Thursday Doors

Raspberries anyone? Kiss or Bliss?

They are kind of plain white doors, but who notices that when you have a house painted bright raspberry pink.

Each one of these Raspberry condos sleeps 14. Winter rental rate averages $1,600-$1,900 a week while the month of July ramps up to $3,840 a week. If you want the pool heated, add $150 per week, and don’t forget $250 for linens and $130 for cleaning.

Got a large family, no pets, no smokers, and want to walk across the street to the beach – sounds like a deal. 🙂

Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, February 21, 2018

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Rainy Day

It was a beautiful day for a walk at Brookgreen Gardens even with an umbrella. ☔

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Do you ever take a walk on a rainy day? ☂

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Silent Sunday

My Walking Iris that I brought from NH to SC with me bloomed this weekend.
Life is good.



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Thursday Doors

Welcome to Hampton Plantation, McClellanville, SC, established in 1735, and sitting along the shore of the Wambaw Creek. It was built for Noe Serre, a Huguenot (member of the Reformed Church of France), with proceeds of the rice crop and the labor of the craftsmen and women enslaved there.

The original home was six rooms, but when purchased by the Horry family in 1757, it was enlarged to its current size including a two-story ballroom. After the Horry family, the Pickney and Rutledge families resided at Hampton Plantation. Archibald Rutledge was also South Carolina’s first poet laureate.

The original plantation was part of three plantations just under 6,000 acres with two crops being farmed – rice and indigo. Farming and upkeep required 350 slaves in the fields, house, and in other roles such as seamstress, blacksmith, and carpenters. This number decreased to the point of 130 at the time of the American Civil War. The one remaining building that the slaves used was this summer kitchen.

Today it is owned and maintained as a museum by the State of South Carolina. In 1970, it was designated a registered National Historic Landmark.

Sitting in front of the manor house is a very large, handsome oak tree dripping with moss and resurrection ferns that has an interesting historical link.

In 1791, George Washington visited Hampton Plantation. Upon his arrival, he was consulted by the Horrys about whether the tree should come down to provide a better view. President Washington did not agree, and it was decided to leave the tree standing. Today it is referred to as the Washington Oak.

Here is a sampling of the beautiful Camellias in bloom all around the property.

When I visit historical sites like this, I must admit ambivalent feelings. I am always grateful that we have preserved these beautiful buildings and landscapes as they tell our Country’s history. I am also humbled by the fact that they were established, built, and maintained by the hard labor of skilled men and women who had no choice in the matter.

Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, February 15, 2018.

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Mid February

February is almost half over. Where did it go?

I’ve been sick. Not in the hospital sick, but sinus cold type sick. I’ve been trying to get rid of it for almost a week using over the counter meds. I thought about going to a doc in the box but was concerned I’d pick up something worse. Seeing people out and about with surgical masks is becoming a common sight right now.

I was well enough to take in a craft fair yesterday. I have worked several craft fairs when my daughter was first getting her Etsy business up and running. Crafters work hard and long to get their wares ready, and then there is set up, take down, not to mention the hours of waiting to see how successful the sale ends up being after you deduct the cost of purchasing the space.

One of the funniest things I remember is the person coming up and asking her if she could tell them how she made something because they wanted to go home and make one. Sure, she spent weeks getting ready and is trying to make a living, so why wouldn’t she just explain it in detail to you. Did you ever hear of Pinterest or Google? 🙂

If only I wasn’t a minimalist and 1,000 miles from home, I could have shop til I dropped yesterday because I admire each and every one of those talented crafters.

But, instead I look at something and talk myself out of it. Oh well, good for the wallet I guess.

But, I sure would have enjoyed taking this beautiful gourd fairy house home. Handsome isn’t it?

There are a fair amount of antique type shops down here.

They are stocked by a variety of crafter types which means some items are actually made and others are bought from China.

I did buy a piece of yard art. It is a metal egret. It will look perfect either on my four-season porch or in the yard. He’s long and flat, and I can squeeze him in the car.

So, are you watching any of the Olympics? Favorite sport? I like the ones I understand like the luge. Those are some serious competitors going 80-90 mph down an ice slide on a piece of plastic.

I watched curling for a while trying to figure it out. It seems to require patience and strategy, but it sure could put you to sleep. And, please, will someone give Lindsey Vonn a real job and make her go away? Just saying. 🙂

No golf today for the hubby. Another day of rain and heavy fog. A dripping wet seagull flew up to sit on the balcony railing for a while this morning and even let me open the door to snap this shot. I couldn’t decide if s/he was looking for an umbrella or a snack. I think I’ll hit the mall to walk today.


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Why do people head south in the winter? The simple answer for this gardener is so I can be outside and enjoy nature in ways that don’t require a snow shovel or scraper.

The camellias are blooming here, and the daffodils are getting to the point where we’ll see buds pretty soon. The pansies are out and being installed in many plantings. I had to buy a pot to set on our balcony. I had to.

One of the highlights for me when I visit Brookgreen Gardens is to see the turtles all clustered together on logs leading into the water. The first couple of visits, there were no turtles to see – too cold. Yesterday, there were four. The weather is getting there.

Since so many love squirrels, I tried to get a shot of this southern fox squirrel that scurries around Brookgreen. I did my best, but, folks, he’s quick. Look at that face and those ears.

Sometimes, nature comes in the form of amazing art, and we enjoyed these two beautiful sculptures from artists hailing from Illinois and Colorado.

But, you may still be wondering why return once a week. Well, because if you are going to walk for exercise, you might as well have a good running conversation with friends and be surrounded by live oaks dripping with moss and resurrection ferns.

Here’s hoping you have an opportunity to enjoy nature and the beauty of the outdoors. I just hope it doesn’t include the shovel that starts with an ‘s’. 🙂


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Wordless Wednesday


One lone fisherman keeping the faith on a cold blustery day. It is colder here today than Minneapolis. Want to talk climate change?  🙂

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