Sunday, March 29, 2009

A Cool Photo

There was this little Catholic church close to our B & B in St. Mary's, GA where we stayed before going over to Cumberland Island.  It was surrounded by a white picket fence that had crosses attached to the top at regular intervals. 

As we were walking back from eating that night, I saw one of the crosses' shadow on the side of the church.  Since I had 3200 speed film in my camera, it came out really well even though it was very dark.  Cool, huh?

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A Weekend on the Coast

                                                                                 Friday night the three of us traveled to St. Marys, GA to spend the night at a B & B we had stayed in before called The Goodbread House.  We decided to spend the night, because the ferry going over to Cumberland Island leaves the dock at 9:00 which meant we would have to leave our house around 5:45 to catch it.  
I've wanted to go over to Cumberland Island ever since moving to south Georgia.  So I called up, made reservations, and off we went.

You have to take all the supplies over you'll need, because there are no stores.    We took everything we needed in a backpack.  Of course, I had my camera bag with three different cameras.  One had black and white film, one had color, and the other was digital.  

The island has about 200 feral horses left over from Spanish settlers and previous owners.   I was hoping to get some of them running on the beach or something equally dramatic, but it didn't happen.

We didn't get to see everything there, because we had to walk everywhere.  My legs feel swollen from all the walking.  So we concentrated on the southern tip.  There were the ruins of a grand mansion from the gilded age build by Thomas Carnegie (brother to Andrew).  Unfortunately it burned about the middle of the last century.  There was a cemetery where Robert E. Lee's father, Gen.  "Light Horse Harry" Henry Lee was buried.  He died in the first mansion that was there; there have been two.

It was nice just walking on the beach.  I'm looking forward to going to Fripp again in May.

The island is covered in live oak trees, palmettos, and spanish moss; very Southern. This was a great time of year to go.  It's unbearable in the hot months-about April through November!

We had a great day and now I have to go cook supper even though I don't want to.  I hate cooking after getting back from a trip.  I always feel so blah.  Anyway, I'm glad we went.  One more thing to mark off the list in 2009!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Making Dishcloths

I found this thermal baby blanket at Goodwill.  It's all-cotton in a pastel plaid.  It was coming apart on one end, so I didn't feel too guilty cutting it apart to make dishcloths.

I've been wanting to knit some dishcloths, but when I saw this I realized I could make them much quicker by cutting the blanket apart and hemming the edges.  I'll get to knitting some soon; maybe when these wear out.  In the meantime, these will happily suffice!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Things Present; Things to Come

It's the first day of March, and spring is coming in like a lion.  Our yard is covered in robins, so in a nod to them I'm adding the egg background to my blog.  

I've been hanging onto winter.  I love bundling up in sweaters and scarves.  B..U..T...things are starting to bloom around here, so my mind is slowly, slowly turning toward spring.  There's nothing like spring in the South.  I remember traveling through Georgia in 1977 with my husband while he worked his territory.  We were living in Columbia, South Carolina at the time; another beautiful state in spring.

I remember especially the hanging blossoms of wisteria looking like lavender grape clusters made all the more brilliant by the background of dark green pine trees.  I also remember baby goats jumping and playing all over the fields.  It seemed like everyone had goats!  

And the balmy, soft touch of the southern air on your face; just enough to let you feel its presence.

All that will come in a few weeks.  Right now the wind is blowing sideways from the northwest.  There's a chance we'll have snow tonight!  We're all hoping and praying it comes.  The last time it snowed here was in 2000 and then only an inch or less.  

So tonight, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!