fabulous living....
in south carolina!


South Carolina is a coastal state full of enchantment and charm, fascinating beauty, history and culture.
She is so easy to fall in love with, and impossible to forget.

Azaleas and Springtime in South Carolina.
by Kathy Gardener

azaleas in Charleston

A celebration of everything pink and purple!  Springtime in South Carolina... a visual treat of splashy azalea blossoms in front of nearly every building in every town, from the most humblest abode to imposing monumental structures... everywhere you look you see fabulous amounts of color!

This is an exciting time of year for me.  When I was growing up in Ohio, my grandparents grew azaleas on a bank in their front yard overlooking Ridge Avenue.  In a climate that was not conducive to azaleas, my grandfather sweated over his and pampered them into an amazing display of hot pinks each year.  The Cincinnati Enquirer would often feature the yard in a black and white photo on their Gardening Page, which drew a string of slow moving cars cruising down Ridge Avenue each April, looking for Mr. E's garden.  You could spot it in a heartbeat.
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Southeastern Wildlife Show Weekend.

by Kathy Gardener



I just got back from a fun-filled weekend in my favorite city - Charleston, SC.   I was reminded again of some of the things that make people fall head over heels for this lovely place.  Subtle things that whisper "Move to Charleston" and "Never Leave".

It is a gorgeous city. I am not a world-traveler, but I have been to every major city in the southeastern United States, and to most, I have been multiple times.  There is no place quite as stunning.  The picturesque historic area on the peninsula is so, well, picturesque.  I can't put my camera down.  Every little alley or driveway invites a photographic recording - beautiful old brickwork or ironwork, or a resident's lovingly-cared-for garden where daffodils boldly open in the February sunlight.  I just can't get enough.  The waters surrounding the peninsula are broad rivers, with sailing ships, cruise ships and freighters all deftly plying the splashy sun dappled waters.
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My Folly Beach Vacation.
by Kathy Gardener

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I rented an adorable little beach house for a week in late April.  It is two streets back from the beach at Folly on West Cooper Street.  I rented it through Avocet Realty.  The three bedroom two bath home has been recently updated with new kitchen and baths and has a sprawling screened back porch with mature palms just outside, rustling away with each nice April/May breeze.

I have been to Folly Beach for beach walks many times but never stayed overnight out there.  The house on West Cooper is within walking distance of the town's commercial district, which consists of four or five old timey souvenir shops, a couple surf shops, a dozen or so eateries, bars and a few real estate offices.  There is a new fire department and city hall there too.  My husband and I walked into town most evenings we were there.  We mozied down West Cooper past new homes and old homes, and drank in the fragrance of confederate jasmine and salty beach air.  We tried three restaurants at Folly - Locklear's at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier: really good eggplant tower and fried seafood.  Taco Boy: the best guacamole in the world and a fun atmosphere.  Conch's: great service. atmosphere and salads.  The closest thing to Key West on a very small scale.  The people at Folly Beach seem very laid back, their clothing ragtag, with flip flops or barefoot, many with dogs on leashes beside them.  We wanted to mingle but every bar we entered smelled of very strong cigarette smoke, so we opted to spend our time walking the beach or streets.
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