Friday, April 30, 2010

Laying Memories on the Hearth

Frances Mayes is one of my favorite authors. 
In her latest work,
  A Year In the World, Journeys of a Passionate Traveller
she explains the allure of travel
 in a manner that captures it perfectly. 

Last week I, too, experienced the joy 
of a journey unfolding before me.  
Let Frances narrate as I share images 
from my travels over those four days.  

Come along, won't you?  

View from the Castle Restaurant ~ Dunleith Planation, Natchez, MS

Travel pushes my boundries.

Seemingly self-indulgent, travel
paradoxically obliterates me-me-me,
because very quickly--
pretissimo--the own little self
is unlocked from the present
and released to move through
layers of time.

Upper floors {unfinished due to the Civil War}
Longwood Plantation, Natchez, MS

You are released also because
you are insignificant to the life
of the new place.

Illinois and Michigan monuments,
Vicksburg Battleground, Vicksburg, MS

When you travel,  you become
invisible, if you want.

I do want.

I like to be the observer.

What makes these people
who they are?  
Could I feel at home here?

No one expects you to
have the stacks of papers
back by Tuesday, or
to check messages or
to fertilize the geraniums.....

Travel releases spontaneity.
You become a godlike creature
full of choice, free to visit
the stately pleasure domes....

....sketch a bell tower,
read a history.....

You open, as in childhood,
and--for a time--
receive this world.

Moon over Dunleith

There's the visceral aspect,
too--the huntress who is free.

Free to go, free to return
home bringing memories
to lay on the hearth.

Thank you for traveling with me.
Your comments have been so meaningful
and precious.

enjoy this weekend...
Go out as a traveler 
in your own life, pause and
receive this world!

[1 Country Living] [All others: Privet and Holly]


Snappy Di said...

I love photographing old gates. I see you do too??

The Blue Ridge Gal

Mara said...

Hi dear Kristin! I've found your blog thanks to Zaira from Little Emma English Home. I do love to travel! Travelling is learning, discovering other part of the world and...youeself!
Have a great week end!

Kim said...

Oh I just knew it would be an amazing trip, and it looks like I was right! So happy for you and very grateful for sharing your wonderful pictures with us!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

I love this post. You capture two of my favorite subjects - grand old architecture and majestic old trees! I'm packing my bags ...

cityfarmer said...

ooooh that boxwood hedge ..

I'm in heaven

( this is me whispering in your ear ...."I have a treat for you on my sidebar)"

Anne said...

Beautiful! Your pairing of words and images was enough to make me step out of myself for awhile, which is exactly what Frances Mayes was encouraging the reader to do. Kristen, you do great work here! I am drawn to your sensibility, as it is quite similar to mine.

And yesterday was as therapeutic as it was physical for me. Today it is gray and threatens rain. I may grab my tools and head back out. Gardening in the rain is much easier on the plants and pulls me in closer to the rhythms of the natural world. Have a wonderful weekend regardless of the color of the skies.

Romantic bed and breakfasts said...

Traveling is my dream and intense desire to explore every country of the world and these pictures makes me enthusiastic and keen to fulfill my wishes.

Privet and Holly said...

Hi Everyone! Somehow I've created an alter ego here named Kristin, name is actually Suzanne : ) I am so glad you have enjoyed traveling with me to Mississippi and THANK YOU!

Low Tide High Style said...

What a wonderful trip you had, I love visiting old southern towns and plantation homes! And your photos with the quoted words made for a lovely tour!

Thank you for your sweet comment on my crazy vase post!

Kat :)

ZAIRA said...

Hi Suzanne!!! I saw that one of my blogger friends got you confused with some others... ;) I loved Francis Mayes "Under the Toscan Sun" and also the movie, one of my favourite, each time I watch it I want to pack my things and move to Bramasole...!! I will look for this very one book you recommend! Only who travels can understand what she means...

Have a lovely weekend dear and a great kiss to your fantastic mum (loved your photos from the journey!) xxx

La Dolfina said...

That was beautiful Suzanne!! Very spiritual! I do feel like that when I travel...

fairmaiden said...

"the huntress who is free"...I like that. I am not a big travelor...I wanted to travel the world when I was a young adult...Greece, Europe, Africa. I dreamed of living in Africa...I wanted to live in a hut. But at age 19 I learned I was afraid of flying. But I am completely happy traveling in my own backyard...America is beautiful. I think that is why I like to go to the ocean so makes me feel free, youthful, healthy, hopeful...and the sea reminds me of how small I am and how Big the world(and God) are. I like that feeling. My boys have traveled to Yosemite for the weekend. And soon we will all travel to the sea...first weekend in June!

Anne said...

Hi, Suzanne! Sorry for the confusion on my part. I have got it correct now,though. Thanks for being a good sport.

The Zhush said...

I so enjoyed this...I like to be the observer too!

Elizabeth said...

Very cool! I love that about traveling for us, alot of our travel is camping in the summer. No phone,no messages, just nature and the beauty of quiet. Childlike, riding bikes,taking a stroll or a hike, sitting around the campfire,making memories.Love it! I'm so ready to pack my bags!
Thanks for your beautiful inspiring post! I love those pictures!!! Love the one of that tree lined street!
Have a wonderful day!

hometown girl said...

so beautiful, i felt like i was with you and your photos are wonderful! take care, susan

Traci Michele said...

Nice to meet you! I'm your newest follower :-) Hugs, Traci

LuLu said...

I'm so thankful you found my blog... it brought me to yours and loved my visit... your post hit home with me!!! Just beautiful, thank YOU!!! Can't wait for my next visit,

Fearless Nester said...

Oh the charm of the South! I just love seeing all your images of those gates, flowers and architecture. What an amazing trip you took. ~Lili

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh you hit it right on the head: "BEING THE OBSERVER"....When I travel, even when I go window shopping here in Stillwater or wherever....I prefer to observe quietly, taking in all the beauty, thinking of all the possibilities. These photos are exquisite dear one, and please, take us on more trips with you!!!! THe old south has its charms and beauties of a time past that endures. Merci for all the beauty! Anita

Lara Harris said...

Love the photos! Thanks for sharing! :)

lisaroy said...

I've really enjoyed following your travels and love being the observer too. Life seems so different when you travel - it's just so stimulating and inspiring and you can really forget all your troubles and just be in the moment. Your photos have been fantastic! : )

Cathy said...

What wonderful photos! I have so enjoyed coming along with you on your beautiful trip;)!


Vonda said...

Enchanting...I would haave gotten all worked up about the storms!

xinex said...

You did a wonderful post about your travels. I just came from Janie's (Blondie's Journal) site and found out that you just visited Natchez. I wish I would have known, would have loved to meet you while you were here....Christine