Friday, January 6, 2012

My Time In America

I love thinking on my time in Rogersville, Tennessee as I believe I touched on some of Gods own country.
Our home sat nestled in the woods on three and a half acres, with squirrels, woodpeckers, wild turkey, skunk, deer and ONCE a black bear.
The most enchanting time was night, when all the fireflies appeared and lit up the woods like fairy lights.
The first time I saw them I couldn't believe it!
My fellow Ozzie friend Kerrie-Lyn, had a migraine headache and believed she was seeing lights.

Photo of our home towards the end of summer.

Fall came and I thought all the tree's had mysteriously died.
Can you imagine?  never having seen this before, I was mystified.
I don't like the look... its kind of sad.

We flew the American, Rebel and Australian flags..

Ray took me to Memphis, to see Graceland's.
My understanding of Elvis Presley, took on a whole new aspect with that visit.
I came to understand and like him. To me now, he was a caring, confused, manipulated man.
I believe Priscilla has done a great job of preserving his legion.

 One of our many visits was to the Devils Tower at Wyoming.

 The badlands of South Dakota.

Then winter came..
I was sitting on the computer finishing off my psychology degree on-line from Australia when the first snow fell.
This was another surprise to me...
We do have snow in different area's of Oz. However, I have only been there for a week or so on  holiday.
Living with snow was another story.
Because the house was warm inside and not cold, I didn't realise that snow was falling.
When I did, it was the biggest treat, and naturally, the camera came out!

And at night it was magic.

Our boxer Bruno,standing on the back deck looking out for deer.

I love you America, and all the people I befriended there.


  1. Lovely, lovely post. I so enjoyed your pictures and your words.

  2. How great to read and see this! I took my wife Ruth out to see the Badlands, Devil's Tower, and Graceland, although not all on the same trip. I loved Memphis!

    1. Yes Memphis will stay in my memory because I saw an armadillo on the cute.

  3. Kind of got tickled that you are showing us of your visit to USA ... hubby just was sharing this week his photos of his stay in Australia & his petting a kangaroo & the seals chasing him on a beach.

    Your pictures are beautiful.

    Have a beautiful day ~
    TTFN ~

  4. Great post, I'm so glad you enjoyed your time in the USA...

  5. I'm glad you were able to see the things you did. Like Australia, there's a lot of variety here. Your friendships remind me of a story my granddad told my dad, who then told me, concerning a couple families who were moving, back during the horse and buggy days. I think I may have included it in a post once, but I'm not certain.

  6. What a beautiful time you must have had. Love that house. :) I guess it would be a bit of a shock to see all the leaves from the trees dissapear if you have never witnessed that before.

    Thanks for sharing hon.

  7. A beautiful post my dear. Sending love and hugs your way.
    June xx

  8. Oooh, thank you!
    I love Tennessee . . . and, through your eyes, it's a fresh new gift . . all over again.

    Wishes for peace profound -
    to my awesome author friend.

  9. lovely read Crystal, I remember how mystified I was in my first year also. the fireflies, snow, changing of the leaves but most of all the pollen surprised me. i knew about the other things, John had told me. But he didn't prepare me for the thick coat of green/yellow on the cars, floors, furniture! ewww! That was in Richmond VA and I am pleased to say that we don't seem to get the pollen in upstate NY.
    i hope to see the badlands when I visit a friend in SD. maybe in 2013.
    cheers my little aussie dumpling. xxx

  10. what a beautiful house and spot to be. loved hearing about your time there. Have an awesome day out there...

  11. G'day Crystal, I smiled away as I journeyed with you down memory lane. Life is precious. God is good... And all the time. Much love always, Kerrie

  12. Oh I love this post and your beautiful photos.. I live just across the Tennessee Line in Western N.C. It is a beautiful part of the country but I would love to visit Australia..Blessings, Susie

    1. Hi Suzie I love NC also. I got lost once and ended up driving over the state line..I was terrified. Had to turn around and head back.

  13. You live in Australia and I live in the US and you have gone to places I haven't gone too! sandie

    1. Thats often the way. Until Ray came here I hadn't seen much of my own country. Now I have been all over.

  14. I went to is definitely a fascinating place, isn't it?! What a neat perspective on Elvis...he was very talented. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip to the USA! I can't wait to go to Australia one day!

  15. Thanks for sharing your visit. Elvis - I'm one of his biggest fan and what a great and short description of the "king"

  16. Looks like a great all the photos!!

    1. I was in TN for 3 years and worked there also. Ray made a point in taking me all over the U.S. I loved AZ as it is very like my Oz.

  17. Hi Crystal Mary! I loved this post and the stunning photos! Your Rogersville home was beautiful in every season. I especially loved the night photos with the snow. Just the other day when Clint and I went to Greeneville and Jonesborough, TN, we saw the "Rogersville" sign. I have never been there and told Clint we needed to visit there sometime. Also, around 2006 Clint and I visited Graceland. We sure enjoyed it, it was my first trip to Memphis.

    We have some things in common! In the first week of Deceber 2010, Clint and I headed out from Dallas for the Devil's Tower and Mount Rushmore. We drove in horrible conditions and sub zero temperatures. We spent three nights in Deadwood, SD. Clint's Thermapedic pillow was in the trunk when we arrived in Deadwood during a snow storm. It had frozen into a solid rock ... a small boulder. My London Fog coat made crinkling sounds, I thought it was going to break. Did you all happen to visit Wall Drug? It was fantastic. This trip was fraught with danger but in our memories we both agree it was one of the best trips our our lives. We had a guy at a convenience store hand us his business card and say, "Give me a call and let me know you made it home safely." That's how bad the conditions were, we are not sure we would do this again. :-) I called the guy at the convenience store when we arrived back safely in Plano, TX.

    Thank you so much for sharing your photos and memories! Hope you and Ray are doing well♥

    1. That was exciting Cindy..glad you made it home again safely.

  18. Hello my friend, I look forward to meeting you someday... Of course, it may not be till we get to heaven! But then I'd love to discuss all the places we have been and what we have seen with our physical eyes of God's beautiful world, and maybe some of the things we have seen through our nursing eyes as well! I guess we can do this as we tour heaven throughout eternity!! Enjoyed your post! Blessings!

  19. I am just returning and catching up after a long absence. I have enjoyed your pictures and story about staying here and going to Graceland. Also enjoyed your Angel post, how amazing!!! Do you find it interesting that so many angels are depicted as being female when there are only male ones in the bible. I did not know about the PTS, so sorry about that.

  20. Sweet! I guess I understand how you would feel coming to America and seeing and experiencing "us"....I know how thrilled I would be to see a real for real live for real Kangroo pass me by ....LOL ....hugs to ya friend

  21. Rogersville is just up the road a couple of hours from us here in Strawberry Plains. How neat is that!!! My hubby used to work at TVA in Rogersville....many years ago!!! ;-)

  22. Greetings from Argentina! Thank you for your nice comment on our family blog. Our family really enjoyed reading this post from you. I was raised in Tenn. and you are right...It's GOD'S COUNTRY! =) It was fun for us to read the thoughts of one visiting our own country.


  23. Hi Crystal Mary,
    It's really wonderful to see these gorgeous pictures of you, your husband, and your home in beautiful Tennessee.
    You seem to be so happy there telling your stories in Graceland, Elvis' home, and other great places. Do you plan to go back to the States??...
    Thank you for sharing your love with the world, sweet Crystal!!
    God keeps blessing you!!
    All the best,
    Poet Starry Dawn.


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