Saturday, May 23, 2009

One more reason I love living in a small town. . . .

There's just something about a small town parade that makes me burst with civic pride, makes me want to go join something, and makes me think about Mom, baseball and apple pie!!! Wonder why that is??

In most towns that have a parade on Memorial Day weekend, it is usually in honor of the holiday, but in our little town (and i do mean little) it is to kick off the festivities for a festival we have been having for 20 years: The Buford Pusser Festival, always held on Memorial Day weekend. In case you haven't heard, Mr. Pusser was a very famous sheriff around these parts. So famous in fact that he has had scores of books written about him and four movies made of his life and times.
Our town boasts a museum that is housed in the sheriff's former residence and throngs of visitors flock here each year to tour the museum and to participate in the festival. Now, let me get back to the parade.

Along with the dignitaries (and Elvis) riding in converibles, we have a brigade of law enforcement and emergency vehicles.

The children, as well as the adult onlookers, get a kick out of seeing who they know that might be riding in the parade.

After the parade, we all go to the city park, where a carnival with rides, games and lots of food is set up. All kids of activities have been going on throughout the week leading up to
Saturday's events.

The reason all this makes me love living in a small town (among other reasons to numerous to post) is simply because I love the down-homeness of it all, the fact that I know nearly everybody in town and that they all turn out for and support this type of event. I love it that simple events are still a very BIG DEAL!!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I love vines!!!

I love many flowers that grow on a vine. While this first one is not really considered a vine (I don't think), it sure grows like one. This is an old rose that blooms by Mother's Day. It started as a cutting from my sister and I planted it to grow over my old potting shed. When we remodeled the shed a few years ago, we transplanted on this arbor, which is the entrance to the garden spot (if you look through the opening, you will see the garden spot has nothing but weeds growing there this spring!!!) I love this rose. It is filled with small but beautiful pale pink fragrant buds.
Next is my Confederate Jasmine. We are located a bit north for this vine to thrive, however, thriving it is and has never let me down. Two years ago, we suffered a hard freeze just before Easter and it got severely bitten. This vine forms a bower over the walkway to the garage and every time I walk by it, I feel like Scarlett at the barbeque, because the fragrance is enchanting!!

This is my Clematis. I don't know the correct name for it. I have had a thing for them for years and have never been successful growing them until I got this one. It is located right by the Jasmine.

This is the old Southern favorite Wisteria. Mine is just now blooming but I have been seeing them bloom all over our area for weeks. Everything blooms later than most in our yard, for some reason. I think it has something to do with "micro-climates".

Last is a new vine. My husband bought this one to hopefully cover up some unslightly electical meters (those things the power company uses to send you a bill!!!) And again, the tag has been removed and I don't know the name of it either