Monday, June 7, 2010

Follow me to Cross Creek!

Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

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We had an adventure....to Cross Creek...the 'real' Florida!

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First we watched the movie, (It's WONDERFUL!)

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my hubby did some research on the computer...

and off we went to Cross Creek!

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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings moved to this rural part of Florida in 1928.

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Visit the website Marorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park for more info!

Other photos HERE !

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This 72 acre orange grove and her Cracker neighbors were the inspiration for her writing. Her best known book, The Yearling won a Pulitzer Prize in 1939 and was later made into a movie.

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We took the tour of the house and I just had to include a few photos of this!

Her writing table and a bed for summer time sleeping...on the porch!

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I found it interesting that she had so many famous people visit her there, Gregory Peck, Margaret Mitchell, Ernest Hemingway and Robert Frost.

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Her Bedroom and private bath had it's own entrance from the back porch! 

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I love this linoleum! My Dad had this same pattern in an old cabin he owned in North Carolina!

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I loved this sweet table in her dining room!

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Her garden...

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and a trail we hiked

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to see the Cypress Knees (it was not swampy...which surprised me!)

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My husband and I both have copies of the book Cross Creek from the library

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and we are enjoying learning even more!

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What a neat experience....to watch the movie, visit Cross Creek and take a tour of the house and then to read the book for even more stories and details! What a blessing to live in a country so rich in stories of the past!

I hope your week is filled with adventure! sun

22 comments:

ginger@bearbits said...

Thanks for the movie recommendation. I look forward to seeing it. I'm guessing you have seen Carl Sandburg's home from your other home? Aren't they fascinating? Maybe I'll get to see this one one day.

~ginger

Vee said...

Hope that you'll read Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' book Cross Creek because you will love it! Having been there in person, it'll truly come alive for you. How I envy you that! Thanks for sharing as I feel as if I've almost been there myself.

Freckled Hen said...

Thanks for the site seeing tour...I want to live there! It looks so pretty. I think I will add The Yearling to my must watch list and I'll look for the book at the library. I like it when you share books!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Cross Creek is wonderful...I've been there many times. I adore both the movies you are showing. Your pictures are great!

Barb

Laura~DancesWithTeddyBears said...

A truly wonderful post. Your writings and photos made me feel as if I'd been right there with you.
Thanks for taking us along!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a wonderful trip you had! I would have enjoyed that too. I am off to go add the movie to my Netflix...
Hugs,
Penny

Cyndi said...

Hi Diane! What a wonderful trip you and your husband shared. I would have loved to have been there, too. I really love adventures like that. And that house and garden is to die for....love it! I have seen "The Yearling" many times, but it always makes me cry. I think I'll check into finding the book, Cross Creek, at the library.

Thanks so much for sharing!

XOXO,

Cyndi

P.S. I did have a great Florida excursion myself last week. I went to Bok Tower - that also was a great experience!

kim said...

What a neat tour. Thanks for sharing it with us. I thought that linoleum was carpet. Never seen anything like that before. Thanks for always leaving such nice comments.

Dianne said...

Isn't that the coolest place ever? I love going there... it's so "Old Florida." Is her "duck pond" still there? It's a cane syrup kettle that had been used to cook down sugar cane into sugar.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a wonderful way to enjoy a book and also learn more about the author. I've visited a few author homes in the past and always found them interesting. Cross Creek looks so lush and green and pretty. I read The Yearling but never read that book _-I will have to see if I can reserve a copy at the library.

Cindy said...

WOW, didn't imagine this when you were talking on the phone. You're right I wish I had been there with you! Thanks for posting and letting me see what I missed. I love you and hope your spirits have lifted...I'm doing better...new meds:) Love you!

La Dolce Vita said...

wonderful post and wonderful adventure. I loved this movie too, great blog, I will have to come back and visit often!

Maya said...

I've never heard of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, so thanks!! And I so want to see that movie!!

Jonell said...

OOOOOOOomy what a treat discovering lavender dreams today..I AM ALREADY PLANNING A TRIP TO CROSS CREEK..googled it and found we are about 3 hours away. ..cannot wait! Thank you!

simpledaisy said...

ooh...how interesting! I have not heard of Cross Creek. It looks very beautiful:)

Jans Gourds said...

Oh wow! That is awsome. I am so envious of the beauty of your adventures. I know that envy is a sin but Florida is just gorgeous and I would love to see some of the wonderful sites you two have been on. How do you find all these great places.
Lucky you
Jan

thefabledneedle (jen) said...

oh, that place looks so cozy and quaint!

you really do have fun adventures :)

Beedeebabee said...

Diane, I loved the little trip you took us on! What a neat adventure!
The house looked so charming. It's true, we do live in such a wonderful, beautiful place! Thanks so much for sharing! xoxo Paulette

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Hi Diane! I so enjoyed going on your trip with you. Your pictures were wonderful. Have a great week! Twyla

Jackie said...

I loved this post Diane...and you've inspired me to sit and read. Now that I'm not working like a mad hatter women I can get back to burying my nose in a book and reading about life at Cross Creek.
I loved her simple life and how she entertained and welcome such actors.

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I loved seeing these photos. They were incredible! Thanks for sharing.
Blessings,
Marcia

Jonell said...

Forgive my ignorance..AFTER browsing your beauiful photos w notes I have been searching CROSS CREEK,FL, THE MARJORIE RAWLINGS STATE PARK AND ALSO micanopy.. tell me about ONLY cross creek,florida..what is there; it's the place close enough for us to make a day trip.