There’s Gold In Those Hills

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“When leaves turn to flame”. . . I couldn’t help but think of that line out of “September Song” off of Willie Nelson’s Stardust album, whilst walking through our woods this past week. There is a tremendous amount of oak and nut trees on our property and many of them recently turned yellow and gold with the onset of colder temps. Thankfully I captured several nice photos of them for you, before four days of rain set in. 

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There are also numerous  sourwoods, a favorite of both mine and Wes’, that fill the forest with bright splashes of red! Then of course there are the beautiful sugar maples, and there is one tree in particular in the backyard that is absolutely splendid to behold right now! Once the weather clears up a little, I’ll be sure and get a photo of it to share with you next week. 

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We added two new sections to the trails this past week, and I enjoyed getting to walk them several times, never tiring of the sections of yellow woods they lead me through, especially when paired against a gorgeous clear blue sky!

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We made a trip back to Townsend this past week to get our bikes that we had to leave with our friend Kit when we moved, because there was no space to bring them with us. Happily we were able to get together with he and his visiting mom, at our Townsend neighbor friends Dick and Elise’s beautiful home. It was a delightful reunion for all, as we sat around their table beautifully decorated in fall attire, whilst catching up on recent happenings and enjoying delicious food! Later that afternoon, we visited with friends Fred and Barb for awhile, before driving the nearly two-hour drive back home. 

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To get to our house, we drive along roads leading to the top of the Cumberland Plateau where Grandview is situated, and there are several beautiful views offered along the way. I thought the section shown in the above photo, was very picturesque while being “kissed by a cloud” as one of our friends called it upon seeing this somewhat mysterious looking image. The image below is from a lookout point along the same road and offers a grand view indeed! Who knows, perhaps that’s why they named the little community Grandview. 

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The photo below showcasing some lovely fall color, was taken along the road we live on. There seems to be a lot more reds here in the autumn than in Townsend, and it reminds us both of our two memorable visits to Vermont during the fall!  

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I’m thrilled to be able to share with you that we finally got the new carpet installed in our house this past week, and I must say I’m over the moon with delight! We patiently waited nearly 6 weeks for it, so it was a happy day indeed! I was most impressed with the efficiency and great job by the two guys doing the install, and I just had to take a photo of his seam sealing process, as it was very interesting to watch, and I still can’t find this seam in the living room . . . Job well done indeed! 


I’ve been painting the past couple of days, but not on miniatures. It’s actually a few tables we have that needed a little sprucing up, so as not to diminish the beauty of the new carpet . .  Ha Ha! We also made more progress in the office/studio the past few days, and it continues to look better and work more efficiently. Soon I may actually be painting on a miniature once again.

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See our miniatures in person this week

Society of Animal Artists Animal Impressions Show
August 21 – November 7, 2021: The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ

Exquisite Miniatures is currently at the beautiful Elliott Museum located in Stuart, FL 

We are delighted to have our history-making tour on display in this beautiful museum! So if you’re in, or are going to be in the area, plan a visit to see over 60 of our miniature paintings in person, grab a magnifying glass and experience the “wow factor!” And if you fall in love with one . . . well, it can be yours forever, as all paintings in the exhibition are available.

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Until Next Time ~ Rachelle

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