Wednesday, December 31, 2008
We continued out historical tour of the Charleston area by touring through Magnolia Plantation today. The gardens were HUGE and the it had great hiking and bike trails as well. There is a mile or so long boardwalk that goes through a cypress swamp and old rice field that had lots of birds, such as ibis, many ducks, great blue herons, and egrets. There was even an alligator! And our happy little group was joined by 3 more folks (Dave, Nuhht, and Corky).
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Today we spent most of the day at Charles Towne Landing. This was the site of the original Charles Towne colony, which eventually moved to the current site of the city of Charleston. It is the oldest settlement in South Carolina.
The park has a nice wild animal part, a reconstruction of the old palisades, a few buildings, a merchant ship, and other such things from the 1670 settlement. The museum was also very good at the main visitor's center. There was quite a bit of walking involved, but the three hours or so that we spent there was a lot of fun.
Monday, December 29, 2008
We made it to Charleston today and set up camp at James Island County Park. By the time we got camp set up, it was about dark, so we fixed a quick bite to eat and then set out to explore the park. They have a driving loop that have a couple miles of holiday light displays that are quite nice. There is also an area that you can walk around in, with a train ride and snacks.
Here are a couple of the images that I snapped, including the Three Amigos....Ron, Bonnie, and me. The top on is looking across a lake at a rather large model of the two main bridges in Charleston.
Tomorrow...actually, today, as that I see it is now past midnight...we are going to drive into Charleston to explore the area a bit more. Or we may hold on on the old dowtown area and do some of the historical stuff in the area instead. As always, we are rather unpredictable and do not always have much of a plan. But that what makes traveling with us so much fun!
Tune back in and see where we end up!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
We are on the road again. This time, we are headed to Charleston, South Carolina for a week of photography, sightseeing, and goofing off. The campground that we are staying at is supposed to have wi-fi available, so hopefully, I will be able to post a few photos.
Every year, just after Christmas, the three musketeers (Ron, Bonnie, and I) take off for a new destination to explore. Sometimes it is just the three of us, and sometimes, more friends come. This year, it looks like there will 8 of us!
Here are some of our previous trips:
2007 Cumberland Island
2006 St. Joseph's Peninsula
2004 Paddling Central Florida Rivers
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
The gift exchange said to bring something from home that you no longer use or need. Someone took that to heart, as they brought some of their old false teeth to the party. They were neatly wrapped in a festive box that did nothing to cast hints about the dental contents within.
So here is my gift that I picked at random: a partial bridge from someone's collection of unneeded items.
Monday, December 22, 2008
It was a really nice early Christmas party at my aunt and uncle's house, followed by a sleepover, gift exchange, and big breakfast at Mom and Dad's yesterday. With the distances to drive and the complications of several different get togethers, it turned out easier to have Christmas with the family a couple of days early this year.
As a tease for an upcoming photo....it is something that I got as a gift from my aunt and uncle's party. It is something that probably not too many would ever think about getting. And it is completely useless to me...or to most anyone, except for the person who gave it. Give up? Wait and see! You won't believe your eyes. The photo will be coming in a day or so.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Callie has really enjoyed the Christmas Tree being up this year. She has sniffed it, scratched on it, chewed on the lights, pulled down the ribbon bows, swatted low hanging ornaments, and enjoyed hiding under it. The only thing that she hasn't done so far is turn it over.....but she still has a few weeks before Christmas to do that. I am sure that she will get around to it.
This afternoon's plan is to shell more pecans. Lots of work, but worth it in the end. I probably will put up about a gallon or two zip lock bag fulls by the end of the day. Yesterday, I took over 30 pounds over to the Farmer's Market and had them crack them, so the hard part is over with. I already have a bunch in the freeze from a week ago, and I haven't even picked them up in the back yard yet!
Tomorrow, a group from GWS is heading over to a nearby state park for a hike.
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Tomorrow morning, I am heading up to Atlanta with some friends to see the new King Tut exhibit.
Atlanta is one of only four cities for this tour. It will feature some 50 items from the royal tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, plus over 100 other items from ancient Egypt. Unfortunately, no photography is allowed at the exhibit, so only memories will be kept.
Of course, my favorite King Tut moment was the classic video of Steve Martin from Saturday Night Live.
Click on the play triangle below and enjoy the silliness!
Have a great day!
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
I stopped by the Mingus Mill, near Cherokee, on my way home. It was the last day of 2008 that the mill would be open and running. This mill was built in the 1886, replacing an earlier one from the 1790's that was built by the Mingus Family. I love to visit old historic sites, such as this one.
It was cold and wet on the day of my visit, so I didn't fiddle around outside getting the shot that I really wanted...but you get the idea. On the upside, I had the place to myself.
Friday, November 28, 2008
What a spread...and we ate it all. Okay, so it took us 3 days to eat all of the leftovers, or at least most of them; but we did it. I am heading home tomorrow with a full stomach and a lot of laughs. And unfortunately, a nagging cough as well.
As you can see, we ate pretty well...and you can not even see the dessert table!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Just a quick note to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday....or at least to those folks from the USA, who are celebrating our Thanksgiving this week. I hope you all enjoy some turkey and dressing! I will be traveling to my aunt's house this year for a big family get together....so if you don't hear from me for a few days, that is what is going on.
On the way to my aunt's I got a nice surprise....snow! The top of the mountain was snowed over with a few inches. Nothing major, but a nice gift for the holiday.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
This little fellow was seen bathing in my yard this morning, so I went out and snapped his photo (does that make me a voyeur?).
The white-throated sparrow is a winter visitor to this part of the country. They spend their summers up in Canada and come down here to the southern US in the winters....just like so many other "Snowbirds", except that feathered ones actually fly down. Most of our other "Snowbirds" are found in their RV's.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
In the rear of the closet is a panel that gives access to the water pipes behind the shower. The small raccoon must have climbed up one of the pipes, and found a way beneath my bathtub, and pushed the panel out of the way and entered the closet. The critter took off, and I quickly reinforced the panel with a milkcrate filled with some weights that will hold the panel tightly in place when the door is shut. Tomorrow, I will cut a piece of 2x4 and nail it in place.
Ahhhh The joys of living in an older home!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Above is a video of some more photos that I took while at the Folkschool last week (slower connections will take a moment to load the video). More photos can be seen by looking at the previous four or five blog entries.
Some older videos from my previous trips to the Folkschool can be found at the following two links:
Woodturning video with wildflowers (and same annoying music)
and here is another, when I took the Dulcimer class, with better music!
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
This mug is still missing the handle, but not for too long. I am tired, but had a great time this week at the Folkschool. Too much of a good thing, I suppose. I know that my kitty will be happy to see me return home!
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Here is a photo that I snapped before breakfast this morning out by the folkschool gardens.
Olympus Stylus 1010 f 3.5 1/200 sec
Friday, October 31, 2008