It's been a full weekend here at Clay and Limestone. A fun activity or two that are perfect to share in a Mish Mash post on this fine Monday morning. Unlike our host, Monica, from Garden Faerie's Musings, we haven't left our hometown~~We've just been busier then usual.
We attended a “Bluebird On the Mountain” concert featuring Kim Karnes, Greg Barnhill and Tim Nichols. You've heard Kim's big hit (Youtube~~Bette Davis Eyes) in the 80's; but might not know she continues to write songs and tour. Her voice is distinctively rough. Greg and Tim are both well known songwriters...Jut google them to see what they've written and for whom!
|Our gently rolling hills ring Nashville in the above photo shot from the 'patio' at Cheekwood Mansion winter 2008
The concert was held at Vanderbilt’s Dyer Observatory. The observatory is located on a lovely piece of land on top of the highest hill in Davidson County. (Nashville is located in the Central basin and is ringed by hills.) They've cleared the trees and understory; it's perfect for sky viewing from a telescope or a comfortable beach chair. The twilight sky was a wonderful mixture of blues and stars just beginning to reveal themselves. My camera and skill level couldn't begin to capture it; although the photo of the observatory with the signature bluebird isn't half bad.
There are plenty of opportunities to hear great songwriters in Nashville strut their stuff. They are after all, the folks who write the songs we love to listen to~~But, not many are in a wonderful setting like this one! Bluebird on The Mountain (here for info) concert series is co-sponsored by the Bluebird Cafe...(here) and Vanderbilt University. It's a sold out venue... for a steep price you can find individual tickets to most of the concerts. We bought what's called a carload ticket last spring. Which means, the eight of us squeeze into a small SUV with all our picnic gear and food to spend time laughing, eating, crowd watching and listening to music. The food was good, the company delightful and the music fantastic. Over all a fun evening. We brought the cheeses, fig spread and the best crackers I've tasted in a long time~~Leslie Stowe Rain crisps.
If you come to Nashville~~and really, you should~~ Forget the tours of Music Row and Lower Broad. Make reservations for the Bluebird Cafe and then, stop by to see me.
Last night we went to a food tasting at a friend's~~We sampled chicken, London Broil, pastas, quiches, vegetables and dip, cheeses, crackers and dessert. We even had score sheets. "Why?", you wonder. To help pick out foods for an upcoming wedding, of course!
I am going to have to fast this week!
~~and, since this is a gardening blog
I've decided to finish my project in the back garden. There's a fence back there that is going to be "oh so Tom Sawyer" fun to paint. I'll get the supplies...just stop by for a little fence painting next weekend! They'll be plenty of cool drinks and bug spray!
I've finally placed my wildlife certification sign in the garden~~
I've had it since last spring~It's a perfect time ~The Susans are browning and I plan to leave the seed heads of it, coneflowers and other wildflowers to reseed and feed the birds.
The sign proclaims that this is not just a mess...It's a mess with a plan;)
I hope your weekend was filled with delicious experiences.