Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Break Down South

I just love spring break, a timeout from the normal routine to spend with your loved ones.  My family and I took a trip to Nashville, Tn. and toured some beautiful plantations.  The first place we toured was the Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tn.

If any of you have read Widow Of The South, this plantation is the inspiration for that novel.  I did an early post on this plantation, click here to see it.

One thing all the plantations we visited had in common was a beautiful garden. Since it was March things were just starting to bloom but they were still beautiful.  This pathway was in the garden.  Can you imagine how beautiful it would be with the vines in full bloom?

The next place we visited was Andrew Jackson's plantation, The Hermitage, located in Nashville, TN.

The garden behind this home was beautiful.

All of the gardens had pathways for you to walk along and benches to sit on to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

The final plantation we toured was Belle Meade, also located in Nashville, TN. 

This home was the largest of the three we visited.  Sadly none of the homes would let you take pictures inside, but let me tell you they are beautiful.

Another beautiful garden.

Between Tennessee and Kansas we made a stop at the arch in St. Louis.  It was such a beautiful day when we were there.

Thanks for letting me share some of my vacation photos with you.  I hope all of you had a wonderful Spring Break also.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Adding Spring Touches To The Fireplace

I wanted to keep my mantle this spring simple.  I have really enjoyed the little bit of sparkle the mercury glass has added to my mantle so I kept a lot of the same pieces I used at Christmas. 

You just can't have a spring look without bringing some outside in so I added some pots with greenery at the hearth of the fireplace.

 Here is a closer look.

Of course you must add a little nest complete with eggs.

I have spring fever really bad this year.  All I want to do is sit on the back porch sipping iced tea with big slices of lemon in it and maybe even a sprig of mint.

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