Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy Fourth of July

Welcome to Valley View!

Drive past the old workshop covered with vines.

We're back in here,
that small red speck hidden in the trees.

Open the gate and come up the walk.

The bunting has been hung.

The deck has been power washed.

The table is ready in the picnic shelter,
if it's sunny.

And the table is ready inside,
if it rains.

Either way, there'll be steaks and salmon,
and blackberry cobbler.

The flag is flying.

Here at Valley View,

we're so thankful to live in America,

this wonderful country of ours.

We're so thankful to live in the beautiful South,

and in this Tennessee valley,

and among the gracious people of Nashville.

As our beloved Minnie Pearl always said,


I'm jes' so proud to be here."

A Happy Fourth of July to all of you

from all of us at Valley View.


  1. I wish I was spending the day with you! How lovely everything looks and I love the quilt you used for the table. Happy fourth sweet friend. Hugs, Diane

  2. Happy Fourth! It looks as if you are going to have a perfect holiday! All your special touches are perfect. I especially love the bunting and the red white and blue quilt on the table.

  3. Love every layer of your Valley View. Except not being able to drop by.

    Have managed to put a dozen American flags in a front flower pot. Of course boxes are still covering the front porch, and a tv. This move is crazy chaos.

    Our new little town has a BBQ & fireworks for the 4th. Will go meet more of my new neighbors.

    XO T

  4. Bryan and I are so excited to be here for 4th of July! It's a majical place here at Valley View, peaceful and beautiful! It's a stark contrast from the fast paced high pressure negotiating world I work in every day! Bryan and I call Valley View "Our Sanctuary"! I write this as mom is about to serve her famous waffle breakfast to us, as only she can. although Bryan and I live at one of the most beautiful beaches in the North East, there's no place in America like Nashville! I recently read that Nashville is the fastest growing city in the country, rightfully so; sophisticated, full of beauty, inspiration and genuine Southern charm!
    Happy 4th, love Christy

    1. Oh, I meant to say, East coast, we live in North East FL, Ponte Vedra Beach. :-) Also, can't leave dad's wonderful fresh egss out from his pet chickens as a great contribution to the spectacular waffle breakfast.

  5. Oh, I'd love to be there! Almost a year to my first/last trip to Nashville, and I wish we'd stayed longer. :)

  6. A very inviting place. So glad you gave us a peek. Have a great 4th.. a safe one.

  7. i'm there! sitting in the shade on the porch! see me? i'm petting big beautiful brown eyes and scolding the girls!
    i have tears shining and a big grin on my face at the same time.
    happy 4th you special and beloved person you.
    love and hugs to all who are there at valley view!

  8. What a lovely old fashioned 4th of July, you will enjoy.

    Happy 4th of July,

  9. Ohhhhh please...

    How did you do that magical first photo?????


  10. Your porch floor is painted red. I just read a post, which loved the same, in her area. Must send her over here. Hugs....

  11. Dewena, hope you and your family have a great 4th of July! Thank you for sharing Valley View with us! It is truly a beautiful place!

  12. Dewena, what a delightful post, and I'm so glad I got to see glimpses of your home. It all looks so nice - you have a lot of yard area! Steaks and blackberry cobbler sound yummy, and your table is festive with red, white, and blue. Jess would love that BIG front porch of yours. Her dream house is a cottage with a BIG front porch. I love that first picture, very cool.

    Happy Fourth of July, precious friend.

    love, ~Sheri

  13. love the photos - all of them and the red porch! Tessa sent me here.

  14. lThat looks great!!!im coming to YOUR place!!!

  15. Gosh Dewena, it all looks so very pretty. I love your bunting and that quilt on the table. Happy 4th to you and your family and I hope your wonderful celebration is not rained on.

  16. Happy fourth! Love the photos.

  17. PEFECT! HOME written all over it. I'm so there!
    THIS is what I LOVE to see across my blogging friends' pages (and comments) on this very special day. I'm so thankful to live in this wonderful country of ours too, my friend. She is the beautiful, America the beautiful, more than a legend or song, and her own people have made her that way, not only by laying down their lives for her, but for many of our neighbors across the globe too.
    Thank you for this most appropriate and patriotic post.
    Please save me some of that cobbler. I'll save you some blueberry coffee cake. ;)

  18. Hi Dewena! For some reason (all the photos on your site aren't visible to me right now. Please don't worry...I'm sure it's an issue on my end, but I just wanted to stop by and wish you a Hapoy 4th, and even thought I cant see any photos,Mir sounds like everything is looking super festive and patriotic. Enjoy!


  19. Everything looks so beautiful Dewena!! I hope you and your family have a most wonderful 4th of July and weekend! Hugs!!!

  20. Dewena,
    Everything looks wonderfully festive! From the outside decorations to the beautifully set table (I love the quilt you are using for the tablecloth--gorgeous!) I'd say you are quite ready for a 4th of July celebration! Your menu sounds delicious as well....enjoy the festivities Dewena! God Bless America!

  21. How charming, Deweena! You have the perfect place for a celebration, especially Independence Day!

  22. A belated happy 4th, Deweena. Hope you had a wonderful day, that table looks lovely.

  23. Here's to the red, white, and blue, (and such gorgeous green!) at Valley View, on what must have been a most happy 4th! Oh, how I wish I could have been there, to celebrate America with you, watch the flag fly so proudly high, while all enjoy the scrumptious feast below, prepared with such skillful and loving southern hospitality!

    Sending lots of love,

  24. Oh, what a lovely tour! Thanks for inviting us to hang out with you, dear Dewena! It's always lovely to visit with you, dear lady! You're a gracious hostess. Hope your 4th was a happy and memory-filled experience!

  25. Dewena... I so wish I could join you there. It all looks so lovely and the food sounded out of this world! I hope you had a beautiful Fourth with your family, my sweet friend :)


  26. Wow beautiful photographs, looks like a TV-like 4th of July. I'm Canadian, never had the pleasure of being down south for the 4th.