Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Street Corner Paradise




Would you believe this little piece of paradise sits on a street corner in a little town in the middle of nowhere?

We were on our recent northern Alabama road trip when we happened upon the little garden shop in the little town of Arab. It was like an oasis! Here's a view of the other side of the sidewalk...
The little garden shop sits on a corner that use to house a Farmer's Exchange where, according to this marker, farmers in the early 1900's use to bring their crops in and exchange them for dry goods like flour and sugar.
I was quite taken with the dichotomy of the harsh, dry roadway smack dab next to all these beautiful flowers and plants. Wild Bill not so much.
He thought I'd lost my mind when I screeched to a halt and wandered through the garden and store for almost an hour. I had to soak it all in...and he had to make it to the next destination on his map. It would've been a standoff, but I was driving!



Inside the little shop, which was an old building with original doors and floors and rusty metal on the walls, was a mix of pigs and ivy and everything imaginable.




I was so sorry I had forgotten my camera, but that didn't stop me from using my phone's camera to take it all in.
Out the back door, more lovely flowers greeted me in the shade as I emerged.  

Due to limited room in the pick-up cab, I bought just this little treasure below to remind me of the tiny corner garden shop. Three rusty little bottle stoppers to hold candles. I'm sure you already guessed that Wild Bill was relieved it didn't have to be watered!

The candle holders are perfect for a project I'm working on. Here's one last view of those pretty flowers by the shop's back door before I go...



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19 comments:

  1. what a treasure, hope you'll get back there and enjoy it again. That is one reason why I'd love to drive myself... stop when you want to.

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  2. So fun finding places like that in the middle of nowhere.

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  3. How fascinating! It was sure fun to see it - glad you posted!

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  4. Beautiful and interesting shop! xoox su

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  5. What an amazing shop, all those beautiful flowers outside were a feast for the eyes.

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  6. What a fabulous place. I'd love to have been there with you.

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  7. What a wonderful shop to stumble upon. Lovely and I wouldn't have wanted to leave....thanks for sharing a shop I'll can't visit.

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  8. Dear Sugar Sharon:
    I love these type of stops and what a lovely place. The garden treasures were amazing. Thanks for sharing and linking your visit along your journey!

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  9. Oh I would have screeched to a halt too! That's my favorite kind of shop. Poppy and I have just got to go on a road trip again. It's been years, and I miss stopping at little shops along the way.

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  10. ahhhh, I love this post...thanks so much for sharing all the wonderful eye candy...
    and I laughed out loud when I read your comment "syrup ozzing out the side of my mouth...

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  11. I love that you stopped here. It is these little surprises that most delight. Love the bottle stoppers too.

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  12. What a beautiful place, how lucky that you noticed it... and we're driving xx

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  13. Such a fun place! I would have been in there for hours. Sure looks like fun.

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  14. What an adorable shop. I would have loved hanging around in it too.

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  15. I can see why you spent over an hour there, my wallet would have been hurting after I left too!

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