Road Trip, Travel

A Quick Stop

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen my daughter moved to Franklin, Tennessee, several years ago, the hubby thought that good enough reason to drive the long road from Houston to Maine and back again.  It’s a long way for a quick twice a year stop, but I always enjoy the time we have there not only because of the visit with the daughter’s family but because Franklin is part of my earliest memories.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWould you believe I was born there right in this building that at one time was a hospital? My first view of this unimposing structure stopped me in my tracks as it triggered a distant memory of a photograph of my mother standing on those steps holding an infant that was me, otherwise I would have walked by it with no thought.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow the spot is identified with a historical marker that names Dr. Tandy Rice as one of the hospital’s founders.  It was he who brought me into this world and got me started on life’s journey.

Most of my Franklin memories revolve around my great grandmother’s house.  What a wonderful place it was to play hide and seek, and she had an old out of tune pump organ that kept me entertained for hours.  The house is still there, and not too long ago I knocked on the door, explained to the current owners my history there and they were kind enough to let me in.  The old place has been updated, but the wonderful crown molding and stair railings are still there.

My memories are of a very sleepy small town, but that is not the case today.  Franklin is a very hip place with trendy shops and eateries.

One that many of you may know is the City Farmhouse that in addition to the shop hosts popup shows that draw visitors from all over the southeast.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADowntown doesn’t claim all the changes. The area around Franklin, including some of my family’s former property,  has become home to large estates and horse farms.  Many belong to country music stars and a few Hollywood types.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne thing that hasn’t changed in Franklin is its southern pride.  Right in the middle of town is this towering sculpture honoring the fighting men of the Confederacy. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALook real close and you’ll notice part of the soldier’s hat brim is missing.  It is said to have broken during the shipping/installation process, and it was deemed appropriate to leave it.

FranklinIf memory serves me, Franklin was the unintended site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. That battle transformed Carnton Plantation into a hospital and a burial ground for the men who died there.

Yes, Franklin causes me to wax nostalgic, and I am glad that it is part of my history.

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Farm Changes

Franklin farmThe reason the hubby and I make the long drive from Maine to Houston is to to stop in Franklin, Tennessee, where one of our daughters moved to a small farm 3 years ago.

FranklinEvery visit we see changes.  The  Katadin lambs that once grazed in the pasture are gone because they liked to jump up on people and as they grew larger that was not such a good thing.  Not only that they were nasty creatures whose fondness for the barn left it stinky and messy, and no one was crazy about cleaning up after them.

FranklinThere were lots of ducks, but who knew they would be so prolific.  Every hatching introduced 10-15 new ducklings.  Unfortunately, the ducks never left because they liked their lifestyle at the farm.  As a consequence, some ducks ended up on the dining table.

FranklinTurkeys became a bit of a problem as well.  The intent was to have them be a good food source, but there’s a small window of time when they are good to eat otherwise they get tough, really tough. So into the wild went the turkeys.

IMG_3404Still, there are chickens that roam freely

Franklinand keep the family in plenty of fresh eggs.  In fact, there are so many that the girls have made a little business of selling the extras.

FranklinBuddy and Bella, the big Anatolian shepherds, earn their keep by keeping predators off the property.  They’ve been the winner in a number of encounters!

FranklinIn the pasture, there is a new visitor who seems very content in her surroundings. She’s a boarder that gives just the right look to the farm.

FranklinThis visit I was touched to see this flower blooming.  Believe it or not, it propagated from a plant that belonged to my great grandmother which means it is well over 60 years old.  Just mentioning this flower leads to a whole other story, but I’ll save it for next time.

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Road Trip, Travel

On the Road….Again!

Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.

Charles Kuralt

road tripThe car is packed,

MaizyMaizy is curled on the back seat and we are ready to begin the long road to Maine.

road signsThe few times we’ve driven Houston to Maine to Houston we’ve made an adventure out of it, but this time we hit the road, kept going until we got to Rockport and didn’t see a thing.  Well, that’s not exactly true as there were hundreds of signs identifying gas stations, motels, McDonald’s, Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts, Cracker Barrel and the like.

IMG_4341The highlight of the trip? A stop at a Virginia KFC where all thoughts of healthy left my head when I learned this one still serves chicken livers. Not many people must order them because I was served enough for 3 people!

IMG_4344Short nights were spent at dog friendly and near the interstate hotels, all of which had the same breakfast menu.  I have to confess that the biscuits with sausage gravy weren’t all that bad.

road tripLong days on the road were bad enough, but when cars and trucks were lined up in an unmoving caravan for more than 2 hours things got a little testy.  We never did find out what the holdup was, but my guess is it had something to do with an 18 wheeler.  Good thing we had audio books which kept us entertained while we waited for wheels to start turning again.

Rockport HarborThe good news is the trip is over, and when we at last got to Rockport, we were greeted by a rainbow, God’s way of welcoming us home.

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