Friday, October 31, 2014

Time with Bob and Peggy: 2014

By now you know we try to "get lost" during the week while the kids work and Nicholas goes to school.  That way we also get to spend time with our friends while in America.  A win-win.

It so happens we LOVE going to the Home-Sweet-Home of Bob and Peggy,
something we've been doing for several years now.

Peggy had already told us Bob had a new toy, so that was one of the first items of business!
It's a 1951 beauty, fit for a man who loves cars!

Since there had been a huge rain the day before, we walked down the road
to see what was left of a large oak that fell.
Bob had already managed a load of firewood but Peggy was hoping for an end table?
Someone else, sadly, beat her to the punch.

But that didn't keep us from enjoying a happy hour off the balcony
(with fresh figs from their own tree).

Nor am I embarrassed to say one of our best memories is the meals we share with them.
(That's cold peach soup, btw!)

If you don't like guns, you can skip this part,
but one day Bob and Astrid went pistol shooting (with a safety lesson at home first).

This happened while Peggy and I were shopping for quilt fabric farther away.
I would have loved being a fly on the wall at the pistol range.
I think Bob was impressed that Astrid could keep up with him.  :)

Lucky for us, we were all together to see the full moon Tuesday night, October 7th.
We got up at 6 the next morning to see the Blood Moon from the lunar eclipse (bottom-right).
Talk about a thrill, from beginning to end (all hand-held).

All of that was close to home...before going out-n-about!

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Did you know that Oliver Hardy was born in Harlem, GA, in 1892?
(Stan Laurel was born in Lancashire, England, in 1890.)
The Laurel & Hardy Museum is 115 miles from Bob and Peggy's house.
Admission is free.

 To say it was a photo op is an understatement.

See what I mean?  HA!

How can you not smile surrounded by Laurel and Hardy memorabilia!

We then got back in the car and drove 100 miles to Monticello, GA, back towards home.... visit the courthouse where My Cousin Vinny was filmed in 1992.
We had watched the movie the night before to reacquaint ourselves with the details.

Even though the story took place in Alabama, the filming took place in Monticello, GA.
(That was also the case with Fried Green Tomatoes, remember?)

Right there on the square, across from the courthouse, we ate grilled-chicken sandwiches.
Sometimes you just have to eat comfort food from the South.  It was not fast food, btw.

 As we continued towards home, we found the Sac-O-Suds convenience store,
 a 10-minute drive from the Monticello courthouse.
If you don't know why this is important, you'll need to watch the movie...again.

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On our last full day with Bob and Peggy, we went to nearby High Falls St. Park.
And guess who got to go with us!  Roscoe, the dog.
When was the last time YOU had a good, old-fashioned picnic?

 Only one part of the dam was releasing water over it but off we went anyway for a walk...

...and found a delightful show of rapids to welcome us.

Located NW of Macon, High Falls State Park is named for tumbling cascades on the Towaliga River.

And because Peggy had a new camera, we had many eyes to see it all.

I just LOVE walking through the woods, don't you?
(And even though I'm having a left-knee replacement in January, I managed just fine.)

You know me:  nothing stops me from doing what I want to do!

Especially when you can cool off afterwards!
We ALL had ice cream, btw...not just Roscoe.  But he was the most fun to watch.

How's that for another year!  THANK YOU, Bob and Peggy!
See why we keep going back?


  1. Our time with Bob and Peggy is always great. It is a haven of peace and quiet and good meals (HA) AND good company!!!! Always a joy to look forward and the fun things we do. Amazing how many movies are made in Georgia, we might come up with some more film-sets to visit.
    The plans for next years are already made.
    Wonderful pictures made into collages, another memory to keep.

    1. It's always fun to be with Bob and Peggy. For one thing, after living in Georgia for 25 years, I'm finding new places to see with them! And YES to all the movie locations we can visit...especially for such good movies. :) Thanks for sharing them all with me.

  2. Love the car Ginnie!! That would be a TD I think and has to be worth about £20k It jhas to be one of the "prettiest" sports cars ever and that one looks a gem ...Tell Bob I an green with envy :)

    1. I guess Bob will know if you're right about the TD part of the MG, Bill. HA! I had to Google it to see what you were talking about. It is definitely a beauty. I suppose by next year he'll be taking us for a ride in it?! :)

  3. ALL SO FABULOUS. The food!

    And did I hear you say QUILT FABRIC???


    1. Oh, yes, Ruth. I thought of you the entire time while we shopped. Peggy is making a quilt that needed 4 main colors with 4 tones in each color (so 16 different solids). The pattern is delightful...but I don't remember what it's called. RATS. She says you're in a different league with your free-floating designs and top-stitching. HA!

  4. The photographer in me especially liked the moon shots, but seeing the MG reminded me of Jane’s father who was always making deals and buying junker cars. As a result, when Jane was in high school, she and her sister were sometimes seen driving a red MG. Alas, mostly it didn’t run, and when some kids broke into the garage where he kept it, they found cans of a plastic solution which Jane’s uncle manufactured, and they poured it all over the car. It was a mess. However, Jane still talks about the car.

    I had no idea L&H were from Georgia. Where did their accents go?

    Peach soup?

    1. That's quite a story about Jane's dad and his cars. One would never forget about that!

      Only Hardy was from Georgia (Laurel was from England) but who would have known even that! And yes, peach soup! :) There's nothing new under the sun.

  5. WOW, WOW, WOW! I can't get past that incredible home much less everything else that went into this visit!!

    1. You'd love every square inch of their home, Robin, for sure. By NYC standards, it would be a HUGE living space. Actually, for most people in the world it would be huge. For Georgia, it's, well, pretty "normal." :)

    2. I forgot to mention that one thing you both share is having visited us here in Gorinchem!

  6. I love all the wonderful places you cool to visit My Cousin Vinny. Just saw it again last night and love it.

    1. I had to leave Georgia to come back, I guess, and find all these cool places, Donna. It's really fun to visit the filming locations of these movies. So far, now, we've see Fried Green Tomatoes, Ïn the Garden of Good and Evil, and now My Cousin Vinny. It's been fun.

  7. oh my dog!!! sac o suds TWO YUTES TUNA hahahahahaha, i wish i had a can of that :) thanks for showing me this! lol

    1. You're welcome, of course. I love the connection of things we see to the movies out there! :) So fun.