23 May 2015

John C. Calhoun just wanna have fun!

John C. Calhoun Balloon Ride, Charleston, SC
John C. Calhoun can't resist having fun with the Spoleto festival props and I can't resist documenting it. Check the back files to see his antics.

Hope everyone is having a good holiday weekend.

22 May 2015

Owling good time!

These aren't sharp photos but I was so tickled to get them I can't care about the quality. My birdfeeder has been a popular spot lately and the bear's head has become a landing pad before they dart in for dinner. I thought I'd hang out in the back yard for awhile and see if I could capture a cardinal on the bear's head.

I'll need to get a bit closer and before dusk but not only did I catch the little splash of red but look what landed right after him - an owl! This was fun. I need to set up a tripod and get a little closer.

21 May 2015

Teeny, tiny houses of the lowcountry

Tiny cottage, Bluffton, SC
This one is a cutie to add to our collection of teeny, tiny houses. I spotted it behind an impressive mansion in Bluffton. I spotted a steam of maids going in to clean the main house but it wouldn't take much to keep this little sweetie in order.

I am fat and full after a giant Fish Pie at Madra Rua and I have plenty of leftovers for tomorrow.

My favorite garden: Free admission to Magnolia will be offered on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, to active duty military personnel and their immediate family. This gift to those who serve America only applies to the general garden admission and not the separate tours of the house, swamp garden, nature boat, nature train and "Slavery to Freedom" program. Valid active duty identification is required.

Now I get to settle in and watch the last David Letterman show since I didn't stay up that late last night.

19 May 2015

Church Photo in Lieu of Attendance - Old Navy Chapel

Location of the Navy Chapel, Charleston, SC
Waaaa.....see those brick steps? That is all that is left of the old Navy Chapel. It was on my list of renovation projects to be completed when I won the lottery. Too late. It is gone. See below for what used to be there. It was in worse shape each time I visited. I've heard that it was dismantled to be reassembled somewhere else but I don't know where yet and am hoping for the best. Hang on kids, I'll buy another lottery ticket and take care of it.

Prom time!

Tunnel Road
Years of paint. The most recent artist gets attention for their message until someone else paints over it. I took my life in my hands getting the pictures hoping no one would race through the tunnel as I focused my camera. Alyssa loves Gregory, Bradley loves Amanda, I love Ken. I wonder how many of the couples are still together. Long live the moment!

18 May 2015

Zoom, zoom, zoom!

South Battery, Charleston, SC
Zoom, zoom, zoom! Isn't this a cutie?!

I parked on the Battery and walked the lower peninsula yesterday morning. It was a glorious Charleston morning. The oleanders are in bloom and the sky was dramatic. I reached for my heavy camera and kicked myself when I discovered I had left the battery charging. I never do that! I always take one picture of either my office or my kitchen just to make sure everything is working - except yesterday. Grrrr.

Everything was so very fine that I took a few shots with my cell phone. I couldn't resist capturing that cute little car on South Battery. The other shot I took as usual but my phone took some freelance editing priviledges and turned it into what looks like a vintage postcard.

Interesting note - when I first came to Charleston, I rented the kitchen house behind the house in the top picture for a year. I did not have a car like that.

I am just back from a quick walk around the neighborhood to balance sitting on my butt in front of a computer half the day at work. I showed a couple of kids the step counter on my phone and they skipped along with me as far as they were allowed watching the numbers climb and then made me promise to circle the block to see how many steps I had added, and then again. I got my 10,000!

16 May 2015

Still Life with Yak

Bedside Yak Attack
I picked up this lamp for $11 at Consign Charleston this morning and it found a spot on an end table by the little black yak. I travel lightly and don't bring much back but this odd mini yak came all the way home with me from the mountains of northern India. He is a long way from home and now has a lamp to snuggle up to.


Old Hobbies

Stamp collection, Charleston, SC 
I was cramming a few books into a bookshelf today and came across one of my old stamp albums. Does anyone collect stamps anymore?

My grandfather liked the fact that I was interested and sent me some of his old collection of British, Canadian and South African stamps. I have some of the silk and 3D stamps from Bhutan, Bangladesh when it was still East Pakistan and some cool tiny triangle stamps. I don't think my collection is worth much in dollars but it is a fond childhood memory.

14 May 2015

Thursday Night

George St., Charleston, SC
The College of Charleston has such a pretty campus. On Mother's Day this is where graduation is held with the gentlemen wearing white suits and the ladies wearing white dresses and carrying red roses. Tradition.

I am loving the late light. I worked late this evening and still had time to march around the neighborhood before dark.

I've been watching Grace & Frankie a new Netflix series with Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. I imagine it is designed to appeal to people of a "certain age" - their seventies. I am all for a drink now and then but these folks are swimming in it - booze, pot, peyote, cocaine. There isn't a single episode where they aren't slinging bottles around. They all look great, healthy and spry and they didn't get that way drinking and smoking for seventy years - or heck, they are actresses so maybe they did. 

I ran out of titles. Maybe I will start naming the posts after the night of the week. I am stumped.

13 May 2015

Movie Night at Magnolia Community Garden

Movies at Magnolia 
When: Sat., May 16, 6:30 p.m.
Price: Free.  Join the City of Charleston Rec Department in a 8:30pm viewing of the film "Paddington" in an outdoor setting. There will be plenty of food trucks as the event kicks off at 6:30pm. You are welcome to bring a picnic, blankets or chairs. The Magnolia Park and Community Garden is located in West Ashley at the corner of Magnolia Road and Sycamore Ave.
Paddington might not be my movie of choice but I like the idea!