Between Athens and Franklin…

That would be Athens, GA, and Franklin, NC. I was in both cities teaching for much of last week. I have not visited that part of the US before and let me tell you – it is very nice indeed! That is Smoky Mountain country and it's easy to see where the 'smoky' comes from. There is a seemingly perpetual haze or mist that makes the mountains appear to be shrouded in smoke. I tried to take pictures but it's hard from a moving car when you are the driver.

Needless to say I had a lovely time with both guilds. Did I take pictures of any of the classes? No – I am always way to busy for that. I did, however, take some pictures on the drive back to Atlanta.

I was told that I should definitely stop for ice cream at the Spring Ridge Creamery in Otto, GA, just south of the state border. I got one dip made from 3 flavors – chocolate, rum raisin, coconut joy! Have you ever had a place that would do that for you? I have not. 


This family was sitting outside enjoying their ice cream. They looked so content. Once I started eating I understood why. I would love to have a lot more of the rum raisin…

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There was a place I had noticed on the drive north. You have probably all seen those roadside businesses that sell yard art, usually made from concrete. This one is different… it has mostly painted metal animals and other yard art…


You know, there is a part of me that just loves this stuff. Steve very rarely loves this stuff so it's probably good that I don't live nearby. Here's the studio that is farther back on the property…


It's a good thing I don't have more time on my hands. I have some exterior walls that might be fun to paint. Steve would not be happy.


I was snapping away through the fence because they were closed. I don't know if you can tell but that's a herd of white metal goats (with horns!) below. The owner's husband was there and he came over at about the time I spotted the 3 face planters back in the distance.


I knew that I needed those head planters. His wife (the owner) was still there and we exchanged information. She may be able to ship them to me, or not. Today I found them online from a place that for sure ships. One way or another these fine folks are going to be near my pool, enjoying the view.


More tomorrow, or the next day…


4 thoughts on “Between Athens and Franklin…

  1. I just got back from 2 weeks at our home in the Smokey’s., I miss it! High’s in the 60’s and now I’m back to 90 degree weather. sigh


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