Thursday, September 23, 2010

Photos of Fraser's Ridge

SPOILER ALERT: Dinna read unless you have read Drums of Autumn. 

Did I ever post the link to JenniferTN's photos from her visit to North Carolina? These are truly awesome.

The other day Shannon said to me "I miss the Ridge" in a very somber tone. I tend to concur. I never thought I'd say that... but it's true. 

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  1. Wow! Do you think that is what the Big House looked like? I have always had a difficult time imagining what it did look like.

    Very interesting...and rustic. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. No, I'd imagine that looks a wee bit more like Roger Mac and Brianna's house. The Big House is supposed to be... Well big, up on an outcropping with tonnes of windows. Claire wouldna be able to fit a surgery in that thing.

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  2. Beautiful! I have similar pics of Cade's Cove near Gatlinburg, TN. I love the Smokey Mountains!

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  3. Hi think it is close but I think that there was a more fuller second floor.

    Reason being because of the windows. There were 3 rooms upstairs mentioned. Jamie & Claire's, Lizzy and her father and then there was a very small other room. There were windows on the second floor. I remember that Jamie & Claire's had a window with glass but the smaller other room had a window but no glass as of yet.

    I think the main floor was a bit bigger. There was a full staircase and Claire's surgery, Jamie's office (that was main floor right?) and the kitchen. The kitchen had a fairly large table.

    Those are my memories of the big house but the materials, roof, siding and chimney all look how I pictured it. I also thought that there was a bit of a porch too.

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  4. The "very small other room" is maybe my favorite room in the house. One word: WINDOWSILL.

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  5. Posted a picture on Facebook of the mountains too. Think hard-to-get Ridge! It really was a rugged life.

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  6. Ahhh, Tracey, windowsill...O M G!!!

    Btw, can't you just see Jamie come out of that door, going to chop some wood, wearing ONLY his kilt!

    I miss The Ridge too...(*pouts*)

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  7. All that's missing is the white sow.... :)

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  8. Great pictures. I'd love to see Auntie Jocasta's place as well!

    (we're not talking about a certain book that still remains conspicuously absent)

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  9. Still NO Exile (sigh).

    Charms keep coming though.
    And YES, there is a Fraser's Ridge miniature that looks like the pic
    among them and (wouldn't you know it?)
    a white sow. It'll be up online once they all get here.

    And once I get my Exile fix....
    Carol please put spoiler warnings for the few of us who haven't gotten our books and are going berserk with the USPS....

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  10. Great pictures!! Just as I imagined only the house is different. I picture theirs as bigger and wasn't it painted white?

    I also immediately thought of William falling in the privy and I thought of Malva when I saw the garden!

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  11. I'm also picturing it white for some reason, but maybe I just imagined it being more idyllic than it actually was. I can't wait to get back to The Ridge during my re-read!

    Either way, this makes me want to take a trip to NC! Hmmm....

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    1. I'm reading fiery cross right now, and yes it is bigger and white. And I picture a bigger second floor

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  12. I'm pretty sure they called it the "big white house" a few times in addition to "the big house". And after the fire I think Claire was thinking about it and the white paint was mentioned. I could be wrong though!

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  13. when can we talk Exile? I'm dying

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  14. I think it was white, as I kept wondering what they used as paint back then. Anyone know?

    Also, I have a difficult time picturing the actual Ridge. If it was a ridge, I guess it wouldn't have been all spread out flat like the photos, right? I envision everything on a slope or hill. It must have been a bit difficult for planting and harvesting crops, don't you think? I'm no farmer, so I don't know. But seriously, this is stuff I have pondered in my readings.

    And yes, Tracy R....the windowsill! The BEST ever!

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  15. ........its here!!!!

    I know you don't know me but you knew my suffering and what else must an Outlander Purgatory be for if not for posting this joyous news?

    (-;

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  16. Funny, my family visited this same farmstead earlier this year, and I was thinking of Fraser's Ridge the whole time! It's a great picture of mountain life one or two hundred years ago. But I think the Big House was white!

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  17. I remember the bedroom being white and beams. I'd love to see that.

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  18. Those are cool! I miss Fraser's Ridge too.

    (Don't worry spoiler free. BUT!) OMG OMG OMG OMG!!! I just read an excerpt from Book 8 with Jamie and Claire's reunion. Did I say OMFG yet? WOW. I can't believe I just looked, I had to, and I couldn't stop reading....

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  19. Did you see the excerpts Diana just posted on compuserve yesterday? OMG - they were sooo good! One picked up with Jem in the tunnel and the other was with Jamie and John just after John told him.

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  20. @Jessica -- WHERE???! I've seen the Jem & Jamie/John one, but after finishing Exile last night, I MUST SEE Jamie/Claire one!!! (-;

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  21. You can find the excerpts from book 8both from this website - I check it religiously twice a week for new ones that pop up! They are in order that DG deigns to release them!

    It looks like it will be a verra interesting book!

    http://www.sinijari.fi/linkit/outlander/b8spoiler.htm

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  22. AdventuresNorth I could NOT BE HAPPIER FOR YOU!!! I KNOW how hard it was to wait. HAPPY READING (and salivating!)

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  23. I'm about to read book 7. Can't wait.

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  24. Ooooh Jo - good luck! And keep us posted! We love updates from people who are currently reading the series!! :)

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  25. hi. i'm shadow. i'm an over the road truck driver. i have read most of dg's books and now i'm listening to them on audiobooks. they are just as good on audio as they are to read. where is the ridge located at in nc? i would love to go for a visit.

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    1. Hi Joe - I'm not sure but I know someone just mentioned this at chat the other night. I'll find out and post it (or come chat with us if you can on Monday night at 9PM Eastern!) :)

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  26. I think this picture is more like the original cabin, first built. The one that Brianna and Roger lived in. Not the big house. We just take so much for granted in our time, that it is mind boggling that anyone could live in something this small and lacking in amenities. I just knew this had to be a real place.

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    1. I agree, Anon. This is how I picture the cabins (if not smaller!) Tracey and I grew up next to Valley Forge; we've seen smalllll cabins and you are right. It's amazing they lived in something so teeny. They'd probably have said it was amazing that we lived in houses so big! :)

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  27. This is how I see the cabin not the house... This could quite easily be the cabin with the little bench outside where Jamie used to sit with Duncan or Bree

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    1. Right! I have scoured for the perfect picture of The Big House before...I will definitely blog something one of these days.

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  28. My sister and I are planning a trip to N.C. and would love to know the location of where these photos of the "Ridge" were taken, does anybody know? Thanks!

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    1. Hi there. I was the one who visited this site and provided the photos Carol posted. It was a BEAUTIFUL place. It is located near Cherokee NC which is close to the TN/NC border in the Great Smokey Mountains. Very close to the Appalachian Trail (which I did walk about 50 feet on so I could say I'd done it). Here is a link to the site: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/mfm.htm

      If you visit - just stand there and watch the woods - you'll swear you are about to see Ian and Rollo come bounding out chasing some form of wildlife for dinner. If you happen to see Jamie, give him a big ole smootch for me. :)

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