Thelma and Louise have not had an adventure in several months so we decided to take a day trip to Rutledge Falls. It’s a beautiful waterfall between Tullahoma and Manchester Tennessee. It’s on private land but the owners allow you to visit from dawn till dusk. They also allow fishing!
There’s the remnants of an old moonshine still on the hill above the falls.
Lynn likes to get her toes wet! And Brad and Brigid, our faithful mascots enjoyed the peaceful sound of the water.
Down the road a couple of miles is Machine Falls. It’s about a 3 mile hike to the falls. Don’t let the photo fool you, it was a lot of climbing down and up, but the falls were worth the effort. It’s amazing how many hidden gems you can find if you look. A fellow hiker told us about a book called Waterfalls of Tennessee. Lynn just got the book so we might be on a mission to see how many we can visit.
As is our travel tradition we had a nice picnic at Barton Springs on Normandy Lake. The “kids” climbed trees and enjoyed the sunshine! It’s good to get out in nature and all of this was less than two hours from Nashville!
Remember the wall hanging I started while camping at Montgomery Bell, here’s the finished piece. I’m loving the weaving process and I don’t know why I didn’t try it a long time ago. I recently read an article written by a weaver about how meditative the process is and I find that to be true. It’s easy to get lost in the over under motion of the needle. The textures and colors of the fibers are hypnotic!
While on our last camping trip at Salt Lick Creek, on Cordell Hull Lake, I started and finished the piece shown below.
Weaving is such an easy process and you can find hundreds of tutorials online. You don’t need fancy looms, you can use cardboard or an old picture frame. There are no limits to what you can create! I’ve shown just a few projects below. So, if you are interested, get some yarn, some cardboard and a big needle and just play!
I started a wall weaving today. I’m using the hand spun yarns and recycled silk that I bought in Monteagle. I love the colors and especially the textures. Looking forward to the finished piece!
Blue fairies dance on lighted wings
Searching the forest for magical things.
If you look you surely see
Blue fairies dancing beneath the tree!
See the day through the eyes of a child. Always find the magic in each moment! Life is full of wonders! Today, let your inner child be free!
One lone tomato
Hanging on the vine
One lonely tomato
Waiting for her time
Early in November
One sweet tomato
This one is mine.
copyright Toni Dranes Hooper 2018
And flies fly,
Why can’t I?
Alcohol ink and mixed media on yupo paper
copyright Toni Hooper 2018