I have been futzing around trying to get these photos uploaded all week - starting Monday and here it is Friday - well not continually mind you but every now and then when I got a chance. (sigh)
I wanted to show you what October beans look like both shelled and in their shell - WHY? Who cares - well I guess I do - it is very exciting for a city girl like me to go to a farm stand and the best one we know is Osage Farms in Dillard Ga in the North Ga. mountains. We always hit it coming home from our trips to the Smokies and that is really what this post is all about. Our recent trip to Gatlinburg Tenn .
Gorgeous colored bell peppers cut right off the bush that morning, still wet when we picked them out of the bin . they may find their way into a chili pot this weekend !
Wonderful heirloom tomatoes - I know the purple one is called Cherokee Purples but don't know the name of the red one. So much for the veggie showcase !
Wild Plum Tea Room in Gatlinburg. My DH doesn't relish eating at tiny tables and perching (as he calls it ) on café chairs so we left him at the condo that day to enjoy some quiet time. We had a great lunch and went to the needlework shop and other things he doesn't enjoy doing.
DH outside the Old Mill Pottery Café - I tried to get him to mimic the little scarecrow but he didn't go for that !
One of the really fun things DH and I did was drive up to Sevierville to have lunch at another great café - Bistro 109 and part of my logic was to visit the Cherry Pit Quilt Shop next door. It was voted one of the 10 best quilt shops in the US by the Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Magazine. I can see why - CUTE CUTE shop and the ladies working there were very nice and friendly.
The other anticipated adventure while in Pigeon Forge is always a visit to Dixie Darlin' cross stitch shop. The owner of this shop Cindy is also the designer behind those adorable sled designs "Foxwood Crossings" I'm so glad Cindy is doing so well with her designs - I have known her and been shopping at her shop for at least 20 years (maybe it just feels like 20 years LOL) I always find stuff - one good thing about her shop is that if she displays a model - she has everything you need to complete that piece and usually it is in stock unless it is just sold out. Couldn't help but add Luna by Miribilia from the pixie collection I believe. I have one other of these designs that I have pictured several times on my blog that my dad stitched for me. I was just so enamored with the milk chocolate linen - I almost knocked my poor mom off her feet when I spotted this on the wall. (just kidding ! but I really did a quick reach over her head for it )
Another purchase was the new BBD Peace Rose - I think a Reward of Merit design. I also bought one of these new little LED lights which will run off batteries. It folds up compactly and sometimes you just need another light - right?
Here is another new BBD I got from Inspired Needle last month. I couldn't wait to start it on my trip. It doesn't look like I got much done but it was actually more tedious than I expected on 35ct WDW Tin Roof linen with the C/C Black Coffee. Cute design - I will persevere.
I also put in some time on this Scarlett House design that I actually started last year and of course promptly put away after the fall season. It is the Button Eyed Cat and I got a little more done on it. I am enjoying this one on 30ct - boy my eyes are really getting worse and I find that I am enjoying the 30/32 ct linens more.
Well blog friends - I am simply amazed that I actually have this post done. I can't believe it's been over a month since I posted on my blog. I also can't believe October is already 1/2 over - it's my very favorite time of the year. We are actually getting a little cooler temps down here in the deep south, might be in the 50's for the next 3 mornings and only in the 70's for the highs. At least the humidity is somewhat better. I sure hope to visit you again before turkey time comes. Hope you are all enjoying brilliant color and a fabulous fall season. Thanks as always for visiting and commenting on my blog.