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!)


  1. Hey Angela,
    I am glad you had such a nice day with hubby! I to am thankful for North Ga.. Did you get some Gala's. They are in right now, prime time!!! :-) I love the fabrics you found-very fun. tammyp

  2. I've been hearing about Helen, GA for years but have never been. Think it would make a great roadtrip from Charleston. Your day sounds like fun, and Happy Anniversary! Tall & Handsome and I celebrated our 4th anniversary in early July. By the way, thanks for entering my blog's 100th post Giveaway!

  3. Happy anniversary. Yes, it is nice to have a husband that doesn't mind a shopping trip once in a while. Helen is a fun place to visit. One of these summers I'm going to try the tubing that everyone talks about.

    I really like your quilt shop fabric. How nice that you have a quilt shop right in Newnan. I think one of my favorite quilt shops is Quilts & Fixins in Jonesboro.

    My hubby (short, fair and handsome) and I will be celebrating our 29th anniversary Sept. 15 with dinner at Texas de Brazil in Orlando.

  4. How nice of your husband to take you to North GA. A couple of years ago on Austin's fall break we drove a big loop, staying one night each, in TN, MS, AL and N. GA. We rode the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway to McCaysville, GA & Copperhill, TN. An English lady was serving tea just outside an antique/gift shop to passer-bys. She used her Royal Albert Old Country Roses china to serve and had everyone wear a hat. She didn't have a hat for a male so she went inside to get 7 year old AJ a kid's cowboy hat. It was one of those tea memories I cherish!

  5. I too have been to Helen - maybe about 36 years ago or so....I was very cute! Happy Anniversary!




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