Festival.....

.... the resilient white, cross-like blooms of the dogwoods survived last night's thunderstorm just fine..... they are strongest when they've first opened, I suppose...... either way, they did well..... and this morning found them open, clean, and damp from the pre-dawn rain showers..... the pollen that had accumulated and coated every outside surface was washed away in the night..... this morning the colors were amazing.....

..... nothing truly says 'springtime' in Tennessee like the arrival of the dogwood blossoms...... and with a windy blue sky beginning the day, The Missus and I set off towards Knoxville and her "Dogwood Festival" in Market Square....

.... Knoxville is a wonderfully small 'big' town..... and we opted to wiggle our way through the old county road system until we hit Highway 11 (Kingston Pike) - instead of jumping on the Interstate.....it was a welcome adjusting of plans...... Kingston Pike used to be the main north-south route between my town and Knoxville back in the day until I-75 was built..... but wow, what a difference fifty years makes to a traveling experience..... even with all of the lights, the hammerheaded drivers, and the chock-a-block traffic, I'd still rather arrive in downtown Knoxville via Kingston Pike instead of I-75.... there is just so much more to see when you go that downtown route......

..... anyway, a good time was had by all...... and The Missus picked up a hand-made silver & brass bracelet from one of the stalls, so she had a good time..... as for me?..... well, I managed to stop by a fresh market near Bearden and procure myself six beautiful never-frozen New Zealand lamb chops....... which, incidentally, will find themselves on a nice, hot grill in just a very few minutes...... so with my "parmesan & Worchester" potatoes roasting in the oven, the day is winding down.....

.... apart for a tiny bit of sunburn on my giant, round noggin, the day went off without a hitch........

.... so y'all have a nice night...... I'm off to grill some baby mammal.......

by Eric on April 12, 2008 | Bullshit (6) | TrackBack (0) | Ummm, Ok....
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Been lookin for a dogwood to put b'twixt my two redbuds...THAT looks pretty damn good when they're all in full plumage.

Bullshitted by Jay- the friendly neighborhood piper on April 12, 2008 08:18 PM

So the Dogwood Festival isn't the place to wear a pith helmet, or haven't you gotten one yet? The lamb chops sound great.

Bullshitted by Rey B on April 12, 2008 11:05 PM

Sounds as if the Dogwood Festival actually coincided with the bloomin' of the dogwoods this year, a rare occurrence, indeed. And you are correct about the drive into town on Kingston Pike -- beautiful this time of year.

Now, 'splain to us less gifted than you how chops from NZ got all the way to you in the outback of TN without being frozen. And what makes chops from NZ different or better than others?

Bullshitted by Winston on April 13, 2008 06:57 AM

2-lane roads beat interstate roads any time.

Bullshitted by Jean on April 13, 2008 08:25 AM

It just sounds so beautiful up in your parts. It is good that y'all take the time to enjoy it.

Bullshitted by Bou on April 13, 2008 03:46 PM

Ever read "Blue Highways" by William Least Heat Moon?

Bullshitted by Abbadon on April 13, 2008 05:56 PM