As always, our book club begins with tea in the kitchen of Belle Meade plantation here in Nashville. This month’s book was Persuasion, which happens to be my favorite Austen. Not only is it my favorite Austen, it is one of my favorite movies as well. We discussed Nurse Rook and Anne and Captain Wentworth. We talked about his letter and had our disagreements over the book. No healthy discussion can take place without a little disagreement. Many moons ago, I wrote a post about my love of Persuasion. Any time I am feeling down and don’t feel like turning to fantasy, I turn to Austen and her Persuasion. The idea that someone can have such happiness after making mistakes is extremely relatable. If you like Austen and have been putting off reading it, STOP! Read it! :)
We then moved to make seashell hairpieces, broaches, and hair pins! Aren’t they lovely? I totally wore that larger hairpiece around work and to Wal-Mart. The woman at the check out gave me a weird look and said, “That an… interesting thing in your hair.” I just smiled sweetly and said, “oh thanks! I made it today. Have a nice day,” and walked away. Nothing was going to rain on my Austen parade. If you are in the Nashville area, next month we are doing Emma and Stitches. We’ll be discussing Emma and learning to embroider pin cushions. :)
What better place to display our beautiful Wine Barrel Chandeliers than a Belle Meade Plantation wedding?! Our Wine Barrel Chandeliers have a rustic, elegant Restoration Hardware style that perfectly complimented the outdoor setting. The florals wrapped around the center chandelier created a sweet focal point for the tent reception on the grounds of this historic plantation.
Sometimes on my days off of work I try to go out and explore new places. Last week I went to the Belle Meade Plantation. It was beautiful! I received a tour of the house itself and learned the story about the family and their horse business. They also held a free wine tasting afterwards with wine made at the plantation itself. Then I was allowed to explore the grounds to my heart’s content and learn more about the plantation and the horses they bred and raced.
I’m glad I finally went. I’ve lived in Nashville my entire life and never visited the plantation. It was well worth the trip. Plus my tour guide was a good friend of mine from college.