Saturday, September 17, 2011


My friend Susan invited me for an artists' weekend at her cabin in the north Georgia mountains last weekend.  Both of our husbands were out of town and we decided to drive up and paint a little.  When I walked out onto their back porch this is the view that greeted me..................

Every square inch of her house looks like it stepped out of Country Living Magazine.  All I had to do was point and shoot!

The butterfly bush even has a beautiful view!

We pulled out a table and our watercolors and started painting Lake Chatuge.  It was originally dammed up after WWII to make electricity to power the nearby aluminum plants which were needed to make more airplanes.

Susan has the most gorgeous view of the lake!  They are situated at the perfect angle to miss the unattractive buildings and lights of the gas stations, etc.  The only building you can see is a quaint little church with a white steeple breaking through the treetops.

This sign welcomed me on my arrival!

The next morning we woke to beautiful spiderwebs sprinkled with droplets of dew.

I was hoping to see a REAL bear.

But only saw this little wooden guy outside of the guest bathroom window.

The haze quickly burned off into the most beautiful blue skies.

Don't you just love her red painted porch and matching adirondack chairs?

Vintage sign at the top of the stairs.  Notice the yellow heart pine floors!

A Caribou head her husband hunted on one of his trips to Canada.

One of the many stained glass windows hanging in the upstairs hallway window.  She found about 20 of them for $25. each in an antique store near Young Harris.

We took a break from painting and visited a few shops in Hiawassee.  This is the 5 & 10 cent store.  Now where else can you find bolo paddles next to quilting supplies and teaberry gum?

I should have picked up a couple of these aluminum ice trays.......the good old fashioned kind!

....and corn cob pipes......

hat pins.......

and laying behind the counter was this high school yearbook from Hiawassee High School.  Priceless!  They were having a reunion and looking up friends!

Look at this beautiful cash register!  I asked if I could take a photo and the owner said "Come on around back and pull the arm."  So I did and out pops the cash drawer.  Only in a little town!  This is a vintage National Cash Register circa 1891!  She said the National Cash Register company has been hounding them to buy it back, but they keep refusing!  This store had everything you could possibly need!

Next we travelled up to Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia.  This is the view from the top lookout point looking down on Lake Chatuge and the surrounding areas.

On the way back down the mountain we stopped at a fresh vegetable stand.  This table of honey was just glowing in the sunshine!

We bought fresh vegetables for dinner and I had to buy some of these peaches to take home with me.
They taste as good as they look!!!

While in Hiawassee we stopped at the cutest Cupcake Shop with the most delicious cupcakes EVER!

Another view of Lake Chatuge from Susan's deck.

This is the Harvest Moon near Chatuge Dam.

Pink skies at night.........

The sunrise early the next morning.......notice the cloud cover just under the outline of the mountains.

This is a straight out of the camera photo of their back porch.

A pillow Susan made ......

Her collection of cameras......

Vintage jars........

Colorful caps......

and the perfect ending to a beautiful weekend.....

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