This morning when I went outside I was greeted with a blast of chilly air…like 37 degree air and it felt wonderful! Crisp, clear FALL air and it seemed as if overnight the leaves went through yet another transition.
The sky was the deepest shade of bright blue…the sun was shining brightly through the fall leaves and there was not a cloud to be seen. Ahhh…I love fall!
My oak leaf hydrangeas are turning the most vibrant shades of red and burgundy. They’re magnificent.
And then I looked next to the oak leaf and there…all by its little self was this pink hydrangea. My hydrangeas are blooming! What? How is this happening? I have about 10 of them! I guess they’re not ready to sleep quite yet.
If you’ve not gotten out to see the Glory of Fall and the show it’s putting on this year…this is the weekend to pile everyone in the car and head out! The great news is that you don’t have to go very far in Middle Tennessee because Fall Foliage is at its peak right now…
So once you’ve recovered from Halloween, you might want to make this a priority. Cleaning the house and doing errands can wait…because this won’t last forever!
Here’s a few places that are sure to dazzle…
Take a drive along the Natchez Trace Parkway. It’s 444 miles of scenic wonder. You can drive, bike ride, picnic and take it all in. The great news is that you don’t have to travel 444 miles to see the Fall Splendor. The Trace goes from Tennessee down to Mississippi and Alabama.
Maybe driving isn’t your thing…if so…take a hike at Radnor Lake. It’s just south of Nashville and there are 6 miles of trails that skirt the lapping lake. Plan on seeing blue heron, deer, turtles, beaver and maybe…the eagle that has been hanging out for a while now. Radnor Lake is good for your soul!
Of course, if you want a bit more sophistication, then Cheekwood Botanical Gardens is for you. You can wander throughout the gardens and there are activities for the whole family.
Anyway…you get it. Just get in the car and go someplace to see this amazing Fall show!
We’re getting ready for the 150th Anniversary of The Battle of Franklin. This battle brought about the end of the Tennessee Army. There are so many fascinating stories surrounding the battle and beginning November 1, Franklin commemorates this historic event in Tennessee history.
You might be wondering why I haven’t been writing about this. It’s simple really. I am not a scholar of this time and I’m too new to Franklin to be able to possibly do these stories justice. So I’m not writing about it, but The Williamson County Visitor’s Bureau is and they’ve done an excellent job of asking us to “Try to imagine…” what it was like 150 years ago.
Check out this website… listen to the Voices of the Battle of Franklin and then plan a trip to Franklin so you can take in all the activities including a re-enactment of the battle.
It’s remarkable to live in Franklin during this time. I’m pretty sure I’ve shared with you how I walk my dog at the Carnton Plantation. Sassy runs and plays with the other canine, but for me, I can’t help but feel like I’m walking on hallowed ground. I get quiet and yes…I do imagine what it must have been like all those years ago.
If you can’t get to Franklin…I’m recommending that you pick up a copy of Widow of the South and learn about Carrie McGavock’s journey to create a proper burial ground for the fallen soldiers.
One more thing…while you’re out this weekend in the fall splendor, pick up some leaves…bring them home and use them in your fall centerpieces. Decorating does not have to be elaborate or expensive. Pumpkins…leaves…branches…nature at her finest!
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