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Tag: Tennessee

Y2D193 and epic

Hey, I’m back in the blogosphere so here is me catching up on the past five days’ worth of posts….

Today (Friday) I flew from Tennessee to Toronto on two small regional flights. It was fun though we were delayed on the first one as there was too much traffic at Charlotte airport. Luckily my flight out of Charlotte was from the same terminal and so there was no running about like headless chooks. On arrival at Toronto there was more waiting to be picked up by my town car and be delivered to the very swanky Fairmont Royal York hotel. I was feeling more a little fragile by the time I arrived at the hotel but it was nothing that couldn’t be fixed by a warm bath and delicious dinner in their bar/restaurant, named Epic. This is the view from my table across the bar to the foyer and the large grandfatherly clock that is in the centre.

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Y2D192 and scampering

We went out for cocktails and dinner, so by the time we walked home the cats were most insistent on second dinner. That also means there is much scampering after second dinner as the sudden calorie intake goes to their head. That wears off pretty quick when they realise there are three laps to be had.

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Y2D191 and gotcha

So, I have been seeing this view for the past two weeks and I have finally attempted to capture it in pen. There is a lot of artistic licence going on here.

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Y2D188 and news flash

My friend, her father and I drove into town to watch the steam train excursion (operated by Norfolk Southern Corp, Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum and Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum) as it passed on its way from Bristol to Bull’s Gap. While we were there I noticed the local reporter arrive for (what I assume is) a human interest story and then leave when the train did, but didn’t think much of it – too busy taking photos. However, the reporter came back when we were one of the last people to leave the car park. He asked me if I minded answering a few questions but I quickly directed him to my friend and her dad, being locals they would be better equipped to answer questions. Plus I could then sketch the interview and I have not drawn people from life for ages….

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Long story short, my friend’s dad made it onto the evening news. You can read the story here.

Y2D187 and mini road trip

Today (that is, Saturday) we drove a few hours across Tennessee to have fun at Dollywood, a theme park owned (as the name suggests) by Dolly Parton. We had great fun in the sun trying new rides, watching shows from the Festival of Nations and going on the park’s steam train. On the way to Dollywood you often see farms that have these red barns and silver silos. I like the architecture of them, whether they are approaching ruin or beautifully maintained.

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Y2D183 and afternoon delights

I fully intended to post a drawing from Milligan College, where we went for the Leaders in Christian Service convocation, as my friend’s husband was one of the those being honoured. With all best laid plans, now you have another pikkie of kitties. They were so cute in the afternoon sunshine by the door, and Cap’n Jack was especially good at modelling today.

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Y2D182 and no visitors

On the bird feeder at least. Inside the house is another matter as my friend’s family is up to visit – it’s lovely to see them all again.

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Today has been surprisingly mild, and we went for a walk in the Spring sunshine. Feels like a holiday now. 🙂

Y2D181 and not finished yet

Here’s another sketch of Juno, sleeping her Sunday away. We had lazy-ish day today, but only a little drawing completed by me. Perhaps a little too lazy? Anyway, we are by no means done with the kitties yet.

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And I miss my scanner. The colours come out all wrong on my camera phone. 😦

Y2D179 and window dressing

The window in my room makes lovely tartan-esque patterns in the morning, all dark shadows and filmy curtains.

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