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I hear a lot…Christmas is different this year! (truth is…only the celebration is different.) so, whatever your circumstance, make it festive in your way and REJOICE!!

My/our celebration activities are different in some ways also.

However, we all know you can’t stop destiny!

My only brother was a house-guest for 3 days/ a guest only in the sense I chose to pamper him…with bright, beautiful surroundings, delicious home-cooked food, and limited travel around my domain.

Sewanee, (University Of The South) is just out my back door…so, up, up and away we went…it sits on the very top of a lovely mountain.

Sewanee: The University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee (/səˈwɑːni/), is a private Episcopal liberal arts college in Sewanee, Tennessee. It is owned by 28 southern dioceses of the Episcopal Church and its School of Theology is an official seminary of the church. The university’s School of Letters offers graduate degrees in American Literature and Creative Writing. The campus (officially called “The Domain” or, affectionately, “The Mountain”) consists of 13,000 acres of scenic mountain property atop the Cumberland Plateau, with the developed portion occupying about 1,000 acres.

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The history, the architectural magnificence, the view (oh the view!!) and the joy ride to get to the top and down again!! ( a sharp, never-ending collection of S curves!

Back home-Cajun Bread Pudding w/hot buttered rum sauce!(talk about good)bread pudding

A few highlights..Enjoy and Merry Christmas from Tennessee and Sage Hill Gardens.

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Some Christmas History~

We’ve all heard the term “Those who do not know and learn from history are bound to repeat it.”

Here we are….The best offense is a good defense-Talk about it, write about it, live it, celebrate it…Preach it!!

 

The middle of winter has always been a time of celebration.

Even Pagan celebrations were a ritual born of beliefs that followed the only spiritual guideline available.
Long before the arrival of the man called Jesus, early Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter.
In Scandinavia, the Norse celebrated Yule from December 21, (the winter solstice,) through January. In recognition of the return of the sun, large logs were set on fire and people would feast until they burned out-sometimes lasting 12 days.
In the early days of Christianity-Easter was the main holiday; the birth of Jesus was not celebrated. In the fourth century, church officials decided to institute the birth of Jesus as a holiday.

By holding Christmas at the same time as traditional winter solstice festivals, church leaders increased the chances that Christmas would be popularly embraced.

By the Middle Ages, Christianity had, for the most part, replaced pagan religion.

In the early 17Th century, a wave of religious reform changed the way Christmas was celebrated in Europe. When Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan forces took over England in 1645, they vowed to rid England of decadence and, as part of their effort, canceled Christmas. By popular demand, Charles II was restored to the throne and, with him, came the return of the popular holiday.
The pilgrims, English separatists that came to America in 1620, were even more orthodox in their Puritan beliefs than Cromwell. As a result, Christmas was not a holiday in early America. From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was actually outlawed in Boston. Anyone exhibiting the Christmas spirit was fined five shillings. By contrast, in the Jamestown settlement, Captain John Smith reported that Christmas was enjoyed by all and passed without incident.
After the American Revolution, English customs fell out of favor, including Christmas. In fact, Congress was in session on December 25, 1789, the first Christmas under America’s new constitution. Christmas wasn’t declared a federal holiday until June 26, 1870.

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Shadows…..

You can’t plan for them, can’t make a date for them, can’t really predict when and/or where they will show. Oh, I know there is a 12 o’clock shadow, the 3 o’clock shadow, and all that scientific boring stuff!!

I much prefer just snapping shots and discovering the shadows were there!

From my grounds tour of Sage Hill Gardens earlier.

PS: There have been great books written from a single photograph…

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Smoky Mountain Haze

29 days left…Make it count…

Waiting to welcome the morning sun…..however, light rain, gray, and damp showed up!!

I just happen to love it…so, no complaints here….the latter part of autumn is showing her colors, dimming in brilliance but still pretty
Blessed and beautiful Sunday to you! 😘 ✝️ 🇺🇸

Monsanto

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Rain, snow, or sunshine, let your table speak the season!

In bloom for all seasons, whether flowers, leaves, or pinecones….the table,
the china, the message it sends out…never fails to cheer and delight those who gather.

Simple or elaborate, it matters not, pick your bouquet and arrange it with joy…then share.

Thanksgiving is 6 days in waiting.

**Manners Matter** Speaking Grace, please and thank you…calms the nerves, softens the heart, and feeds the spirit.

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Tea for Two~

What is your table wearing over the Seasons’ most special days?

Others dictation cannot decide how I celebrate and claim my joy for the gift of life, family, and friends.

Tea for two to kick off the party…and plan for another day…another celebration!

I wish you were here.

Tis the Season…to reach out and support someone.

Say Yes To Adventure!
Say Yes To Adventure!
Old and interesting cemetery.
Many old military markers/many of one family-A rose garden designed in the style of a Japanese garden.
I spent about 45 minutes here.

There is always something to make me wonder…what is over the next ridge?
In the next cove? All inside the walls of the Tennessee Valley?

For every highway, country road, or long-forgotten path, there is always another connecting road/path that takes me to things I do not know, have not seen…ahhh, which direction to take!

I saw dozens of huge spreads with beyond fabulous homes and barns, however, I try to not photograph and/or share places that are obviously occupied.

Being a photographer (albeit self-taught, with the help of a few professional ones)  I can’t let a great shot go undocumented.

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At all times I had taken winding roads to the top ridges, Sage Hill was below me in the valley.

A brief history…

Lincoln County, Tennessee

 

Lincoln County is a county located in the south-central part of the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 33,361. Its county seat and largest city is Fayetteville. The county is named for Major General Benjamin Lincoln, an officer in the American Revolutionary War.

 

Founded:1809
Named for:Benjamin Lincoln
Seat:Fayetteville
Largest city:Fayetteville
Total:571 sq mi (1,478.88 km²)
Land:570 sq mi (1,476.29 km²)
Water:0.4 sq mi (1.04 km²), 0.07%
Density:58 /sq mi (/km²)

Time zone:Central: UTC-6-5

I drove for 3 hours and at no time was more than 45 minutes from Sage Hill.

There were a few short spans when I had not a clue where I was!

(when a young girl, I had this fear of getting lost, yet the yearning to go beyond the territory I knew has always been stronger than my fear. My mother told me once …child, you are lost only if you never show up again! To this day I hear her words when I realize I may be somewhat lost! Hahahaha!

Yes, I have the GPS, however, I am slow to use it-somehow I don’t fully trust “it” to know where I’m going!

In pictures….my jaunt through the beautiful landscape I call my 3rd home ground.

Enjoy ~

 

Road Bloggin'

Friday-October 16-2020.

While having a breakfast of buttered toast (real butter!) and a crispy Cortland apple from the Sage Hill trees my mind began to wander…through the countryside.

I then had to pick a direction….south of course!

So, I made myself a super Cafe au Lait and hit the road!

What is south you might wonder….well, quite a few very interesting Family farms who offer smashing Fall Festivals.

Two that stand out above the rest are Tate, across the line in Alabama. A but above most, if you haven’t been …Go!

The one I never tire of is just a few miles from Sage Hill…

https://www.lyonfamilyfarms.com/pumpkin-patch

A huge place with so many great /interesting activities/a lot of thought and work goes into this awesome place.

I will return later to purchase pumpkins (nope, did not grow any this year)

I am impressed with the design for the Corn Maze this year… Awesome!!
View here–
https://www.lyonfamilyfarms.com/

Tomorrow I will spend detailing my Jeep–road grunge is yucky!

Happy Autumn—Yes please~