"Following where my camera leads me!"

"Following where my camera leads me!"

Sunday, May 19, 2024

it was Mothers Day

 Well, I DO LOVE MAY. It's my favorite. Mothers Day, my birthday and our anniversary. It makes for a fun and exciting month!

Love our May calendar! His paintings are so bright and beautiful and really capture country life.
John Sloane calendar


Got my old vintage pocketbook ready. It was a lovely Mothers Day. The birds were up and singing as we went to Mothers Day church services.



And the very first sunflower was a blooming beauty!

As were the lilies, blooming so pretty, many more blooms than last year.



Here, we still adhere to the old Mothers Day tradition to honor our Mothers--- red for Mother Living, white for Mother passed on. A lovely old tradition I am proud and happy to keep up! Sadly, so many have dropped this sweet tradition.





Fairy Granddaughter enjoying the country air. Can you believe this was not posed?---this is just the way this child runs and bolts and frolicks and spins and twirls out here. Just like a fairy, LOL!
 I think she loves all the room, they live in the city! LOL

Our "baby chickens" were up bright and early! They are getting so big!



Pretty purple mums surprised me with blooms. We planted these here after they were done blooming last Fall.


Mr. Front Porch grilled steak, shrimp, and I made a big bowl of tater salad. It was all yummy


And coconut cake for dessert. It was not homemade, but it sure was good! LOL
Fairy Granddaughter made me a handmade beautiful card, and I got pretty flowers from Mr. Front Porch and Fairy Granddaughter and her mommy got me a peacock planter/vase.



I just love all the variations on the beads

I also got this pretty Murano glass necklace. I'd wanted for about a year now, I had given our daughter one for her birthday last year, saw how pretty it was, then I wanted one as well! LOL. Love the colorful glass beads made in Italy.

Afterwards, we went over to see the pretty water lilies. (lily pads?) I am always fascinated how they grow like this!





It was a truly good Mothers Day. I hope everyone had a great weekend this weekend as well. Its been alot of nice small spring thundershowers blowing through here the past few days. Good for the gardens!

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Blue sky, Old church


I walked by to take pictures of Grace Episcopal church on Wentworth Street recently. It was a good day for it as they sky was a brilliant shade of blue that day and I love that behind church steeples when I photograph them!

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The workmanship on this old church is so incredible.



The gothic revival style church was built in 1846. It had alot of damage from the Civil War, but was repaired.


The the big earthquake (1886) damaged it almost beyond repair and they almost tore it all down. They finally rebuilt it.
all the shapes and angles......

So many nooks and crannies........


The church has a good congregation today and there are also alot of weddings there.
I'm so glad this gorgeous church has survived, it's so beautiful!

Real glad you stopped in to see me and hope your week has started out great! Its been sunny here, alternating with short afternoon rainshowers. And some breezy days, which feel so good!

Our first sunflower of the summer:


Thursday, May 2, 2024

RUINS


A nice country drive brings us here............


Welcome to the Ruins!


Twisty tree limbs wrapped in Spanish moss and Resurrection Fern







Tammie and Bindie say "yes, LET'S GO!"

Creaky old gates and round gate posts welcome us









We used to enjoy coming here before they put up the black fencing. Back then, you could walk all around and inside the big columns. They put fences up because of vandalism.


So.....what exactly IS THIS place?
Who built this, and what year?
Who is buried here? What happened here during the Civil War?
If you are curious about what these ancient bricks and big columns are, click below.


(it's the third post down on that page)











I love making pictures of things with lots of colors and textures. So I can make pictures here for HOURS! lol





The fences keep you from walking around inside now.



















Love these ancient old bricks!

















































The girls got THIRSTY!























As is the custom, I leave a trinket of respect. I'd actually forgotten to bring anything, but was lucky to find a sparkling blue fairy stone in the bottom of my pocketbook to place here.

















As we walked around, one bird kept getting louder and louder.  We pretty quickly spotted a bright red bird and thought, "oh, a cardinal". Only it wasn't. We looked and looked and neither of us recognized this bird.
It was frantically flying and diving up and down and calling sharply and loudly.... to detract us from it's nest of babies.

I looked up birds and I'm pretty sure it was a Summer Tanager. My first time to see one!
I have several good bird spotting/identifying books, but not with us.
It didn't have all black wings, so still not sure?

I was thrilled to spot my first one!



What a pretty pretty bird!!









the old water pump. Yes, it still works



bricks inside this old tree

Hope y 'all liked walking about through these old ruins! It's a quiet and peaceful place. I love to come here. There is no noise.
Just whispers from the past.......