Thursday, March 10, 2011

South Carolina, Home Sweet Home!

I make no claims to be a photographer.  I should have taken this picture about a week ago, when the tree was full of these blooms, and minus the electric wires, and on a sunny day.  But aside from these mistakes, I'm in love with this tree, and to expose my ignorance, I don't know what it is, but I want it.

We moved to S. Carolina from Wisconsin about 4 years ago, and I love it here.  I feel like I always should have lived here.  The climate is incredible, and spring is spectacular.  Just wait til the wisteria bloom!  I'll post pictures of those when they do.  Even in winter there is a bush/tree, camelia I think, that blooms rose-like blossoms in red or pink.  I want that too.  Plus we have the beach.

The people are great here too.  Most are poor and humble.  They still open doors for you, even the young guys with the pants hanging below the crotch!  They say, yes ma'am and yes sir still, and all the women call you "Honey", or "Sweetie", which I find endearing.

Southern food is great too.  I can't eat the fried stuff though because it doesn't agree with me, and they fry everything!  The BBQ is out-of-this-world though; much more to my taste than the northern variety.  It does not have the red sauce, but is vinegar based with a touch of heat to it.  Then there is the collard greens, black-eyed peas, and the dessert you find everywhere- pudding with bananas and vanilla wafers.  It's all simple but I love it all.

We are heading into spring now and the pictures I post will show how beautiful it is here.  That's all for today!


  1. What a beautiful pic Honey, I love it!
    South Carolina is a state I would like to visit one day! :)
    I'm glad you're liking it there! ^_^

  2. Celine- thank you! S. Carolina has been a delightful surprise. Charleston is amazing, definately a must see city here! As for me, France is a must travel to someday place. In fact, French is the next language I want to learn!

  3. I am particularly attracted to such places and your story just made me dream! Thanks for making me travel while sitting on my chair...



  4. Rosa- You're welcome! I love traveling to your country too via your photos! Someday maybe it will be in person.

  5. I love magnolia trees. We had one in the backyard when I was growing up. Such a beautiful way to start spring.

    And I love love love the south. Must have been an interesting transition from the Midwest to the south though - maybe not regarding nice people but definitely for weather!

  6. What's not to like? It sounds like a wonderful place to call home...and one day I hope to visit the south.

  7. Elisa- I agree, the flowers are such a great start to spring! We're just getting started too. We have wisteria, dogwood, wax myrtles, just to name a few of the ones I know. All of these were new to me.
    As far as moving to the south; it was an interesting transition. This was really my first experience with the old south and the culture has some big differences, but over all it's been very good.

    Judy- Welcome to my blog! Thanks for visiting. It is definately a wonderful place to visit!

  8. We have magnolia trees all over the place here in Vancouver BC Canada! They are so pretty!
    Dogwood is our provincial "flower"... I have Pink Dogwood and Wisteria in my back yard... :)

  9. Isn't that funny, I had never seen wisteria in Wisconsin, and Vancouver is even further north. It probably was around but here it grows wild so it is everywhere!