Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The bell, the scenery and the nice people

- Another trip to Milledgeville, Georgia for settling of the estate business. This bell, made in Philadelphia in 1886, used to grace the bell tower of the original courthouse that still stands across the street. I like the continuity of the bell gracing the new courthouse, but wish it was in a tower so it could ring.

- On these final trips from Atlanta to Milledgeville, down Highway 441 south, I do not take the scenery for granted anymore. I love passing the farms with the old silos, and the miles and miles of fields with cows and horses grazing. This is the scenery unique to many journeys to my adopted home town and I will miss it.

- The young lady in the tax commissioner's office, who has been so helpful, calls out "I hope we get to see you again sometime!" as I leave. I hope so, too. Small town life - there is nothing like it.


G. B. Miller said...

I'm sorry, did I miss something? Are you changing locales?

Granny Annie said...

It was true that they hope to get to see you again sometime. In a small town, a visitor like you will give them enough gossip mileage to last at least a week.

desk49 said...
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desk49 said...

The bell for one now sets in two
that courthouse bell will not again
ring out it's sound so true
To Milledgeville south you ran
by cows and horses that grazed
and old silos in their fields stand
A young lady had been so sweet
from the commissioner office,
hoping again you two would meet

You found so many nice things around you.

Lynn said...

G -

No - sorry to be confusing. My mom and dad's home is still in Milledgeville and I am the executor of the will. Since everything was in his name, it got complicated with changing house and car titles, etc.

We will be selling the house since mom is in assisted living and I don't expect there will be many reasons to visit there again after the house is gone. But I'll make sure I find a reason sometime.

Granny Annie -

Probably true and I am also very lighthearted with them - they probably get a lot of snarly people in there.

Ellis -

I did Ellis. And it was a good day. Thanks for the poem of the day - I like it!

TALON said...

As soon as I get outside of town (thankfully not a far drive) and see the farms and fields and woods, I feel peaceful.

Small towns can be neat, but you really don't have any annonymity - lol!

Riot Kitty said...

The bell is in beautiful condition - some curator should be thanked for that!

I think you can take trips there anytime you like ;)

Lance said...

I love the image created in my head as I read this - the thoughts of the fields and farms....brings back lots of wonderful childhood memories...

G. B. Miller said...

Thanks for the clarification. I can understand about trying to get an estate straightened out. Hope you can get it done quicker than it took our family to get my dad's estate settled.

Anonymous said...

Lynn, thank you for visiting us at Trottersville. It is much appreciated! :)

I want to wish you well in getting all the yucky estate stuff sorted out. That kind of thing often seems a necessary evil, so I don't envy you in what you have to deal with right now.

I love the photo of that tower bell. We still have one in the town hall in our city's central business district. The hall itself is undergoing some major restoration work at the moment, so I'm not sure if they're going to keep the bell there. I hope so.

Lynn said...

Talon -

I know - it's as if some radar goes off when you get into town. :)

Riot Kitty -

There might be some day trips now and then, but there is no family there now and no friends close enough to stay with. It feels odd to be cutting ties so much.

Lance -

I'm glad I could remind you of your childhood today.

G -

It hasn't been too bad, but everything was in dad's name, so there has been lots of paperwork getting it switched to mother's name. I sure have learned a lot about estate planning, etc.

Tony -

I have seen your name appearing more and more often on my friends' blogs, so I wanted to check it out. What a great cartoon Trottersville is! I look forward to seeing more.

I was sort of astounded to see the bell there - a nice bit of continuity, but it sort of bothers me that it isn't being used for what it was meant for - to ring.

Maude Lynn said...

Once I get out into the country, I feel like I can breathe again.

Lynn said...

Mama Zen -

Me, too. And there are lots of little areas of scenery along the way that I've just taken for granted, but now really savor.

Ileana said...

I live in a small town within a big city and I hear you...there's nothing like living in a place "where everybody knows your name."

Nice bell, btw! :)

Anil P said...

I wish as well that it was in the bell tower. Maybe they can still hoist it up.

True. Nothing like small town life, and cows and horses slowing down time.

Snaggle Tooth said...

Nice bell, did you ring it inside anyway? It is tough leaving old ways behind. I try not to pass my parents old place, it just upsets me to see the changes the new folks made.
I love farmy scenery, because of the expansive space. I always wanted a farm with livestock-
Small towns are the best!
Poor clerk must get bored to tears most days- bet you are such a welcome visitor!

Lynn said...

Ily -

I do, too - I live in a suburb of Atlanta and I like to use the same grocery store and dry cleaners, etc. It reminds me of growing up a little. But I could never duplicate Milledgeville - not sure I'd ever want to live there again though.

Anil -

I remember some of the pastoral scenery from your earlier posts - always lovely.

Snaggle -

Just the business of getting dad's car title from his name to my name and then adding mother to it, so we can keep the disabled tag on it was so complicated. I was glad to have these lovely people to engineer that. Lots of driving up and down the highway, but I did get to see the scenery - such a bonus. :)

Blue Bunny said...

i wood just love to give that bell a big bong with a karrit.


Lynn said...

Blue Bunny -

I would like to see those security guard's faces if you did that. :) They looked at me funny when I stopped to take the picture on the way out.