25 August 2009

Green Tomatoes

With the cusp of autumn near, and ever so slightly cooler temps, this past Sunday my family and I decided to go for a drive in the country.






We drove up to the town of Juliette about twenty five miles from our home. Gorgeous rolling hills, farm land, cool breezes, and wide open spaces greeted us along the way.









Now, I am sure that not many of you have even heard of the town of Juliette, Georgia have you? Neither had I until I moved here.





Juliette was the tiny town in which the actual filming of the 1991 Oscar Nominated and Golden Glove nominated film, “Fried Green Tomatoes” took place. The movie was based on the Pulitzer Prize nominated 1987 novel “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café” by author, Fannie Flagg. The actual Whistle Stop Café was located in Alabama, however.








The town ~ just a minute long ~ still looks as though it is a movie set. It does not look like much has changed since the era depicted in the story.

















Rustic shacks of buildings, memorabilia from the movie being sold to tourists, The Whistle Stop Café serving up grits and fried green tomatoes, and other treasures ~ you feel as though you are transported back into time.





The cutest things I found were these hand painted folk art bird houses made from gourds. We passed these along the road into Juliette and I just had to stop and take a closer look.






Each is hand painted by this quirky country woman ~ and not one is the same ~ all so darling. Bless her heart, she should sell them on Etsy! And I should have purchased one to hang in my kitchen or our sun room. How cute would that be? They are too precious to be hung outside. Maybe I’ll go back.











It was a fun day and the next day was the first day of Kindergarten for our little guy.









Have a great week. Next Tuesday, September 1st I will let you all know who the lucky winner is for my give away.




Ciao amici,
Suzanne

5 comments:

Bonny said...

Ciaou, Bella! I've been following you on flickr! for a while now, but only just realised you also have a Blog! You have lots of wonderful posts with fabulous photos, too.

I really enjoyed this post about the town of Juliette. Now I can visualise the setting for "Fried green Tomatoes". I read that book a couple of years ago and really liked it.

Good Luck with your Blog Give-Away!

Grace said...

What a beautiful tour and experience Suzanne! I would love to meander through this town with its beautiful nostalgia in tact. The grocery store is simply too cute for words.

Congrats on your little man starting kindergarten!!

Ingrid in Umbria said...

Cara suzanne,

Of course I remember the film. Strange... we came to talk about it just the other day... and suddenly you open the scenery. Lovely stroll through Juliette, cara! Buon divertimento! Bacione, Ingrid in Umbria

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

Now I have a question, did they fry them in flour or cornmeal? I salt and pepper my tomatoes, dip them in beaten egg and then dredge them in cornmeal…mmmmm good! I love 'em when their hot and I love leftovers on bread with lots of mayo or 1000 island dressing.

What a delightful tour of this town and you definitely should go back and get one of those birdhouses!

shabbyscraps said...

my friend was just in atlanta and came back telling me I just must try fried green tomatoes! I think next time I am there, I really must! Love the pics!
xoxo, Tiffany

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