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Weekly Photo Challenge: BEYOND

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Beyond the iron railings of the bridge… smokestacks… cities… Ohio River… Indiana…???

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Beyond the Viking Youth Football team… their rivals… teammates on the field… energetic parents… coaches???

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Beyond the tree… rubber rafts… vacationers… Gatlinburg TN… Pigeon River???

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Beyond the Santa covered windows of this house passed on our way home from Indiana… happiness… sadness… “Christmas Spirit”…???

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Beyond this street we were driving on, in New Albany, Indiana… the bridge over the Ohio River that carries us back home to Louisville…???

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Beyond the entrance to the bridge crossing over into Indiana… a visit with a blogging friend who lives in Warsaw, Indiana…???

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Beyond the tents… flags… booths… people… more booths… food… crafts at the Bell Buckle Craft Fair in Tennessee…???

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Beyond the origami blue bird mobile… a window… and more craft shops at the Loveless Cafe‘ in Tennessee…???

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Beyond my Great-niece and her little boy… Blow-up play bouncers… craft booths… at the Bardstown, Ky Craft Fair…???

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Beyond the Tire Parrot… Good summertime fun…???

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Beyond Taylor posing for High School Senior pictures… College… possibly a train???

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Beyond the window shade that Jill is peeking under… a bird… a squirrel…???

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Beyond the Pretty Hibiscus in my little vase… a window that views our backyard and deck…???

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Beyond the gate… a bridge built to go across the water… a path…???

Beyond… a look into the future and the unknown…

Do we take baby steps??? or giant leaps??? Your choice!

“Lil’ Biscuits” for Everyone!

The Loveless Cafe‘ used to have an adjoining motel After years of being in business they turned the motel part into mini stores and craft shops… So as we waited for our buzzer to go off… telling us our table was ready… we wandered around the shops…

“Lil’ Biscuits” was the name of the first shop…

They had cute baby outfits… toys… and items for your favorite pet… The young cashier girl was so sweet and asked if I would like her picture… I had told her I wrote a blog and would like to take a few photos if it was alright… They had an area for kids to color pictures with crayons… and a few were loving it!

Our next stop was…

A small shop packed with unique artPaintings, jewelery, sculptures, pottery, etc… Quite whimsical!

Wood birds with paint brush tails and maps applied to their bodies… because they were “migrating!”…

The heads of clay were of people the artist actually knew her sister, herself and a second grade teacher were a few… All had a bird friend attached in some way…

Painted pottery sat on the shelves and origami bluebirds flew from a wind chime

A mixture of Religious artifacts, small keepsakes and wall hangings…

The “Loveless Hams and Jams Country Market” was packed with homemade jellies, jams, country hams, soft drinks, candy, honey, cheeses, pickles and souvenir gifts… They have a mail order service for all of their products…

A picture to finalize our day seemed very appropriate

What do you think?

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“Bell Buckle Craft Fair”… Already Planning for Next Year!

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We arrived back at Vera’s and Jack’s… pretty tired… We chilled… Only had a little snack since we had such a wonderful lunch at the “Loveless Cafe’ “

Knowing Vera and I had a big day coming…we opted for bed pretty soon after watching a show on TV… and talking  as we always do when we get together…

Vera’s friend, JoAnn arrived right on time… early the next morning… a lady just like us…wanting to get out and see what we can find at the “Bell Buckle Craft Fair”!

I was really excited! … because I had never been… but, as I said in an earlier blog… it sounded a lot like the one we go to in Glendale, KY

It was not a long ride… JoAnn and I had never met… only knew each other from what Vera had said… Her description seemed pretty accurate… and I believe JoAnn thought the same thing about me

We found a parking place at the city park  “no charge” if you parked there!… and it was just a couple of blocks to all of the festivities…We all had worn our “walking shoes”

We came to the center of town… A small place with a train track running right through the middle … Vendors were everywhere!… already selling their wares

Knives, homemade dish towels and crocheted items , toys, jewelery… lots of jewelery!… from necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, hair accessories to scarf holders

Brightly colored scarves… to match any outfit… A popular item!… Hats , blouses, sweaters, kids clothes, doll clothes…

Sunglasses, jellies/jams , sauces, purses…

Wreaths for Fall, wreaths for Christmas , handmade wood items, handmade quilts

Picture frames, wonderful smelling soaps, sun catchers, leather items such as beautiful bound diaries , belts  fitted to your waist, hammered and embossed with your initials or your name…

I wondered why I saw so many people were wearing “orange?”…but, then I remembered it wasn’t just a Fall color…It was “Tennessee Volunteers”   country…

We hopped on the wagon pulled by a big tractor… bales of hay to sit on… even roll around stairs for the elderly to climb up on since the wagon was so high… Everyone talking to each other and pointing out the different sites… It seemed everyone was out to have a lovely day and the weather was cooperating just right!

We rode over to Maple Street

More vendors lined the streets and it seemed there was no end in sight…

We had our eyes looking for the “Roasted Corn on the Cob… We found it!… but, I think it was our noses that found it first… dipped in melted butter , the husk used for the handle… sweet and tender… a little salt/pepper… Oh, my~ was it good!…

We passed the cloggers… girls dressed in full skirts… keeping up with the music and tapping their shoes to the “fiddle” beat!…

People sat on more hay bales to eat and enjoy the show…

We made our way around lots more booths…

The smell of Kettle Corn wafted through the air… and we found the booth we wanted!… They had Regular , Caramel, Candy Apple, and “Variety” which had a mixture of about 6 different fruit flavors… and we all chose different flavors… That way we could taste each others…

By this time… Vera had bought a necklace with a cross… very pretty… a purse for a little girl she knew… also cute, with a big flower on the front…

JoAnn had purchased some steak knives… for her husband… Scarves for herself… 4 to be exact… and I had bought some pretty fragrant soaps… I love that they are homemade and make such nice gifts for Christmas… a Butterfly Hair Clip for another niece… dainty and pretty…

 The scents were “energy”, “blackberry”, “orange grove” and “white magnolia”…

Vera and I both bought a book called “Secrets From Behind the Chair”… and the author was there to sign it… She was the sweetest!… It will be a gift for my niece who is a hair dresser and Vera also has a favorite hair dresser that she has had for about 20 years…

Both Vera and JoAnn watched ( were mesmerized ) by a vendor who sliced, grated, chopped, stirred and peeled  with a Food Processor  for about 20 minutes… I never saw so much wasted food… cabbage grated to about a 1-1/2′ tall mound… tomatoes chopped in a bowl that held about 3 gallons… corn on the cob grated off the husk into a pile a 1-foot deep X 1-foot wide… Used for demonstration purposes… and it must work… because…

as they caught up with me at a couple of booths down the row… They displayed their purchases… saying, “We got a great deal!”… I kinda giggled… because I think I’ve heard that before… and then in about 6 months it will be sitting in a closet somewhere… but, as long as they like it and use it at least one time… it will be a great memory!

We made our way back to the pick-up point of the wagon to ride back to the center of town… We were going to eat at the “Bell Buckle Cafe’ “…

We put our name in and it was going to be about a two-hour wait… We stuck it out… taking turns… viewing the shops along the strip…

We spotted these cute poodle puppies sitting on their master’s motorcycle… They never tried to jump down and seemed to pose for pictures snapped by the onlookers…

I spotted some lamps made from kitchen  appliances and tools… People will never cease to amaze me with their talents and ideas…

Our name was called and we made our way back to be seated in this old refurbished building with original brick walls

We had BBQ, Chicken Salad, Veggies, cornbread

Of all my experiences so far… this was probably my only disappointment… but, then comparing it to my meal the day before at the Loveless Cafe… which was awesome food!… it probably didn’t have a chance!… It just wasn’t as good as I expected…

As we walked back to the car I was thinking of the things I wished I had done… Like drinking a glass of iced cold Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

and I was glad I got a photo of those pretty bird houses…

and plans were going around in my head for next year’s trip to the Bell Buckle Craft Fair!

Motel ??? or Cafe’ ???

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We headed for Tennessee late in the afternoon to visit with my cousin and her husband for the weekend… We headed South on I-65

We could see Nashville’s Stadium from the highway…

We relaxed and caught up a little by talking, watching TV and playing with her little dog Buttons  when we arrived… Hot potato soup and warm toasted bread was ready…

Vera had plans for all of us the next day…

After breakfast… and coffee  … we all got dressed…

Vera got into the driver’s seat   to take us to this place she says we will really like“Just sit back and enjoy the ride and the beautiful Fall colors “, she says…

She takes us a way her husband Jack doesn’t even know… She has explored the surroundings on her way to and from work… finding the shortest routes… and interesting things to see…

She points out where George Jones  lives… although it’s so far off the road… all we can see is trees… Also the Judd’s … 

You see… we’re in country music heavenNashville, Tn

We pass the Natchez Trace  … a wonderful 444 mile scenic Parkway to view the Autumn colors

Vera hands us the menu  of the place we are going to eat… as we reach our destination a little while later…

“The Loveless Cafe‘ “… formerly known as the “Loveless Motel and Cafe’ “… was opened in 1951… serving fried chicken   and biscuits  … owners Lon  and Annie Loveless

The 14 unit Motel ceased in 1985… making room for the mail order business, dining room and storage… Customers were still putting in demands for chicken, country ham , biscuits and jams/jellies… that had created a huge following from around the world…

The converted Motel now serves over 400,000 guests yearly… and makes 4,000 -7,000 biscuits a day… The secret recipe of Annie Loveless is still used but, is now only known by Carol Fay Ellison… the Biscuit Maker for over 20+ years…

Our food was just delicious!… My eyes were jumping from item to item… wanting to taste it all… Vera chooses bacon/tomato sandwich  with at least pound of bacon on it… The meatloaf  , Jack’s pick… juicy and yummy… Bobby and I chose country fried steak … with milk gravy and homemade mashed potatoes… The fried green tomatoes  shared by Vera and myself  were the best I had ever eaten!… and of course the homemade melt in your mouth biscuits… and homemade strawberry, blackberry and peach preserves

FULL?… YES!… but, we decided it would be worth the misery to have dessertPeanut butter/chocolate pie , coconut cream pie  and walnut pie… with hot coffee to wash it down…

We waited an hour and a half… but, it was well worth it… and I will tell you in  tomorrow’s blog what we saw as we waited…

Vera and Jack…

Bobby and me!

Check out the video about the “biscuit maker”…

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