We enjoyed a really nice visit with Wes’ parents, Jeanie and George and our sister-n-law Karen, this past week. I have many wonderful photos that I want to share with you, so I’m keeping the written part to a minimum, and will do a photo journal of this past week’s beautiful hikes.
It was a beautiful day for a picnic and we enjoyed great weather as we drove around the loop in Cades Cove, in the Great Smoky Mountains. We also enjoyed taking time to walk up to some of the historical cabins. There were sightings of White Tailed Deer, Turkey, and a momma Black Bear and her offspring, among several bird species.
We enjoyed a visit to the Knoxville Museum of Art and the Mcclung Museum, both in Knoxville. The above photo is in the Mcclung Museum with us standing in front of the “Birds of the Smokies” exhibition, featuring the works of artists: Audubon, Catesby and Wilson. We were treated to the viewing of a few of the miniature doll house rooms from the Thorne collection at the KMA. . . a real treat for us miniature artists!
One of the highlights of the week was an evening spent in the secret garden. While watching Ms. Shrew continually transporting her pecans, at a high rate of speed, we were treated to a visit from Peedeepeeps (Carolina Wren) enjoying his little pecan crunchies. Within seconds of Peedeepeeps leaving, Dovecakes(Morning Dove) came and ate some of the leftover pecan crunchies while we sat very still and quietly admired the many beautiful iridescent colors in its plumage. After eating and getting a drink, it gave us a beautiful little concert with the hallowing sound of its call. Other visitors came with Ms. Shrew continuing to collect her treats through our duration there. Needless to say, Jeanie and Karen were very taken with the wonderful encounters that secret garden sometimes offers.
It was a very good week and many happy and wonderful memories were made. Now it’s back to painting for Wes and I.
Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂