28 September 2016

Rainbow Row

Rainbow Row, Charleston, SC    
It's one of the most likely tourist photo ops - the colorful stretch of historic houses on East Bay Street. It caught my attention on a recent walk with the addition of a new color. The pretty periwinkle shade is freshly painted and a happy surprise. 
Rainbow Row is the name for a series of thirteen colorful historic houses in Charleston, South Carolina. It represents the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States. The houses are located north of Tradd St. and south of Elliot St. on East Bay Street, that is, 79 to 107 East Bay Street. The name Rainbow Row was coined after the pastel colors they were painted as they were restored in the 1930s and 1940s. It is a popular tourist attraction and is one of the most photographed parts of Charleston.

27 September 2016

A long and winding vine

ZigZag Alley, Charleston, SC  
Isn't this a grand display? I could do it, if I had a house with pillars and a full time gardener. No problem.

Years ago I read the book about Mrs. Whaley's Charleston Garden and if I recall her gardening advice it was to: a) marry a wealthy and generous husband and b) hire a gardener. Yep!

26 September 2016

The end of the alley

Charleston, SC  
I need to carry a note pad. I wander all over the peninsula on my walks at at the moment I take the picture I am confident I will remember where I took the shot. A couple hundred pictures later they all run together. I am pretty sure this is the beginning of Zigzag Alley.

I didn't quite make my 10,000 steps this evening but did get over 9,000 before it was too dark to continue. I need to buy some lighter walking shirts.

Time to bring back my Suffragettes poster. This evening's debate is making me nervous and all I have to do is watch tv. If you haven't registered to vote, it's time to do it. This is much too important.

25 September 2016

Tybee Island Lighthouse

Tybee Island Lighthouse, Tybee Island, GA
I had my eye on the sky hoping for a good backdrop for lighthouse pictures and got lucky! We had bright blue skies and white billowy clouds for our lighthouse adventure. What a pretty setting it is with the lighthouse keeper's cottage decorating with many of the original furnishings. I climbed the 178 steps to the top and had a good view of the island. 
The Tybee Island Light Station, originally constructed in 1736, is Georgia’s oldest, tallest lighthouse and one of America’s most complete historic light station complexes. It has guided mariners safely into the Savannah River for close to 300 years. All of its original support buildings are still located on the five-acre site off US-80 at Fort Screven. Still a functioning navigational aid, the station’s light, courtesy of a first order Fresnel lens, can be seen 18 miles offshore. Visitors willing to climb the 178 steps to the top of the recently restored lighthouse will enjoy a spectacular view of the entire island.

24 September 2016

On the road - Tybee Island

Tybee Island, GA
Quick trip down the coast to Tybee Island to pay a visit to the Tybee Island Lighthouse. Those photos are uploading but here are a few fun random shots. Tybee Island reminds me of a mix between Edisto Beach and Folly Beach. It was a bright sunny day and folks were having a good time.

22 September 2016

McD says, Hi!

Ronald McDonald House, Charleston, SC  
I was returning to my car after a reception at the Governor Thomas Bennett house and turned to see Ronald McDonald waving goodbye to me.
The Ronald McDonald House opened its doors 32 years ago as a home away from home where families stay while their children undergo extensive medical treatment. Today, the House is able to serve 32 families every single night.Here, parents and children lead a life as normal as possible during their traumatic times without the financial burden of costly hotel and travel expenses. Our home offers these families’ comfortable beds, hot meals, a caring staff, and a four-legged friend, Gardy, all just steps from the hospital.

21 September 2016

West Ashley Farmer's Market

West Ashley Farmer's Market, Charleston, SC 
Woohoo! We finally got a Farmer's Market West Ashley. By the look of the cars parked everywhere I'd say it is pretty obvious that there is interest. This should be a big success. Wednesday evening. Mark you calendar.

20 September 2016

Italian - Al Di La!

Al Di La, Magnolia Rd., Charleston, SC 
Double restaurant week treat! Avondale Restaurant week follows Charleston Restaurant Week.
It was a perfect evening to sit outside - until it started raining. Heheh. 
We had a great time and the food was delicious.