Thursday, October 19, 2017

Charleston gates

Tradd St., Charleston, SC    
There is always something interesting to discover on a walk in the historic part of Charleston. There will always be an interesting gate to look over, an alley to explore or secret garden to see. That is my worry about our new construction. Walking upper Meeting St. with offices, hotels and new construction is mind numbingly boring. I don't know the solution. Do we have to wait another hundred years for any character to develop? 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Shades of gray

Charleston, SC   
Shades of gray on the home, shutters and window boxes. It isn't a color palette I would consider but somehow it all works! The planters still look lush and green but we had our first slightly cool day today. The weather is delicious.

Check out this delicious caramel pie I was treated to yesterday for bosses day. It is so rich I've been able to cut tiny slivers and share it generously. This is the caramel pie from O'Charley's restaurant. Someone was listening to what I like! Thanks ladies. I didn't let myself bring it home last night because I would have been in a sugar coma.

Caramel Pie
On Sunday night I was fortunate to attend the Feed the Need benefit in the Cedar Room at the Cigar Factory. Thanks to all the restaurant owners, food and beverage staff and chefs who cooked our amazing dinner, funds were raised to feed the hungry in our community.

Feed the Need Benefit, Cigar Factory

Monday, October 16, 2017

Hutchinson House, Edisto Island

Hutchinson House, Edisto Island, SC    
Built by a newly freed enslaved gentleman known as one of the "Black Kings of Edisto" for his wife, this charming home is one I have wanted to see and finally had the chance on Saturday. We couldn't get to close to it but I was delighted to happen upon it as we toured Edisto Island. What a charming home. It is sad to see it in ruins but a happy relief to learn that it will finally be restored.
Post & Courier: EDISTO ISLAND — Not long after the Civil War, some newly freed slaves on this sea island were able to prosper, to the point where they got the nickname "the black kings of Edisto."  Henry  Hutchinson was the son of one of these kings, and Hutchinson's late 19th century home, built next to the island's first black-owned cotton gin, signaled how quickly fortunes were improving for some in the wake of the war.  His two-story home included three dormers and eaves decorated with stylish Victorian detail, while a wraparound porch gave Hutchinson and his wife, Rosa Swinton Hutchinson, a grand view of their field and even of the distant marsh.
You may donate to the Edisto Open Land Trust for preservation here: Edisto Open Land Trust 
Take an inside tour with my friend Brandon Coffey: Youtube
Check out my friend, artist Charlotte Hutson Wrenn's painting here: Charleston Through an Artist's Eye

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Swallow Bluff Plantation

Swallow Bluff Plantation, Edisto Island, SC  
I lined my shot up as closely as I could to match the beautiful painting by Andrea Hazel of the dovecotes at Swallow Bluff Plantation that was on the guide book to yesterday's Edisto & Beyond tour. I was one of the lucky ones who snagged a ticket to the sold out tour and had such a lovely time.

We visited churches, plantations, saw the Hutchinson home and topped the day with dinner at Ella & Ollies on Edisto Beach with Chef Philip Bardin. I will have more pictures of the day but these dovecotes at Swallow Bluff Plantation delighted my eye from the moment I saw the beautiful painting on the cover of the tour booklet.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

A healthy start to the weekend

Avondale 5K 2017, Charleston, SC   
The Avondale 5K ran right past my house this morning. I didn't even have to walk to the run to grab a shot. I believe they took care of my exercise obligations for the weekend. Thanks team!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Down the alley

Charleston, SC    
Love the iron work on the upper porch on this house tucked away on one of Charleston's alleyways.  They actually fit a joggling board on the porch.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Window boxes

Window boxes, Charleston, SC    
Charleston's window boxes are so lovely all year long it shames me and I fully intend to come directly home and spruce up my yard and plants. I don't of course, but I fully intend to at that moment. Well done, homeowners and thank you. 
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