Monday, January 24, 2011
It’s time to visit Nashville, Tennessee…
I’m not sure if I even mentioned that we visited Nashville last November? It was my first trip to the south…well except for a crazy trip to N’Orleans in the very early 2000’s but that was a whole different thing, trust me. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Nashville, especially since we were visiting so late in the fall. My first shock was the limestone…as my father-in-law zipped along the freeway I was awestruck, the walls appeared to be designed in some abstract horizontal pattern, finally I spoke up and asked about them…limestone. Beautiful, and probably cursed by a gardener or three. My second observation, the lawn is king in Nashville. The homes are set way back on enormous lots and it seemed that every single one had a huge lawn laid out in front. In Portland these lots would have been divided and sub-divided again, a skinny house or three could comfortably fit on each still leaving a sizable yard for the original house. My in-laws home is on a cul-de-sac and seemed to buck the trend, having a modest sized front yard and a huge back yard. This is a set up that makes more sense to me! As we walked around their garden for the first time my camera finger was twitching, I was seeing the most amazing creations! Were these garden tools, or folk-art? Hard to tell...one thing for sure though they were all created by my father-in-law, a college mathematics professor. The tools… A dyi tool rack. The wooden handles wore out and were replaced by pipe. This digger was made as a gift to me, but since we didn't check bags I wasn't able to bring it home. Can you just imagine me trying to board a plane with this in my carry-on luggage? The wheelbarrows… And furniture… Pretty marvelous collection wouldn't you say?
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