What Happens at Eudora’s…
Last summer, I had the great fortune of meeting some great ladies at Booktopia Oxford. We formed a fast friendship and have since kept in touch through email and social media. One of the ladies lives in Jackson, MS- and graciously offered to coordinate an Unofficial Booktopia weekend for us in January.
Well, we came to Jackson- a couple of Texas women, 1 Washington woman, and the rest of us Mississippi girls.
The weekend was fun and filled with literary things- Lemuria Bookstore was kind and let us have a room to hang out and talk in (we rewarded their kindness by buying books!), The Help self-guided tour, and a stop at Eudora Welty’s house. The original plan had been to take a tour of Eudora’s; but her house is only open on certain days. So, we decided to ride by and take pictures from the outside. Except- one of the ladies got a view of the flowers and the peacefulness of Eudora’s place and decided she could not be this close without getting a better peek.
She (who will remain nameless to protect the guilty) darted to the backyard- and when no alarms or anything happened- the rest of us walked around.
The backyard was splendid. There is a bench that is beautiful- and a person could almost see Eudora sitting there and welcoming people to her place. The camellias were in full bloom, the air was cool- but pleasant.
For fans of Eudora Welty- this probably could be described as their Shangri-la.
After about 15-20 minutes, we left- and our Texas women and Washington woman was happy to have taken part in some literary hijinks. One day, we plan to make it back to Eudora’s and actually do a tour of the house- it would make these Eudora-loving folks very happy to visit Mississippi again- and actually see the inside of her house.
… Stays at Eudora’s
When T. is not participating in literary hijinks, she’s reading. A lot. When not reading- a crown and boa may be found on her- it’s just her thing. If not reading or wearing a crown- she’s usually found blogging or being crafty. Or organizing her books (because stacks of books take time to organize).
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