01 August 2014

Before & After - Colorful update

Magnolia Rd, Charleston, S.C.
Pink and purple! This is a recently revived shop on Magnolia Rd. I had noticed that it was painted and walked by to check it out. Interesting color choice, wouldn't you say? Wonder what they did with the Coca Cola sign?

In other news, I've been eating so many fresh peaches and cherries I hardly need anything else. They are so very good this year.

Note: I took off the comment restrictions. I'll see how long to it takes to get swarmed by spam comments. We shall see. I hate to have it on.

31 July 2014

Swim little fishy!

Fish, Charleston, S.C.
This little fish would be happily swimming today! Wow, we had a downpour.

As much as I miss living downtown I don't miss the frequent flooded streets. It's nice not to have to check the tide charts before heading home. According to the Post & Courier we had 4 - 8 inches depending on what part of town you were in and more to come over the next few days. Stay dry my friends.

30 July 2014

STOP! God Bless Y'all

Charleston, S.C.
I'm putting in time until it is cool enough to walk outside.

What the Sheet? Charleston's Homeless Shelter, Crisis Ministries is almost ready to move into their new facility and they need twin bed sheets and towels. They said white was best so they can bleach them. I bet I have 110 friends who might chip in on a twin sheet set or two or more. I shared this on Facebook and helpful contacts tracked down good deals at Walmart, KMart and Anna's Linens (if they have white in stock) and many people have already donated. Spread the word! Here are the details:  

Are you looking for a quick and meaningful service opportunity? We need your help! As we prepare to move into our new homeless services center with beds for 110 men (including 40 beds designated for male Veterans), we need new linens.
Because we are still finishing construction and access to the shelter is limited, we will have an easy donation drop-off at 212 Huger Street (our Veteran Services Center across from Taco Boy) on Friday, Aug. 1 from 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
We need:
- New, white twin sheet sets (fitted, flat and pillowcase)
- New, white towels and washcloths
- New, standard pillows
Help us make this drive a success so every guest who comes through our door has fresh, clean linens! You can also donate financial gifts online at One80Place.org/donate.

Questions? Contact Brad Cashman at 737-8369 or bcashman@one80place.org
I do know good people and I love this message I just got from Brad at Crisis Ministries: We just received a delivery from Walmart with a set of 4 sheets. Perfect timing since we have 4 men going through orientation today who will receive these sheets.


29 July 2014

What does the fox say?

Wine & Design, Charleston, S.C.
 What does the fox say? 
Objects in the mirror may be larger than they appear!

I finally stopped to get a picture of the mural going up on the side of Wine & Design on Ashley River Road. Pretty colorful! I was heading back to my car when I spotted the reflection in the mirror. Sometimes the last shot is the winner.

If anyone knows who the artist is let me know.


28 July 2014

The Alien has arrived

George St., Charleston, S.C.
I popped in Caviar & Bananas yesterday morning at the end of my walk to treat myself to their naked kale salad. Mmmmmm. I took a look over the fence in the little park across the street and spied this recent addition.

Hello there! Is it cooler where you live? Will you take us back with you? 

According to the sign it isn't an alien but a Subterranean lizard by Austin Abt.  Silly me. Thanks for making me happy Austin.

27 July 2014

Doors of Charleston

Doors of Charleston, S.C.

When I come across something like this I am almost emotional. Seriously? Someone did this for ME!? Someone I don't even know gave me this gift. Thank you unknown artist.

This won't make it on the artsy Doors of Charleston poster but it is a perfect addition to my collection.

Stay cool kids. It's mighty hot out there. You can follow my walk this morning by the sweat trail.

26 July 2014

Daufuskie Island field trip

Ferry to Daufuskie Island, Hilton Head, S.C.
I immediately requested a Friday off when author and Daufuskie Island resident Roger Pinckney offered a tour to members of a local Facebook history group I belong to.  Woohoo, field trip! On further research, although I had never been there before, I could have gone anytime, rented a golf cart to tour and even better, rented a cabin for the night. I did it the very best way, meeting new friends and getting a personal tour but I'll share the info in case anyone else wants to make the trip. Hint: It was really hot. Might be slightly more pleasant in early fall.

The ferry leaves from Hilton Head Island. $64 included round trip ferry ride, lowcountry buffet on arrival and either a guided tour or golf cart rental. Plan your trip here. Dolphins escorted our boat and lunch was waiting for us on arrival. We met our guide Roger Pinckney and driver Eddie, boarded our magical history tour bus.The island is very rustic and peaceful. I had downloaded and reread Pat Conroy's book The Water is Wide about teaching in the little school house for a year. Some of the few old cottages are being restored and the church and school are open for viewing as museums. We stopped at an iron artist and pottery studio and ended back at the dock for deviled crab treats before boarding the ferry. It was a lovely day. Thanks to history lover Josephine Humphreys and Roger Pinckney for putting us all together. More photos here.

Daufuskie Island was occupied by native Indians prior to the arrival of European explorers in the 16th Century.  Islanders sided with the British during the Revolutionary War.  Plantations covered the island prior to the Civil War when they were occupied by Union soldiers.  Freed slaves then occupied the island and grew cotton until fields were ruined by the boll weevil.  Canning for the famous Daufuskie Island Oysters ended when local oyster beds were closed in 1951 due to pollution from the Savannah River.  Electricity came to the island in 1953 and telephones in 1972; however, with few opportunities for work, the population shrank to less than a hundred people, leaving a legacy of rich Gullah history.  In the 1980s, tracts of land facing the Atlantic Ocean were purchased, development began and the island was rediscovered as an historic treasure.

25 July 2014

John Rutledge House

John Rutledge House, Broad St., Charleston, S.C.
Aaack! I had to stand on my tiptoes and snuggle up to the house across the street to try to squeeze this house in my shot. This grand building is the John Rutledge House Bed & Breakfast on Broad St. near the Cathedral. I saw a similar shot, I believe in Charleston Magazine and was trying to see if I could pull it off. You can check out their web site for a look inside. It is listed as one of the top 100 hotels in America so you won't be camping.

I took today off work and am heading on a field trip to Daufuskie Island. I am ready to go! Heading down to Hilton Head shortly to take a ferry over to the island.