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Harbour Town Lighthouse on Hilton Head Island, SC, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Hilton Head LIghthouse

Tall & Handsome and I were in Savannah for a few days to take care of some business. Imagine our surprise when we found out we were just a hop, skip and jump away from Hilton Head, SC. Another place to mark off my list of “places to visit” was within a 45 minute drive.

I really should get a theme song that says, “ROAD TRIP!”…

For those of you who have never been…there are golf courses galore on Hilton Head Island…for as far as the eye can see. But, you know my feeling about golf. I agree with GK Chesterton: “I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles…”

My interest was in locating the lighthouse…and locate it we did! The view from the top was spectacular. The sky was unbelievably blue that day. There are 114 steps and I could only take 10 at at time with intervals of rest…T & H insisted upon that! (He’s very good to take care of me and help me accomplish goals with my disabilities. There are ways to accommodate bothersome disabilities and still see what you dream of seeing.)

The lighthouse is located on Hilton Head and is known as Harbour Town Lighthouse. It sits at the Harbour Town Marina and is a relatively new lighthouse. Building began in 1969 and was completed in 1970. It is operational and the 18th hole of the Harbour Town Golf Links is nearby.

At the top you will find a gift shop and museum. A lovely young woman named Nadia was there when we visited. Nadia was originally from Serbia and was just a delight and very knowledgeable. Be sure to check out the Museum and Shop at their website.

We had a very enjoyable day…something we’ve needed for a while…

More pictures to follow…

© 2012 Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved

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Grab a Tall Glass of Sweet Tea, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Yes you ARE in the DEEP South

Could anything possibly scream old Deep, Deep South more than this picture? Clues? The old Southern live oak trees (quercus virginiana). And the Spanish Moss.

Spanish moss isn’t really a moss, but a living, flowering plant. It’s an angiosperm from the bromeliad family. It tends to favor warm, humid conditions and that’s why it’s so commonly found in the Deep South growing in the the trees of preference, Southern live oaks and bald cypress.

Industrious minded folk have found use for the stuff over the years: building insulation, mulch, padding for mattresses (umm, no thanks), and in the 1900s it was used to pad the seats of a new contraption called an automobile. Today we still have uses for it in arts and crafts, flower beds and I think I’ll run from this one…stuffing for voodoo dolls…

As far as the Southern live oak, there are several famous old ones still living. There’s the Treaty Oak trees…one in Texas and one in Florida. And of course, as a shout out to my home state Alabama, there are the two at Toomer’s Corner on Auburn University’s campus. Unfortunately, not too long after Auburn won the National Championship, some basketcase poisoned the tree and now it appears to be dying.

And of course, the wood for the USS Constitution was harvested from Southern live oaks growing on St. Simons Island, GA. The wood from the Southern live oak is so hard that when they finished building the ship and it was used in the Revolutionary War against the Brits the Colonials were delighted to find out that the Brits cannon balls just bounced right off the ship, thus earning it the nickname “Old Ironside”.

Today’s picture was taken a couple months ago in a sleepy little town called Darien, GA one of the oldest settlements in Georgia, with a history dating back to Colonial days.

To me nothing says Southern like a big ol’ house with a big porch and throw in those Southern live oaks and Spanish moss, and well, you have a Southern classic. You can almost feel the humidity, smell the gardenias and settle in on that porch with a tall glass of sweet tea…

© 2011 Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved


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Summer Fragrance, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Summer Fragrance

By Beverly Hicks Burch

The South has had a love affair with many botanical plants for centuries. We’re quite well known for many of them in fact. Think azalea and one’s mind almost equally thinks Southern. It’s the same for rhododendrons, dogwoods, camellias, magnolias, jasmine and one scourge we just as soon be rid of…kudzu. Phooey!

Kudzu is a virulent Native Asian vine worthy of a sci-fi flick…it has literally been called “the vine that ate the south”. This stuff is scary…you can almost watch it grow! The claim is that it can grow a foot a day and it can overtake an abandoned car in weeks!

But, there is another less ominous botanical wonder the South is famous for during the summer time and that would be the creamy white, highly fragrant gardenia. There is nothing quite like the scent of gardenias wafting through the air during a June evening…it is the sweet scent of heaven…

The gardenia is an evergreen shrub native to Asia although there is one variety found in Hawaii. The plant is grown in tropical and subtropical regions and in the summer time, well, that would resemble us, folks! The unfortunate happenstance for gardenia lovers is the sad fact that the blooming season is a short one…just a few short sweet weeks…

So as a result, essence of gardenia is used in many colognes and perfumes. Some fragrances you might be familiar with that use gardenia are: L’air Du Temp by Nina Ricci, Curve Vintage Soul by Liz Claiborne, Baby Phat Goddess by Kimora Lee Simmons, and Pure White Linen by Estee Lauder.

Whatever way you choose to get your yearly dose of gardenia, there is one way in my opinion that’s just hard to beat and that au naturale…so, this morning when I carried water out to Tall & Handsome while he was cutting the grass I decided to bring in some fresh blooms to float in water and scent up the house. Thought yall might enjoy taking a “whiff”…

Gardenias 1

Gardenias in a Bowl

Gardenias 2

Can You Smell the Sweet Scent?

Gardenias 3

Even the tiniest of God’s creatures love Gardenias…

Gardenias 4

A Perfect Bloom

© 2009 Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved.

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Along the Savannah River, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Along the Savannah River

By Beverly Hicks Burch

This past weekend Tall & Handsome and I decided to take a break from “nesting” (translate unpacking a bazillion boxes).

We had heard about the Riverwalk in Augusta, GA and although we didn’t really get to explore it because an earlier rainstorm had made it rather warm and muggy, we did get to see a very small portion of the River and Riverwalk.

The Savannah River is an alluvial river. Its headwaters begin in the mountains of North Carolina and it flows through South Carolina and Georgia before it empties into the Atlantic Ocean. It is the primary boundary between Georgia and South Carolina. The River is one of Georgia’s longest and largest waterways and it also provides water to two major Georgia metropolitan areas – Augusta and Savannah.

There is a move within the community of Augusta to cultivate the riverfront much like San Antonio has their Riverwalk. As someone who’s been to both, I would like to see Augusta pursue that goal. San Antonio’s Riverwalk is a fantastic, awesome attraction…and I’m sure it infuses the city’s economy with tourism dollars. At the moment, Augusta’s Riverwalk is a baby Riverwalk in the making taking baby steps…and it has great potential if it emphasizes the areas history, ambiance, culture, geography and people.

There are many old homes downtown, some being restored to their former glory. It does my heart good to see these treasures appreciated. Augusta holds the claim as the home of the oldest African-American church in the United Stated. Springfield Baptist Church traces its roots back to 1773. Augusta is also the home of “the Godfather of Soul” James Brown, whose name can be found on many locations in Augusta. Just outside Augusta, between Augusta and the South Carolina border there is a canal that dates back to the 1840’s.

As an East Tennessee girl who grew up in the foothills of the Appalachians of central Alabama the geography of the area is different. I do miss the mountains, but overall, the warmth of the Southern people here ease homesickness…it is the South after all! The soil is a little more sandy…it’s nearer the coast…just a couple of hours and even though the temperature is very similar to Birmingham, it can be just a tad hotter…just enough to grow palm trees outside! And the cuisine is more Low Country Southern…and I seem to get a hankering for seafood more often *grin*.

We enjoyed our little outing the other day…it was a refreshing change we needed. I hope you enjoy the pictures…

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Floodlines along the Savannh River

One of the flood marker of some of the past flood stages of historic flood levels in the area.
Augusta, GA

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Looking Toward Carolina


Looking Toward Carolina, originally uploaded by Bamasteelmagnolia.

Looking across to South Carolina just above the River Walk on the Augusta, GA side.

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Calm Day on the Savannah River

The Savannah River Canal near Augusta, GA


…as smooth as glass…

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Flower of the Old South

Flower of the Old South, originally uploaded by Bamasteelmagnolia.

A Georgia magnolia for a Bamasteelmagnolia…
Augusta, GA

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Nestled beneath fragrance

A lamp post nestled beneath an old magnolia tree in the yard of an old church in Augusta, GA. Can it get more Southern than that?

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