The next morning I headed to the MCMQG meeting while hubby and my parents went to the farmers market and shopped a bit at The Factory. They brought home all kinds of goodies – fresh peaches, goat’s milk soap, and the cutest little dishes from the paint-your-own-pottery store. We met up again and headed back to The Factory for lunch – fish & chips for the boys, seafood gumbo for the girls (speecy spicy!)
After lunch we got straight back on the road to seek out Radnor Lake – I heard about it from a co-worker but wasn’t sure what to expect. It ended up to be such a cool destination! It was a cloudy day, which was perfect for walking through the woods. The views were gorgeous, but the best part was all the wildlife that showed up. Because Radnor Lake is a nature preserve, there are no pets or food allowed, and the strict trails-only rules meant that animals walked right by us with no fear. All along the trails, we saw baby fawns lie down a few feet away, guinea fowl forage for food with their babies in the underbrush, lots of deer, and all kinds of birds (including a “hoot owl” as an older gentleman pointed out to us). There were a few different trails but we stuck to the one around the lake and it was an easy walk of about 3 miles. Definitely a new favorite spot for an easy hike – I’m sure we’ll be back!
Wildlife spotted and blurrily photographed: Deer!
Rustling in the grass!
Great blue heron!
Normally that would be about the extent of our activities for the day if it were just hubby and me, but my parents just keep go-go-going! After a brief break, we headed to Third and Lindsley in Nashville for dinner and a show. We didn’t know recognize the act so we had no idea what to expect, but we stumbled upon the annual Little Walter Tube Amp Jam – a bunch of musicians from all different backgrounds who are all fans of the Little Walter amp company. It was fun to see a variety of musicians – some we liked more than others – but each act performed a song or two, so it moved pretty swiftly. I think my favorite act was a harmonica performance by Country Music Hall-of-famer Charlie McCoy. We didn’t make it through the whole show but it was a fun way to spend the night (and the food was pretty good too!).
On Sunday my parents headed home… and I was exhausted! Maybe one day I’ll have as much energy as they do, ha! More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!
I’m back from the beach and back to the real world… I have a feeling my work inbox is going to take the whole day to wrangle. So here’s a photo dump of my favorite summer activity: live (and preferably free) music! That and the promise of food trucks will draw us any day. Luckily summer is full of music festivals! I think I’ve shared most of these through H54F posts, but of course I took more pics!
Time for a photo dump:
Live music every Thursday and Friday nights!
And their pie is really good too!!
Our favorite spot on Broadway is definitely Big Bang, the dueling piano bar!
More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!
I’m at the beach for a few blissful days, so blogging lite will commence this week. Here’s another batch on Instagram pics – I’m finally catching up, bit by bit! I was mostly unpacked by the time the cats joined us in March, so we all settled into our new routine together.
Nothing new to report on the cat front, so here’s another batch of Instagram pics! These go back a few months to our move, when we shipped the cats by airplane to MS and brought them to our new home a couple weeks later. It’s crazy how time flies!
We had a nice lazy weekend… the humans kept themselves busy with fun errands to a variety of stores… the farmers market, antique store, book store, grocery store, and a healthy dose of cleaning and laundry.
The cats… lounged.
On the window sill.
On the couch in the living room.
On the bed (or in the laundry basket).
In the guest room.
On the window sill again.