12 November 2018

Letters home

Never More Bookstore, Beaufort, SC
My mum typed her letters to home on a typewriter similar to this one I spotted in the Never More Bookstore window in Beaufort. She often typed in the middle of the night, sitting at the kitchen table snug near the coal stove. She used thin blue paper with a sheet of carbon copy in between if she wasn't typing on an areogram.

With eight kids it was probably the only time she was alone. Never fear- we quickly foiled her precious solitude! 

One of us would wake up, hear the keys clicking and decide we needed a drink or bathroom visit. We'd enjoy a few minutes of rare solitary attention before the next kid traipsed in, and then the next. Soon we'd have the warm kitchen full of sleepy children wrapped in shawls and blankets, insisting on being read to before we went back to our beds. 

Sorry but not sorry Mum!

11 November 2018

Veteran's Day

Miriam Cameron
Who better to honor on Veteran's Day than my own mother? My mother Miriam Cameron was one of the first women in Canada to join the Royal Canadian Air Force and was station in London during the blitz. Her brothers Ken and Don were also in the RCAF. My heart is full of gratitude for their service. 

10 November 2018

The Secret Lives of Cypress Knees

Cypress Knees, Magnolia Plantation Gardens, Charleston, SC 

The alligators thrashed their tails in jealousy as I pointed my camera at the ground on my walk through the swamp this morning. The budding tops of the cypress knees caught my eye. They clustered in little groups like families under the mother's wing. It was a beautiful cook morning for a walk.

07 November 2018

Breakfast treast

Breakfast treat, Charleston, SC 
This odd looking item was served on the breakfast bar at my meeting at Trident Technical College this morning. Kinda freaky, eh? It looked like some bizarre sea creature to me but I learned it was candied hibiscus. Go figure.

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04 November 2018

Cookbooks signed!

Holly Herrick
Chef and cookbook author Holly Herrick met me at Whole Foods this afternoon to sign a couple of her books for special gifts. Thanks Holly! There is no law saying I can't grab all the best recipes for my own use before I give the books away as intended, right? :)

Greenway Decor

West Ashley Greenway, Charleston, SC 
Charleston Moves rallied volunteers to paint colorful designs on intersections of the West Ashley Greenway this weekend. Besides the happy color it is hoped that it will hope slow down motorists. Thank you to everyone involved. I enjoyed a perfect Greenway walk visiting each site.

03 November 2018

Rubber duck migration season

Meeting St., Charleston, SC 
Stay alert! It is yellow rubber duck migration season!

01 November 2018

Froggie went a courtin'

Follow the frog, Charleston, SC
I am not tired of the skeleton posts but you may be. Here is a frog post for a change!