21 January 2018

A bright sunny Sunday

Carolina Yacht Club, East Bay St., Charleston, SC   
How lovely to walk in the sunshine! What a perfect day. I even did a little yard work.

Many of my plants that make it through a normal winter look pitiful if not dead. Luckily I took a big bag of change I'd been collecting and ran it through the coin counting machine at Harris Teeter this morning and came away with a cash card for $30 to Lowe's so maybe I can pick up a few plants. The coin counting machine takes a percentage if you want cash but gives you the option of cash cards to a few restaurants and home improvement stores. 

20 January 2018

The old Cavallaro

Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC    
The old Cavallaro restaurant on Savannah Highway has a fond spot in the hearts of Charlestonians as the classy spot for steak dinners and dancing to live music. It was the special event place for dates, anniversaries and celebrations.

It didn't get torn down but became a car dealership among many others on the West Ashley auto-mile. Wouldn't it be fun if the cars could be moved out and dinner served just one more time?

This morning's walk took my up Savannah Highway to Accuphoto to pick up my camera which I'd left overnight for their cleaning and calibration event. I imagined my workhorse camera at a sleepover overnight spa with all the other cameras. Nice to have her back. It wasn't the most scenic walking route along the highway but I did get to grab these shots with my cell phone.

17 January 2018

Archie - the model dog

Archie, Johns Island, SC    
I had this shot of my friend Jo's Archie posing on a woodland path on Johns Island in my camera album. Slightly over a month ago it looks so warm and sunny. It was taken before our deep freeze. Archie improves any photo. Stay warm kids!

14 January 2018

Rooftop view - Central Station

Central Station, Meeting St., Charleston, SC 
I am late to the game keeping up with all of Charleston's new restaurants but was recently invited to a birthday brunch for my dear friend Andre in the rooftop restaurant of the Grand Bohemian Hotel. Most pictures I have seen from the hotel have been of people lounging in the outdoor terrace but it was too cold for that the day I was there. I did go out to see the view and reached my cell phone over to grab this shot of the fire stations on Wentworth and Meeting St. Researching more information I came across a wonderful directory of historic Charleston fire stations with the background information below: 
Wonderful directory of historic Charleston fire stations: 
Central Station: 262 Meeting Street
Built 1887-88
On August 31, 1886, the city of Charleston was struck by an earthquake. 2,000 buildings were damaged, and between 60 and 100 people were killed. Many fire stations were also damaged, the city built a trio of larger and more strategically located fire stations. The three buildings were each designed by Daniel G. Wayne and built by Colin M. Grant.
The largest of the three was a double "double house" that opened at the corner of Meeting and Wentworth Streets in 1888. Considered the most important station in the city, because of its central location and straight passage from each end of the city, the new station housed four steam engine companies when it opened. 
In 1900, a drill tower was built beside the station. The 70-foot structure was replaced in 1916, and closed in 1935.
Since  1976, Central Station has housed the Fire Chief's Office. It presently houses two engine companies, a Battalion Chief, an Assistant Chief, and several pieces of antique fire apparatus.
The outdoor pavilion, built on the site of an 1846 Artesian well, includes monuments to fallen Charleston firefighters, and the bell from the Cannon Street station watch tower. Mike Legeros photo.

13 January 2018

Sadness in Holly Hill

Holly Hill, SC   
Sadness in Holly Hill. These fires in big old buildings in small towns are so tragic. The building was
100 years old and had served as a boarding house in the 1920s according to the WISTV report. Even worse, it sounds like it may have been deliberately caused. 

11 January 2018

Neighborhood Taste Tester

Pasta Salad at Mellow Mushroom, Charleston, SC   
I was invited to taste the new catering menu at Mellow Mushroom restaurant in Avondale tonight. Not a bad way to spend the evening! This is a trend I'd like to continue! Although Mellow Mushroom is primarily a pizza restaurant they have delicious salads, sandwiches and appetizers. From this selection my favorite was the chicken salad sandwich - no doubt. Thanks Mellow Mushroom!

09 January 2018

Keeping up with the murals

Mural - Willow Salon, Liberty St., Charleston, SC 
Look ma! No more snow pictures. How about a colorful mural for a change? This spot has seen a few different murals through the years but I had to wait to catch this current version when a car wasn't parked in front of it. Thanks for the bright spot Willow!

08 January 2018

Charleston finally defrosts

Charleston, SC   
We are melting, we are melting! I finally got to work and caught a little bit of snow left in the meditation garden. It has been hard not being in scenic areas to take pictures during this extraordinary snow event.

While I have you, here is a fun Charleston Ski Resort video that was quickly pulled together.

The kids get one last day out of school since many of the rural roads are still packed thick with ice but for the most part today was back to normal.