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Tennessee Tales (part 1)


Pleasant View is a little country village on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee. As you can see, it's certainly a place that lives up to it's name... boasting absolutely breathtaking landscapes in every direction.

As we drove along winding roads, through fields bordered with spectacular fall foliage and dotted with crumbling old barns... I couldn't help but feel like we had travelled farther than miles could ever take us -- it was truly like stepping back in time.

Long held traditions don't dwindle easily in the South (can you believe that they still dry tobacco in those old barns? And not for smoking - for chewing!). I definitely felt the sense that these Southern folk are extremely proud of their history and culture... it was apparent in their polite and respectful manner (Paddy and I were referred to as Sir and Ma'am for our entire stay), it was apparent in the story-book landcape - I could feel it everywhere.

Tennessee was, without a doubt, the most relaxing part of our trip. We spent our days walking or riding through my Dad's property and the undulating land of the neighbouring plots, taking in the spectacular scenery. When it got chilly, we retreated to the lounge by the fireplace, or congregated around gas heaters on the back deck, where we would watch the sun and it's blue skies give way to a violet haze and the bright, swollen moon.

P.S -  Lalie's adorable knitted bonnet from Typically Red sure is a conversation starter. Never have I had so manny comments or compliments on one particular item of clothing! Greer has just opened her shop - so much cuteness right there!

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I have so many more photos to share, so please bear with me. I'll try to refrain from reaching the point of being obnoxious. I've been thinking of breaking up my travel posts with my usual posting schedule... partly to mix things up a bit and share what's happening here and now,  and partly to save myself some interesting content for later on! I must confess - I'm a little anxious about using up all my exciting stories and then being left with nothing but mundane daily errands and the weather (by the way... it's bloody hot here!) to talk about. I'd like to relive our trip for the next little while if that's okay with you guys? ;)

44 comments :

  1. SO beautiful. I was wondering what those things were hanging in the barn - Tabbachi! The colours are something else! I am MORE than happy to relive your trip Claire...blog away! x

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  2. Wow, these pictures are absolutely amazingly beautiful! So pleased you enjoyed your trip xx

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  3. Your photos will never get obnoxious! It's the next best thing to actually having a holiday, I'm looking forward to seeing more.

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  4. Such lovely photos they're giving me wanderlust! I've now added (yet another!) place to my to-go-list! The little bonnet is adorable... I've favourited Typically Red on etsy but now to decide on the colour before next Autumn!

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  5. Beautiful photos, love the colors! :-)

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  6. Stunning, stunning images. You make Tennessee shine. BTW I am still new to Southern traditions, and the first time a friend told me about someone who was "dipping," I had no idea what she was talking about (dipping tobacco! which everyone who is actually from the South would know!). I kept listening and listening to her story until finally I said, what in the world is dipping!? Haha.

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  7. Oh, how these photos are nostalgic for me! I used to live on the East Coast, and miss the southern hospitality. Especially, the array of colors during Autumn. I feel as if I lived vicariously through your vacation. Do keep posting...

    And, yes Lalie's hat is right on point! Just darling : )

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  8. Stunning images. Keep on sharing. I have to ask...what is that horse doing on it's back?

    http://iliska-dreams.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. We had just finished riding the horses and they loved to roll in the soil to scratch their back after sweating under the saddle! I just love the movement in that shot... x

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  9. Pleasant View... It's like a name of village in fairy-tale...

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  10. Your photos are amazing Claire. So story book, so painterly. The tones looks so different to those I am used to seeing in Australia. I was wondering what that was that was drying in the barn too. I'm looking forward to more posts about your journey and everything in between, with your eye for shots and your lovely words.

    Isn't Greer a dear too? She is joining in the 12 days of giveaways on my blog if you are interested. :)

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    1. Thanks so much Christina! And yes, Greer is super lovely and such a talented knitter! Thank for the heads up on the giveaway - how exciting! x

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  11. Keep posting pics - I love it!

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  12. You have a beautiful way with words and images. So, whether you're posting about new adventures or what the sky is doing today, it's all welcome. :)

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  13. Stunning - in every way!
    Looking forward to you reliving this beautiful trip, and us living vicariously through you! ;)

    Great to have you back, Claire. Hope you are all well - and coping with this crazy heat.

    Sar x

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  14. some of your very best captures here claire. Lots of magic and absolutely no mundane! I think you should spread this holiday memories out a bit.....just so you can relive it all, one day at a time x

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  15. I was born and raised in Nashville. Tennessee truly is magical, isn't it? Especially in Autumn.

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  16. Oh Claire, the colours! And that picture of Lalie in the hat and coat is stunning. Definitely split the images, I'll happily be reading all your holiday posts...wishing we could slip off on a foreign adventure too xx

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  17. Please post as many photos and as frequently as you like! They are magical and lovely to look at.

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  18. These photo's are so beautiful , keep them coming xx

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  19. Your photographs are absolutely stunning.
    Please post as many as you like! I for one can't wait to see more!

    Hope you are settling back in to Aussie life a-okay!

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  20. These photos are so perfect and magical. I honestly thought the first one was a painting at first.
    Absolutely adore that photo fo your dad in the barn with Lalie...
    Ronnie xo

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    1. Thanks Ronnie - Im sure that landscape has inspired many paintings! x

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  21. These are just stunning Claire. I can't wait to see the rest of your photos, share away I say. xx

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  22. the colours in these images are just beautiful!

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  23. Just beautiful. Yes spread them out so you can enjoy the memories. Your posts are lovely holiday or home
    Natalie x

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  24. Hello Claire!
    lovely to see these captures of your time away and yes, extend it out as long as you like! Sounds like a magical trip... xx

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  25. wow! tennessee is soo beautiful! totally love the photos!

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  26. you are such a great photographer, Claire. seriously, I could look at your pictures all day! bring on the travel stories!!

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  27. I went through Nashville on a long ago US road trip, and I loved it (although I pretty much only saw the inside of bars - I was only 22). Love your beautiful perspective, the colours are incredible, and I love love love those barns! And I can't wait to see more. Kellie xx

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    1. Haha! And when you're older, apparently you only see the inside of barns!! xx

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  28. Your photography is amazing! :)

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  29. oh claire. it's crazy beautiful. your photographs are magical. xo

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  30. Beautiful photos, Claire. How gorgeous are you, little miss Eulalie! Loving your headwear!!!!

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  31. Fantastic photos, lovely colours..I could do with a bit of cool around here today!

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  32. Oh my, I absolutely adore these images...you have given me the ability to imagine myself right there. That barn is just amazing in all it's rustic glory.
    Love Lalie's hat..Greer is very talented.
    x

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  33. Stunning pictures Claire, and please keep sharing them, I've been looking forward to the posts from this trip since before you even set off!

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  34. Just catching up now, I love reading about your trip, your photographs are beautiful! xo

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  35. I felt relaxed just looking at the photos. Are you part American Claire, I'm curious how your dad happens to be living there, but don't feel uncomfortable about answering, I'm just being nosey!

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    1. Hi Victoria! Not nosey at all.... My Dad is simply living there (not working) for 18 months. It's not a permanent thing.

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  36. Holy smokes, these photos are stunning. I, for one, am very happy for you to keep spinning the travel yarns for as long as you please.

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