"To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield"
- Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1833

"live deep and suck out all the marrow of life"
- Henry David Thoreau, 1845

"Some guys, they just give up living
And start dying little by little, piece by piece
Some guys come home from work and wash up,
And go racin' in the streets."
- Bruce Springsteen, 1977

"...to the heart, there's no time for you to waste.
You won't find your precious answers now
by staying in one place."
- Frank Turner, 2009

"The best things in life aren't things.
They're living and breathing."
- Michael Franti , 2011

"I owned every second that this world could give,
I saw so many places, the things that I did"
- Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, 2014

All written content and photos by Rob Fulfer unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Paris in the Early Summer

Saturday, June 28th, 2008 With the blooming of our own daylilies in our back-yard, it was a signal to us that it was time to head back to the place from whence they came...Paris (the Tennessee one) for the Mole Hill Open Garden. This large beautiful private flower garden is the product of the sweat and love of Rob's best friend, Craig, and his wife, Alision, along with some vital assistance from their boys, Ryan and Colin.
The open garden is an opportunity for folks to look around at their work and to purchase some of the great hybrids of daylilies that Craig and Alison have created over the years and incorporate them into their owns gardens (or landscaping as we have done). The coolest thing is that all proceeds go to the Harris' church to support missions to Sierra Leone, the poor African nation that is still struggling from the ravages of civil war. Well done, folks. Keep up the great work! For more info, please see our link to Craig's blog about Mole Hill Garden on the sidebar. After the open garden and a little physical labor to help our friends close up shop, it was off to a late lunch and a visit to the newly-opened Paris Winery. This place is nice and although they are still in the midst of putting everything together, it looks like the finished product is going to be very cool with a multi-story French villa replica serving as the tasting room, fermenting room, etc., beautiful grounds and great vistas of rolling farmland and of course, vineyards.
We tried both of their chardonnays and were impressed. Ashlee opted for the reds next while Rob and Craig checked out the sweeter dessert wines with blackberry and peach flavors. Tasty. Craig even made a deal to provide the vineyard with some Mole Hill Daylilies for their growing landscaping. Sounds like a great combination!

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