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Throwback Thursday | #throwbackthursday | Watch That 1st. Step! | Jackson, TN

I was going through some stuff and came across this old matchbook and Boom 💥 Flashback 💥 I swear I could hear the crack of the break and the smell of draft beer 🍺 I was taken back to Buddies Place on Liberty street… Talk about a Throwback Memory 🤩

I spent much of my young life at Buddies. My Dad and my Uncle Carlis were up there constantly. Shooting pool and visiting with friends. Cecil was someone I always looked up too from the time I was a little boy. Mrs. Mary that ran the bar during the day was a close family friend and I grew up with her grandsons. Ricky and Professor were also like family.

Cecil always used matchbooks as his business cards. I found this one today and it really took me back. How many of you also called Buddies a second home? Literally a place where everyone knew your name and you felt good about being there 😊

Most of the old Southern Pool Rooms are gone now… There will never be another Buddies!
If you ever went up those stairs, you know what this means! Great #throwbackthursday !

Buddies was even memorialized in a George Dickel Whiskey ad… I wasn’t working there anymore when they shot this ad, but I was there that day and watched them do it. It was pretty cool 😎 They brought in a few props and things for the shoot, and it really captured the feel of the old place.

It’s always nice to look back on good memories. Throwback Thursday is one of my favorite days!

Have a great evening!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com

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#Throwbackthursday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Here’s a beautiful “Disappearing Fountain” that we built a few years back. I just love the old Spilling Bowl that creates the uppermost Waterfall. It just feels good… Here’s to Waterfalls!

This little Water Feature creates such an intimate feeling in the Garden. And the range of sounds that it produces is just amazing 🤩

What day is it? Come on , you know what day it is… That’s right! It’s Throwback Thursday 💥


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Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com

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Spring Has Finally Sprung! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I’ve been counting down the days and hollering “Spring is Coming” from the rooftops! It’s felt like a long time coming, but Spring is finally here!

Ahhhh, Spring! Renewal. Resurgence. Resurrection.

Everything is waking up and flushing out again! How can you help but feel an awaking in this season ❤️ I Love Spring!

Today we sit in the center, with equal night and day. The Vernal/Spring Equinox.

Its going to be a beautiful day! Springtime in Tennessee! 🌼🌞❤️

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Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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http://www.cartercountry.com

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Monday Morning Moment Of Zen

I don’t know about you, but I could use a little Zen today. I sat by this Pond over the weekend to think about what’s been going on over the last few days. This was my Grandma’s Pond and Waterfall and it really speaks to me when I need a little piece of mind. I hope in this little snippet you will see and hear what I’m talking about.

Within a matter of minutes the sound of the Waterfall and the swimming Koi just melt the tension away. I can feel my heart rate slow and my mind relax. A Waterfall is a Magical thing…

Have a great week!

Mark Carter



Saturday Night…

Saturday nights have changed a bit over the last year… A little less exciting… A little less, well, everything. Until tonight! We finally got to make up for a couple of cancelled vacations and more. We got to go to … Paris! 💥

Paris in the daylight is a sight to behold, but Paris at night 😘 pièce de résistance!

We even got to eat the most famous of all Parisian foods… Yep, catfish!

You may not have known this, but Paris is home to the Worlds BIGGEST Fish Fry! 💥

I hope your Saturday night was as exciting as mine!



Have a great evening 😊

Mark Carter



Monday Morning Moment Of Zen

What exactly is Zen? A client that subscribed to my blog asked me this question the other day at my Garden Center. 
Well, I told him Zen can be described several ways… When it applies to the garden it simply means quiet, peaceful feelings.

From the dictionary it’s both a Noun & an Adjective: zen : a state of calm attentiveness in which one’s actions are guided by intuition rather than by conscious effort Perhaps that is the zen of gardening—you become one with the plants, lost in the rhythm of the tasks at hand”.
I can say for a fact, that is the Zen I’m speaking of. It’s a feeling of peace and relaxation that I or you get from waterfalls, koi & gardening in general. Even a sunrise or sunset can give one this feeling 😊

The feeling you get watching the sunset over the water is a Zen feeling. There is something special about water… There is a bit of magic in it…

So many times it’s the setting or focus that helps you achieve this Zen… Another friend sent me a photo that his daughter took of their Waterfall. I think you will feel the Zen form this photo as I did 👇🏻

A friends daughter took this picture. I can tell that she knows the meaning of Zen already 😊

I hope you all have a wonderful morning and a great week ahead! 

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com

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Monday Morning Moment Of Zen | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We built this Waterfall & Stream feature to have a feeling of Nature & ‘Zen’ as our main goals. It turned out to be a unique Water Feature with great sound & a Zen feel.
PS: The owners LOVE it! Success!

I hope this short video will bring a little ‘Zen’ to your Monday Morning too!

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Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Monday Morning Moment Of Zen | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

This is a very special Waterfall that was just turned on for the 1st time for a test run. You will see more of this one as a finished product soon. We designed this one to take advantage of a natural spring fed pool and stone formation. It really looks and feels “Natural”,  because much of it is 😊 I hope you get the same feeling of Zen that I do from this short video… You even hear the guys laughing in the background at the success of this beautiful Waterfall!

Here’s a picture looking across the Pond of this beautiful feature…

The sound and feeling of this Waterfall is pure Zen ❤️

Another week has begun! Enjoy!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com

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Project Spotlight: Naturalistic Pondless Waterfall | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I ❤️ Pondless Waterfalls! I love designing them. I love building them. I Love how Low Maintenance they are! I Love the way they change people’s lives! SO, this morning I wanted to share the latest Pondless Waterfall Feature that we just installed.

This new Pondless Waterfall was just turned on for the 1st. Time right before this picture was taken. It looks so natural.

Most of the Mossy Boulders and stones were sourced from a creek on site, which makes it so much easier to create a very natural feel and look.

Creating a natural look and feel has a LOT to do with the materials you use. Moss and lichen add an instant effect to a feature that says, “I’ve been here a while”…

I hope you like this newly built feature, I know the homeowners do 😊 Have a great day!

 

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Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com

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Peers, Colleagues & Old Friends | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I had a Friend from the other side of the country stop in to say hi yesterday. Paul has been described as a “real Arizona cowboy” & I concur 😊 It was a very pleasant surprise indeed! We started out as colleagues/peers in the same business many years ago but became fast friends that have stayed in touch now for 20 years! We are both professional “Water Shapers”, ie: we both design and build  Water Features- Koi Ponds, Water Gardens, Streams & Waterfalls, etc… Over the years we became friends as did our wives & we watched each other’s kids grow up through pictures on Facebook and such… Pretty cool huh 😊

Here’s a great comparison shot from many, many years ago on the bottom when we built a Water Garden In Little Rock Arkansas for P. Allen Smith to the top picture from last night. 😊 Can you pick us both out in the bottom photo?

All these years and yesterday was the first time he had been to my place in Tennessee 😳 We went to dinner 🥘 and he said “take me somewhere local” – So we went to Brooksies Barn and had catfish, pulled pork, ribs & more. We walked in, but we ate so much that we limped out 😂

Brooksies is a one of a kind local joint with great food! Fried catfish, pulled pork bbq & frog legs are just a few of their specialties.

Visiting with old friends is a special thing! Especially when the friendship developed from professional respect for a colleague.

Aristotle said there were 3 types of friendships-

1- friendships of utility (useful to one another)

2- friendships of pleasure (you have fun and enjoy each other’s company)

3- friendships of the good (these are based on mutual respect and admiration. These friendships take longer to build than the other two kinds–but they’re also more powerful and enduring).

Paul, ours is definitely a type 3 😊 Friendship of the Good! But, we have had fun together & have worked together and been useful to one another too… Boom! Trifecta! Hat trick!

Great to see and catch up with an Old Friend!

 

Have a great day – and here’s to Good Friends!

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com
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