Pushing north

Do you remember Rawhide, the tv show?

Move ’em on, head ’em up
Head ’em up, move ’em on
Move ’em on, head ’em up, rawhide

That’s always what I think of when we reach the last week in March. Every snowbird from the tip of Florida will be heading north this weekend. I started packing yesterday with the sewing machine and materials. The packing needs to get done so it doesn’t interfere with any fun outings this week.

What’s fun down here? Well, it can be a walk on the beach or just time spent on the balcony watching others walk on the beach. There are lunches and dinners with friends, walks at Brookgreen to see what’s blooming, maybe a fabric sale, and afternoon coffee with everyone in the community room. When we pull out on Saturday, I don’t want to feel like I missed anyone or anything. πŸ™‚

I’ve got some good doors for Thursday so I’ll leave you this morning with some photos from last week. It was a good one.

I had a video of the swinging bridge just for Dan, but every time I tried to embed it, I lost the entire post. After two attempts, I stopped trying. 😦

So, here’s the narrative. The Socastee SC Swing Bridge built in 1935 was the final piece in a 2,700-mile Intracoastal Waterway started in 1824 running along the Eastern Seaboard from Maine to Florida. When demanded, it pivots at a quarter-to and a quarter-after to allow ships to pass through. The Bridge is part of the Socastee Historic District and is listed in the National Register. We have several drawbridges up north, but I’d never seen a bridge pivot. It was truly amazing.

Have a great week, as we push towards the 1st of April. πŸ™‚

About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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55 Responses to Pushing north

  1. As you pack, do you make a list of those things that you “really used” or “never used” during your stay? I do that when I travel. My cosmetic bag used to be overstuffed with “just in case” items. I’ve thinned it out and downsized. Do you have a list for next year for the “WISH I HAD” ? As you head North, I will be heading South for a bit. The daffodils are blooming in Delaware. Your photos are beautiful.

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    • Great question. I keep a list on ‘notes’ on my phone and add and subtract stuff each year. We have stayed in three different condos and each one had different ‘things’ so it has been challenging. But, we’re staying in the same one next year, so that will be a huge plus because we know what’s here and what we need to bring. Hope you have a good trip.

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  2. Joyce says:

    Sorry to see you packing up, but another good quote is “To everything there is a season….” And for you, it’s gardening in your own patch of paradise!
    I love how that egret (?) gets to noodle about all by him/herself in that vast stretch of water side foliage without a care – the world is his/her oyster! πŸ™‚

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  3. I don’t recall ever seeing a pivoting bridge. Safe travels to the frozen north. πŸ˜‰ However, I do think there is not as much snow your way as there is in central Maine.

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  4. Joyce says:

    Sorry to see you packing up, but there’s another quote that applies to you: “To everything there is a season….” For you, it’s planting in your own patch of paradise at home!
    I love how that egret (?) just noodles along, not a care in the world in HIS/HER own patch of paradise!

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  5. Murphy's Law says:

    No doubt the ” so long’s” with all your snowbird friends will be sad, but looking at your photos of all that beauty that surrounds you, that must be hard to leave. Having said that, you must be eager to get your hands in the dirt creating your own beauty in NH, notably installing a bird fountain/pond.

    Enjoy this week’s activities and have a safe, uneventful trip home.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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  6. KerryCan says:

    Oh, jeez, thanks, Judy! I’ll love having the Rawhide theme in my head for the next few days!

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  7. KerryCan says:

    Ooops–hit send too soon. I actually have had Madonna’s Material Girl stuck in my head for awhile, and I only know two lines from it, so Rawhide is a welcome relief. I’m also now wracking my brain, trying to remember here I saw one of those pivot bridges in action. Have a wonderful last week and trip home!

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  8. slfinnell says:

    This newest edition of WordPress has it’s frustrating points for sure! Safe travels homeward!

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    • I know all about writing and not saving, but I must admit I never, ever had an entire post just disappear except for the title. The first time I thought for sure it was a fluke, but the second time I realized it wasn’t me. It was definitely my craziest experience with WordPress. πŸ™‚

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  9. Dan Antion says:

    These are wonderful photos, Judy. Thanks for trying to embed the video, I’m sorry it caused so much havoc. I think we might have some warm-ish weather for you when you return, but feel free to throw some in with the sewing machine and haul it north, We have the remnants of an old pivot bridge in the Windsor Locks Canal. They were an interesting attempt to deal with the problem posed by bridges.

    I hope you have a safe ride home.

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  10. Sue Harvey says:

    Thought of you yesterday as I was pruning Spirea. Cool in Michigan but need to break up Garden chores into small chunks. Sure hope those YouTube landscapers weren’t pulling my leg. They sure look pathetic ( not the landscapers!) but there were small buds so we’ll see.
    Safe travels migrating

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  11. Eliza Waters says:

    Have a great last week in SC, and a safe journey northward. Don’t hurry home, we’re still frozen up here! πŸ˜‰

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  12. Oh, you had some lovely, and glorious sunsets, and sunrises there, and the bag looks wonderful.

    I love all the flower pots, and boxes on the privacy wall.

    Yes, I do remember the show Rawhide, and catch the reruns now and then. Boy, was Eastwood a handsome guy! Now, I’ll have that little ditty in my head all day. 😁

    Safe travels home!

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  13. Well, if you’re heading north, young lady, it really must be spring. I’ll hold you to that!
    Mind you the stream is rushing and the birds are singing, so you may be right.

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  14. germac4 says:

    Lovely photos, especially the sunsets they are gorgeous! Looks like you are ready for a good weeekend before heading home. Now I’m going to see if I can find an old episode of Rawhide.. just for fun. Safe travels πŸŒžπŸ˜€

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  15. tonytomeo says:

    Hey! That is Mr. Eastwood! He was my neighbor when I lived in town, or at least he owned the property across the street. I have not seen him in many years. Prior to that, I had not seen him since I was a little tyke.

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  16. Almost Iowa says:

    We had a pivot bridge over the Minnesota River in Chaska until a flood undermined the central pier and it had to be taken down. It was part of a rails to trails system and loved jogging over it almost every day.

    The bridge was swung manually by the turning of a “key”. It must have been a big key.

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  17. Oh, thank G-d, the snowbirds are leaving. Oops! Did I just say that?! πŸ™‚ Just kidding… I actually don’t hear that here in St. Augustine, but we did when we lived further south in central Florida. Enjoy your last week! Love that wheel planter the best. – Marty

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    • They love the snowbirds here in SC because we spread our cash around. I had to see a doctor last week, and he thanked me for coming down. πŸ™‚ They don’t necessarily like us on their roads, but they do like us in their department stores and restaurants. πŸ™‚

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  18. Suzanne says:

    Judy, your time seemed so short this year. Was that just my imagination? Most of our snowbirds will begin to leave around May 1 and we won’t see them again until November. Question, do you lease the same place each year, or do you own? It seems like you always return to the same community, so I was curious about that. Love your photos, as always. Safe travels.

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    • We normally arrive the last week in December and stay until the last week in March. As of April 1st, the rental rates go up. The rate we pay for a month is suddenly not even enough to cover the weekly rate. πŸ™‚ We rent in the same condo building, but we’ve stayed in three different units because of availability. Next year, we’re staying in the same one we did this year. We prefer renting to owning at this stage in life. We have a great time and then just pull out with no worries about hurricanes, summer renters doing damage, or homeowners’ fees. πŸ™‚

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      • Suzanne says:

        Thanks for sharing that with me Judy. I am always weighing the pros and cons of owning vs. renting a second home. We still travel a lot, but I can see a day in the not-to-distant future when I might want to have a different experience.

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  19. treadway says:

    I hope you have a safe trip north…and hope the packing goes smoothly. I love your pics…would have liked to see the bridge in action. Searched a little bit on youtube, but will go back and look more.

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    • I had a good little video of it, but I ‘think’ in order to post it here I have to have a YouTube account to link to. I now know there are several bridges around that do this, but I’ve never seen one pivot. Pretty exciting. πŸ™‚

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  20. Nancy says:

    It’s almost April?? Sorry to see you head back… but your Spring yard calls for you.

    Loved your photos… Murrell’s Inlet brings back fond memories from when we took the kids there. (Who are now in their 30’s!)

    Another purse finished and this is a beauty as well!

    Safe travels …if I don’t chat with you again before you leave.

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  21. joey says:

    Oh neat! I wish it would have worked for you, I’d like to see it. I haven’t seen many drawbridges and those I did see, well it’s been a long time.
    My mother is wrapping up ‘season’ with her work in Florida — she’s probably singing along with you! (when she’s not too tired!)

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  22. It’s not yet spring, Not quite, anyway. If I were you, I’d wait another couple of weeks. Then it really WILL be spring, assuming we have spring this year!

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  23. I do remember “Rawhide.” I hope when you’ve headed up and moved on out that the weather will greet you gently and you’ll be glad to be home. Safe travels and enjoy the time until you leave.

    janet

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  24. Ally Bean says:

    I remember Rawhide, sort of. I like how it reminds you of the snowbirds heading north. Around here it’s mid-April when we see them drive by on their way to the UP or Canada. I’ll sing the Rawhide theme song to them as they go by.

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  25. Going home already. Your southern sojourn always seems to go by so fast. Happy homecoming!

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  26. I was a devoted fan! Cut em out, ride em in, rawhide!

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  27. Oddment says:

    Of course, being a lover of classical music, I remember the theme from Rawhide! I couldn’t help laughing because I was sure I could hear you singing it as you packed up. Your photos are beautiful and show that you will miss that world even though it will no doubt feel good to be home, especially with garden season dawning! Thanks for taking us along!

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  28. bikerchick57 says:

    I watch Rawhide almost every Saturday when I’m home and chuckle at the incredibly young Clint Eastwood.

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  29. Prior... says:

    Judy –
    the photos were wonderful today – the flowers – beach – and the bit of bridge history
    πŸ™‚

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