Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Americana : things produced in the U.S. and thought to be typical of the U.S. or its culture

definition by the merriam-webster dictionary.


We love traveling the back roads of our beautiful country through small towns like Ridge Spring, SC.


And it’s especially pretty in the Fall when the harvesters are in the fields.


(and on the roads!)


I wanted to share a few photos from our trip from Florida to NC.


Have to include Claxton, Georgia.

(I didn’t stop and buy a fruitcake this time but it was tempting! lol)


And Piggly Wiggly! I grew up shopping at these stores and still get excited when I see one!


When you see this kind of beauty, it makes you proud and blessed.


I’m joining Coastal Charm ,

Brenda at the Cozy Little House

for Tweak it Tuesday and

Make it Pretty Monday

and Inspire me Tuesday .


Where do you call home

and do YOU like fruitcake?


Montanagirl said...

Great photos. I'm still proud to be an American and wouldn't want to live in any other country, despite all the bumbling/fumbling antics of Congress.

Susie said...

I have never been to a piggly wiggly. I enjoyed all the pictures. The hay rolls made into a farm art was pretty cute. I know there must be a good fruit cake out there somewhere....but I have not tasted it. :):) xoxo,Susie


I agree the back roads of the USA are all very lovely..I am not a fruit cake person..but I know heaps of people love them.. Hugs Judy

Babs Richman said...

It's always so nostalgic to see farm scenes and small towns. I love fruit cake and used to always buy Claxton, until I discovered Publix's deli fruitcake. There aren't any Piggly Wigglys near us, but we always shop "The Pig" when we go to the beach. Thanks for sharing the great road trip pics.

Cranberry Morning said...

Nice photos, Diane. And I love Americana! I also like fruitcake a lot, but not with citrin (sp?) in it - but full of mixed nuts and dried fruits.

TexWisGirl said...

detest fruitcake!

love harvest season - no matter what the crop.

DogsMom said...

Gorgeous photos.
Thanks for taking us along on your trip.

Piggly Wiggly is HQ'd around the corner from where I grew up. Many wonderful memories of going to shop with Grandpa.

It is OK with me if you skip the fruitcake.

Joyce Mayer said...

Hi Miss Lavender Dreams,

Fruitcake? Mom says the first one is still floating around someplace. Whatever that means, then she and Dad laugh.

Bee-u-tee-ful pictures.

Prudence ♥

Boy, Mom is cranky today.

Christine said...

Love the photos of your great country but for me home is Northern Ireland but I truly enjoy Americana!
And fruit cake is good too!

Inger said...

I'm enjoying your blog so much and I'm glad I found it via bloglovin'.
I was born in Sweden, lived in Princeton, N.J., Jackson Hole, WY, and Los Angeles, CA before retiring to the southern end of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California where I fell in love with the desert landscape.

Geraldine said...

What great photos, thanks for sharing. My mom use to mention that grocery store from a LONG time ago, when my parents were first married and living in MO. My dad was a US citizen all his life but we lived in Saskatchewan, right in the middle of Canada.

Home now is Interior BC but hopefully moving back to the Yukon Territory, very soon. That's where my heart is. ;<)

BTW, that ebook I mentioned is still free, in case you want to download it, Falling Star by Diana Dempsey. :<)

Happy week, G



LindyLou Mac said...

For me home is where the heart is and where my latest adventures happen to take me. Thankyou so much for your recent lovely comment on Travel Tales Diane which was very much appreciated. x

The Refeathered Roost said...

Beautiful pictures! We are in North Carolina... even though I don't like fruitcake, I love all the memories and smells it conjures up reminding me of Christmas and my Mimi!

20 North Ora said...

Oklahoma is home - always has been except for one year in Texas. And I DON'T like fruitcake.


Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

After living in Lincolnshire for 11 years I still call London home and as for fruit cake... well made a christmas cake a few weeks ago... half of it has been eaten!! Your trip looks lovely I just love those hay bales. Have a wonderful week xx

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

I love travelling the back roads, too Diana. We live in such a beautiful country. In answer to your question I live in Lexington, Kentucky and no I don't like fruitcake. :)

Jeanne said...

Oh that last picture is adorable! People are so creative. I do not like fruit cake.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You know I travel the back roads of the south all the time. I do like 'some' fruitcake!

GardenOfDaisies said...

Beautiful scenes that are repeated in rural areas all across this country. :-) I have moved so many times, so I feel like I have many places I could call home, and yet no where to call home, all at the same time. So I'll just call where I am now, home. I LOVE fruitcake. Next time you pass through Claxton, you should send one to me! :-)

Karen said...

Is THAT where those fruitcakes come from ??... I love them!...

cucki said...

Wow so beautiful..
Blessings always x

Laurie Ritchey said...

Diane, you are always having an adventure. What pretty pictures, and yes, they depict Americana at its best. laurie

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

Piggly Wiggly! it was my first grocery store I went to when I moved to US. It was right across from my College campus.

Shelia said...

Hi Diane! Oh, how lovely everything is! I grew up with Piggly Wiggly too! Love that little red piggy head. Thank you for your sweet prayers and words.
You are the sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Morning Diane, I smiled when I read the name Piggly Wiggly as I have no idea what this shop might sell..... maybe little piggy items??
Oh yes, I love fruitcake and I do bake them a lot. England is my home and I do love it. I love the history and the traditions, but not the weather.... but when the sun shines, I couldn't ask for more.
Best Wishes

Musings from Kim K. said...

Thanks for taking us along. Makes me miss our roadtrip from this summer.

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Beautiful pictures! I love the south. I wish I was there too.

Donna said...

The southern scenes are filled with Americana charm, and you captured them well. I like fruitcake, but it has to have LOTS of fruit and not much cake! LOL...

Joyce Olson said...

I love fruitcake and I have a super recipe for a white one! Momma always made one faithfully every single Christmas!
Great photos!
Autumn Hugs,

annie said...

this was a wonderful post, I haven't seen a piggly wiggly here since about 1980! so glad you shared!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Living in the desert people don't think we have farmlands, but they totally surround my home and I love it. They just cut down all the corn a while ago and now they are planting again, I love seeing it all. Gorgeous pictures and yes, I do love Fruitcake. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Linda H said...

Home for me is eastern Canada, and I love fruitcake as long as it is homemade- better than any commercial cake! Have never been to a Piggly Wiggly - sounds like a fun spot!

Ricki Treleaven said...

Alabama is home, although Arizona is the home of my heart.

I do not like fruitcake!