27 August 2015

I used to love my Garden

Brookgreen Garden, SC

Rain foiled my evening walk so I had to row myself across the living room again on my rowing machine. It isn't quite the same as marching around outside, is it?

I had a plan for the evening but the entire plot was cancelled because of the recent daily thunderstorms. We meant to catch the watertaxi across the harbor and have dinner at the Fish House restaurant at Patriot's Point and then boat back. I had it all planned out and then wondered what happened if the boat stopped running in bad weather and we were stranded over there without a vehicle. Never-mind. We enjoyed an early and delicious dinner at Red Orchid instead. 

This evening's photo is a bit of fun from Brookgreen Garden. 

26 August 2015

Pawley's Island Hammock Shops

Pawley's Island Hammock Shops, Pawley's Island, SC  
The Pawley's Island Hammock shop area is the perfect lunch spot on the way to Brookgreen Garden. Since I only get up there every couple of years it seems like there is a new restaurant in the same spot each year. It is too bad that it is so difficult to keep a restaurant going but we had a good lunch at BisQit.

It's always fun to wander through the the quaint building that are now shops and restaurants and the original Pawley's Island Hammock Shop.

In other news, check out my friend, author Josephine Humphrey's featured in the Post & Courier, this time for cooking! Like writing fiction, cooking for her is play and adventure.

Who else is doing a Planking Challenge? The staff at Roper Hospital held an Ultimate Planking Challenge and I was blow away by the participation. They finally called the end of the competition at ten minutes and two nurses were still holding the position. Wowza! Congrats ladies!

25 August 2015

Gardener's little helper

Charleston, SC   
Dig in little fella! I appreciate the help. 

24 August 2015

Praline Review

The Candy Cottage, Pawley's Island, SC 
I have been on a praline reviewing tour of South Carolina. Charleston, Savannah, Beaufort, Georgetown and now Pawley's Island. If they sell pralines it is my duty to buy one and do a taste test. I joke that I am writing the definitive critique of pralines. The catch is I haven't had one I didn't like yet. Mmmm....yep. That one IS good.

The other thing I am beginning to suspect is that they may all be made by River Street Sweets in Savannah and distributed to all the different candy shops so I am basically eating exactly the same thing each time.

I hope you don't think that will stop me?

23 August 2015

Water Lilies

Brookgreen Gardens, SC 
Wash in, dishes drying. I am doing all my chores in the last hour of the weekend as usual. At least I don't need to water the plants after the regular downpours we've been having.

Don't you love it when you find a new series to love on Netflix? Indulging in another episode is like eating bonbons. Then, don't you hate it when you are watching the last episode? What will I do now? There is such nonsense on regular tv.  I am watching the last episode of three seasons of Rita, a Danish show about a school teacher. Rita is outspoken and rebellious and gets entangled in the lives of all the students she teaches. Be forewarned, it is subtitled and she is pretty outrageous. 

As much as I enjoyed the statues at Brookgreen Gardens yesterday I really loved these water lilies in the fountain and the fields of caladiums under the oak trees.


22 August 2015

Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens, SC  
I often feature sculpture pieces so walking through Brookgreen Gardens sculpture garden is an exhilarating afternoon for me!  Brookgreen is just under two hours up the coast from Charleston and Pawley's Island Hammock Shops a perfect lunch spot before hitting the garden. The entry fee is good for a week which would be perfect if you were staying in the area since I never get to see the entire place.

Brookgreen Gardens is a sculpture garden and wildlife preserve, located just south of Murrells Inlet, in South Carolina. The 9,100-acre (37 km2) property includes several themed gardens with American figurative sculptures placed in them, the Lowcountry Zoo, and trails through several ecosystems in nature reserves on the property. It was founded by Archer Milton Huntington, stepson of railroad magnate Collis Potter Huntington, and his wife Anna Hyatt Huntington to feature sculptures by Anna and her sister Harriet Hyatt along with other American sculptors. Brookgreen Gardens was opened in 1932, and is built on four former rice plantations, taking its name from the former Brookgreen Plantation.[3]

20 August 2015

Prince Frederick's Episcopal Church

Prince Frederick's Episcopal Church, SC  
I did not take these shots today because I have been busy at work all day but I've had them tucked away in my Back-roads album waiting for a chance to be featured. These are some pretty dramatic church ruins to come across on a quiet country road.
(Prince Frederick’s Episcopal Church) Begun in 1859 and completed in 1876, Prince Frederick’s Chapel played a vital role in the religious life of the Pee Dee settlers in the latter half of the 19th century. With the decline of the rice economy, parishioners migrated to the more densely populated urban areas and the church suffered from lack of maintenance. The ruins of the chapel are all that remain of what once was a striking example of Gothic Revival architecture in South Carolina.

19 August 2015

Cypress Methodist Camp Ground

Cypress Methodist Campground, Ridgeville, SC  
I've brought you here before and probably will again. The rustic wooden "tent cabins" circle the meeting structure in the center. Every time I have been here or to one of the other camp meeting grounds it has been completely peaceful.  I can't even imagine what it must be like during camp week with good food being shared and hymns sung.

Cypress Methodist Camp Ground is one of only a few campgrounds in South Carolina which, up until the time of its nomination, continues to host annual week-long camp meetings—a vestige of the Great Awakening in American religious life in the nineteenth century. Cypress is significant for its association with Francis Asbury, pioneer of American Methodism, and for its long, uninterrupted use as a site of revivalism for almost 200 years. The campground is in the general shape of a rectangle of 34 tents, or cabins, made of rough-hewn lumber. These cabins, rectangular shaped, are generally 1½ stories and contain earthen floors. The typical floor plan features a hall extending the length of the cabin with as many as three rooms on the opposite side. The second story is accessible by a small stairway or ladder. In the center of the rectangle is the tabernacle, an open-sided wooden structure that is the focal point of these revival meetings. Serving crowds too large for church buildings or homes, the campground responded to both religious and social needs. The tents allowed people to stay overnight, and the campground term remained even though tents were gradually replaced by the current rough-hewn cabins. Cypress Camp Ground was functional as early as 1794, and an adjacent cemetery contains graves from the early 1800s. Listed in the National Register April 26, 1978.