A Day at the Cabin in my Hometown

by Alli

I recently attended a family reunion at my mom and dad’s rustic cabin at the end of a country dirt road in south Georgia. It’s always a good day when I get to spend a day at the cabin in my hometown. 

My parents live in town but have a cabin and pond out on the land adjoining the land we used to live on. You can read about that here.

Spending A Week With My Sister And Parents

My sister, Melinda, ( from Colorado), and I spent the week following the reunion with mom and dad. It was just the four of us and we had the best time.

Melinda and I shared our old bedroom and always stayed up way too late reminiscing, laughing and even crying a few tears of happiness. One night my mom said that she got up to go to the bathroom and heard us talking and giggling around 2 am. It took her back to our teen years, as well.

Mom Catered To Us Just Like Old Times

Mom cooked our favorite meals, even while we protested mildly because we are gracious southern belles and you know we always use good manners. All the while, we were hoping and praying that mom wasn’t listening to a word we said! And she didn’t.

Visiting My Hometown And The Cabin

It’s always a nostalgic walk down memory lane every time I enter the city limits of my hometown. The years fade away and for a little while, I become that young girl I used to be.  

The air even smells sweeter there and good memories, like the smell of honeysuckle, assault my senses and take me way back . . .

Setting Up For The Annual Elrod Reunion

As I was helping my parents set up the tables and chairs at the cabin the day before the reunion (trust me, they had it well under control and at age 80 can outwork all 30 year old) I decided to wander around the property taking pictures.

 Yes, I was watching for rattlesnakes, mom!

I enjoyed my nature walk and hope you do, as well. I even captured a pic of pokeberries.  My sister and I used to paint our nails with them when we were little girls.  Who says you can’t go home again?

Smells of Fall - A Day At The Cabin In My Hometown

I’m singing Midnight Train to Georgia while I upload the pictures. I think you should join in on the singing as you take this walk with me!  So, here’s the link!

This is the backside of the cabin. It faces the pond and it’s always so peaceful at the family cabin. 

This old rusty mailbox is just for looks. 



We picked pears from one of mom’s pear trees. 


I love this old silo and the boat. Mom uses this old boat as a flowerbed. 


The fishpond is always beautiful. One day, during that visit, we caught a mess of fish. Mom and dad cleaned them and cooked them right there at the farm. My sister, Melinda, and I agreed that it was the best fish we’ve ever tasted. 


Look at the peppers in the photo below. My mom is a master gardener. 


Below is a close-up of the back of the old cabin. Look at all the lovely fall foliage. 


More flowers on the back deck! 


I have to say that this is visit was one of my favorite hometown visits. When I returned home, I  knew I wanted to share A day at the cabin in my hometown with you. 

This all took place in October of 2013. We had no way of knowing that mom would suddenly pass to heaven in May of 2016. Thank God for these precious memories. 

yall come back sign at the cabin in my hometown

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Jennifer October 28, 2013 - 8:19 am

Great shots Alli, looks like such a cozy place ๐Ÿ™‚

Alli October 28, 2013 - 10:41 am

Thanks! It is cozy and very rustic! ๐Ÿ™‚

Adrianne October 28, 2013 - 9:30 am

This is so beautiful! Thanks for giving us a little peek into the property, I can picture myself being there!

Alli October 28, 2013 - 10:41 am

It’s always nice to go “home” again!

Shirley Wood October 28, 2013 - 9:35 am

Wonderful family story. Everything looks so inviting and cozy, sounds like it was a very nice and memorble event for you, your sister and your parents. This pics are beautiful.

Alli October 28, 2013 - 10:39 am

It was! A visit with the family is always a treat for me!

Tiff October 28, 2013 - 9:38 am

That was a wonderful family story. And, your pictures are amazing. I feel like I’m there. Thanks for sharing.

Alli October 28, 2013 - 10:38 am

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit. I still have a lot to learn about photography, but thanks for the compliment!

Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc. October 28, 2013 - 9:41 am

WOW! What a beautiful post! I truly had tears reading how the visit with your family brought back such lovely memories for everyone! I am a new fan, off to find your FB, do not want to miss your beautiful pictures!

Alli October 28, 2013 - 10:36 am

Thanks, Laurie! I don’t get to see my sister often enough, so every chance we get to be together, we try and make the best of it!

Sherree Phillips October 28, 2013 - 9:48 am

Beautiful pictures. We went down memory lane with my sister yesterday.

Alli October 28, 2013 - 10:35 am

Thanks, Sherree! I love to visit my home town. Hope to see you next time!

Anna @ Northern Homestead October 28, 2013 - 10:35 am

Beautiful story and beautiful pictures. Sometimes I wounder what it would be like to go back (even though there is no way) to my childhood place?! You are blessed and you know it, thank you for sharing.

Jeanette October 28, 2013 - 10:44 am

Wonderful pictures. Thank for sharing with your readers. I’m sharing with mine too!

Alli October 28, 2013 - 11:01 am

Thanks, Jeanette! You are the sweetest!

Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 28, 2013 - 12:53 pm

Hi Alli! Very creative and unique perspective and framing. I love them!

Alli October 28, 2013 - 2:30 pm

Thanks and thanks for your sweet comment on G+!

Mandy October 28, 2013 - 1:51 pm

The pictures are great, but I really love the story. It is so sweet! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Alli October 28, 2013 - 2:30 pm

Thanks! I really enjoy the time I get to spend with my sister and especially when mom still spoils up! ๐Ÿ™‚

Renew Your Space October 28, 2013 - 2:45 pm

What a lovely place!! I miss my hometown – none of my family lives there anymore… it would be so nice to have a place to go back to reminisce! ~Renee

Alli October 28, 2013 - 4:39 pm

My sister and I were talking about that same thing about our hometown. None of our siblings live there – just our parents. So it is good to have a place to gather.

Susan ~ Designs of Home October 28, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Looks like a great time. I love all the photos. Especially the flowers in the boat ! Very pretty.

Alli October 28, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Thanks! My mom always has an unusual way of planting things.

Karen Hannah (@grumpyishmum) October 28, 2013 - 5:55 pm

Following on bloglovin’ via Magnificent Monday Linky x

Alli October 29, 2013 - 4:55 am

I will visit your blog and make sure I’m following you on all the social media stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tammy Doiel @creativekkids.com October 28, 2013 - 6:40 pm

Thanks for linking up at Bloggers Brags Weekly Pinterest Party. I pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board. I absolutely adore your pictures! It was a pleasure to view this post as I love fall pictures.

Alli October 29, 2013 - 4:55 am

I’m so glad you liked them. Thanks again for hosting!

Missy Homemaker October 28, 2013 - 8:53 pm

This looks like a little piece of heaven! There’s always something about going back to where people knew you from when you were just a little thing.

Alli October 29, 2013 - 4:53 am

And the best part of it is that they all still treat you like you are little! ๐Ÿ™‚

Kristen Campbell October 28, 2013 - 9:30 pm

Oh, it looks so lovely and so very peaceful!

Alli October 29, 2013 - 4:52 am

It is peaceful. And the first place we head to after we arrive at the house in town.

Jane Rutherford October 28, 2013 - 9:51 pm

Enjoyed the pics sweetie! Almost as good as some I have taken when there. LOL
You brought another tear to my eye!! Love you.

Alli October 29, 2013 - 4:51 am

Thanks! Love you, too!

Brenda Young October 30, 2013 - 2:02 pm

Awe … your making me miss my Mom in North Georgia, and hankering for a visit myself at her cabin! Great captures Alli!

Alli October 30, 2013 - 8:25 pm

I’m missing mine all over again! But I will get to see them in December. Thanks for stopping by!

Doreen@househoneys October 30, 2013 - 8:23 pm

Somehow I think your parents would like our cabin. I know I like their’s :).

This was such a sweet story.I can picture you and your sister gabbing away at 2 a.m., and I imagine it made your mom feel a little bittersweet. It must have brought back many good memories for her.

Alli October 30, 2013 - 8:24 pm

Thanks, Doreen! I’m sure they would. Thanks for reading my story.

Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog October 31, 2013 - 1:37 pm

How picturesque! It looks like an awesome place to get away! Thanks so much for sharing, Alli!

~Abby =)

Alli October 31, 2013 - 3:36 pm

It is an awesome place to get away from it all. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

Carolyn Smith November 1, 2013 - 11:15 am

We should all go home more often! Beautiful pictures.

Alli November 2, 2013 - 6:07 am

Thanks, Carolyn. There’s no place like home. ๐Ÿ™‚

Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile November 2, 2013 - 7:53 pm

What a gorgeous day and beautiful photo’s. I love fall and the country feel.
Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

KG November 2, 2013 - 10:00 pm

Oh how beautiful!
Beautiful Georgia! These are such beautiful photographs..!
I love them all!

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