Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Blackberry Farm



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We are home from our wonderful trip to Blackberry Farm in Tennessee.  I could’ve stayed a few more days very easily, it is one of my most favorite places to go.  The Hubs was in classes part of the time but I was free as could be.

The horses there are amazing.  This one I wanted to sneak into my suitcase and bring home.


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I did a lot of riding while there.  The first day I took a private two hour ride into the mountains.  It was a bit daunting to look down from the small trail that we were on as it was extremely steep!  I knew the horse was used to it so I didn’t try to over ride him but let him chose his way.  He was a quarter horse and very sure footed thankfully.

The Hubs and I took a ride the next day and I rode a draft/thoroughbred cross and was HUGE!  He is a fox hunter and I was concerned that he might be ready to run but he was very quiet and fun.  It was a bit chilly, ten degrees cooler then usual for this time of year so we were really bundled up.  I had on FOUR layers!  He doesn’t look it in this picture but he was almost 17 hands tall!


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I liked this horse, of course I have always been partial to appy’s.


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They had interesting bridles on.  They are Tucker’s and the bit and cheek pieces unhook and it leaves a halter on the horse.  Very nice for when you go trail riding and want to stop for a picnic and can tie your horse without having to carry a halter with you.  I had never seen them before but I am going to check out the website and see how much they are.


The grounds are amazing as well.  They have 4200 acres right in the Smokey Mountains and everything is kept beautifully.

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This house on the left is the spa and then the barn on the right.

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One day we ate outside and there was a bluegrass band playing.  I thought of my parents when they sang the Tennessee Waltz as that is one of their favorite songs.

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There was a lady that had beautiful quilts and wall hangings for sale.

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Butter beans, I had never seen those before.

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The Hubs chatting with a friend.

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We had fun playing with the truffle puppies.  Their parents were imported from Italy and their job is to dig up the truffles.  They were about six weeks old and were so playful and snuggly.  Something else to sneak into my suitcase!!!!

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Have more pictures but I had to buy one of those toss cameras one day as I FORGOT mine!  Grrrrrr…….. I guess I have to take it to Walmart to get it developed……

We never did make it to Dolly World.  We drove in and it seemed very quiet and then we saw the sign where this time of year they don’t open until 2 in the afternoon.  We had a function to go to that night so didn’t have time to wait until 2.

Pigeon Forge is a thriving town with lots of theaters with different kinds of shows to go to.  Again, we didn’t have time to go to any but will probably go a few days early next time we go to Blackberry Farm so that we can see all the sights.

It was a great time, so much to be thankful for.  A beautiful part of the country, I’m so glad we get to go there even though the Hubs has to work part of the time while there.  Works for me!!! :o)


Hollie said...

Such a beautiful place!! Pigeon Forge is my FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH!!!! I have never heard of truffle puppies! They are so precious!!!!

Dawn said...

Looks like a wonderful time - and beautiful weather. Maybe we'll have to get to Tennessee one of these days - I loved the Smokies when we were in NC a few years ago.

My flight experiences were less than pleasant, but the time there was good - too short. I'll blog about it soon. I finally did get a post done about the crazy week prior to traveling.

Glad you're home safe and sound, but I can sure understand your wanting to stay longer.

Needled Mom said...

It looks like a gorgeous place and I a, glad it wasn't too hot for you this time!!! I do not think the kitties would have appreciated one of those puppies in your suitcase. ;~)

Welcome home!! xox

Mikey said...

What an incredible place! Wow, I just can't get over it. So beautiful!

sue said...

oh my.. you know we were in Tenn just a month ago!!! and too bad you didn't see Dollywood, it's glad you had a wonderful time... those bridles you talked about the Dover, NH police horses wear them.... they are very nice...

PEA said...

You had me at that old cemetery! lol I wouldn't have wanted to leave as well...the farm, not the cemetery...what a gorgeous area. Breathtaking scenery, horses, sunny skies, what more could you ask for:-) I'm so glad you got to do a lot of riding since I know that you're favourite thing to do!

Those puppies are so adorable and I can well imagine how entertaining they were! Precious little bundles of fur.

What a shame you didn't get to see Dolly World. The nerve of them opening later in the day! hehe I wonder how often Dolly Parton is ever there in person?

I love bluegrass music and how fun it must have been to eat outside and listen to that group.

Glad you're home safe and sound now and no doubt you will soon be chin deep in Christmas preparations:-) I so love this time of year and although a lot of work, it's all so worth it, isn't it!! Love you to bits xoxoxo

palmtreefanatic said...

wow! what beautiful fall pictures!!!!
What a nice place!!!
Looks absolutely perfect there! welcome home:)

Dawn said...

Hi - hope things are going well for you. I finally got my Maine post up!

Forty Pound Sack said...

Looks like you had a great time. I want one of those puppies, LOL!

Lauren said...

Wow, nice farm..Looked like you had a wonderful time.

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