Soft moss a downy pillow makes, and green leaves spread a tent,
Where faerie fold may rest and sleep until their night is spent.
The bluebird sings a lullaby, the firefly gives a light,
The twinkling stars are candles bright, Sleep, Faeries all, Goodnight.
---Elizabeth T. Dillingham "A Faery Song"

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Take a Sunday Drive With Me

Glen and I were going stir crazy after church today so we embarked on one of our favorite activities...road trip! We like to explore the roads less traveled and our county is full of them. Second to gardening I love cemeteries and the history that surrounds them. We ended up in Clifton Tn, a very small town on the TN river and located the town cemetery there.

I thought this was different gravestone for a child. I am always touched by children's graves and think about the grieving parents from so many years ago.

We hadn't done enough to need a rest but I thought the bench was a good photo op for me and Pixie! She loves to explore cemeteries too. I might have helped myself to a few "loose" iris rhizomes as a souvenir (don't stone me, they were badly congested!)

Clifton is also home to a celebrity of sorts- T.S Stribling. He won a Pulitzer prize in 1933 for his writing. This is his home which is now a library/museum. Google him if you're a history buff. He is also buried at the cemetery we visited.

This is a funny fern growing on a fallen tree. Any of my native plant people have an ID?

T.S. Stribling's grave marker. (no wonder he went by T.S!)

We had spent the day and were driving home around 6pm. Pretty desolate looking huh? LOL this is a house we saw on the way home. Glen is fascinated with the old homes that have the hallway in the middle. There are so few left standing anymore. Hope you enjoyed our "drive."


  1. You did the irises a big favor. They will thank you come spring by blooming even heavier.

  2. I believe your fern is Resurrection Fern. It goes dormant when dried out and looks dead. Once water is on the fern it resurrects itself and comes back to life! Neat fern and I have a bit in my back yard. You should have seen it on the post you recently checked out over at In the Garden :-)

    The homes with a opening the middle is called a Dog Trot House or Cabin…