Thursday Doors

Welcome to Conway, SC, whose history traces back to the 1670’s when the British settled the area around Charleston. The city’s name has changed throughout the years, but the history remains rich.

Many residents fought in the American Revolutionary War, and General Frances Marion, also know as the ‘Swamp Fox,’ camped nearby on his way to the battle of Black Mingo in 1870.

Front and center in the historic downtown area is its beautiful City Hall, which was built in 1825 and was formerly the Horry County Courthouse. City Hall was designed by Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument, and is part of the National Register of Historic Places.

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The building is meticulously maintained, and the handsome double doors are dark black when the sun isn’t in your face. 🙂

After walking around the historic downtown, we decided to eat lunch at Groucho’s Deli which opened in 1941. We figured if it had been around that long, it much have good eats, and it did. Pastrami on rye, chicken salad on pumpernickel, pickle on the side, their own brand of potato chips, and their unique sandwich dressing, Formula 45 Sauce™, which was to die for. Well, not exactly, but it sure was good if you like the idea of something like a thin thousand island dressing with sweet pickle relish in it for dipping. No photos, we were too busy eating. 🙂

Happy Thursday, and to those who are in the path of this latest snowstorm, stay safe.

As always on Thursday, this post is linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, February 9, 2017.

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Wordless Wednesday

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“It’s not easy being green,” but it certainly is beautiful from the Santee Coastal Reserve Boardwalk, SC.

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Brookgreen Gardens

Since the early 1930’s, Brookgreen Gardens has been a destination stop for all those who appreciate southern history, handsome sculptures, and beautiful gardens. It was #1 on my to-visit-list here in SC.

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit with two friends who have been visiting the gardens for over ten years.

We took a docent tour which was a wonderful way to hear about the early beginnings of the gardens, and then we walked around ourselves because these ladies definitely know their way around.

I could post enough photos to either cause your blood pressure to rise or put you to sleep, but I’m going to show you the top three amazing things I saw – Anna Hyatt Huntington and other well-known artist’s sculptures in water features, beautiful blooming Camelias, and their handsome Oaks with dripping moss.

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Did I see it all in one day? No way. The gardens cover 9,100 acres, and there are over 1,400 sculptures by 350 artists. 🙂

We spent a few hours there and then had a delicious lunch in the restaurant. Today we are hoping to check out the low country area and the zoo.

Besides the beauty of these vast gardens, what is the one thing that impressed me the most? By far, this is what I carried away with me.

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I would add my name to all those other bloggers who highly recommend having Brookgreen Gardens on your to-visit-list when you get near SC. You will be amazed by the love story, history and forethought they had to establish these beautiful gardens and provide an opportunity for everyone to experience this magnificent place.

Fan of our National Park System? You’ll love Brookgreen Gardens. 🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude

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As we’re admiring the gardens and sculptures at Brookgreen Gardens this week, what do we see across the water feature but this little guy sunning himself. He appeared to want a little solitude, and we were more than happy to give it to him.

I learned something very important – gardens in SC have different ‘visitors’ than those in NH. 🙂

Check out the Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude for other interpretations.

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Thursday Doors

About a week ago, we made a trip to Charleston. They have a great Visitor Center where you can ask questions and get answers. We decided to take a historical tour in a small bus/van. It is a good way to get a feel for the city, to learn the history, and to see all the major areas. There is also a large parking garage right next door which makes it convenient so you don’t have to look for parking.

After the tour, we took ourselves to lunch at the French restaurant, Rue De Jean. It is located in a handsome two-story brick warehouse that was built in 1880. Inside there is rich dark wood, tin ceilings, and a delicious food selection.

Right before leaving, I asked directions to the restroom. When I saw the door, I smiled thinking maybe there was actually a phone booth behind it, and I could capture a photo of that door as well. No phone booth but a stand.

Are you old enough to remember these stands where they put one black rotary desk phone on it for all of the patrons in the restaurant? Makes you chuckle doesn’t it? One telephone for a room full of people.

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Currently, if there are 100 customers, I’m guessing there are 100+ telephones not even counting the employees in that same room. 🙂

Do you remember the ‘old’ days when you left home without a phone?

Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, February 2, 2017.
Norm is the leader of the Thursday Door group, and he has a timely post this week about the tragedy that recently struck his home country of Canada which you can access by using the link.

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Birds of a feather

flock together…

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If there is one thing you see plenty of here at the beach in SC, it is birds. They soar over your head and then glide or plop into the water depending upon species. When those brown pelicans land, you just have to smile.

EgretThis week we visited Huntington Beach State Park and saw beautiful Snowy White Egrets.

There is a wonderful causeway as you enter the grounds of this 2,500 area park. On one side are the birds and on the other you may see a gator or two.

Yesterday, we also saw some cute Bungeehuman birds flying through the air at the Coastal Grand Mall.

Does that look like fun or what?

For a mere $9, a little one can get into that harness, jump on the trampoline, and soar through the air.

Most seniors don’t bungee jump or glide through the air on a regular basis, but they do flock together in warmer states in order to avoid ice and snow in their native northern states. Snowbirds. 🙂

I’ve never quite understood the pull, but I think I get it now. People retired in a northern state have had many years of snow removal. Shoveling or moving snow doesn’t get more interesting each year, it just gets more challenging because of the aging process.

A warmer climate allows you to get out and about to walk, play golf, explore, admire local gardens, or just enjoy weather that somewhat feels like spring/fall or summer depending upon your destination. You also find a community of like-minded people.

Aging is an interesting process on a lot of fronts, but one aspect is staying in touch with people. When growing up in school, you had friends and classmates. You then had adult friends and people you worked with. Once you retire, you lose a large contingent of people who you had contact with, and your children and grandchildren are getting older and more independent.

If you are lucky, you have family and friends that still need and want to stay in touch. But, spouses pass away, family and friends move away, and you still need a community to feel alive and well.

Some of the folks we have met in SC reside here from three to five months each year, celebrating major holidays together, keeping their adventurous spirit alive, and staying mentally and physically healthy together.

It seems birds of a feather do flock together for a lot of reasons. 🙂

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Thursday Doors

When we drove to the store last week, I noticed a row of pastel houses so this week we took a detour to see them from the front. What we found was a cul-de-sac with little pastel houses lining both sides of the street.

So, white is the color this week. Lots of white doors on cute little pastel houses. 🙂

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There were none for sale so I couldn’t do any research with regard to size or price. I can guess maybe 8-900 sq. ft., one bedroom, one bath and a combination kitchen and living room.

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There were two parking spaces in front of each house. I took photos only of the houses that didn’t have cars in front, and I was still concerned someone would call the police about this crazy woman walking down the middle of the street taking photos.

I know other towns like Charleston have a row of houses in rainbow colors. We saw those yesterday, but I can tell you first hand, these are cuter. 🙂

Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, January 26, 2017.

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