Thursday, May 16, 2013

A Little Adventure

I have this dream that someday I’ll be able to take a week off of work and do nothing but drive around in the country, on the back roads, and explore. I’ll go to all the little towns near my house, like Whigham and Bainbridge, and see what there is to see. I’ll poke around in dusty antique stores, buy peaches and watermelon at roadside stands. I’ll take pictures of ancient live oak trees and tin-roofed houses and stop at homey, decrepit convenience stores for Cokes and boiled peanuts.

I dream this dream all the time, when I'm driving to work, and when I'm waiting to fall asleep. And then yesterday I guess I just got tired of dreaming. At 11:00 I asked for the rest of the day off and I drove up to Thomasville, a town about 45 minutes from Quincy, for a mini vacation. I puttered around in the antique stores and had little conversations with the owners, conversations that usually started like this: "Oh, this is so pretty!" Then I strolled around in an old cemetery and read the gravestones in a leisurely fashion. It was brilliantly sunny, and warm yellow light flooded the streets and yards and parks. I got myself a nice cold Coke and walked down bumpy sidewalks while taking pictures of mildewed mansions.

There's lots to see in Thomasville. The city is famous for its rose gardens (and annual rose festival), as well as its 330-year-old live oak, the Big Oak, which has a limb span of over 165 feet. Another attraction is the Lapham-Patterson House, built in 1885. It’s a wonderfully eccentric, asymmetrical Victorian house with fish-scale shingles, gingerbread trim, loads of stained glass, and 45 doors.

Thomasville has a thriving downtown, with brick streets and lots of cute, fancy shops.



There are so many historic houses.

The First United Methodist Church was built in the 1880s.

The oldest grave in the Old Cemetery dates back to 1842.

I bought a couple things on my little trip. I got this plaster urn at Relic's.



Another treasure I found was this clay candelabra from Mexico. It's now part of my beloved "bird collection."




11 comments:

  1. You have to already know that I just LOVE the clay Candelabra. I've never seen anything quite like it and I'm quite jealous! :-)

    Your afternoon off was just perfect - thanks for sharing. My "dream" vacation is very similar, except I want to poke around old houses too - of course, there's a law against that.

    I can't wait to see where you put this candelabra. . . .

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  2. So glad you took the plunge and just did it! It looks absolutely charming!

    Can't wait to see where you go next!

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  3. How utterly love, Leslie! I would love to go there. My kind of thing to do. Perhaps, in the not too distant future, I may be able to visit Thomasville. I'm glad you could spend a day doing that.

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  4. How neat that you took some time off from work and went on a happy, little jaunt. You really live in a beautiful area of our state.

    My heart gasped in delight with your candelabra, I love it. It is a 'happy' piece.

    Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

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  5. I've searched for two hours online trying to find anything remotely similar to your candelabra. Nothing that's available! The closest I could get was a "vintage 1970's Mexican Folk Pottery Tonala Bird Candle Holder" - which is no where near as pretty as yours . . . but I bought it anyway. Please forgive me for coveting your new find, but it's just one of those pieces that says "take me home".

    I think it's a "tree of life" candelabra. Not sure what you paid, but Leslie - that is a GREAT find!

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  6. What a delicious escape. Sneaking away for an adventure makes for a great blog post. Glad you shared with us, too. :)

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  7. Hi Leslie,
    I know I don't know you (except virtually), but I want to go with you when you actually take your dream adventure. LOL In the meantime, while you wait for that dream, you did exactly what works for you now... an afternoon jaunt. I LOVE Thomasville and its downtown area. Have stayed there many times in a B&B we love. So close to you also! The new-finds are awesome! Have a happy Sunday. Meems

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  8. How wonderful! So, glad you made the decision to follow your dream. What a wonderful afternoon it must have been. Do it more often!!!

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  9. This is my kind of trip! I'm so glad you decided to make your dream a reality, even if just for a day :) That church is so beautiful! I'm in love with the colorful brick work. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos with us!

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  10. OMG! Came over to see your candelabra from Eli's blog! It is absolutely gorgeous! I want one too!!! :)
    Julie

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