Sunday, June 28, 2009

blue grass / blue glass


L - Nikon / T - Nikon

I'm getting excited about the family reunion this year. Well, actually I always look forward to it. I have a great extended family of Aunts and Uncles, cousins and second cousins – and everyone gets along! There's always great stories, lots of laughter, sharing of travels and photos from the past year, good food, some games – just a lot of fun. Ages range from 85 to 8 and there is usually about 30 of the 38 to show up each year.
This year we are meeting in Kentucky at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill – America's largest restored Shaker community – is located in the bluegrass region of Kentucky. I have always admired their ideals of equality, peace and love, the purity, the quest for simplicity and perfection in the shaker lifestyle, the clean lines of their furnishings and buildings... and to experience all of this and the beautiful country-side of Kentucky makes for a wonderful relaxing vacation. After the weekend reunion, T and I will then travel to Lexington – the Horse Capital of the World. We look forward to a driving the rolling hills of central Kentucky where Seabiscuit was filmed. It may seem strange but T and I usually try to find an interesting cemetery in the cities we travel. Lexington happens to have one that is actually listed as one of the things not to miss, especially for garden enthusiasts so I am pretty excited. It has gained national reputation as one of America's most beautiful cemeteries and arboretums, including more than 200 species of trees, lovely flower gardens and 3 lakes – I'm pretty sure there will be some interesting statues that will catch T's photographic eye as well. I know we will find much to photograph throughout the trip and I'm looking forward to time away from Atlanta and catching up with family. / this is almost the most fun part of having a house in athens- getting to decorate it! i'm so excited about some of the things that i've found to furnish the kitchen. like this blue glassware bowls i found yesterday to add to the amber glasses and rose tinted plates i already had. i really like the vintage look that i'm guessing our house will have [:

10 comments:

Char said...

I love family reunions! all that yummy food.

trupeach said...

my husband went to the shaker village when he was in architecture school! you're right: such simple beauty in their designs.

p.s. i love those placemats!

georgia b. said...

i love the rolling hills of kentucky and vintage glassware too. i'm so jealous that you have a family reunion to go to. i would love if my extended family had one. there has never been one since i've been alive. maybe i need to plan it.

elk said...

T ~my daughter is going through the same excitement here...dishes, cute garage sale lamp etc. it is exciting!
L ~oh what a wonderful time you will have...so nice to connect with generations in a place of beauty...the trip will be an adventure no doubt.

Gayle said...

Summer always reminds me of the family reunion cookouts we had when I was young. They were so much fun! Have a great time!

Jewels said...

Oooh, I'm excited for you that you get to travel!! Have fun taking cool pix :)

tami said...

Family reunion in a beautiful place. Lucky you! My dd was just telling me yesterday she can't wait to pick out all her stuff for her own apartment. She is even excited about buying the cleaning supplies !

Have a wonderful time.

Claire said...

happy holidays to you both! i was just reminiscing with a friend yesterday about our family get togethers on the farm in summer.i miss them.

looking forward to the photos when you return.

Woman in a Window said...

The visuals start arriving immediatly about you two in a car travelling the Kentucky hills and Shaker country. Maybe you'll post more photos here than two? A hundred sounds about right. Or maybe I'll off to Flicker. Just direct me when you're back and have a wonderful time!

Relyn said...

Oh, you are going to have a fantastic time. I love that you have the kind of family to make a vacation out of the reunion. What a wonderful spot to have it.

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