Happy Thanksgiving!

“O Lord that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.”
~ William Shakespeare

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

We left early last Thursday heading to Thomasville, GA, to participate in the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival. We arrived early that evening in time to enjoy a nice supper of Mexican food with several dear artists friends. After lots of great conversation and laughter, it was time to go and meet our host that we would be staying with for the weekend. Mary welcomed us with a wonderful, big smile, as did her sweet dog, Maggie. We hit it off first thing as we discovered how very much we three had in common! We enjoyed many delightful conversations and delicious breakfasts with Mary throughout the weekend, and her beautiful home would become our oasis for the weekend!

Wes and Donny Ferguson solve the worlds problems as they walk along!

More gorgeous views along the path at Birdsong

Friday morning started off early with us hanging our miniatures at the show. Lunch was enjoyed with a few artist friends and was followed by an afternoon of great fun at the gorgeous Birdsong Nature Center, a short drive from the downtown area. The skies were brilliant blue above and with temperatures in the upper 70’s, it made for a perfect afternoon to enjoy walking through the woods! Every year our group gets lost while walking around the numerous paths that cross one another and circle about this several hundred-acre of property, and this year was certainly no exception. We got lost right off the bat, getting it out of the way and over and done with! However, this time we were awarded with a nice surprise finding of several beautiful trees which none of us knew for sure what type they were. Later that afternoon, we found out from the director, that they were Spruce Pines, and were quite beautiful and interesting indeed, as they had pine needles, but bark similar perhaps to a Hickory tree.

Donny, me, Vicki and Karryl photograph the sunning Alligator

Isn’t he a beauty . . .  about six to seven foot long!

The next surprise awaiting us was a gorgeous alligator, about six to seven foot long and laying out in full view as he enjoyed the warmth of the sun. That was certainly a highlight for me as I love alligators and greatly miss not seeing them here in Tennessee. Later we came up on about twelve turkeys strolling through the woods, as well as several warblers and other birds flitting about, as we went along. We ended our journey with a time of relaxation while sitting in front of the very large viewing window. It is such a serene setting and one that you could just sit and look out at for hours, but alas we had to head back into town to get ready for the opening of the show that evening. It was a great afternoon at Birdsong once again this year, and certainly one for the memory bank!

The beautiful, serene view out of the bird watching window.

A stunning grouping of Spanish Moss!

Sunday morning we arrived to the show early enough to be able to help feed the animals that were there in the temporary petting zoo. What a treat for me, as I took the bags of bread and hand-fed many critters, while tossing it to others. They were all anxious to get their share, and I had to work fast to make sure to spread the wealth around, being careful to give everyone something! After thanking the man in charge for allowing me such a delightful experience, it was time to go to work, and before we knew it, the day was over and it was time to take it all down. That evening we enjoyed a lovely dinner and time with several other attending artists and friends at the Wood’s house, also known as the “Woodshed”. We were treated to yummy homemade veggie lasagna and enjoyed it while talking and laughing with the others! Monday morning after enjoying our last breakfast with sweet Mary and Maggie, we said our goodbyes, and left for home, arriving safely later that evening.

Me in heaven while feeding and petting the camels!

Making another friend!

I wish you all a most delightful and wonderful Thanksgiving!!  

And remember to . . . “Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.”  ~Author Unknown

Until next time ~ Rachelle

2 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. Bill Mundy

    Hi Rachelle and Wes,
    Great photos – it looks like you had a lovely time at the Birdsong Nature Center. I just had a nice letter from the MASF in which they told me I’d won first in portraits – sadly not for the one of you.
    Love from Bill

    1. Hi Bill,
      Thank you, and yes, we had a wonderful time at Birdsong Nature Center! Congratulations on your award! I must admit that Wes and I are a bit partial and certainly would’ve given it to your portrait of me 🙂
      Love and Hugs 🙂

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