July 24, 2006

North Georgia mountains

Georgia Bounty

Yesterday we adventured north into the mountains in search of the famous Georgia face jug. Ninety mintues northeast of Atlanta the foothills of the Apalacians begin. The forested, winding roadways reminded us of northern Wisconsin. The little lodge stores and log cabins furthered the similarities.

While the face jug proved elusive to our questing, we did find a fantastic potters store, The Mark of the Potter. The store is the oldest craft store in Georgia, with a picture perfect location in an old mill along a river, with river wanter running under the building and trout swimming outside.

I wanted to buy everything inside, but walked away with a teapot, to replace the one broken last year, and a leaf tray, an item SB has been coveting for years. I wanted to get plates, bowls and these lovely clay drinking cups, perfect for cold drinks on hot days. SB has promised me that we will return to buy more.

In addition to pottery, the store also sold preserves, sauces and local Georgia honey. Supposedly this sourwood honey has more flovor and depth than your standard wildflower honey. I can’t wait to try it.

We also stopped at a roadside fruit/vegetable stand and bought the fuzziest peaches I’ve ever touched, summer plums and freshly roasted peanuts. The little store also sold peach and apple cider and fun folk-art painted gourds. My favorite gourds were painted like bright fish, with big lips and long tails. They reminded me of the whale Christmas cookies I like to decorate, with blue bodies and pink lips. Next time I will buy one of those gourds too.

As you can see, I’m already plotting my next trip up north, maybe this November, when the leaves have changed and “winter” is coming.

3 Comments

  1. your picture makes a nice symbolic representation of the N. Georgia mountains.

    or maybe that was your intent.

    Comment by lnet — July 26, 2006 @ 11:21 am

  2. Sorry for the off-topic comment, but I think you may be able to help me get in contact with an old friend of mine. Would you mind emailing me and I’ll explain?

    Thanks :-)

    Comment by Andrew — August 1, 2006 @ 6:54 am

  3. Nice wares — I like what you picked out. But then again you have exceptional taste !

    Comment by Rosie — August 4, 2006 @ 2:20 pm

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