
For more on Minnie Evans go here...you'll be glad you did.
02 September 2015
31 August 2015
Brady's been practicing keyboard like mad since his cousin's wedding, where he's playing ALL the ceremonies music on a 1900's organ, is fast approaching. After about the 15th time I heard the wedding march I knew that I needed to get out of the house to do my own thing...STAT! I grabbed the camera, hopped in the car and headed south with no real direction in mind. About 40 minutes after I left Athens I found myself emerging from farmland into a teeny tiny town called Crawfordville. It had some great railroad tracks, an abandoned Mason's building that I explored the shell of and a cemetery with some great examples of funerary art. And then I was off to Union Point to see their movie theater and the downtown area where every building had purple glass artwork in the windows...
With the trip to Canada rushing towards us (it's right after the wedding!) these little roadtrips are great practice for all the driving we'll be doing...
06 August 2015
It's August y'all...and I often feel like my days are divide between being insanely hectic or as slow as molasses. Yes, I went there. A southernism at its finest!
What I've done since the summer began...
/ explored several local towns that I'd been really wanting to visit - go here and here to see more
/ finally visited family in the Golden Isles and celebrated my Grandparent's 75 wedding anniversary
/ took a tour of Sapelo and bought an amazing cookbook from a local resident
/ read over 10 books on my wishlist (I'm updating my Goodreads account so you can take a peek there and find out what they were)
/ bought a doughnut maker for the bakery...vegan doughnuts are proving to be a bit more difficult than I thought
/ designed my next tattoo which will feature memories from the Europe trip
/ thrifted the entire VC Andrews book collection (over 40+) for less than $5...I loved reading these twisted stories during middle & high school
/ discovered that a few past dislikes - cookies in my milkshake, coconut cake, massages - have become my favorite things now...I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks?
/ nursed Ms Tullah Belle back to health with lots of help from our vet
/ started a new puzzle featuring some very regal otters chilling on a log in the river...it's spectacular
/ bought a kayak!!!...but haven't had time to take it out yet
/ completely reorganized my clothes and designed a new free standing closet for the bedroom since our old, old, OLD house has no built-in closets
/ picked some local GA muscadines and will be making a pie with tomorrow...yum!
/ came up with 3 different routes for our upcoming trip to Canada...a little more than 3 weeks before we hit the road for a month
/ ordered a new camera lens for the ol' camera...I can't wait to take pictures of the trip with it
/ found some fun knick-knacks for the house including the old owl wall you see in the picture...it's been a thrifting paradise lately
Whew! I can't wait to see what the rest of summer holds...
How about you? Have any accomplishments / goals for summer 2015?