Thursday, June 28, 2012

Tennessee - My Future Home


I've been gone on a trip to Tennessee for two weeks - visiting my fiance, Jordan, and his family. I'd never been to TN in the summer before, and  just couldn't get over how green and lush everything was - the bright sunny fields, and the cool dark woods.


I love the little details of the woods - the ferns, patches of moss, the wildflowers...


These wildflowers we gathered our first day back in Tennessee.
Aren't they beautiful?


Jordan and I have been busy this Spring planning our future home.
 It was so nice to be able to see the progress in person, instead of just talking about it over the phone.

He is going to build us a cozy log house, in the style of the 19th century.
We are planning to live semi-off the grid, with minimal electricity and "modern inconviences". :) I am so excited - I've always dreamed of living a more old-fashioned lifestyle.


The last Saturday I was there, there was a 'working' where many of Jordan's friends came over to help get the site ready for house-building. Clearing, cutting, and burning felled trees, digging footers on the house site, and sawing up more house logs were the activies for the day. It was so exciting to see things beginning to take shape, and I am so grateful to all the families who took the time to come help!

(see the pile of finshed house logs in the picture?)

Us girls stayed busy before lunch time getting the big noon meal ready, and transporting everything across the creek to the hungry workers. Later in the afternoon we made time for a swim in the *freezing* cold creek, where we had watermelons floating to chill.

The days preceding, Jordan had been hard at work sawmilling - cutting out more logs for our house, and felling trees.


I got to assist Jordan a bit in his work- and it was so fascinating to see the process - from living trees, to square logs cut, stacked, and measured ready for the house-raising.


Tennessee seems to have such an abundance of edible wild things!
 During my trip I enjoyed sampling many of them...

The wild cherries were my favorite. Just the right mixture of dark bittersweet tartness.
Though sometimes they were rather difficult to obtain....



The wild blueberries were small, but so flavorful!

And then, of course, the blackberries.

One morning we all took buckets and tramped through an enormous patch of blackberry brambles, getting very scratched and hot by the time we were through, but emerging with about a gallon and half of delicous berries. These later transformed into three large, juicy cobblers for the working day.


More Tennessee posts coming soon....

12 comments:

Avonlea_dreamer said...

I live near knoxville, and I just can't imagine living anywhere else. Tennessee is one of the most beautiful places on God's good earth. I really hope you enjoy it here! And your cabin sounds like it'll be a wonderfully cozy home!

Lilac Bud Gal said...

Wow. I'm totally jealous of the GREEN color they have up there! ;)
It sounds like y'all will have a lovely house. :) And even nicer that he is building it himself. :)
Can't wait to see more pictures!

SisterlyLove said...

Love this post! So excited for you. And can't wait to see your house finished!
Tennessee is indeed SO beautiful! I have a friend who lives near Nashville. She has a strawberry patch in a bed about 3 feet wide by 10 or 12 feet long and it yields TONS of fruit! Are you planning on have a garden there?
Love the picture of you and your love sitting on the log.

Genevieve

Brooke said...

Oh wow! It does like look super pretty there! Your house sounds like it will be so wonderful!

Kellie said...

I love square logs! Your new home is so lovely... and watching a little house of your own materialize under the hands of friends and the ones you love is one of the must beautiful things.

So happy for you, and excited as your journey continues!
Love and prayers,
--Kellie

Emily said...

Awww! Looks awesome!! I love your pictures!

a Matula ikrek said...

Hi Atlantan, it's nice to hear from you again. :o)
It seems that you had good time there. So good to read about your new life's beginning, the whole story is so lovely old fashioned, like if I read it in a novel. Can't wait to read it further. :o)

Krafty Girl said...

Oh how I wish I could be their! What a beautiful place. I hope you enjoy every step. Keep us informed on the progress. I love that off-the-grid sort of thing. You two are a beautiful couple.

God Bless.
Beth

Shasha Kidd said...

It looks truly beautiful; I hope you enjoy it.

Gail said...

Tennessee is a beautiful state. I live in Chattanooga and I'm always amazed when I look at the mountains. I fell in love with them when we moved from Georgia.

Naomi said...

WOW!! It looks like you had a lovely time!! (:
You have a beautiful place for a house!! (a cozy log house in the style of the 19th century!! HEEEYY now I am REALLY jealous!! Thats my dream house! (: )
One of my best friends lives near Nashville in Tennessee and I must say you are really lucky to live there!(:
Love~Me

Hana - Marmota said...

I'm falling in love with Tennesee in these posts of yours... just the sort of natural world I love. Of course, I love it because it's here where I live (Czech Republic) as well, but still. :-)

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