Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Old Kuttawa

As we returned from Nashville yesterday afternoon (doctor's appointment), we stopped by our favorite marina on Lake Barkley not too far from our house to take in the fall scenery.

Here is what we saw as we drove around Old Kuttawa, a small community of old Victorians right on the lake. (Kuttawa is a Shawnee Indian word that means "beautiful.") This community is gorgeous in all seasons and I would love to live there, but the houses are way out of our price range.

Click on pictures for a close-up view.

A secluded house nestled on a back street amongst the trees

An old church that was refurbished and turned into a private residence, on the corner overlooking the marina

View of the swimming area (on right) from the side of the street where the houses face the water and marina

Looking down the street (houses on right and water on right)

A gnarled, twisted tree growing up through the roof of this abandoned house

The late afternoon sun shining through the trees

Canada Geese enjoying a late-afternoon swim

Awesome view of the trees of Old Kuttawa

Can you see why I want to live here? We have been coming to this marina for over 37 years and it never fails to amaze me. The scenery, the houses, the marina, the water, the sky, the wildlife, the walking trails, the boats, the fishing -- who wouldn't want to live in this area?

What a glorious ending to a beautiful, peaceful day


At October 25, 2006 10:32 AM, Blogger Tomas Dennis said...

In the bottom photo above the dark road you see in the lake leads nowhere. The old cities Eddyville and Kuttawa are now underwater.

At October 25, 2006 10:39 AM, Blogger Alipurr said...

I have lots of good memories of going to Kuttawa as a child. I used to love going to the marina. I am glad you guys had such a good day. The fall colors are really beautiful this year.

At October 25, 2006 11:34 AM, Blogger Rosa said...

How beautiful! I wish I knew you were in town. You could have stopped by here for a breather before heading home!! :-( Love those pics. Where is that lake? TN or KY? Still finding new places here I love!! xo

At October 25, 2006 2:25 PM, Blogger Leish said...

Found you through Alipurr.

Those pictures are stunning. Very beautiful! I love the one of the tree growing through the roof.

At October 25, 2006 5:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice pictures! Esp. the one of the old abandoned house. Very cool.

You drove right past me!

At October 25, 2006 6:10 PM, Blogger PEA said...

Oh wow, now I want to move there too!! What a glorious area!! Love all the pictures, especially that last one with the tree colours reflected in the water...breathtaking!!!

At October 25, 2006 7:51 PM, Blogger Kate said...

Im here via Leisha's ( my daughter)
Your photos," kuttawa"!
What can I say, except it looks like a wonderful place to retire!

At October 25, 2006 8:05 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

Wow, awesome pictures!!! I have never been to that part of Ky. I need to get over there and check it out.

I loved the old tree growing through the roof, and the church made into a house!!

At October 26, 2006 12:00 AM, Blogger Sue said...

Looks like a beautiful city in which to retire! Too bad it's so pricey! I like the idea of walking trails near that beautiful marina!
The trees reflected in the water are so gorgeous...

At October 26, 2006 2:49 AM, Blogger Lisa-Anne said...

Hi Mother Kitty,
I'm a friend of your daughter from way back at MSU... :)
I used to live in Kuttawa, thanks for the trip "home"! :) I used to swim there and sit out and watch meteor showers there on that little beach.
Those are really nice pictures, I'm glad you had a fun day!

At October 26, 2006 6:11 AM, Blogger susan said...

I bet you could afford that cute little fixer-upper with the adorable tree thru the roof! That would give you and hubby something to do with all your free retired time!

Glad you got out and enjoyed the beautiful day, even if it included going to the doctor!

At October 26, 2006 7:36 AM, Blogger MrsGreenThumb said...

It looks like you enjoyed a lovely day. How relaxing. It's nice to keep the area as a treasure to visit. Sometimes the grass is greener....
You have a beautiful home and yard, you've worked so hard over the years to make it what it is.
The fall colors are sure beautiful, we don't have too much of that. It's easy to see why people want to visit New England to see the fall colors but they don't have anything on Kentucky.

At October 26, 2006 6:14 PM, Anonymous Heather said...

Beautiful pictures!

At October 26, 2006 6:46 PM, Blogger Smalltown RN said...

OH Motherkitty....

See that is what I was talking about on my post today. Oh to have your camera at your ready to capture such beauty and to be able to share it with the rest of us.

Thank you!! Wonderful pictures. Sounds like is was a lovely trip.

Take care my friend....


At October 26, 2006 7:07 PM, Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Wow...what a lovely place to retire to. I even like the name. Maybe when long-haird daddy becomes the next b.gates with his business, he & alipurr will buy you that dream house of yours, by the lake.

Or maybe your sister-in-law will win the lottery and buy it for you. We can dream can't we.

I'm glad you had such an enjoyable time going to the doctor and by your comments it sounds like you could have stopped by to visit some bloggers on your way home too.

I love the picture of the tree's reflection in the lake, but I like all your pictures. I love it when you share pictures of what you see around you.

At October 27, 2006 1:21 AM, Blogger Cathy said...

Mother kitty, those pictures are really beautiful. I loved the one of the trees reflecting in the water.

No wonder you would want to live there. You take great pictures.

At October 27, 2006 7:11 AM, Blogger Jeanette said...

Hi Mother kitty
Truly beautifull photo's the trees and the reflection just stunning and that Abandoned house with the tree through its roof. Were do i stop there all so lovely. .

At October 27, 2006 7:12 AM, Blogger Smalltown RN said...

So you use to bass fish....we don't get bass up my way but we get a lot of salmon, pinks, chum, chinook, coho great fishing where I live. My hubby loves fishing...just needs to get new motor for the boat...ouch...that is a whole other story.

Hope you have a great day my friend!!!

At October 27, 2006 9:22 AM, Blogger Gwen said...

What beautiful snaps,great views over the lake.
The church and the twisted tree it
would certainly be a grand place to live "OLD KUTTAWA"

At October 28, 2006 6:20 AM, Blogger jellyhead said...

Motherkitty, I didn't realise you were such a wonderful photographer! (Now there's a new interest for you to pursue, perhaps?) These photos are beautiful. The abandoned house with the tree growing through it is amazing.

It's good to be home, and to be able to read your blog again :)

At October 29, 2006 9:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hell I want to live there. How wonderful. You did a great job of capturing the moment.

At November 08, 2006 9:40 AM, Blogger Kerri said...

These are really beautiful photos of a lovely place. I can see why you'd want to retire here. You could sit here and enjoy the sounds of silence :)
The colors of those trees reflecting in the water are gorgeous.
Glad you had such a nice day. Thanks for taking your camera with you!


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