Monday, December 3, 2012

Madison tour, whimsy and fabulous

Friend Barbara G and I drove an hour to beautiful Madison, Georgia on Saturday for the annual tour of homes.  I have a few photos, of course.

- Madrigal singers in front of Heritage Hall, where we picked up our tickets.  That's the First Methodist Church behind them.  

- This was the first house on the tour:  Hilltop.  Samuel Shields built Hilltop in 1838 as a wedding gift to his daughter, Julia Ann, upon her marrage to Thomas Jefferson Burney.  I worked on a project a couple of years ago - a portrait catalog, which contained images of portraits from various homes in Madison.  I immediately recognized portraits from the book inside this home.  Note - love the placid dogs sleeping in front of the home.  One of them is just out of the picture.

- In the second home, I loved the whimsical way in which this chandelier was decorated for Christmas within an inch of its life.  The homeowner was present and graciously allowed me to snap this slightly blurry pic with my phone.  Click to enlarge.

- The display of art in her guest room was fabulous.  Love the color of the walls, too.

Lunch was shrimp and grits and a fried green tomatoes appetizer.  Yum.  After some shopping we headed home, so I could watch The University of Georgia and The University of Alabama play for the SEC Championship.  Sadly, the Bulldogs lost, but the game was good anyway.  :) 


Granny Annie said...

Always good to start a journey with a Methodist Church:)

Love the tour and wish I could have been a little bird traveling with you.

Lynn said...

Granny Annie -

I wish you could have been there, too! I had a wonderful time.

I had a funny experience - just as I was about to snap the photo of the singers the first time, a woman came up and brusquely handed me a very expensive camera and advised me that she needed me to take a picture of her group. Then she had to round them up. She was yelling at them to come over there. Then I got tips on where I should stand, etc. She took the camera from me with an absent, "Thanks." Barb said I should have taken a photo of just their feet, but I figured I'd be the good girl I'm known for and be nice about it. :)

OldLady Of The Hills said...

This looks like it was a very interesting tour! Reading your comment above, I'd love to have seen a picture of that woman who asked you to take that picture...(lol).

The Lunch sounds completely "southern"....I Love It!

LL Cool Joe said...

You do visit some interesting places and eat some unusual food too! Glad you had a wonderful time. ;)

Shionge said...

Thanks for the guided tour :D

Riot Kitty said...

Nice tour! I've never had fried green tomatoes. Are they a special breed, or just unripe?

Elephant's Child said...

That is quite some chandalier - and I love the art work in the next room. Thank you for the tour. And it seems rudeness is not related to income (unless it is inversely so). The evil piece of me is sorry that you didn't at least cut her out of the picture...

Snaggle Tooth said...

Looks like it was chilly there for your concert. The chandelier resembles an upside-down Xmas tree in it's over-done-ness. That's quite a wall of paintings- I'd want to peruse those for awhile close up.
That does sound like an interesting field trip. I can't imagine having a tour go thu my house!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lynn - what a great visit out - sounds lovely .. and I love seeing other's homes etc - that chandelier is brilliant is - as are her works of art.

Lovely views and quite fancy that lunch - but coffee will have to do!

Cheers Hilary

Lynn said...

OldLady of the Hills -

Very thin, intense, not a smile in sight. One of those women who takes charge of everything. Her party was getting in a van to start the tour, back at the parking lot, and she was intensely herding them all in. I'll bet they were glad when that day was over. :)

It was very southern - and the shrimp and grits had a lobster gravy. There was also tasso ham in it. So good.

Joe -

That food is not unusual for here. :)

Shionge -

Thank you for coming by!

Riot Kitty -

They are just unripe. They slice them and fry them in oil and serve them with a sauce that usually involves ranch dressing, but I had some good ones that had a goat cheese sauce once. So good.

Lynn said...

The Elephant's Child -

I think her mama didn't raise her right. :) Yes - the evil part of me thought about it. :)

Snaggle -

Heck no - it got up to 70 degrees that day. A lovely day. I'll bet they were boiling in those costumes after an hour or so.

Hilary -

I love going through homes like that and getting ideas for my own. Cheers!

Sara said...

Love the tour. At first I couldn't see the dogs, but saw the one when I clicked on the picture. That's cute.

I too liked the chandelier and the color in that room. I not fond of greens, but that one seemed so relaxing.

Sorry about the bulldogs. We were cheering for them, but it was a good game. Our ACC game was simply scary:~)

I'm pleased you enjoyed your trip. I love that you share these trips on your blog. I liked the story you told Granny Annie. That's funny.

People can be rude sometimes and you wonder what were they thinking. I suppose they weren't thinking or they might thought about the "picture of the feet" idea:~)

Lynn said...

Sara -

Those dogs were just so peacefully sleeping. I guess the owner knows they won't wander off - they sure seemed OK with strangers coming and going.

Snaggle Tooth said...

70? Well tonight we're down to freezing 32 already with gusty winds a chill factor to 20F. Just thought I'd get rid of that 13 for you, n noticed you hadn't been able to answer comments above today. Hope all is well.

Lynn said...

Snaggle -

I am double slammed at work - I took on an additional role at the printing company that's keeping me very busy. I don't have as much time on the computer as I used to. I still love it though and appreciate so much that you were concerned.