19 February 2017

Will it build good will and better friendships?

Marion Square, Charleston, SC   
It was a shock to walk down King St. and see the red of the Confederate flag flying high over King St. It has become such a symbol of a painful past that it was a relief in recent years to have had it removed from our statehouse property.

We haven't seen the last of it yet and today folks from out of town placed it high on top of their vehicles and parked on the top deck of our public parking building. Protesters were already on site as crowds are thronged at the Southeastern Wildlife Festival at Marion Square wondering what is going on. Hopefully it will be resolved peacefully and soon.

It was the writing on the fountain sponsored by the Rotary Club that caught my eye, "Will it build good will and better friendship?" No. No, it won't.

How much is that doggie in the window?

Former Bob Ellis window, King St., Charleston, SC    
The Southeastern Wildlife Festival winds down today and everything is wildlife and animal related. I spotted these pups in the former Bob Ellis Shoe store window and then a block or so down the street saw the live version sponsored by Pet Helpers which was attracting a lot more attention!

King St., Charleston, SC   

18 February 2017

Be there or be square. Wed 8 PM

Eutawville, SC   
Work has been all consuming lately and I escaped for a quick overnight at Lake Marion to begin my weekend. This little building is in Eutawville, SC and since I am never in the area on a Wednesday night I need someone to let me know what the heck happens there at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. It is a mystery!

An early night, a book to read, good company, a quirky photo-op and breakfast at Bell's Marina. I started my weekend right and hope you have as well. 

Welcome to all the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition folks invading Charleston this weekend.

15 February 2017

Wragg Square

Wragg Square, Charleston, SC  
Not a bad scene for mid February in Charleston. I took this shot on the weekend when it was bright and sunny unlike today with it's windy and dreary weather.

I started my day with brunch at the Marina Variety Store restaurant at a brunch honoring a group of volunteers. You really can't beat it for a full plate of food at a reasonable price overlooking the water, can you?

The news on the street in Charleston this evening is that Boeing employees voted today not to unionize and the fact that President Trump will be paying a visit to Boeing on Friday for the unveiling of the new 787-10 jet. Are we ready for this, Charleston?

I was pleased to see that a couple of my volunteers made the Post & Courier in a photo from Valentine's Day. Fun!

14 February 2017

Valentine's day rounds

Valentine's Day , Charleston, SC   
It's our valentine tradition. Each year I contact Randall Dukes and without fail he summons up a beauty queen to serve as an honorary volunteer on Valentine's Day and pass out treats at the hospital. Tiara and sashes have an amazing effect on a beautiful gal. Children assume she is a princess and both men and women agree to pose for a picture.

This year's beauty queen is Reagan Mobley - Miss Charleston Southern University. She was incredibly gracious and walked for a couple of miles visiting nursing stations, offices and waiting rooms. Thanks Reagan!

13 February 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

Love is for all, you and me, Charleston, SC   
A valentine message in the pavement for all of us!

12 February 2017

Farmhouse scene

Barn, SC  
This scene always catches my eye when I pass it heading to and from Lake Marion. Although the buildings are aging they are perfectly tidy and the colorful Ford truck is tucked away under shelter.

I hope everyone has had a good weekend. The weather has been glorious in Charleston and makes us believe that spring is around the corner.

I am playing with my new Instant Pot pressure cooker for dinner and have cauliflower soup under pressure. It's a new recipe for me so we shall see!

11 February 2017

Firefly Distillery visit

Firefly Distillery, Wadmalaw Island, SC   
My son took me on a post birthday jaunt to the Firefly Distillery on Wadmalaw Island this morning where  the Cork Shucking Festival was a benefit for Windwood Farms. They had buckets of oysters, live music under the oaks and a tasting room for the locally distilled Firefly vodka. There were some interesting and unusual flavors!
Firefly Distillery, Wadmalaw Island, SC   The Firefly Distillery is the birthplace of Firefly Spirits. It is where the founders, Jim Irvin and Scott Newitt, came up with the crazy idea to build a distillery in the ‘middle of nowhere,’ and make the world’s first Sweet Tea Vodka. That crazy idea is now a destination known for its genuine southern hospitality, fine quality spirits and innovation. The Firefly Distillery is located on Wadmalaw Island, just 30 minutes outside of Charleston, SC. At the distillery, you will meet the ‘Firefly family’ and you can sample an array of fine spirits and get a taste of their southern hospitality at its best.

09 February 2017

Tilting houses

Amherst St., Charleston, SC  
Oh, oh, oh, it is so tempting to try to straighten a shot in post processing but I resisted. In this case the street was on a slope and the pink house was tilted in the opposite direction. There would be no fair game of marbles on the floor of this home. I do love that houses are painted such bright and happy colors in Charleston.

My birthday is tomorrow and this group stopped by my office with a mini cake and balloon flowers. Thanks folks!