Friday, September 5, 2008
A visit to north Georgia
Tuesday was my and Alex's second anniversary, and since it's a few more weeks until we get to take our official "anniversary trip" to the beach, he told me to plan a day of whatever I wanted to do, so I did! We both took Tuesday off and headed north. I hadn't realized the towns of Blue Ridge, Young Harris and Helen were so close together. We (OK, "I") spied a quilt shop in Blue Ridge, so he went in search of real estate brochures while I checked out Mountain Holly Quilters. Having fallen in love with our own independent quilt shop in Newnan, Heritage Quilts and Fabrics, I've learned to appreciate the high-quality, gorgeous fabrics you can find only at quilt shops. Thinking ahead to fall projects and fall color palettes, I got these two fat quarters of a "Choco-latte" print. I figure I can "fussy cut" the teacups out to use in pieced blocks or applique projects.
When we realized how close we were to "Alpine Helen," we headed there. If you're not from Georgia, I hope you've at least heard of Helen. It's designed to look like a small German village, very famous for its Oktoberfest celebrations each year. I haven't been to Helen in years, so it was especially nice to be there on a low-traffic day and look around.
When I saw a lot of blue and white ceramics in one of the shop windows I had to go inside. It was called Windmill Dutch Imports, and the woman inside had a charming accent. As I made my selections of Dutch coffee (for DH) and Dutch tea (for me), she told me about what was new and good. I made what I thought was a safe selection, the Pear and Peach (or Peer & Perzik) tea. I can't read the box at all, but I can guess at the meaning of this: "Albert Heijn Theespecialist Sinds 1887." Tea is a bit of a universal language, wouldn't you agree? (And don't I have a sweet husband for going along with all this!)