Monday, May 27, 2013

My Wonderful Saturday in 22 Pictures

On Saturday, Ole Boy and I got up early and left before 6:30 a.m for Nashville.  We didn't have a plan, except to eat the the Loveless Cafe...but there were 100,000 people, give or take a few thousand, in front of us.   So, we found another place to eat, and over breakfast we agreed that Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Art Museum would be a great way to spend a lovely Saturday.   And we were not wrong!  

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Reflections on the Pond
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Miscellaneous Plants

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The Trail
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The Flowers
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The Leaves

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Magnolia Blossom....always reminds me of Louisville, Mississippi

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Red Lilies

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Odd Root System

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Prehistoric Sea Monster
(Or a large snapping turtle...)

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Prehistoric Land Monster
(Or a small, tailless lizard...)

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I love dragonflies

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The light show...
I'm certain I would love to see this at night!
There were over 20,000 glass spheres (above)
that light up in different colors at night.

The water towers, below, consist of over 10,000 one liter bottles
in 40 structures that light up and are musical at night.
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I should sneak off and night.

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A miniature train...very elaborate.
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Pagoda in the Japanese Gardens

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The Cheekwood Mansion, named for
Leslie Cheek and Mable Wood Cheek
who moved into the house in 1933.

(No photos were allowed inside the mansion where
the art museum and other artifacts are housed)

From the Cheekwood Website:
Joel Cheek, a cousin to Leslie, developed a superior blend of coffee that was marketed through the best hotel in Nashville, the Maxwell House. His extended family, including Leslie and Mabel, were investors. In 1928, Postum (now General Foods) purchased Maxwell House's parent company, Cheek-Neal Coffee, for more than $40 million.

With their income secured by the proceeds from the sale, the Cheeks bought 100 acres of what was then woodland in West Nashville for a country estate. To design and build the house and grounds, they hired New York residential and landscape architect, Bryant Fleming, and gave him control over every detail - from landscaping to interior furnishings. The result was a limestone mansion and extensive formal gardens inspired by the grand English houses of the 18th century. Fleming's masterpiece, Cheekwood, was completed in 1932.

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The Balcony

I enjoyed my day with Ole Boy so much! 

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To the families of those who gave their all for our freedom...
...may you have a very peaceful Memorial Day.
My heartfelt "Thank you," 
to the heroes and their families.


  1. Thanks for the explanation tour and the pictures.

  2. Beautiful pictures. Loved the pond reflections and those yellow petaled flowers with the graduated pink. A daisy? Sunflower? At an rate, beautiful.

    But....about your 500 word limit... If a picture is worth a thousand words, does that mean this post is over 22,000 words long? :o snicker.

    Later, gator.



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