|Resurrection Fern on a live oak branch, Charleston, SC|
31 December 2015
30 December 2015
|Piggy holiday decor, Charleston, SC|
My understanding is that the home belongs to the owners of the former Piggly Wiggly grocery store chain and I always know they will do something fun with the guard pigs for the holidays.
29 December 2015
|4 South Battery, Charleston, SC|
The Villa Margherita is an Italian Renaissance house at 4 South Battery, Charleston, South Carolina. It was built in 1892 and early 1893 for Andrew Simonds. The house is of brick with a Portland cement coating according to the plans by the architect, Frederick P. Dinkelberg. The decorative work on the four Corinthian columns and frieze on the front was executed by Morrison Brothers of New York City. The entrance of the house features a large atrium with a fountain.Between 1905 and 1953, the house served as a hotel. During that use, guests included William Howard Taft, Grover Cleveland, andTheodore Roosevelt. Sinclair Lewis was a guest at the hotel, where he completed the manuscript for Main Street. From 1943 to 1946, the United Seaman's Service leased the hotel and rented rooms to seamen and their families. In 1961, James and Mary Wilson bought the house. Their daughter, Mary Wilson, sold it for $3 million to Stephen and Mary Hammond in September 2012.I love this no-man's land of a week between Christmas and New Years and I'd like to have a couple more please. No meetings, few phone calls, a chance to finish up projects for the year and get things ready for the next. I met friends at Sesame for their half price burger night on the way home.
28 December 2015
|Citadel Bulldog, Charleston, SC|
27 December 2015
|Hampton Park, Charleston, SC|
I asked for suggestions on Facebook for picnic location ideas and this is what was offered. I think I've been to each place even if I haven't spread a blanket and eaten at each of them.
Morris island Lighthouse
Under the Ravenel Bridge
Old Santee Canal State Park
White Point Gardens and walk the Battery
Today we went to Hampton Park and it was fun to listen to everyone's memories of the park - from when it had a zoo to childhood birthday parties this lovely park has happy memories for so many. Great friends, good food, lovely weather and a beautiful spot. I am making the most of the last few days of 2015.
|Santa Hat, Tradd & Meeting St., Charleston, SC|
26 December 2015
|Broad St., Charleston, SC|
Home to a refrigerator full of tasty holiday left-overs just the way I like it. I settled in with Moroccan chicken, roasted cauliflower and the Call the Midwife Holiday special.
25 December 2015
|Midnight, Christmas Eve, Charleston, SC|
Our hospital has a lovely nativity scene but the manger lays empty until Christmas eve. Baby Jesus waits in the nursery with the rest of the Christmas babies until midnight when the nursing staff escorts Him outside and lays Him in the manger. It is a sweet tradition.
Merry Christmas everyone!
23 December 2015
|Meditation Garden, Charleston, SC|
Is everyone ready for Christmas? I am taking a holiday mid January so I have been working like a fiend to get things done ahead of time. Check, check, checking off my list. I couldn't find a receipt for reimbursement this morning and almost had to stoop to cleaning off my desk.
22 December 2015
|D & D Restaurant, Spring St., Charleston, SC|
I'd never been in but googling for information I came up with this referral from Chef Joshua Walker:
Favorite under-the-radar spot: D&D Restaurant & Catering (114 Spring St, 843-722-2205)Walker says: “It’s an old-school, traditional neighborhood hangout, with nice folks drinking beer and listening to good music. Get the fried shrimp or ask for the ribs.”
20 December 2015
|Ashley Avenue, Charleston, SC|
I hope everyone has had a good weekend. I just got back from the Christmas Choir & Lessons evening at beautiful historic St. Stephen's church on Anson St. It was lovely.
19 December 2015
|Gnome Cafe, Charleston, SC|
I made a quick connection with my facebook friend Jo who owns the Bead store just down the street and we found Saramel on duty bright and early in the cafe and it was filling up quickly. I am not vegan but found plenty of items I'd be happy to try. I ordered the breakfast burrito with tofu scramble, guacamole, potatoes and mango salsa. It was tasty and delicious and we shared a cinnamon roll.
I hope everyone is having a good weekend. I just made pralines (to give as gifts, naturally) and left a generous amount in the pot to scrape and lick so I am off to put myself into a sugar coma. Yum!
18 December 2015
|Medical Gothic, Charleston, SC|
The painting American Gothic by Grant Wood is perhaps the most spoofed and photo shopped image of all so I couldn't resist. I grabbed my friends Bill and Lauren during their precious lunch hour and we did a quick photo re-enactment. I grin every time I look at the image. Gosh, I work with such good sports!
17 December 2015
16 December 2015
|North Charleston, SC|
Holiday parties continue at work - the Ambulatory Surgery nurses cook an amazing feast and invite all their volunteers to an annual feast. They could publish a cookbook based on this meal alone - ham, crockpot mac & cheese, potato salad, deviled eggs spread out all over the conference room. No wonder their volunteer team works so hard.
14 December 2015
13 December 2015
|Camellia, Charleston, SC|
I hope everyone has had a good weekend. I went to a Christmas choir concert last night at the East Cooper Baptist Church and it was exactly what I needed to put me in the holiday mood. It was wonderful.
12 December 2015
|Central Mosque of Charleston, Charleston, SC|
|Mirror Art, Eutawville, SC|
Today's image is from a recent trip to the Lake Marion area. This gentleman enjoyed painting on mirrors and I caught his reflection in his own art work.