Puckett’s Grocery – Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee

DSC_0206

After visiting the Biltmore House, we travelled to Tennessee! I had never been to Tennessee before, so finally getting to go was really neat! We went to a place called Puckett’s Grocery to have lunch on our first full day there.

DSC_0205

Puckett’s was an interesting place…kind of a mix between a general store and a restaurant. We actually found out about it years ago through watching the movies A Journey Home and The Peasall Sisters: Family Harmony.

DSC_0207

I love old stuff like this! :-)

DSC_0210 DSC_0211

There were a lot of shops we would have liked to peruse, but apparently almost the entire town of Leiper’s Fork shuts down on Mondays, so most of the stores were closed, haha. Oh well. :-)

DSC_0218

The following day we went to downtown Nashville, which was SO cool! Pictures of that will be coming next, hopefully sooner than later. ;-)

Flowers at the Biltmore Estate

Like I said in my last post about the Biltmore House, I got lots of photos of the gardens! Even though it was early September, the flowers were still blooming beautifully, as I will attempt to show you by my photos. :-)

Biltmore flowers

I really don’t know the name of these, but I thought they were so beautiful! If it’s possible for a flower to look simple and sweet, I think these do. :-)

Biltmore flowersBiltmore flowersBiltmore flowers

Out in the gardens, there is a place to have weddings/receptions, and they were setting up for one while we were there…could you imagine having your wedding at a place like that??? Quite the occasion, I’d say!

Biltmore flowers Biltmore flowers

I know most of my photos are “detail pictures,” but this one should give you a little bit of an idea of how extensive it was. There were multiple sections that were at least this big!

Biltmore flowers

These were so pretty!

Biltmore flowers

I loved the way they grew almost on a vine, and not a stalk…it made them look more “free.” :-)

Biltmore flowers

I think these are some sort of daisy, but I’m not sure.

Biltmore flowers

This was an interesting flower. I don’t remember seeing anything quite like it before, but it was neat.

Biltmore flowers

The succulents were pretty.Biltmore flowers

There’s just something about an orchid that I love! I’ll even tolerate pink ones, but I like non-pink ones much better. ;-)

Biltmore flowers

Most (or all, I don’t remember) of the orchids were in greenhouses. There were, naturally, the regular outside gardens, and also water gardens, with water lilies and everything. Lots of variety!

Biltmore flowers

Colleen really liked these, but of course she did, because they’re purple, haha.

Biltmore flowers

These may be my favorites! I thought they were gorgeous! So happy looking, without being too prim and proper. ;-)Biltmore flowersBiltmore flowersBiltmore flowersSee? Water lilies!

Biltmore flowersBiltmore flowersBiltmore flowersBiltmore flowers

These things were crazy! They were like plates, that were giant, that floated, that were actually leaves. haha

Biltmore flowers

You can kind of get an idea of the size of this flower, if you notice the dragon fly on top of the bud. :-)Biltmore flowersBiltmore flowers

So, which ones are your favorite? :-)

 

Next up, next state…Tennessee!

The Biltmore House – Asheville, North Carolina

On our recent trip, the first destination was the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina! If you have never gone to see it, I highly recommend it! Biltmore House

Wow. Just wow. Look at how tiny the people are!

DSC_0127

The view was lovely! The mountains are beautiful, and having a mansion like that, in a place like that, was breathtaking!

DSC_0078

Emily was ready to go. :-)

DSC_0083

I really wish that we had been allowed to take photos inside, because I would love to be able to post pictures of it! The architecture was absolutely incredible, and the furnishings were more impressive than anything I’ve seen before!

DSC_0088

Biltmore art ;-)

DSC_0104

This structure/walkway was running parallel to the mansion…

DSC_0089

…and this was the view from the top!

DSC_0091

Even the lawn was impressive, haha.

DSC_0095

Sam, Emily, Caleb, me, and Colleen :-)

DSC_0099

My Mom and Dad :-)

DSC_0105

Heading up to the house, to tour it! They have a few different options for touring. The one we chose was to buy the book, and have Mom read about each room as we went through. We decided against the audio tour, and I’m glad we did! It was better to be able to listen to the same thing at the same time. :-)

DSC_0116

The slanted windows are there to match up with a spiral staircase inside…an amazing staircase, I might add!

DSC_0122

There were several different gardens to explore, and the flowers were still in bloom, so I got lots of pictures! So many that they will be a separate post, haha.

DSC_0123

Look how big this trellis is! Nothing was done by halves…

DSC_0132

I hope you enjoyed these pictures! Maybe they were inspiring enough to make you want to go see it yourself! :-)

I’ll be posting photos of the Biltmore gardens next!