I LOVE riding in a train ~ the gentle rocking and swaying back and forth as you glide down the tracks
Nine hours of time to your self - to read, to blog, to listen to music, to enjoy being with each other, relaxing with no where to go, no directions to follow, no gas tanks to fill, no 18 wheelers to run you off the road....you get the picture!
The ability to get up an walk around to the dining car or observation deck.
Every time you look up there is a new and beautiful sight - it is hard to take your eyes off the windows....
Watching rural America go by while you do absolutely nothing and don't feel the least bit guilty for it!
Here we are in the dining car.....one of the times that I crossed my photographic boundry.....and got this "if looks could kill" face from Sara! The dining car was fabulous - Food is amazing ~ were it not for embarrassing my poor girls, you would have some beautiful photos but instead, words will have to do. I ordered steak and it was served to perfection. Sara simply ordered chicken tenders and they came freshly prepared, crispy and served with a side order of home made mashed potatoes. The service was equally impressive. (No, I am getting no kick backs or freebies from Amtrak)
I quickly snapped this photo ~ Sara ~ being the blog loving, good sport that she is, even pasted somewhat of a very embarrassed smile on her face so you could see that the waiters still dress up in three piece suits, down to white shirts, ties and vests ~ so nostalgic. Thank you Sara!
After dinner - more reading - just love our Kindles (no freebies from Kindle either!)
Watched a beautiful sunset over the horizon
A late night trip to the concession stand!!!!! And at midnight we arrived at our final destination - Newbern, Tennessee - not my hometown; but, it is where my mother grew up and her whole side of the family still resides. Whenever I get to go home and visit, it always calms my soul.
The only down side to riding the train to Tennessee is that it comes in at midnight; in a small town 15 minutes away from Dyersburg where my mother lives and I grew up. Thankfully, my cousin Amy Jane, joined my mother in picking us up and decided to come home and spend the night with us. My mother has had a long time love affair with making pottery and has recently delved whole heartedly back into this hobby. I couldn't be happier as we are the recipients of what she thinks are not-so-perfect pieces, which I think are quite lovely! She is presently working on conquering making a coffee cups, and once she achieves that goal, she is moving on to plates. This explains the welcome gifts you see in the pictures above for the girls - their own box of clay to create masterpieces!
So where did that lead us next - you guessed it...to my mother's new pottery studio (aka basement, storm celler) She has fixed it up quite nicely to accommodate her new hobby and she has been churning our coffee cups like there is no tomorrow!
This literally took less than five minutes to create - however four years have gone into
learning how to make this bowl in five minutes!
learning how to make this bowl in five minutes!
Now the spotlight is on my mother - Her Prototype - measured and remeasured!
I captured this look when she realized it was not "centered"; potter's language for "feeling" that it
just isn't right, not balanced, won't work....that is the best that I can explain it being a non potter.
She labored on with it and did finish it even though it was not up to her standards. We all signed it and she will still use it and always have good memories while drinking her lopsided coffee in the morning!
Sara finished her coil mug. There are many times on this blog that I have commented on my mother's complexion, but this picture commands one more comment......amazing!
Grams gave tips and helped Ellen complete a pinch pot!
Believe it or not, it is hard to roll out coils in "real" clay! We all tried and it took about an hour for us to
learn the proper technique to make the right size coils to make coil pots. This ain't no grammer school play dough stuff!
Pinch Pots Perfected!
Despite the intense heat outside - 95 plus ~ it was quite cold in the pottery studio (boy, that sounds so much more impressive than basement)! I looked over and Ellen was all tucked into her shirt to stay warm but had her little snack of nuts and was happy as a bug in a rug just watching all the creativity going on around us.
So much more happened on our trip, but I am going to have to sign off and leave you sitting on the edge of your chair wondering; biting your nails, gnashing your teeth, and wondering......your mind not being able to concentrate on anything else until tomorrow, to hear the exciting details of all the fantastical things to come. I promise to be back tomorrow ~ no more long weeks of waiting between posts. Going to be more timely here. Oh - before I go.....the little tea pot of flowers welcomed us as well...at first glance, it looks just like some flowers in a vase, right? Upon closer inspection you will find that it is composed of various flowering herbs that could be used to make herbal tea ~ lavender, rosemary, etc., and the
vase is an adorable clay tea pot. Isn't that special?