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  • What a great little store! A local community gathering place is wonderful thing. Yarn is just an added bonus.

  • The building looks so different on the inside than the outside portends!
    Luckeeeeeeeeeeee.
    xoxo Kay

  • What a beautiful little Shoppe!!You’re so lucky to live so close to it. Something to see in each room.

  • This place sounds like a wonderful, dreamy place.

  • J-E-A-L-O-U-S, yes that is what I am, just plain jealous that you get to experience such fun and meet so many interesting peoples! So thanks for sharing the photos. I am wishing great gobs of success to the Ladies of Moodys.

  • How absolutely charming. Makes me a little sad that I live so far away…

  • I just finished Bowling Avenue and I loved it. What seemed like a story that would have a predictable ending had an ending that left me to my own imaginings. Life doesn’t have predictability so why should novels?
    Great first novel. Are you working on another one?

  • As soon as this heat breaks we’re breaking out the motorcycle again. I’ve already packed a bag for yarn to ride in, an egg carton and bubble wrap in case we find Heisey, and plastic cutlery for finding great cheese on the road. Sounds like Monteagle might be the perfect destination! Last cool weekend we hit Bell Buckle and Lynchburg for Moon Pies and Diamond Gussets. Ha! You thought I was going to say RC Colas and Jack Daniels!

  • I, too, just finished Bowling Avenue and I LOVED it! I immediately sent a message to The Last Independent Book Store in The County (where I used to live) and urged the owner to buy a few copies.
    And tonight I’m going to do something that I never do, which is to start the book immediately all over again and read it again with the eyes of someone who knows what’s going to happen.
    Thank you, Ann, thank you thank you!

  • Gah, what would I not give to grab a coffee with you & head to Mooney’s to while away the better part of my day? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Best, and try to stay cool…

  • So glad the bluebirds are back. Love that store too, thanks for sharing.

  • Why do I suddenly wish I lived in Sewanee?

  • Wow, that’s awesome! But I can top it: my town (La Conner, WA; pop. 800) has a store where you can buy hand-spun yarn or get a tattoo OR BOTH.
    We’re talking real tattoos, too. With the chair and the needle and everything. Not temporary or henna tattoos.

  • A road trip mirage!

  • I just have to say, I liked everything about this post. That’s all.

  • SOOOO Jealous…want to come down there right now!

  • “Quinoa, fresh eggs, a nice side table, and hanks of hand-dyed silk.” Truly one-stop shopping!
    Congratulations and best of luck to Mooney’s Market & Emporium.
    Oh, and welcome back bluebirds!

  • It’s amazing the interesting fiber artists one finds in out-of-the-way places. The shop is beautiful. I just returned from rural western New York State and bought some yarn in some great shops.

  • Wow, it’s like something out of Harry Potter!
    M A G I C A L !

  • Faded eggplant makes a fabulous background for knitwear photoshoots. Just thought you should keep that in mind. Freshly painted? So….predictable.

  • What a happy summer post! It covered everything I’d wondered about – the blue birds, the shed, the tour — plus the added bonus of Mooneys. Life is good.

  • lovely store lucky you wish the owner many happy
    years mail order in the future hopefully
    there will be blue birds over
    the white cliffs of dover old world war two song
    happy summer time

  • Comment on your book. My husband is reading it! Likes it since he grew up in Green Hills area and recognizes places.

  • Comment on your book. My husband is reading it! Likes it since he grew up in Green Hills area and recognizes places.

  • Comment on your book. My husband is reading it! Likes it since he grew up in Green Hills area and recognizes places.

  • Perfect post to accompany the end of Bowling Avenue. Laughed my head off & will never think of purple underwear – aka eggplant – in the same way again. (Also teared up more than once.) Thanks a bunch for a good, generous read. And glad the bluebirds came back; ours mooched around for a bit and then took off for parts unknown.

  • I wish I could go, but not this year!
    A hooting dog? We kept hearing what sounded like a hooting bark and discovered it is the deer that live all over the neighborhood and eat our hostas and pansies!

  • I wish I could go, but not this year!
    A hooting dog? We kept hearing what sounded like a hooting bark and discovered it is the deer that live all over the neighborhood and eat our hostas and pansies!

  • OK, it started last summer. you dropped a casual mention of Monteagle and I dropped an hour or two on Internet searches and MapQuest and whatnot. I have held this place in my head for a year now and I’m just going to have to bring the kids up to explore. when I was a little girl, my family spent a couple weeks each summer at a church assembly (is that the right phrase?) in Cape Cod — cottages around a green, wooden chapel, a post office open for two short months (also selling popsicles). so my sentimentality is well earned. Monteagle, you will be mine. now I have to MapQuest again and see how long that drive is . . .

  • Hi Ann, unrelated to this post but I had to tell you how much I enjoyed Bowling Avenue. What a fine book! The characters were wonderful and real and engaging and the setting and events were so authentic – such a cozy book, I savored it. Thank you for writing it, I’m looking forward to your next one.

  • Lotsa text, but no pictures!

  • That store looks awesome, like a more complete version of a shop I went to while vacationing in New Hampshire. Of course, the shop I was at had wool instead of silk, but it was still beautiful yarn that couldn’t really be found anywhere else!

  • Thanks so much for checking this place out! I can’t wait to get down there (less than a month now).
    One itty-bitty correction, though. I don’t know if I mentioned this in my email, but I actually won’t be 18 until next July. When I am, though, I will celebrate with silk yarn. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Looking forward to coming to the Mountain!

  • Lily, whether you are 17 or 70, you are in for an adventure at Sewanee. It was the most amazing time of my life! Yea, Sewanee’s Right!

  • This place must be perfect; it has all my favorite things! Thanks for sharing – I’ll add it to my must visit list!

  • Love. Love. Love. Practically makes me cry with joy. Thanks for the share.

  • Not to put any pressure on you, or anything, but are you ever coming DOWN from the mountaintop? Or haven’t you knitted all the available yarn yet? Hahahahahaa