Sunday Wanderings

IMG_2474En route to Houston, we stopped in  Franklin, Tennessee, for a quick visit with our farm girl daughter.  It just so happened we were there when a holiday popup show sponsored by City Farmhouse was happening which gave the daughter and me a fun way to spend some time.

IMG_2465-2To no surprise, most of the booths featured things perfect for a farmhouse country look.

There was a big emphasis on pillows for all seasons.  You can be sure the ones made with French linens were being snapped right up.

I’m crazy for pumpkins,  and these made of chenille and tartan plaids were eye catching and suitable for more than the fall season.

IMG_2446White ironstone was plentiful, and I couldn’t help but think of many blog friends who fancy it.

IMG_2440It would be a lovely accent for this pottery that reminded of classic French style.

Over the years I’ve participated in a number of shows, and this one impressed me with the cohesiveness achieved by displays complementing one another.

IMG_2470I left the show with no purchase, but when we stopped by City Farmhouse, I was sorely tempted by these Christmas trees.  Rustic, yes, but they have that whimsical aspect which suits my fancy.  

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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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A Big Thanks

Storybook CottageI want to give Kim Leggett at City Farmhouse in Franklin, Tennessee a big thank you for sharing my post Storybook Cottage on her Facebook page.  As it turns out she is the talent behind all the magic touches in the cottage.  Also, talk about small world she is acquainted with my daughter who now lives on a  farm in Franklin.

City Farmhouse has lots of FB followers which translated into a big day for Lulu’s Musings.  What I learned from this is that sharing can be beneficial for everyone, and I am going to follow Kim’s unselfish example as I figure out how best to link to posts that relate to subjects that appear here.   If you have helpful suggestions about sharing, do tell.

In the meantime, take a look at City Farmhouse.  Those of you who like farmhouse and French country styles are sure to find much to whet your appetite.  And, if you are in the Franklin area June 19-20 or October 16-17, Kim presents City Farmhouse Pop Up shows that are a delight.

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