This lily was just too pretty not to share!
Dear Daughter, Blossom, and I went to the Tennessee Ellington Agricultural Center’s Pioneer Days celebration. What fun we had! We interacted with bee keepers and their bees, sheep shearers, goat keepers, storytellers, and a man showing us how the human sundial works. We saw all kinds of farm animals, and we saw the police horses frolicking in the nearby meadows.
There are all kinds of fun days and special exhibits at the Ag Center. On any day, it’s lovely to walk the trails that surround the center or to visit the Iris Garden.
Have you visited the Ag Center?
Are you a fan of Tennessee fiction? If so, I’d love to send you a free Kindle e-copy of A Tree Firmly Planted in exchange for a review on Amazon. This offer is for the first five people to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Tree Firmly Planted is the first in my series, “A Tennessee Trilogy.” It follows the Blair family from shortly before the Civil War to the 1880’s and examines the impact of the war on Tennesseans. It is serious historcial ficiton with some spiritual themes.
2008 Lewisburg Pike (Hwy 431) Franklin, TN 37064 615-468-2008 – See more at: Riverbend Nurseries.
Want to spend a pleasant Saturday morning surrounded by beautiful plants, birds, and nice people? On a recent Saturday, Doc Dave and I found that Riverbend Nurseries fit that desire for us.
We were in need of some extra plants for our front bed, so we decided to go for breakfast and, after, a lesiurely drive down the backgrounds to the Nurseries.
The plants there are laid out well, with signs to help you find what you were looking for, space to see them well, and plenty of staff on hand to answer questions. The layout has the feel of a garden, so walking a round and choosing plants is as enjoyable as visiting a lovely park.
I came home with a birdbath, as well as the plants that we needed.
I’m looking forward to my next trip!
It was fun to walk around among the other eager customers, who were filling carts with spring plants. I saw one serious, young gardener in her wellies, jeans, full-sleeved shirt, and gardening hat. She and her purchases inspired me to dream of being a master gardener one day. Alas, I inherited my father’s love of plants, but not his green thumb or his dedication!
Doc Dave and I were actually headed to McAllister’s for a fast food fix before doing a little shopping at T. J. Maxx, when we saw that the new Blaze Pizza franchise in Brentwood is open. After nearly 34 years of marriage, I know that there are few foods in the world that my dear hubby loves more than pizza. So, when I suggested that we give it a try, he was right there with me.
Blaze’s claim to fame is that the staff will make your pizza in 180 seconds using a system that passes it near an open flame. They offer a variety of options. You choose one and follow your pizza down the line while the workers add whatever toppings you have chosen. Then, they pop it in the oven and call you the moment it’s done. You don’t have time to sit down between the time that the pizza goes in the oven until it’s ready. It’s hot, quick, and freshly delicious.
We went on a Saturday night. The restaurant was crowded and the line was out the door, which meant that we had a little wait time on the front end. Many people were getting their orders to go. The clientele was mostly young singles and young families, though I did see a couple of mid-lifers, like me. It’s not for when you want a quiet, leisurely pizza experience, but for when you want a lot of fun and energy. I don’t know if the excitment will die down when it’s been operating for a little longer. Nashvillians know that whenever something new in Brentwood/Franklin opens, it attracts super large crowds and then settles out to normal traffic.
Note that this is one of a chain of restaurants. I’m definitely putting this on my go-to list for pizza, especially when headed Brentwood way. (Don’t worry, McAlister’s. I’ll always be a fan of your tea and choclate covered rice Krispie treats. You’ll see me again soon.)
I’m so glad that you stopped by for the inagural post of Tennessee Days. This blog combines the best features of two of my older sites: Tennessee Moments and A Merry Rose. (I no longer post at these locations, but you can see my archives.) Here, we’ll chat about modern Tennessee living, Tennessee history, home, decor, recipes, hospitality, writing, and who knows what. I hope you’ll pull up a chair and sit a spell.