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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.


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