As I write this, an oversized English Setter is laying across my legs. The wind is gusting outside and I think it may snow as the temperatures take a colder turn tonight.
It’s probably because I travel now, and often to warmer climates, but I really appreciate these “typical” days in a season. And there’s something so somber and nostalgic about wind-swept, mid-winter days … particularly late in the afternoon. Do you have weather, times of day, or places that are nostalgic for you like that? It’s a little unexplainable – that connection with a type of scene is somewhere within us even if we don’t know why. Reminds me of a little line from The Lord of the Rings (nerd alert right here) “I think, in his heart, Frodo’s still in love with the Shire: the woods, the fields … little rivers”.
Also, I just returned from a wonderful little visit to Blackberry Farm in east Tennessee. Apart from being one of the nicest places i’ve ever stayed, the hospitality is bar none, the aesthetic is outdoors-oriented, and it just has a real authenticity to it. Here are some of my favorite snaps from a design point of view. I was too occupied being in awe of the place that I didn’t take as many photos as I should have but I guess that’s a good thing. Oh, and Blackberry Farm also happens to also be where my wedding will take place this November. Hashtag blessed is right!
On a different note, I head to South Africa this week to visit friends with my parents and sister. We’re also doing some hunting – mostly plains game. Can’t wait to share updates. But for now – here’s a little glimpse from where I stand.