Returning to Tennessee – part two

I rose every morning before daybreak to watch the sun rise, hear birdsongs in the trees as I sipped tea. Who’d want to sleep through this?
These gliders were my favorite place to sit to enjoy my view any time of day…..a close second – the hot tub.
Sunrise over Wears Valley
In love with this view.
The kitchen had everything I needed to prepare meals (except my cast iron skillet which I brought with me) as well as peppers and herbs from my garden. You may notice 3 bottles of red wine, those would be mine. 🍷
Cozy cabin
Dreamy bed, slept like a baby each night which is rare for me, so restorative.
Jacuzzi tub, perfect for a daily soak. #relaxationisgood

Returning to Tennessee – part one

After an absence of three years, I returned to Wears Valley. This was a favorite destination for many vacations that Spence and I enjoyed. Since losing him I hadn’t been back but the Smoky Mountains were patiently waiting for me. When I found a beautiful home on VRBO, I knew the timing was right to revisit the familiar and make new memories.

This would be my view for the next 10 days.
Beginnings of the first sunset from my deck.
Sunset throwing heavenly hues against the Smoky Mountains.
What a way to end my first day.
I wake up to this peaceful view.

A compilation of photos from my first morning in paradise. Even the air here is different, pure bliss.

In the Garden

This week in the garden I was thrilled to find that three of my four hydrangeas are blooming. While it may not seem like a big deal to some getting them to bloom at all has been a challenge. I’ve added black-eyed susans to my 2019 garden while my morning glories and sweet peas continue coming up everywhere. Snapdragons from years past have re-seeded in between bricks on my patio and are thriving.

Using my PlantSnap app, I learned that what looked like zucchini (which seemed odd since I didn’t plant zucchini) is actually gourds. It seems seeds from old gourds, tossed behind my grill four or five years ago have decided to grow…..go figure!

In the Garden

At last my first Morning Glories of 2019 have appeared. In years past Morning Glories overtook my herb garden and naturally dropped thousands of their seeds. This summer as a pre-emptive maneuver I carefully pulled up the little ones as they started emerging and relocated them in other flower beds. A surprise was that a number of last year’s seeds dropped into neighboring pots and are coming up as “volunteers”. An unplanned siege by a maniacal woodchuck has limited the number surviving close to the ground as apparently they are delicious…don’t get me started.

I’ve also included other favorite photos from around the garden – moss roses, clematis and my pink lilies are adding to the beauty this week.