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Monday, November 2, 2009

I Finally Saw Fall...



I finally saw my first fall leaves!!!

This past weekend we took a quick trip to Atlanta to visit G-ma Mac and to celebrate her 76th birthday at our favorite Italian restaurant, Ippolito's. All along the route from PH into Georgia, we saw hints of fall...and even a few trees filled with colored leaves. However, entering Atlanta, there was a riot of color in all directions! It was spectacular...at least to these Florida Cracker eyes. I was in heaven!!! (Yeah, I know...the peak was already over, but it was beautiful to me!) My family definitely was OVER my rhapsodizing about the leaves...

After a wonderful meal at Ipps, complete with birthday gifts and festivities, we headed southwest in preparation for our early morning departure for Auburn, AL... our ultimate destination. We were heading to the AU/Ole'Miss football game. What fun!!! Not only did my husband and I go on this trip, we took DB (Drummer Boy) and his wife, and WG (Wine Guy) and his girlfriend. DH and WG were especially excited to go back to their alma mater...memories and good friends were waiting. And so were the great shops. Between us, I think we girls gave the local economy a signigicant boost!

Thankfully, Auburn won the game and the girls had the chance to experience not only BIG SEC football, but rolling the trees at Toomer's Corner (an Auburn tradition!). Spending time with old friends from college days and their families...and eating fabulous tailgating foods... was the icing on the proverbial cake. A great time was had by all...

Our trip home was tiring, but we thoroughly enjoyed our traditional stop at Mark's Melon Patch...or as it's known in the fall, "Mark's Pumpkin Patch". This was Catherine's first experience in a pumpkin patch! What fun!!! As always, there were pumpkins all around...and gourds...and cotton...and peanuts...and all sorts of goodies. We stuffed our bags with pecans, pecan brittle, pralines, Vidalia Onion salad dressing, peach butter...and so much more. And we ate HOT FRIED APPLE PIES!!! These are divine!!!
These zinnias were part of the rainbow of colors found in a patch of zinnias...next to the pumpkins...which were next to the sunflowers...which were next to the corn...which was bordered with cotton...

(left to right...WG, Julie, DH, Catherine, DB)










This was the first time we had all traveled together...and it was a successful trip. The only missing part was that our middle son couldn't join us. Well, we'll just have to do this again next year...


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21 comments:

ellen b said...

How great that you could all make this trip! Great memories for sure. I'm looking forward to feeling fall when I travel to Seattle in a couple weeks :0)
Happy Outdoor November to you ...

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Great post. Sounds like quite a trip!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Lost all of my direction after "hot apple pies"...

sherri@lavenderfields said...

Glad you got to see your leaves. I'm surrounded by them and I'm still in awe of them every year. SO I can imagine your excitement if you don't get a chance to see them very often!! Hope you have a great Outdoor Wednesday and have a wonderful week: ) Sherri

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Looks like a fun fall trip, and War Eagle, girl! Some of my family went to Ole Miss, but yours truly (and my cousin) went to Auburn for part of my college years! Would love to have gone to this game!

Happy OW...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Deanna said...

It looks like you had a great time!
Fall can be a beautiful season,
d

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sounds like you had a nice trip - thanks for sharing with us.

jmac said...

Isn't it so funny how us southern gals just oooh and ahhhhh over changing leaves?? Maybe it's because most yrs our trees go from green to brown with nothing in between. So a good autumn with actual color change is always like a painting and a gift from above to me!!
Oh......and sorry about us (LSU)getting the win from Auburn a few weeks ago.....(kinda!!)
College ball.....gotta love it!!

Diann said...

Sounds like you had fun. Yum! Hot apple pies!!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a delightful weekend you had! I know how enjoyable it is to be able to do fun things as a group with our adult children. I was going to ask what "rolling the tees" meant until I emlarged the photo...lol!! Glad your favorite team won!

Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

chubskulit said...

The butterfly is the gorgeous! Great outdoors too!

We explored the Mountain Park this time.

Maryrose said...

Looks like a great trip and your pics were fantastic. My daughter played in the SEC for UK several years ago. I always loved my trips out that way. Enjoy your day.
Maryrose

mbkatc230 said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip! Baby brother is an Auburn alumn. I did not know about "rolling the trees", but now that I see it I can promise you that this is one tradition he came to Auburn well prepared for lol! Loved the shot of the trees and the butterfly picture. Kathy

Hootin' Anni said...

oops I left my comment on your drum set blog. Sorry.

Mary said...

Jane, I'm sure Grandma enjoyed the day with her family. Your outdoor photos are wonderful. I can almost smell fall in the air. Have a great Outdoor Wednesday.

Riet said...

What a wonderful post. I bet grandma was happy and it seems like you all had fun

Bill said...

Hi Jane,
You can rhapsodize to us any day! ;)
Glad you had such a nice trip and saw (and shared with us) so many beautiful sights!

Warmest regards,
Bill

LDH said...

Hi Jane! I loved seeing your pictures and reading about your trip with family. So nice to stop by and visit your sweet place here.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your comment!
Kindly, ldh

theoldboathouse said...

Hi Jane, those pumpkins...love love.. one day i will get to your beautiful country and I am sure Fall will be the time i would most loveto visit, cheers Katherine

One Shabby Old House said...

What a great trip Jane. I wish I could get all mine kids in a car once again. I miss that.
Maybe next year.
See you when you get back.
Hugs
Becky
PS...I did return your call. and pretty promptly too lol

Maria Killam said...

I have always wanted to see the leaves in the East and have never seen them in person yet, only in photographs! So beautiful and thank you for your lovely comment!
xo
Maria