Archive for August, 2011

I imagine this is what Pat Conroy describes in his many novels set in this beautiful Low Country landscape. I took these photos between 6:30 and 8:30 last Friday when Hurricane Irene spared our coastlines and salt water marshes of Charleston. And sunsets like these make me so so thankful.

Lazy dock at high tide

Quiet Sky during Hurricane Irene

Marsh grass at high tide

Firey sunset instead of Irene

Reflecting Sunset

Lazy dock at sunset

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Earthquake in Charleston

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What gift is Charleston giving me for our 1 year anniversary together?

A potential category 3 hurricane!

Path of Hurricane Irene

When I announced that I would stay in my Sullivans shack (built circa 1900) to experience the storm in style, my office yelled at me, literally yelled at me for even suggesting such a stupid idea. Then my boss informed me that Hurricane Hugo, the devastating storm that pummeled Sullivans Island in September of ’89, was a Category 3 when it hit Charleston’s coastline.

My little bungalow survived though…and hopefully it will stand strong if this storm lives up to its worst-case-scenario projections. Not investing in renters insurance is sounding like a bad decision right about now.

My little beach bungalow

I feel safe though. Channel 7 was Live at Lowe’s last night, reporting on Hurricane Preparedness. This is not at Lowe's, and was not taken last night

I feel even safer in my 1900’s Sullivans cottage after watching this video, especially after the reporter said that since Hurricane Hugo, “building codes have been tightened up, but for the structures built pre-1989 are extremely vulnerable.” Sweet.

For now, I am just excited about the 5 day forecast. After this scorching summer, my flower bed and money tree need some rain like this.

5 day weather forecast on Sullivans Island

Money Tree

Thats just the growing money tree that will make me a millionaire soon. I'll pack him if we end up evacuating. Biscuit, Turk and Linus will come too.

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I have to share one of Sports Illustrated’s featured photo galleries from yesterday. All about animals and watersports. These photos were not taken in Charleston, but if they were, it wouldn’t surprise me a bit. Charleston is known for its “dog-friendliness” – whether you are on the beach or eating al fresco at a restaurant downtown, chances are…your canine companion is welcome to come along. Here are some of my favorites from the gallery. They are AWESOME photos!!  See all of them here. 5 dogs surfingTerrior SkimboardingSurfing compeition for dogsSurfing GoldenFat Pug Surfing!

Beach Dogs

Sorry pups, you just aren't as cool as the surfer dogs

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Now playing on the porch: Hold My Hand by Hootie, the Blowfish and Elmo

As if my love for Darius Rucker could grow any deeper, this discovery may have just solidified my adoration. I don’t need to explain why I am playing this right now. Darius Rucker + Elmo = best recording EVER.

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Su ChefDetailBackyard RelaxinHow much is that doggy in the window?Red Green ContrastDIY Sort OfFat Cat

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This charming screened-in porch needs owners that will fill it with cozy furniture and friendly people. Right now this porch is lonely, and empty. But never fear, it looks onto an amazing corner lot that sits across the street from one of the best elementary schools in Charleston. This porch will be filled with love soon enough.

A lonely porch

Help! I don't want to be a storage room!

28 Charlestowne Road is for sale, and for the porch’s sake, will hopefully fly off the market.

Walking in the lowcountry

Thats not walking in Windermere. And probably not with much purpose. Just walking lovebirds.

Situated on what I think is the best lot in highly desirable South Windermere, this home needs a family looking for a safe, inviting neighborhood with a true community feel. South Windermere is a marshfront neighborhood with a very high walkability rating and it is just 5 minutes (a true 5 minutes, not a “just 5 minutes but its really 15 minutes”) from downtown Charleston.

From this porch, you can walk to tons of shops, restaurants, boutiques, and more. I call it being able to walk with purpose. There are few places, other than our major US metropoli (I am making up a better plural form for metropolis…similar to the plural form of octopus) that allow us to walk with purpose – that is, to walk with a reason more than simply getting exercise. I love the idea walking or biking to get groceries, or coffee, or dinner out, or a haircut, or to the dentist, or the doctor. And South Windermere offers all of this…without the urban cityscape.

As we all know, I’m not a big-city girl. I don’t love concrete jungles. Or the aroma of hot dogs, sewage and gasoline. I love the slower pace of suburban life…I love having a yard…and I love having a porch on a quiet street. What I don’t love is suburban sprawl…having to drive everywhere. And being isolated. South Windermere provides the best of both worlds – walkability without sacrificing convenience.

Plans for St. Andrews Elementary in 2012

Plans for renovation of St. Andrews Elementary in 2012

Kids are allowed the independence to walk to school in the morning, and then to the public library just down the street when the bell rings.

This neighborhood is a rare gem in today’s world – and if I live in Charleston when I have my own family…we are living here. (Actually, in a perfect world I think I would live in THIS HOUSE. Lets hope it goes on the market when I have kids in 100 years.) So check out some interior photos below, and when you have a free afternoon, walk through the shops of Windermere. Get a massage at Urban Nirvana. Buy some toys for your doggy at Doolittle’s. And then grab a bite to eat at Med Bistro.  And if you are one of the lucky ones – one of the residents of South Windermere – mozy on home and have a glass of wine on your porch 🙂

South Windermere real estateSparsely furnished living roomKitchen with tile backsplash

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