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A Big Place to Play Marbles?! by Beverly Hicks Burch

coast past hilton lighthouse

If you are a golfer you may recognize this picture..but, then again maybe not.

Why? Well, this particular view. This shot was taken from atop of the Harbour Town Lighthouse on Hilton Head (SC). I have always loved the view from the top of lighthouses. There’s just nothing like it…well, except maybe the view from the top of mountains.

This view may look like another costal shoreline shot. But, it’s more than that. This is the Harbour Town Golf Links golf course. This particular spot in the infamous par 4 18th hole…one of the most feared in the golf world especially when fierce winds blow in off the Calibogue Sound.

Most people are use to seeing the location while playing through the 18th hole with the lighthouse in the background. Well, of course I’m not a golfer and I tend to agree with G. K. Chesterton on golf, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a beautiful location, even if it is a golf course, and especially if it’s seen from atop a lighthouse.

Oh, and you maybe asking how did the famous English writer G. K. Chesterton feel about golf? He said, “I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.”

I’m sure he could appreciate the beauty of the course, too..

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Ancient Bodies on Driftwood Beach, by Beverly Hicks Burch

A few days ago, I changed the header on my blog and started using a potion of a  picture I took at Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island (GA). (I had been using a picture I took in East Tennessee.) I’ve also changed the format of my blog just a tad to give it some freshness and crispness. Hope everyone is enjoying it!

Today I thought I’d share the entire picture the header was taken from. A couple of years ago, if memory serves me it was on Sept. 11, 2010 Tall & Handsome and I were in the Brunswick/St. Simon Island/Jekyll Island, GA area. That day (9/11) is always a sad one to mark so we decided to go somewhere new to take our mind of off the pain of the past.

Jekyll Island is considered one of the Golden Isles off the Atlantic coast of Georgia. It’s a barrier island with a varied wildlife and a history that goes back to US Colonial days. You can tour a historic district, old cemeteries and plantation ruins on the islands.

Driftwood Beach is one of the most notable features. The “driftwood” on the beach is actually the remains of ancients Southern Oak Trees that have fallen to time, wind and erosion. Their bodies create an amazing gnarled maze on the beach of trunk, branches and limbs for a beachcomber to weave in and out of while enjoying the wind, sun and sound of the surf. It’s not uncommon to find little crab skittering across the sand.

It can be a magical place and it was a place that gave T & H and me a moment in time…

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Colors at the Beach, by Beverly Hicks Burch

colors at the beach

There are certain rewards to climbing 114 stairs to the top of a lighthouse…the view being at the top of the list.

To many of you those 114 steps may not seem to be a big deal, but for me it was a milestone and major accomplishment. For, you see I am disabled. I have a very diminished lung capacity after having non-smoking lung cancer twice that resulted in having major portions of both lungs removed. Add to that autoimmune disorders, fibromyalgia,  osteoarthritis and last year the diagnosis of an atrial septal aneurysm in my heart. (And, that’s the short list…)

So each step was like the Tim McGraw song, “Live Like You Were Dying”. The fact that I lost my beloved aunt less than a month ago also motivated me along. Aunt LaRue suffered with many of the same illness and then some. Her final years were so limited by what she could do and where she went. It was torture for her because she was a curious adventurous soul at heart. So, with each step I thought of Aunt LaRue and how I was still here and can still live…

Granted my ascent was slow. Many climber passed us on the way up and Tall & Handsome insisted I stop after every 10 steps and rest. (Confession is there were pauses on those 10 step sets.)

But, when I got to the top and stepped outside…there was my reward…a 360 degree panoramic view, fresh cooler air, a brisk wind to cool me off and the proud smile of my champion T & H.

I tried to stay as long as I could…

I took in every thing all around me and for some reason things from the top seemed much more vibrant and colorful. I was particularly taken by the kaleidoscope of colors and shapes in this picture. Who would have thought a parking lot could be such a happy looking place?

Things just look different from the view at the top…

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`Nuff Said, Beverly Hicks Burch

Nuff Said

Sometimes a pictures is worth a thousand words…especially on a stormy, rainy spring day when Nature has done a back-up and you’ve had to bring our winter clothes again…

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Wading into Waves of Yesteryear…, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Almost knee deep

Do you think this former surfer is looking back and thinking about waves of yesterday year? Did I also mention he was treading into waves on the last day of winter? Yep, and he said the water was warm…

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Flagler Beach Pier, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Flagler Beach Pier B

Flagler Beach Pier is the dominate landmark of Flagler Beach, FL. You just can’t miss it. It sits right on A1A as you drive along the east coast of Florida. Construction on the pier was completed in 1927 for the cost of $75,000…that’s $937,500 in 2010 dollars. The original length of the pier was 1,000 ft. but over the years the sea has swallowed up and claimed about 200 feet of the pier into the depths of the mighty Atlantic Ocean. It measures 806 ft. currently.

Tall & Handsome seems to recall a significant storm reclaiming some of that pier while his mother was living in Flagler. I know the pier suffered greatly during Thanksgiving 1985.

You can walk out on the pier between the hours of 6AM and midnight and you can also fish from the pier. The daily walk-out rate is $1.50 unless you are a senior (65+) or military, then it’s a buck. Daily fishing rate is $6.00 and $4.00 for seniors and military.

T & H asked my if I wanted to take a stroll out to the end. I looked at him and said “Seriously?!” For a non-swimmer, aquaphobia suffer that’s like asking, “Honey, would you like to walk the plank with me today?”

How `bout instead we shove bamboo skewers up my fingernails for a more enjoyable experience?

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Man in Black, by Beverly Hick Burch

My T & H

My Tall & Handsome…AKA former lifeguard…AKA former surfer…AKA former competitive swimmer…AKA former jammies wearer…AKA Ron Jon patron…AKA former quasi-hippie…AKA Satellite Beach (FL) High grad…AKA Florida State University Alumni…AKA gringo New Mexican (also know as Mighty Whitey)…AKA soulmate…AKA love of my life…

By the way, dig those knees. That took years of surfing to develop those!

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Looking Back, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Lookin Back

My Tall & Handsome’s mother passed away on March 16th. She was living in Rochester, MN at the time and unfortunately we were locked away in the extreme Southeastern US at the time, bound by duties and circumstances that kept us in place.

We last saw Hazel in November 2009 when we went up for Thanksgiving with T & H’s family and to also spend what we thought was Hazel’s 90th birthday. (We now think it was probably her 89th, but what’s a year among friends and family, especially at that age?) Her short term memory wasn’t too good, but her long term memory was holding in there. We had a great visit and I was so glad T & H had that time with his Mom.

In the time since then, her health started to decline, especially fast the last couple of weeks. T & H had just tried to talk to her the Sunday before her final decline. The conversation didn’t go well. He kept loosing her after the phone was passed to her. I think I knew then that things weren’t good. His sister called a few days later with the news that Hazel was in really bad shape. She hadn’t eaten in five days and was coughing up blood. As someone who had been through this before (with my sweet dear Mrs. (Lola) Lovelady) I recognized immediately what was before T & H and us.

I knew Hazel for the last eight years of her life. She was a sweet, soft spoken Southern (Texan) lady. She was devoted to her children and she adored animals…a trait she passed along to both of her big hearted children. When she spoke of my T & H she always talked about what a sweet “boy” he was…which just goes to show you age is relative and all a state of mind.

I don’t know if Hazel every remembered my name. I know she knew I was Reggie’s wife. And, she knew I was Southern. I think we bonded over that. She missed her South and when I was around her I tried to honor her “southerness” because I knew, as a steel magnolia myself, how important our southern roots are to us. They are roots you just can’t extract…no matter where our short term memory may take us. I also wanted her to have the place of honor she deserved as T & H’s mother when she was around, so I always offered her the place by him in the car or at the table. It seemed just the right thing to do.

Before Hazel moved to Rochester she had lived in Flagler Beach, FL. In her little mind, for years she held on to hopes of moving back there. She had been active there and had friends there. She was President of the women’s group at her church, had been active in the Junior League, played bridge and was, of course, a member of the Daughter of the Confederacy.

This past weekend we drove down to Flagler for a bittersweet visit. It was T & H’s way of paying respect to his Mom. We drove by her former home, took her obituary to her former place of worship and just visited some of the places she would have visited.

Even though T & H had been born in New Mexico, he spent many of his formative years in the South. His Dad had worked at Mission Control at Cape Canaveral during the early years of the space program. So many of those years were in Florida. He graduated from high school in Florida and attended Florida State University. T & H was on the swim team in high school, was a surfer and was a lifeguard. He still, to this day, loves to visit Ron Jon’s.

Somewhere in the background, there should be a Beach Boys song playing…

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No Kidding, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Don't you wish you could buy one of these at every yard sale

Don’t know if you can read the sign, but it says “Yard Sale”. My question…Don’t you wish every yard sale had an ocean for sale? Really?!

 

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Blue’s My Favorite Color and… by Beverly Hicks Burch

Blue's my favorite color and where's Waldo - I mean Reggie

where’s Waldo, or in my case Tall & Handsome? I promise he is most definitely in this picture…

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