If I can get myself to Nashville, I do.
It’s not because the city has a unique vibe and so much to offer. I go to Nashville because my friend, Kathleen – my Tennessee bestie, is there. Sure, I can expect to have brunch, do a little exploring of the city, and see new sites with her. But that’s just icing. I am perfectly content with the cake – to sit on her couch and talk heart-speak with her as we drink water out of mason jars. To catch up on a walk with her wee man in the stroller, even if we struggle to find any shade. To settle in and see how we’re doing in ways Snapchat, text messages and phone calls can’t quite touch in the same way.
So on my way home from a Chattanooga retreat, I took the long way home – through Nashville. I sat on Kathleen’s couch with her for hours and walked her neighborhood in the brightest of sun. And I enjoyed every minute of it.
At one point, Kathleen suggested we go pick strawberries – and so we did!
With her wee man nestled in the backseat, we made our way outside of Nashville to Castalian Springs, Tennessee. Kelley’s Berry Farm is there and was our destination for gathering strawberries on a warm Sunday evening. The farm offers strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and peaches. Strawberry season is normally through May and June; but with the warm weather, they were able to open early. I’m so glad they did!
It was beautiful out there – row after row of strawberries under a bright blue sky. With Wee Man wrapped up against his mama, Kathleen and I walked the rows and plucked the strawberries that were just the right shade of red. We sampled one each and oh, were they as good as they looked! There’s something about being farm-fresh, you know? 🙂
Of course, both of us having photography backgrounds, we needed to stop and snap a few photos of our little adventure. I took a few of Kathleen and Wee Man, and she took a few of me. It felt nice to do some impromptu portraits again!
I’m hoping that next time I visit, it will still be fruit-picking season. There’s something so relaxing about walking those rows and finding little treasures! And hey, if you’re ever in the Nashville area, head out to Kelley’s Berry Farm and see what delicious fruit you can pick yourself. 🙂