In early April all the trees had these blossoms that are such a soft pink that in the light, the are almost white. Some streets were just lined in them - a coordinated effort among neighbors to maximize their enjoyment of spring time.
Last night we went to Bluebird on the Mountain with some friends - songwriters play their music at the Vanderbilt Observatory while everyone picnics. We brought chairs and a blanket with some snacks/beer picked up from the store, but everybody else seemed to have moved in up there bringing large tables with tablecloths, candles, and flowers in vases. It was high up on our Nashville checklist and for good reason - it was really wonderful.
These are from Thanksgiving in Asheville last November - we are at the same point now in the semester as we were at that time. The end is near, but somehow this last part seems the hardest - I’ve hit a bit of a wall regarding entertaining myself. But overall this time is much easier - the sun is out, trees are blooming, and my parents will be here in three measley weeks for the half.
These are from a walk Reid and I took a month or so back in Percy Warner Park. Winding through it is a one-way road (the park is over 2.6K acres) which my parents and I accidentally stumbled upon and drove through back in the fall and it doubles as a hiking/running/biking trail. Mixed in are lots of other paths - some for just horses and some that are true hiking trails - but it is this paved path that I was supposed to run 12 miles on yesterday, but ended up getting lost on.
This is really Reid’s first busy weekend that meant we couldn’t spend time together during the day. On Saturday he had an ‘After the MFA’ event at school until mid afternoon and then today, as a result of that, he is trying to catch up on all his work. He also his has first story of the semester due on the 13th so that means the busy times are upon us. And that makes me even happier that we were able to get in a lot of good time together over the first couple weeks of January. We’ve gotten into a pretty good routine of me waking him up in the morning so he can write for a couple hours and then in the afternoon we’ll go out to a coffee shop together where we read.
Okay so these pictures are actually from a walk I took in a neighborhood across the street from us back in December. When we first told people we were moving to Nashville we heard a lot of ‘Oh its so much like Austin’ and in many ways that is true. And maybe I’ve even mentioned this on here before - but just the most striking difference is Nashville’s beautiful gardens - even in winter. When we visited in May this was especially obvious to us and the most prominent flower at that time were hydrangeas - blue, purple, and pink in huge overgrown bushes that every house had. You can still see the remnants of them (sixth picture from the top) and I love it because they remind me how great it is going to be here in the spring and how excited I am about everything there is to do here.
Okay so the photos above are also from last year, but I saved them because I’ve started thinking about when I took them. It was close to the beginning of the fall semester - some time in early September - when I was trying to find things to keep myself busy while Reid worked away on school. I went out to Cheekwood Botanical Gardens which are actually incredibly close to where we live. Since I went at the end of summer it wasn’t exactly prime time, but I hope to go back in springs (maybe my grandpa will be here to join me?) to really take it all in.
In an attempt to sort of start fresh with the new year - here are some random photos from 2012 that I didn’t get around to posting!