21 September 2014

Ridin' along, singin' a song....

King St., Charleston, S.C.
Too bad they couldn't do a royal wave! They were enjoying the ride down King St. and attracted a lot of attention. I understand from a friend that they are named Jodi and Junior.

Today was a glorious day but buckle your seatbelts kids! We are about to get hit by a Monday. 

20 September 2014

Charleston Farmer's Market

Fields Farms, Charleston, S.C.
I believe that a good tomato can improve almost any dish and I get a little panicky towards the end of tomato season. There is nothing like a fresh Johns Island tomato, is there? Devonne Hammond from Field's Farms has been my personal tomato dealer. He drives out and sets up a booth in the parking lot at my hospital every Wednesday to get me through the week.

I need to make at least one more summer dinner soon ....tomato pie, crab cakes, black bean and corn salad.

Today was music appreciation day at the market at Marion Square and as well as performing, musicians were letting people handle and try different instruments. It was fun to watch the kids.

Stay dry, folks! It's been a drippy day.

19 September 2014

Lone Star BBQ & Mercantile

Lonestar BBQ & Mercantile, Santee, S.C.
It is still cloudy and raining in Charleston but I haven't yet featured these shots from my day trip to Santee last weekend. After wandering through Elloree, S.C. we headed to Santee to treat ourselves to some BBQ at Lone Star. The Lone Star BBQ & Mercantile is a series of old buildings moved to the property and joined together to host a restaurant and store. I wasn't too impressed a few years ago when I ate there but was encouraged to give it another try. It certainly is an interesting spot with old buildings salvaged and gathered on the property. There was a family reunion going on while I was there but we got through the buffet line before they said grace so we were cool. The setting is almost like a museum with shelves full of vintage items.Behind the buildings is the tiny little cottage in the last picture.

Apparently, the entire property is for sale so if any of you are inclined to run a restaurant in rural South Carolina near a state park this is your chance!

17 September 2014

Pink House - large scale version

Charleston, S.C.
It isn't raining at this very moment in time so let's celebrate with another bright sunny photo of one of the fine mansions on the battery. I imagine this one is in many tourist albums.I recently featured the little pink house on Chalmers St. so we will call this the larger version of beautiful pink homes.

The Post & Courier has been inviting readers to submit photos featuring a different topic each week. This week's album is on Spanish moss. Can't go wrong there. You have to answer an annoying question to view the gallery but there are some pretty lowcountry scenes: Post & Courier Reader Gallery. My friend Larry's is #9 and in my happily biased opinion one of the best shots.

I missed restaurant week in Charleston but luckily West Ashley continues on through this week. I walked down and joined a friend at Al Di La. On the other hand, scratch that link. Their web site is too annoying to bother with.

16 September 2014

Sunny picture for a rainy day

King St., Charleston, S.C.
This is the brightest picture we've seen for a few days. I went for another walk in the rain because if I waited for it to stop I wouldn't be doing any walking this week. It looks like Sunday is out only hope for a clear day. In better news, it is a wee bit cooler.

Here is a fun and tasty event to put on your calendar. I've been before and it always seems like a perfect fall evening outside on the waterfront grounds at Lowndes Grove.Tickets here

Charleston’s top local food artisans paired with an extraordinary wine tasting experience combine for a delightful evening on the banks of the Ashley River. Proceeds and silent auction benefit local food charities and scholarships for women in the hospitality industry.
Silent Auction will benefit LDEI scholarships!

Lowndes Grove Plantation is located at 266 Saint Margaret St., Charleston

How much rain have we had?

Told you it was raining in Charleston! Well done gentlemen.
Hope you didn't have any open sores in that nasty dirty water.

15 September 2014

Cemetery Walking

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, S.C.
I've brought you here before, I'll drag you here again and you will like it. Magnolia Cemetery is one of my favorite places to walk and I revisit familiar scenes each time.

Magnolia Cemetery, One of Charleston's Best Kept Secrets: The best kept secret in Charleston!  The artistry of the grave stones, quiet southern gentility, pride, privilege and sacrifice are all around.  Magnolia Cemetery is the final resting place for Planters, Politicians, military leaders, bootleggers, whorehouse madams - you name it, anybody from the last 150 years of Charleston's history.
Buried at Magnolia are 2,200 Civil War veterans (including the famous crew of the Confederate submarine Hunley) - a great percentage of the war's total casualties that includes five Confederate generals and 14 signers of the Ordinance of Secession.  The Confederate connection probably attracts the most people, because there are so many buried here from that era.  A special Confederate section contains more than 1,700 graves of the known and unknown. One reads, simply, "Unknown, Three Bodies, Fort Sumter." Here, too, are 84 bodies of South Carolinians who fell at Gettysburg and were re-interred at Magnolia.

14 September 2014

Church Photo in Lieu of Attendance - Bethany Cemetery

Bethany Cemetery, Charleston, S.C.
When it is grey and gloomy outdoors where do I go walking? It seems natural to head to one of our historic cemeteries on upper Meeting St. I roamed Magnolia Cemetery in a light drizzle but caught this shot of the Chapel at Bethany Cemetery on my way out. Bethany is managed by St. Matthew's Lutheran Church so here is some background info from their website.

Bethany Cemetery: St. Matthew's Lutheran Church opened Bethany Cemetery in 1856 after its first cemetery was filled following several yellow fever outbreaks that devastated the immigrant German population of Charleston.  Today, Bethany's beautiful 55 acres are filled with some of the finest Victorian era mortuary art in the low country. 

13 September 2014

Elloree's Trash to Treasures Day

Elloree, S.C.
Twice a year little Elloree, S.C. throws a giant yard sale. Everyone in the community as well as the shopping area on Cleveland St. is invited to set up sidewalk tables and have a yard sale. There was outside music and a food vendor. Sadly a few of the established antique stores seem to be going out of business. The museum however has a new shop and was open for the event. A friend had left museum passes on his porch for us and we took advantage of them and explored the little historical museum before heading to Santee for lunch. It was a nice day trip.

Elloree, S.C.
Elloree Historical Museum
Elloree Historical Museum
Grabbing my free passes for the museum