Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Shanty Bellum peace on the river and roads

A little trip out of town cleared the morose cobwebs. We stayed at a B and B in Nachez, Mississippi for no reason other than a whim. The name of this private no breakfast but perfectly appointed abode is Shanty Bellum, not antebellum like up on the fancy hills of Nachez. Perfect answer to the offbeat weekend. The view of the big river was a half block away and the town in all its architectural interest was spread before us. The charming owner of said Shanty is Tommy Polk, who with friend Elodie Pritchartt, rehabbed this row house into a comfy and crazily delightful place to stay, appointed with thrift store goodies.

We trooped on to Fairhope, Alabama for sprawl, drink, eats, wild children and easy river time with family.

We flew up and down on the blue hiways and found nature, color, history and peace.

Peace to us all.

1 comment:

  1. Gail, I was doing a search on the Pritchartt name when I ran across your post. What a delightful surprise! I shared it with Tommy, who was also delighted. I do hope you'll come see us again soon.

    I sent you an email awhile back, but am not sure you received it. I have to tell you how very much I like your artwork. Wonderful, whimsical, beautiful colors. And I REALLY love the fish men.

    There's something about fish that sparks mystery in my imagination. I ran across a painting online not long ago that just blew me away, so much so that I wrote the artist. Check it out.


    We have sleet and snow this morning, and I'm staying put, working on a story and staying toasty and warm at Shantybellum. It's heavenly.

    Take care and thanks again.


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