20 February 2019

I need to up my citrus game

Citrus, Charleston, SC 
It's gray and rainy so I probably won't be going for a walk this evening so I am dipping into recent pictures to share this wonderful crop of oranges. Wow! I need to up my citrus game. I have one lime tree in a pot and harvested ONE lime this, my first year. It would be grand to have plenty of lemons and oranges in your own back yard.

18 February 2019

In the pink

Camellias, Bennett Hotel, Charleston
When I moved to Charleston my family lived a few blocks from the library and we traipsed back and forth carrying armfuls of books. The library was two stories and built of pink marble.

After the new library on Calhoun St. was built the shabby pink building sat abandoned for years. Not the spot is the grand new Bennett Hotel and some of the pink marble has been re-purposed into Camellias Bar. I did a quick walk through the lobby this weekend and grabbed a shot through the door.


17 February 2019

South Eastern Wildlife Festival - 2019

SEWE, Charleston, SC
The South Eastern Wildlife Festival is winding down today so I directed my walk through Marion Square to at least catch the free displays. I got lucky. The birds of prey were on display, cooking sessions in progress and I had a courtesy bowl of cardamom wild boar stew from Michael's on the Alley. (It was so delicious I already checked their menu to see if it was a regular dish). Everyone seemed to be having fine time and pets were on display in full force. 



14 February 2019

A beautiful valentine!

Miss South Caroline U.S. International 2019
It helps to know the right people and each year I contact Randall Dukes and he summons up a beauty queen to serve as an honorary hospital volunteer on Valentine's Day. I order romantic fortune cookies and chocolate hearts and we roam the hospital treating the staff and patients as she patiently poses for photo ops.

This year our guest was Sara Burd, Miss South Carolina U.S. International and she was a delight! Thanks Sara! You brought a lot of smiles. Happy Valentine's Day everyone!


10 February 2019

My wild birthday ride!

Container Bar, Charleston, SC 
My son offered a few options for my birthday and we settled on this one! He picked me up in a ex-military humvee and took me to an oyster roast at the new Container Bar on Mt. Pleasant St. This was definitely a new experience and what better can you hope for on a birthday? What fun!


09 February 2019

I am very old

I am very old. North Charleston, SC
I spotted this sign by an ancient oak tree with low limbs on the old Navy Base and thought it would make a perfect birthday pictures so saved it for the occasion. Tada! I am old!

I have so many friends celebrating birthdays within these few weeks that it has become a good time of year to have a party. This year's theme was to cook a recipe from the old Charleston Receipts cookbook published in 1950. The party was hosted by my friend Josephine Humphreys and Tom Hutchinson at their beautiful home on Sullivan's Island.

It was a little tricky deciding what to make from the book and I flipped on past the Opossum pie, rabbit stew and Cooter (turtle) soup. I ended up making the traditional cheese log and eggplant au gratin but there were plenty of brave cooks and an amazing spread of food including macaroni pie, rum punch, red rice, chicken, peach cobbler and pralines. Fitting to the period most of us wore pearls and aprons. It was a perfect evening with good food and friends. Happy birthday to us all. I didn't take many pictures and I think these two were by Terry Richardson and Brandon Coffee. Thanks gentlemen!


07 February 2019

Fancy duds!

Shoe buckle owned by the Swamp Fox, Charleston Museum, Charleston, SC 

The stories that caught my imagination about the legendary Swamp Fox didn't include jeweled shoe buckles, fine china and his decanter set! Photos from the Charleston Museum.


06 February 2019

Headless peacock

Peacock, Charleston, SC
I had in mind to capture a little snippet of ruffling feathers with video but the more I turned around him the more he spun so I had a hard time facing his rear. I finally caught him with his head tucked in.