Southern Beauty


Doug and I got to go to Oak Alley Plantation today, and I thought I must have gotten into one of Nate’s cupboards. It was just glorious. These live oaks are 300 years old, planted by an unknown settler in the 1700’s. No wonder the site was selected for a beautiful plantation mansion like this!

We’ve been on the road with our friends Mickey and Judy Schneider who showed us around New Orleans the past couple days. We walked our feet off, ate wonderful food, road the trolley, and listened to Jazz at the Preservation Hall. And on our way to Florida today, we passed through Mississippi and Alabama. Very fun road trip!

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18 thoughts on “Southern Beauty

  1. Words don’t do this justice! Just gorgeous! Enjoy all that yummy southern food. My mouth is watering.

    What are you all going to be doing in Florida (my home state)?

    I’d tell you to have fun, but it sounds like you are doing a good job of it! :-)

  2. Oh, I’m a Mobile girl living in Atlanta (as far North as I *ever* want to be!) and am always so proud to see such beauty from “my” neck of the woods. Makes me homesick for oaks, shrimp ‘n’ grits, and my beach.

  3. What a coincidence! My sister Nola and I toured Oak Alley Plantation two days ago. I loved our guide’s anecdote about the “courting candle,” which a father could raise or lower depending on how long he wanted a young man to visit his daughter.

  4. Tara,
    That is so funny! Would have been great to bump into you two! I actually have a courting candle at home just like the one they had (though we never used it for that purpose). I’ll have to post a picture of it when we get home.

  5. Melissa,
    We are in Pensacola visiting Trinitas Christian School for their commencement tonight. They have a delightful graduating class of eleven young women, and they have honored me by asking me to speak tonight. We fly home tomorrow, but we have enjoyed their Southern hospitality and the 90 degree weather! When we were driving to the airport last Monday, it was 28 degrees! (I even got to put my feet in the sand this afternoon.)

  6. Makes me wonder who will be enjoying the trees and hedges we’ve planted in our yard. 300 years from now someone will say. “What a thoughtful man, to have had the foresight to plant these.”

  7. First, the picture reminds me of Fanny’s lament over the doomed avenue in Mansfield Park.

    Second, the text of your graduation address would make a lovely post, I’m sure, Nancy!

  8. Mickey and I had a wonderful time, too. You and Doug are wonderful traveling companions!

  9. Oh, mercy! There might not be any live oaks in central Alabama, but you’re making me homesick all the same. Want to make me a pecan pie now :)

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