The Cracker Queen - Lauretta Hannon  


A Charmed Writing Residency at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences
(March 2012)

I stayed in the Old Pottery Studio.
Hambidge Center Pottery Studio

I see a brown door, and I want to paint it black. Nah, I didn't. It was perfect as it was.
Hambidge Center Brow Door

Flashlight in my window. Think whatever you'd like.
Hambidge Center 2012

I lived, and wrote, on this huge screened porch. Mountain folks gathered there for dances over 100 years ago. I whirled like a dervish on it myself a time or two!
Hambidge Center Screened Porch

Setting up my writing table...
Hambidge Center Writing Table Set up

Had to have my music table. Music always sparks my writing, but I can never listen while writing--it would be like two songs competing.
Hambidge Center Music Selection

One of the views from my porch.
Hambidge Center View of Flowers

"And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow"--from The Lake Isle of Innisfree by W.B. Yeats
I kept thinking of this poem by Yeats during my stay.
Hambidge Center Creek

Spring House
Hambidge House Spring House

Porch ceiling
Hambidge Center Porch Ceiling

Mr. Big, one of the Hambidge cats, purrs if you just look at him. I wish people were more like that.
Hambidge Center Cat Mr Big

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