"Following where my camera leads me!"

"Following where my camera leads me!"

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Wintertime Mills House visit

I'd like to show y'all how pretty the Mills House in Charleston, is inside. I love walking around in there and our little fairy granddaughter loves to walk around and see the "pretty shiny floors.! LOL
 A couple of months ago, The hotel was  decorated all pretty for Christmas. Everything looks so bright and festive.......and hopeful, doesn't it? 
With Valentines now past, I figure I should go ahead and get this posted, since Spring is now on the way! LOL
I do like looking back at holiday decor though....


Oh what a gorgeous chandelier!!
Not sure which one, but one of the chandeliers in the pretty lobby came from Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville, Tennessee
Now you can see why granddaughter always talks about "the SHINY FLOORS" lol

I love this old telephone, and granddaughter is pretty fascinated with it. Isn't it neat?

Christmas tree reflecting in the floor

all kinds of beautiful little nooks in the big lobby

I love peacocks!! So I loved this big white one!! Had to make his picture!

Enjoying supper!

Pretty things in the hallways

I love this purple wall!! (before our kids grew up)--When we lived in the victorian house, our front parlour was this exact color. 

I love the fireplace and I love the mirror too....so I had Mr. Front Porch make my picture here

Poinsettias, pine cones, and gold ribbon
I love their courtyard too....and the splashing fountain!
They had heaters out here, but they were not needed this night....it was pretty warm. I don't think we even wore coats that night.

This little old pocketbook is so old! Years ago I glued snowmen, beads, and rhinestones on it.
the old windowsill ( hotel was built 1853, badly damaged, mostly demolished,. then reconstructed in the 1960s I believe. They were able to save and use most of the original fancy ironwork) seemed like a good place for this picture of my little old pocketbook! LOL
Here's what the hotel looked originally:
National Archives
It was originally five stories and it is now seven stories, with about 200 rooms I think.
Hope you enjoyed walking around in the hotel with us today! I always love their Christmas decorations, so pretty!

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

this February week

 Not the best pictures.....but the bright yellow splashes of Carolina Jessamine are in full bloom, finally! I've been eagerly awaiting them and hoping to make pictures because they only seem to last a couple of weeks and then that's it.

I think spring is finally here!

and the trees are budding!

this tangerine tree is looking happy!

and we saw the spring's first daffodills 2 days ago.

We are so ready to get our gardens in again!

Valentines day was lovely.

There were cards and candies...........

and presents....

and a pair of sparkly green "emerald" earrings for me, and two new shirts, one a blue flannel shirt, so soft and warm. Cant wait to wear it!
 I also got a few new books I wanted:

I've never read Jenny Hale, but it looks good

Mr. Front Porch grilled us salmon on the grill, on cedar plank. And we had baked "taters". And steaks.
I made "magic cookie bars" for dessert. Remember that old recipe from  the 1970s? We STILL LOVE THEM!!

sugary red heart cookies, enjoyed all last week

And we enjoyed our annual Valentine Banquet at church so much. Good food, music, fun games to play, prizes, and friends to share it with.
and every lady got a pretty red or pink rose

valentine greetings from near and far

My most favorite Valentine:

my favorite because Mr. Front Porch made it on a big red heart shape and covered it with ANIMALS....some of my favorites, chickens, cats and dogs, and donkeys! I LOVE handmade cards and valentines.

Last night I fried up salmon cakes for supper.

and corn on the cob drenched in butter, salt, and parsley.

and we had a gorgeous sunset, the perfect end to a real nice day!

so where in tarnation has February GONE!?

March is marching in real soon!!
howdy, y'all, from Beckie Marie