Ostensibly, Michael and I ventured this way to photograph this church which we had seen nearly a year before; it was beautiful then, nestled in its summer greenery by a river (how very appropriate for a church to be next to a river, what with baptisms and all). It's not quite green enough to reflect what we had seen before, but it is still a very striking little building.
[left] I apologise, dear readers, for the poor detail of this photograph, but let me enlighten you as to its content. As Michael and I were driving out of town, I told him that we had to get a picture of this side-of-the-road exhibit I had seen on our way in. He nodded in assent, and so as we pulled beside the house that was host to this interesting work of art/political & religious protest, he flung the car door open and snapped a picture, quickly. We were uncertain as to who exactly owned or took care of it, and weren't about to hang around and find out.
Basically, the signs above the puppets' heads read: [Tin Can Baby] [Test Tube Baby] [somethingsomethingsomething] [JUST SAY NO]. Shaking our heads, we bid our farewells to Saxapahaw and its inhabitants, and headed back towards Chapel Hill.
[right] On our way out of town, there were signs for a greenhouse a few miles off the beaten path. Agreeing that it was a perfect day to go plant-shopping, we rumbled down a gravel road to arrive at a nursery which, oddly enough, I had visited in much the same manner about two years ago.
We poked around for a good half an hour or so, looking at the multitudes of herbs, flowers, succulents, trees, gardening accessories and such-like that they had for sale. I took a look at some hanging baskets but finally decided on a fern (to replace the fern that my mother had disposed of a year earlier, ironically purchased from the same place). [left]
Michael was sold on this plant because it is in a piece of pottery made in Russia. The plants themselves are cool too -- some variant of succulent/cactus-family plant on top and a neat-looking and -feeling plant commonly known as "string of pearls" coming out of the sides. [right]
If you're interested in contact information for Spring Meadow
Greenhouses, I scanned their business
Coming from Chapel Hill:
All in all, the route itself is very scenic, and there are many picturesque houses along the way. Recommended as a sojourn out of Chapel Hill, or a half-day trip.
I received an email from Bob Knauff about a book he is writing for the Haw River Historical Association called Fabric of a Community: The Story of Haw River, North Carolina. The book itself "is 96 pages long and contains 102 photographs. Anyone who would like information can check the page above, call 910-578-4467, or send him email (use the link above or write: email@example.com).