|Hill Babies in the Deep South!|
|The path to Rowan Oak|
|eatin' on Faulkner's front steps|
Children can almost be children on the grounds around Rowan Oak, at the English knot garden with its wisteria, or the stables Faulkner built in the Fifties, or passing through the columns of cedars, or in the pastures. Perhaps best for the Hill Babies types is the trail through Bailey's Woods.
"It's terrible to be young. It's terrible. Terrible." --William Faulkner
HIKING BAILEY'S WOODS
|art in Bailey's Woods|
STAYING IN OXFORD
We lodged at the Inn at Old Miss, right on the University of Mississippi campus. It's quite pleasant to be so close to a large wooded area, and who can complain about the free breakfast (oatmeal, grits, fruit, cereal, juice, coffee, etc)? There are also baby cribs if needed. The Inn is about a third of a mile walk to downtown Oxford through the historic Depot neighborhood--highly recommended to stroll through in the evening when the sunset goes on and on, the lightning bugs come out, and you're destined for a gut-bomb of a Southern dinner.
EATING IN OXFORD
|practicing shooting toothpicks|
Our favorite Southern breakfast in Oxford is at Big Bad Breakfast on North Lamar. They specialize in homemade jam and make their own sausage, and their biscuits are almost as big as a baby's head. On Saturdays, there's a small farmers' market in the parking lot outside with live music, free puppies, and a whole lot of fresh vegetables and honey.
SQUARE BOOKS, JR. IN OXFORD
|In the playroom at Square Books, Jr.|
Square Books, Jr. in downtown Oxford is an awesome bookstore for kids and teens. Not only is it filled with great children's literature, but there's a good changing table in the restroom, and an extensive play area for toddlers with doll houses, toy car tracks, mini shopping carts, blocks, and couches for hot, tired parents to lollygag upon while their children go bonkers.
At my reading at Off-Square Books, just around the corner from Square Books, Jy., the patrons were cool about kids. My kid was sweet on the house cat, which distracted her while I read. Later, she got up on stage and had herself a good time, pretending to sing in the microphone.
Taylor is a "hamlet" south of Oxford, a twenty-minute drive down Taylor Road where lofty vegetation encroaches on either side of the road, and the houses are few and far between with their corrugated rooftops and occasional horses.
|Plein Air Farmers' Market|
TAYLOR, MS FARMER'S MARKET
On Saturdays in Taylor, from about the early morning until noonish, there's a sweet farmers' market where kids run around in the central area, acoustic musicians play, and local folks sell things like fresh juice for fifty cents, gluten-free pastries, heirloom vegetables, blackberry pies for a dollar, pickled quail eggs, wood carvings, and jewelry.
LAST NOTE on BBQ
They say the best shredded, barbecued pork is in Memphis. Upon posing the question of where to eat after we flew in to Memphis, some local ladies sucked their teeth and highly recommended Jim Neely's Interstate Barbecue. We went and were loaded up with more meat than I'd ever need to eat again, and barbeque sauce up the wazoo. The baby seemed to like it, too, spices be damned.
Big Bad Breakfast
Square Books, Jr.
University of Mississippi
The Inn at Old Miss
Taylor Plein Air Farmers' Market
Jim Neely's Interstate Barbecue
|number one fan|
|meat fest at jim neely's|
|ye olde bbq stand|
|palomino on the road to Taylor|
|kissing the Hill Baby in Ajax Diner, Oxford|
|a cool old house in Oxford|
|teaching the baby to draw at Ajax Diner|
|number one talker|
|my reading in Oxford|
|the little ham|
|Faulkner's mint julep recipe|
|some info on Rowan Oak, Faulkner's home|
|Faulker's living room|
|horses of Mississippi|
|another pretty, old house in Oxford|
|Full moon over Oxford |