Bell Buckle… Quaint, Cute and Cozy

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Took a drive this week and happened to see a sign that said we were about to enter Historic Bell Buckle, Tennessee. I have heard about it but have never been and was so glad I took the opportunity to stop. We had our dogs with us so we were not able to spend time visiting the shops, but I cannot wait to take a day and spend some time in this adorable town. I want to share some tidbits with you about Bell Buckle- along with some pictures I took of the downtown.

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When was the last time you have had an RC Cola and a Moon Pie? It has been awhile for me too. In Bell Buckle you can get both- plus a lot more!

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Bell Buckle is a town in Bedford CountyTennessee, United States. The population was 500 at the 2010 census.[3] The downtown area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Bell Buckle Historic District.

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The origin of the town’s unusual name is not known. According to the local chamber of commerce, one story says that one of the first white men to travel through the area found a tree with carvings of a cowbell and a buckle, possibly carved by Indians to warn white settlers away, or possibly carved by surveyors to mark the area as good pasture. Another form of the legend holds that a bell and buckle were tied around a tree. In any case, the nearby creek was named Bell Buckle Creek, and the town later took the name of the creek.[8]

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The Bell Buckle area was settled in the early 19th century. A bustling town grew up after the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad came through the area in 1852. A railroad depot was built in 1853, and the town was incorporated in 1856. Bell Buckle had its period of greatest prosperity after about 1870, becoming the major stockyard between Nashville and Chattanooga and growing to a population of more than 1,000.[8]

On January 11, 1975, on Hee HawMolly Bee saluted her home town of Bell Buckle, population 393.[9]

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Bell Buckle is noted for the many preserved and restored Victorian homes, shops, and churches located in and around downtown. Bell Buckle is a center for antiquesquilts, and various handmade crafts.

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The town hosts two yearly festivals: the RC Cola & Moon Pie festival[10] and the Webb School Arts & Crafts Fair.

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As a member of Tennessee Backroads, Bell Buckle has the distinction of being the smallest town in Tennessee to be a Tree City USA. Bell Buckle is the home of The Webb School (which relocated from Culleoka in 1886), and a college preparatory boarding and day school which plays an integral part in the ambience of the town.

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I cannot wait to spend a lazy afternoon wandering from shop to shop, eating a Moon Pie and drinking an RC Cola, then getting some homemade ice cream and sitting on a bench and enjoying the moment.

I saw this sign hanging outside of one of the shops and felt it was perfect to share with you! Visit Bell Buckle when you have the chance. Take your child, your parents, your grandchildren, your spouse, your best friend, your siblings, and enjoy the time together, share memories, and look forward to your next visit… together.

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Until next time…

I hope you spend every day, living, learning, laughing and loving life…while focused on Nashville and the great state of Tennessee!

My best to you,

  • Terri

    *All photos in my blog, ‘Focused On Nashville’ are images I have taken. I hope you like them!

 

What is the Big Deal About The CMA Music Festival in Nashville?

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One week ago we were at the Music City Center getting ready to find out what all the hype is about each year for the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee. In my blog, I want to share with you what I learned as a Native Nashvillian.

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So, what is the big deal about the CMA Music Festival that is held in downtown Nashville every year?  “The CMA Music Festival is a four-day music festival centered on country music hosted each June by the Country Music Association in Nashville, Tennessee.  Beginning in 1972 as Fan Fair” it now generates crowds of more than 75,000 people!

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Many of us who live in Nashville tend to head for the hills each year around the first of June. We know how crazy downtown will be with all the tourists descending on Music City to take in all the country music that Nashville has to offer.

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Although I was born and raised in Nashville, before this year I had NEVER been to the CMA Festival and never really wanted to go. Don’t get me wrong- I love country music and love my hometown, I just wasn’t too crazy about being in the middle of 70,000 fans during 95 degree weather.

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I have always understood the CMA Music Festival is good for our city and brings in a lot of revenue and puts us in the spotlight. “Sixty-three media representatives from 32 international outlets, such as BBC Radio 2, UK; ZDF, Germany; RTL, France; MBS, Canada; and DPA, Germany, with coverage in the following 20 countries, also descended on Nashville: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K.” ( http://www.cmaworld.com/cma-music-festival/2017/06/2017-cma-music-festival-delivers-capacity-crowds-sold-nightly-concerts-highest-fan-engagement-46-year-history-music-event-summer/)

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BUT I still never had a desire to be a part of Nashville’s busiest week of the year . . .   until this year when I was accepted as a vendor at the CMA Xfinity Fan Fair X in the Music City Center where I would be selling my Nashville T-shirts, prints and Nashville products for 4 days.

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I wasn’t sure what to expect as we were unloading our two vehicles and I saw large box trucks pulling up and forklifts unloading crates of items. I quickly realized the popular items for the tourists were cowboy hats, cowboy boots, tank tops with country sayings on them, and anything that promoted Country Music, Country Music Artists, and being a Country Music fan!

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It hit me that I was one of the very few vendors who was NOT promoting Country Music! I was promoting Nashville. Yes, all these thousands of fans come to Nashville,  but these loyal fans come here one week a year and it is for Country Music!!! During this week they eat, sleep, talk, dance, listen to, and BUY anything that has to do with Country Music and their favorite Country Music Star. At this moment I realized that I might have a problem!

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But I would soon learn just how much these faithful fans were in love with our town, our music, our accent, our friendly nature and Lower Broad!

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Although I was not selling any products that had to do with Country Music, cowboy hats or boots, I did have people stop at my booth and I had the time of my life meeting folks from all over the world and hearing about how great Nashville is!

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I had the privilege of talking to fans from New York, California, Louisiana, Washington D.C., Washington state, Maine, England, Australia, Canada, (who by the way were rooting for the Predators!), and many, many more from all over the world!

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The majority of the Country Music fans make the trip to the CMA Music Festival every year and many of them have already purchased tickets for next year.

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One couple told me this was their 27th year to visit Nashville during June! Another couple told me they had just visited Nashville for the first time 16 months ago and had already been back 3 times since.

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Many fans told me Nashville was their favorite city and would love to move here. Still, more told me how nice everyone is in Nashville and how much they feel at home each time they visit.

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Hearing such positive comments and wonderful stories over the 4 days made my heart full of joy! I felt honored to be a vendor at the show and represent Nashville and what this great town is all about!

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I was able to share my love for Nashville in my way with many of the CMA fans through my prints, my T-shirts, postcards and other products. I also got to share my stories of being a Native Nashvillian and the good and bad (traffic) of seeing the changes of my hometown over the years.

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This past week I have gotten to see through the eyes of the many Country Music fans why the CMA Music Festival and Nashville is such a positive, rewarding and tremendous experience and was actually excited each day to go downtown and see the hustle and bustle of our city! There were people everywhere at 7:00 every morning getting ready to have another fabulous day in our town!

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After being a vendor this past week, I have experienced up close how so many people embrace our city and also how the people of Nashville treated those visiting.  Now I understand how Nashville has been chosen as the “IT” city and the “Friendliest” city and one of the “Top Destinations in the World’!

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We are a vibrant, exciting, fun, and growing town with so many fabulous country stars who love their fans, thousands of Nashvillians who are friendly, warm, and accommodating  to our visitors, and an atmosphere that says, “Welcome to our home!”

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I will have to say that this past week I learned that although it was a week of hot temps, crowds everywhere, expensive parking, early mornings and late nights, the CMA Music Festival was also festive, friendly, hospitable, and showed just why Nashville is the best city in the U.S.A. !

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My heart also beams with pride knowing that my prints will be hanging in homes all over the world and I had a part of sharing my love for Nashville in my own way through my photos of my beloved hometown.

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Although my sales were not what I expected, (I know what to sell next year!) will I be a part of this gigantic festival next year?

You better believe it!

I will never forget this experience and am proud to live in Nashville!

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My name is Terri Watson and I have the CMA Music Festival fever and am not afraid to say it out loud! Can’t wait until next year!

 

Until next time…

I hope you spend every day, living, learning, laughing and loving life…while focused on Nashville and the great state of Tennessee!

My best to you,

  • Terri

    *All photos in my blog, ‘Focused On Nashville’ are images I have taken. I hope you like them!

 

P.S. By the way, I am having a CMA Music Festival Inventory Sale if you are interested in some really cool Nashville shirts that have various photos I have taken of iconic sites around town. Sorry, no boots or cowboy hats on my products but there is always next year!

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You can email me at focusedonnashville@comcast.net. The shirts are reduced to $18.00 with s/h $3.00. I take paypal.

To my wonderful friends who have supported me in my donation campaign to help me get to the CMA Music Festival, I want to offer you a $5.00 credit (on top of the reduced price of my shirts) toward any of my products! Grab one of my other Nashville shirts above and you pay only $13.00 + s/h.

Please follow me on face book and sign up to receive my blogs! Also, be watching for new products featuring my images of Nashville!

You can visit my website http://www.terrilwatsonphotography.com to see new photos I have taken that I upload on a regular basis and new products!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support, love and encouragement!

Terri

 

 

 

Nashville Lights Make a Beautiful Night

Nashville at night… have you seen it my friend?                                                                                     It is a beautiful sight and this is when the fun begins!

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I am talking about the sparkling lights that seem to be dancing just for you,

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Colors of red, green, yellow, all so bright! What a city, what a view!

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As you stand on the Pedestrian Bridge and watch this display,                                                         It is as if you are being beckoned to come out and play.

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Taking in this spectacular sight, you take a deep breath and inhale this gorgeous night.

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Looking over downtown is such a thrill,                                                                                                     Enjoying the views from above–you cannot help but get the chills!

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You don’t want this night to end, you feel this is just a city you cannot get enough of.      But what a way to spend an evening, and as far as cities go, Nashville is my true love.

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In today’s world where nothing is free, heading to the Pedestrian Bridge is a steal                   because of the breathtaking sights you will see,                                                                                     All I know is Nashville at night is the real deal for me!

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Until next time…

  • I hope you spend every day, living, learning, laughing and loving life…
    while focused on Nashville and the great state of Tennessee!
    My best to you,
    Terri

    *All photos in my blog, ‘Focused On Nashville’ are images I have taken. I hope you like them!

Tulips, Redbuds and Dogwoods…Oh My!

To see more images of my home town – Nashville and the Great State of Tennessee
click on:  http://www.terrilwatsonphotography.com

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If you haven’t visited Cheekwood lately, now is the time to go! The grounds are absolutely beautiful! Cheekwood boasts 100,000 tulips in bloom right now, plus many other gorgeous blooming flowers. 471A4743

The colors are so vibrant they will take your breath away. Does “Tip toe through the tulips” come to mind? Probably only if you are a certain age.

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We had such a wonderful time walking through the gardens, enjoying the aroma of the the flowers and the warmth of the day. There is something about gazing at flowers that feels you with joy and puts your mind at ease.

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Watching them gently flow with the breeze definitely takes you to another place and time.

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Seeing tulips in bloom tells me it is Spring! I found some quotes about Spring and flowers that I wanted to post along with the pictures. I hope you will enjoy this blog and it will make your smile!

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“The Earth laughs in flowers!” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“My favorite weather is bird chirping weather.”

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“A flower doesn’t try to compete with the one next to it, it just blooms.”

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“When you like a flower you pluck it. But when you love a flower you water it daily.”

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“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.”

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“I love Spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.”         Ruth Stout

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“Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.”

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“In Spring everything is full of promise…”

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“April prepares her green traffic like and the world thinks go.”

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“Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.” Rainer Maria Rilke

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“Awake, thou wintry earth –
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!”
Thomas Blackburn

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“Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.” W. Earl Hall

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“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” Hal Borland

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“Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.” Virgil A. Kraft

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“April is a promise that May is bound to keep.”Hal Borland

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“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”Margaret Atwood

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“Every spring is the only spring — a perpetual astonishment.” Ellis Peters

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This weekend is going to be a beautiful time to get outside and enjoy nature’s beauty. If you get a chance, check out Cheekwood! You won’t be disappointed!

You can find out more about Cheekwood in Bloom at this link-http://www.cheekwood.org/

Until next time…

  • I hope you spend every day, living, learning, laughing and loving life…
    while focused on Nashville and the great state of Tennessee!
    My best to you,
    Terri

    *All photos in my blog, ‘Focused On Nashville’ are images I have taken. I hope you like them!

 

 

 

 

 

Focused on Florida, But Just For The Week

For Spring Break we decided to head south for the week and take advantage of the warm and sunny weather in Florida. This year we stayed on the East Coast which gave us the awesome sunrises on some of the mornings we were there.471A3332

Biking on the beach was the way to go for many during this week.

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Although many others preferred just to sit back, relax and enjoy the views and the sounds of the day.

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However, there is something about a beach that makes you want to kick off your shoes and start walking…

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and perhaps check out the waves and see how quickly they can knock you down!

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What is neat about Florida is that it is not just about the beaches. We went on a river cruise and was able to see all types of birds and even alligators!

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Seeing the birds in their natural environment was so cool. They paid no attention to us.

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I wish I had listened to our guide a little more so I could tell you what type of birds these are, but I was too busy watching what was going on all around me.

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This swampy area was full of Cypress trees instead of the Palm trees we are so used to associating with Florida and beaches.

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This other part of Florida holds so much beauty. I had never seen an alligator up close so I was as excited as a child when we saw half a dozen on our journey. I am glad to have been in a boat and not the water like some people were as we floated down the river.

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I cannot wait to go back to Florida for more sunrises like this one!

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What a great week and what a great time we had in the sunshine state! I love visiting other places but I am always glad to get back to the great state of Tennessee to be focused on Nashville once more!

Until next time…

  • I hope you spend every day, living, learning, laughing and loving life…
    while focused on Nashville and the great state of Tennessee!
    My best to you,
    Terri

    *All photos in my blog, ‘Focused On Nashville’ are images I have taken. I hope you like them!

Nashville’s Snowmegeddon of 2016

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So, I might be exaggerating a little on the ‘snowmegeddon’, but we had a doozy in Nashville just a week ago- being one of the largest snowfalls in 28 years. My neighborhood received around 8 inches which is nothing to complain about when you are wanting a beautiful snowfall with huge gorgeous flakes that fall for several hours and make it perfect for building a snowman or for sledding. Of course for me, it was perfect picture taking weather, so I wanted to share some of mine with you.

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I have 4 categories in which I have divided my photos for you. Yes, I have several I must show you because here in Nashville we don’t have the opportunity to get this much snow so quickly so I was a busy bee for a few days.

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As you can see, the streets were parking lots and no one was going anywhere fast…or anywhere in many cases, so for the first couple of days we chose to hang out close to home which gave me the opportunity to venture out and capture some shots.

I have to share pictures of my dogs first because they had the best time running and chasing each other. It was hard to take pictures at times because I was laughing so much~

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Yes, they were running all over the yard as if their life depended on it.

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It is almost as if Brody was smiling in this picture because he was so excited and happy to be playing in the snow!

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Yep, this is my other furry child burying himself in the snow on the deck.

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I don’t know if it is every dog, or just dogs with long fur that attract snow- but I know mine did!

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This was Brody after running around in our yard. He quickly got rid of his snowballs by rolling around on our couch, our chairs, and our carpet! LOL

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This is a shot I got of him with a few snowflakes on his face. He is such a beautiful dog and such a sweetie!

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This is Baxter, my other baby who had a ball as well. I called them my snow dogs all weekend.

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They even got to go to the infamous Pedestrian Bridge in Downtown Nashville and play in the snow and have their picture taken. You have to admit they are the perfect snowdogs!

I love birds and feed them on a regular basis when they show up in our yard. But I have to say that when it snows, our yard is blessed with beautiful cardinals…not just 2 or 3, but sometimes 15-20!

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I was not able to capture all of them together, but I was able to get a few here and there landing in the trees. !

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There is nothing more beautiful than to see the cardinals in the snow!

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We had other visitors as well!

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I also was able to capture people out and about in our neighborhood.

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Snow tends to get neighbors out almost as much as a nice, sunny day.

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I love this picture because not only does it show his shadow in the snow, but it is my kid watching his every step as he makes his way . It brought back memories of when he wasn’t as big as his shadow is now- out playing in the snow. Seems like yesterday, but the last time he experienced this much snow was when he had just turned 2!

I could watch the birds all day. But, after a couple of days being stuck in our neighborhood and with the streets getting better, we decided to venture out downtown.

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It is so much fun to ‘people watch’ in the snow but it is more fun to take pictures of them! I thought this was so sweet. I have a feeling they were paying no attention to me taking their picture.

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The sun is setting in downtown Nashville as folks make their way up Broadway.

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I love this picture because it is a quiet side street at the moment with a man crossing the street with a briefcase in his hand…heading home perhaps? I love the sky, the shadows on the street and the reflection on the building!

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Another romantic picture of a couple caught up in their world…headed into their winter wonderland in downtown Nashville.

Now, I want to share snow scenes of those few glorious days we had in our hometown. It was a beautiful, scenic, interesting, and wonderful few days.

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The creek in our neighborhood…

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The perfect Christmas tree!

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Cannot get much prettier than the Pedestrian Street Bridge at sunset in downtown Nashville!

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Watching the sun set on the Pedestrian Bridge and looking at the tower of the Country Music Hall of Fame in downtown Nashville.

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I wanted to end this blog with a picture I took on the Downtown Pedestrian Bridge of a full moon rising over the city of Nashville. It was cold but absolutely breathtaking! I love my hometown of Nashville, Tennessee! It doesn’t matter  if it is winter, spring, summer or fall, I am blessed to call this beautiful place my home!

 

Until next time…

  • I hope you spend every day, living, learning, laughing and loving life…
    while focused on Nashville and the great state of Tennessee!
    My best to you,
    Terri

    *All photos in my blog, ‘Focused On Nashville’ are images I have taken. I hope you like them!

 

 

 

 

Home for the Holidays

I love being home for the holidays! My home is Nashville, Tennessee. I was born and raised here and feel blessed to be raising my child here as well with my husband.

Even though we are having very warm weather for this time of the year, I  am glad to be celebrating Christmas in Tennessee. Maybe it is because I have never celebrated it anywhere else, maybe it is because I love where I live and could not think of celebrating anywhere else, or maybe because I am home and this is where I want to be. I want to share my ‘home for the holidays’ with you!

One of my favorite Christmas songs ever is “Tennessee Christmas” by Amy Grant. It is a sweet, beautiful song about my home state. As the song says, we may not have snow like in Denver, ‘but a tender Tennessee Christmas is the only Christmas for me.”

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I had to share this picture with you first because it will make you smile and feel like a kid again. This family who lives in South Nashville has been taking all of us back to Toyland for years.

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Tennessee’s State Capitol Christmas tree is a 30 foot Norway Spruce that was donated by a local resident in Nashville. The tree is decorated in red, silver and blue with Tennessee flags. It features an oversized tree topper bow, which was handmade in the state. There are more than 3,000 LED lights on the tree.

Read more: http://www.wsmv.com/story/16140187/state-christmas-tree-lighting-is-monday-evening#ixzz3vBt9rCpb

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This is the beautiful Christmas tree that stands in front of the Nashville Courthouse in downtown Nashville. This tree is an evergreen: ‘a 43-foot Norway Spruce donated by Woodbine resident Cammie Miles in memory of her parents Donald and Elsie Brown. Thanks to Metro Parks, it will be propped up and decked out with 5,000 LEDs through the Christmas season,’ … The Nashville Scene.

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I love this picture because it is a different view of our Nashville Christmas tree and shows our famous ‘batman building’ in the background.

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Welcome to Opryland Hotel in Nashville – voted one of the ’10 Best Hotels that go all out for the Holidays’ by USA Today.

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This is the Walk Through Bethlehem in the front lawn of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.

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The Nativity scene is absolutely stunning and is accompanied by an audio rendition of the biblical story of the birth of Christ.

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To show you how large the statues are, there is a man standing in the foreground who looks very small next to them.

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Horse drawn carriage rides are available around the hotel grounds for a fee. The horses are our very own Tennessee Walking Horses and they are BIG and gorgeous!

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There is no cost to enjoy the 2.3 million lights at Opryland but there is a parking fee if you park at the hotel. Many people park at the Opry Mall which is next door and walk over.

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This beautiful poinsettia tree is decorated with hundreds of cream and red poinsettias.  I am glad I am not the one having to water it every day.

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Walking through the Garden Observatory at this grand hotel is an event itself, but when this lush, green environment is decorated for the holidays, it is jaw dropping. You feel as if you have stepped into another world where you see magnificent, over-sized decorations, lights, ornaments, and being in Nashville- guitars!

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Wouldn’t it be fun to be sitting on your hotel room balcony and seeing this view?

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You would need a very large pick for this guitar.

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What goes with extra large guitars hanging from the ceiling?  Giant music notes of course!

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Head over to The Delta and you must spend a few minutes watching the dancing waters that change colors. One word- stunning!

 

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The Cascades have a gorgeous Christmas tree, a meandering waterway for boat rides, and walkways with shops and restaurants.

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As you sit and relax for a while, you realize why this gorgeous motel is the belle of the ball in Nashville and the grand dame of Middle Tennessee.

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“Come see the Holiday LIGHTS and start a new holiday tradition with Cheekwood in 2015! For the first time ever, our gorgeous decorations will extend from the Mansion out into the gardens, setting the grounds aglow with elegant displays, dazzling views and hundreds of thousands of festive, twinkling lights. Bundle up for the prettiest winter stroll of the season!”

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Seeing the trees on water makes them look magical!

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These are some of the 750,00 lights at Cheekwood.

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Check out the Christie Cookies Company sweet shop.

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Flowers, flowers everywhere.

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Some of the words used to describe the holiday lights at Cheekwood? “Magical”,”Delightful”, “Beautiful”, “Lovely”‘ “Breathtaking”

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If you are in the Middle Tennessee area, you can enjoy the lights through January 3, 2016.

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Franklin, Tennessee has been voted one of the best small towns in America and if you visit this charming town, you will see why.

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Historic downtown Franklin is quaint, has a lot of history, beautiful architecture, eclectic shops and restaurants and a restored theater that is 78 years old. I love this picture because the sunset is reflected in the windows and they have a golden tint.

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You feel as though you have stepped back in time when you walk around the square.

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The storefronts are lit up and beautifully decorated for the holidays. So are the roofs.

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In the middle of the square is the gorgeous Christmas tree that brings back nostalgic moments and a feel of Christmas past.

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If you haven’t been to the historic square in downtown Franklin, go! There is so much to see, so many businesses and eateries  to check out and so much history to take in.

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The reason for the season… Cal Turner, Jr. a Brentwood resident and former CEO of Dollar General stores shares his Christmas card with the community of Brentwood and the rest of us who are fortunate to live close to this beautiful property which is a few miles south of Nashville on Franklin Road as you head toward Franklin from Brentwood.

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I shot this picture of the moon on Christmas Eve before it rose too far in the sky. It looks as if the moon is shining a spotlight on the Nativity scene.

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Every year my husband, my son, our friends and family enjoy the beautiful lights, sights and scenery around Nashville, Tennessee. But I always enjoy coming back to my home sweet home where 2 little fuzzy faces await me (look closely in the window and at the front door). I celebrate this time of the year with you and wish you the gladness of Christmas which is hope,
the spirit of Christmas which is peace,
and the heart of Christmas which is love!

Merry Christmas !

Until next time…

  • I hope you spend every day, living, learning, laughing and loving life…
    while focused on Nashville and the great state of Tennessee!
    My best to you,
    Terri

    *All photos in my blog, ‘Focused On Nashville’ are images I have taken. I hope you like them!

    Best,                                                                                                                           Terri

  • For more information on any of these beautiful lights and locations in and around Nashville, please check out these links at

http://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/2015/11/19/opryland-hotel-flips-switch-23-million-holidaylights/76022578/

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2015/12/04/nashvilles-christmas-tree-lighting-includes-special-story/76648204

http://outdoorlightingnashville.com/tag/2015-annual-christmas-tree-lighting-at-the-capitol

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/2015/11/27/nashville-christmas-tree-has-roots-old-hickory/76319786/

http://www.marriott.com/hotel-info/bnago-gaylord-opryland-resort-and-convention-center/christmas/y477rbs/home-page.mi

http://www.cheekwood.org/Public_Programs/Holiday_LIGHTS.aspx

http://www.nashvillescene.com/bites/archives/2015/12/08/cheekwood-lights-options-for-dinner-and-drinks

http://visitfranklin.com/in-the-spotlight

http://www.brentwoodhomepage.com/turner-reflects-on-his-christmas-card-to-the-community-cms-11189#.Vny7-PkrKM8