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Monday, November 12, 2018

Charleston's Plantings

Lush is the description I give to Charleston's plantings. 

Early November window boxes overflowing with foliage. 

The greenery loves the moist, steamy existence. 

Trees that survived the earthquake, fire and war, a foot print to walk around. 

Looking up into the window dressed in pretty vases and candlesticks. 

Ha ha! Surprise!

Up close and intricate. 

One room wide!

Ivy trimmed around this scroll work on a foundation. 

No doubt this tree's roots drink directly from the river. 

A full window box of color.

That wraps up my thirty two hours in Charleston. Steve tried to distract me by walking up King Street for all the clothing boutiques but my heart was on Meeting Street.

We ate at great restaurants, shopped darling boutiques, and took the carriage ride to hear all the historical stories of this elder city.
I would love to go back and explore some more!

This post is dedicated to my brother Morgan. Today would have been his 58th birthday. RIP Morgan Mathew O'Shaughnessy.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Iron Works And Courtyards

Thin, narrow, ribbons of iron allows the air to flow through and diffuse's the view of the private space. 

Gates and fences, blocking intrusion in an artful manner. 

Leaving something for the imagination to ponder, where does that path lead? 

The long, tall windows behind the lacy fretwork.

Won't find me straddling this enclosure. 

Cool brick and flagstone alleys behind scrolled gates. 

All different with similarities of who the artists were. 

Walking down Meeting St in Charleston South Carolina.

I would like to say Happy Birthday to my mother, she would have turned eighty four today. She traveled to Charleston in the mid seventies and I can remember how remarkable she thought the architecture was.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Palazzos & Plaques

Walking down Meeting St, in Charleston, South Carolina, staring at all the "old money" homes. Unlike anywhere I have been before! Beautifully constructed, private residences. 

Reading the historical plaques and marveling at the architecture. 

Through seiges, earthquakes and fires the city rebuilt, turnbuckeled and restored the historic homes to their former glory. 

With over twenty denominations, standing side by side, this early city was ahead of their time. The Declaration of Rights made no distinction based on race.

Halloween humor!

The dentil details are astounding. 

The palazzos hidden behind the large, wooden gates. 

Residents could air out their laundry, literally, on the porches to catch the afternoon breeze off the river. 

Siestas in your bloomers sipping sweet tea. 

Homes as early as 1721, land grants from the King of England 1682. Money moving into the city.

Their acceptance of human drama, the openness of their beliefs is the glue that hold this city together.

This was my first impression upon walking Meeting St. to the river's edge. 

Monday, November 5, 2018

"Here Comes The Sun"

Sunrise on the Atlantic Ocean. I took stills and put them together for a video, dedicated to my little family. Thank you for giving me the camera for my birthday. This sunrise is for you!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Worth A Stop

The Rock House Antiques, Interiors and Market!
415 Mauldin Road, Greenville, South Carolina

Stopped in, stayed a while and purchased some select items.
And as usual, left some pieces behind. I'll be back in March ready to buy out the inventory! 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

...The Rest Of The View

To the west... the south...

...the north view...

...whoa! that was close...

...and there you have it from five stories up!

Did an antique run in the sweet little city of Greensville, South Carolina. Stayed at an Airbnb we found on line. Seven hundred square feet, clean and fresh, right in the heart of the city proper. We will be back!

Five Stories Up

Sitting on the balcony...

...overlooking Greenville, South Carolina...

...listening to the air exchangers rattling on...

...noisy, nonstop, engines running the fans...

...remember the Legionnaires Disease?...

...I felt like I was sitting in the middle of an airport runway!...

...the huge industrial noise...

...cooling off the city rooftops...

...the sounds of five stories up.

Monday, October 22, 2018


When you get to design and build a kitchen for homeowners with great style amazing things happen. This was a fun project we did over a year ago and still one of my favorites. #bohostyle
I believe that my husband can build, modify, create anything I can dream up. I would love to recreate our kitchen footprint, he says we need more storage. Down time is coming and then we can get to business drawing out the new floor plan. 

Wren's Gate
While we are at it, how about modifying the sun room on the south side of our home? We have the windows and radiant floor heat in place. Tiling the floor and painting the window frames would spruce it up and make it cozy.

Dining Roomcountryliving
I would like to build a small barn on our property for housing an antique store. This could work. Plenty of light and wood trusses to hang the treasures from. 

Hudson Valley Sugar House In the Summer #kidsplayhouseplans
Husband is starting with building a shed to house all the tools we use to keep the Holler in tip top shape. Lawn mower, snow blower, chain saws, trimmer and leaf blower. All the gas and oil containers. Making room in the garage for his furniture repair business. Caning, weaving rush seats, painting and varnishing. 

I can see we have a productive winter ahead of us!

 In the meantime the sun is out and the colors of the fall foliage is breathtaking. Have a great day!

Monday, October 15, 2018

A Thank You Note

Dear Will Hoge,

I would like to thank you for bringing your "Thoughts & Prayers" to Grand Rapids Michigan.

You left behind new converts to your music.
"Social D" fans will never be the same, again. The Chicago crowd, who were sitting all around us, were seen at the merch booth after the show, buying the cds.

The buzz through out the crowd..."Who is this singer?" "Where do they come from?" "They are a good live show!"

You are part of the great expression of music so that all mankind may listen and understand. 

I thank you for that. 

To catch more of Will Hoge and his band, try out the new CD, "My American Dream". 

Breath Focus And Shoot

The third song playing...

Time for photo ops, running out....

Quickly I pulled the camera up to my face and stared getting intimate with the dials....

"Hey, that's my mom!" look on Christopher's face....

I have had the new camera body for two weeks...

And the telephoto lens six days...

I wound up with eighteen exceptional shots of the band...

As I racked off the shots...

my hands playing braille over the the rings and meterings... 

The music, inside of my head, familiar and comforting....

as I was out on the edge of my comfort zone...

Well into my learning curve...

To my amazement I was getting it right...

As the third song buzzer came on...

It was over, just like that!

I walked back to my seat, listening to the rumble through the audience, as the "Social D" crowd discovered Will Hoge.

Last, but not least, part four to be continued....   


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