Tag Archives: Tennessee

Rural Tennessee Farms and Roads

Rural Tennessee is one of the prettiest areas in the south and reminds me of Papa M’s farm, which lies about an hour south of the Tennessee/Alabama state line. It has a completely different feel than where I grew up in south Alabama. The color of the hay fields looks different, the sky and trees look different. Even the farmhouses and barns are different. (Did we even have farmhouses in south Alabama?) Whereas I grew up closer to the coast, north Alabama and south Tennessee have an Appalachian feel with rocky creeks rather than the sandy banks of home.

Photo of Tenneessee 2-story farm house as seen from road
Tennessee Farmhouse

So, when I took a little roadtrip to Ardmore, Tennessee a couple of Saturdays ago, I snapped some photos that reminded me of summers at Grandma and Papa M’s north Alabama farm.

Country roads in rural Tennessee
Old, country Tennessee road.

I enjoy driving on the old country roads in rural Tennessee. As you can see by the yellow warning sign, this road is one of those that wind up the sides of mountain foothills. You can pass hay fields one minute, and then find yourself driving under a tunnel of trees the next minute.

Tennessee farm hay field
Tennessee hay field.

It seems as though most farmers elect to use the big rolls of hay rather than the rectangle bales like my dad used to produce. Even Dad was using the big round bales later on for our cows and horses. They were great fun to play on, which was allowed as long as we were careful and didn’t mess up the bale too much. On our farm, we could climb the bales and run along the rows of them. At Thanksgiving, we hid among the bales and played epic hide-and-go-seek games with our cousins.

Papa M’s barn is a little bigger than this but is the same style and color.


rural Tennessee barn, stylized with Photoshop
Stylized barn, Photoshop Elements.


Total Eclipse of 2017

Have you got your little ISO-certified glasses ready? We have, and we’re counting down the hours to the eclipse! We’ve heard Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart and plan to play it on our cd. (We still have it!) Princess Buttercup’s school is doing half-days, allowing her to opt-out altogether with an excused absence.… Continue Reading

Will You be Remembered Long after You’ve Gone?

Long Ago Greeting By guest blogger, A. Lindsey Mitchell You don’t remember me…remember me…remember me, But how could you…I have been here since 1884, Underneath the old tree beside Daniel…Remember Daniel…remember Daniel…remember Daniel… He has been here since 1840, Underneath the old tree. No one comes anymore…anymore…anymore…But the squirrels and the birds, And the fat… Continue Reading

Congratulations on Cute Kitten Giveaway!!!

Congratulations to Dianne from Alabama, who won the adorable ceramic kittens from West Side Antiques in Fayetteville, Tennessee! Stay tuned for the next giveaway that you won’t want to miss! Copyright 2017 by Stephanie L. Robertson and www.sweetgumlife.com. Continue Reading

West Side Antiques & Cute Kitten Giveaway

Giveaway:  Scroll all the way to the bottom of this page. In the comment section, name one thing that you see that you’d like to buy from West Side Antiques if you could.In a brick hideaway on the Courthouse Square in Fayetteville, Tennessee is a fascinating shop they buy, sells, and trades antiques, militaria, upcycled… Continue Reading

Day 2 Giveaway Winner and Cute Kittens for next Giveaway! Mommy, may I have one, please?

Congratulations to Beth Ann from North Carolina who blogs at It’s Just Life! Today Beth Ann is posting about International Book Giving Day. Beth Ann shared yesterday’s www.sweetgumlife.com post and was entered into the giveaway and won some of my handcrafted bead bracelets. Congratulations, Beth Ann! And now, I proudly present my third www.sweetgumlife.com giveaway…Four little… Continue Reading

Adventures in Ardmore

Ardmore, Alabama and Ardmore, Tennessee is located right on the state line between TN and AL, with a railroad overpass divvying up the town. I have been hanging out at the Ardmore Public Library. My book’s main character is a librarian, and so I need to expose myself to that environment to be able to… Continue Reading

Bama Versus Tennessee Volunteers

Tomorrow, the Alabama Crimson Tide clashes with the Tennessee Volunteers. The battles between these two teams are epic. I’m posting some pictures of our 1990 band road trip to Knoxville. We weren’t supposed to win that year, but Bama somehow pulled it out. We were ecstatic. I always liked going to Tennessee because it is… Continue Reading

Tennessee or Bust

Hi Everyone, I just got back from a morning jaunt into town—Huntsville, that is—and now I only have a few minutes to write. I’ve got to get packing for a weekend get-away to my parent’s cabin in Tennessee. I think I’ve blogged about it once before. You see, when my parents got ready to retire,… Continue Reading