This is the view from my balcony at Ocean Bay Drive and Resort. What a glorious day! All those college kids on the beach are from Virginia Tech. It's a tradition to come to this 60 mile stretch of Atlantic coastline and relax when college is out for the summer. These coeds were playing hard and having a good time. Me, too! Mom got brave and went swimming and diving through the waves, even though the water was a little cool.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
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It's the place to have lunch, or be a little naughty if you want a sweet treat!
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Jessica and I met up at the Myrtle Beach Public Library. She's in training to be a children's librarian. I did a storytelling hour there with preschoolers. What a fun time Mom and I had. Those sweet little children were so attentive as we read, HARRY THE DIRTY DOG, and told them of our adventures around the world. Afterward they wanted to hug us both! Children always have their hearts open.
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Yes, "Dream Big". Keep your dreams in your heart and nurture them, let them grow, and always have hope that your dreams will come true! This llama was a gift from a local Myrtle Beach artist to the library. I loved sitting on him and so do the kids.
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Now, I know most of you have heard the name of this coast town in South Carolina, but don't know much about it. Well, I was very impressed with the friendliness of the locals and the hospitality of everyone I met. I encourage you to visit. I had a great time, made new friends, and learned a lot of American history during my stay. It's a fun place for a beach vacation!
This is the view from my balcony. The moon was bright and the surf was singing to the night as I said my farewell.
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Saturday, May 4, 2013
Marilyn and Kathy (holding me) are two of 400 volunteers at Brookgreen Gardens, a 4,000 acre estate just a little south of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. They were pruning and cleaning up the poppy bed at the entrance to the property. Kathy loved telling me about the history of the gardens and the Huntington's who bought the place in 1920.
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Paul is from Quebec City in Canada. Every spring he and his wife come south to the United States driving down in their recreational vehicle, affectionately known as an "RV". They head straight for Florida and then meander up the Eastern Seaboard, camping along the way, and bike riding. It takes them two months to get back home. Sounds like a fun life. They also explore, so that's why they were here at Brookgreen Gardens. Of course, they spoke with a French accent and Paul imparted an beautiful quotation with me, "On n'est rien sans amour" (One is nothing without love.) Very French, don't you think?
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Friday, May 3, 2013
The collection of American sculptures at Brookgreen Gardens is the largest in our country. They were everywhere. The original owner, Anna Hyatt Huntington, was a well-known sculptress and her pieces are showcased in the Garden. She loved to sculpt horses and other animals. These two horses are at the entrance to the estate and are the work of Anna Hyatt.
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Well, because I love to learn and am just the most curious of dogs, Brookgreen was right up my alley. There was so much to take in. The education department opens its door to many of the neighborhood children and school groups, and, now, me!
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This is another example of the wildlife in the Myrtle Beach area. The Education Department of Brookgreen Gardens provides many learning opportunities which teach children to respect nature and take care of the environment. As I said, this place is just right for me, a little dog that loves to learn and take care of Mother Earth.
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No, this is not a fossil hunt. On the grounds of the Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington estate, Brookgreen Gardens, the staff uncovered the remains of the overseer's house. This area of South Carolina was known for growing "Carolina Gold" rice and slaves were used to plant and harvest the crop. In the mid to late 1700's, Charleston, a town south of Myrtle Beach, was the richest town in the United States because of rice.
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At Brookgreen Gardens, as part of their educational program, they have a room showcasing the history of the area. Harvesting trees and making turpentine was big business. There was the coolest map painted on the floor which showed the rivers and stands of forest. This coastal area of South Carolina is rich in natural resources.
Can you guess? Did you guess?
So.....if you are ever in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, historically called "The Low Country", due to the ocean tides pushing fresh water from the rivers over their banks and a perfect place for growing rice, please make sure you venture further south to Pawley's Island. That's were Brookgreen Gardens is located. For more info go to: www.brookgreengardens.com
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Thursday, April 25, 2013
Isn't this reporter beautiful? And her personality is just as beautiful. Libba Holland reports the Fox Morning News on WFXB. She was interviewing me because I'm doing a storytelling hour at the local library that, I know, will be lots of fun!!
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Shane produces shows for the Fox, Channel 13, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He is the broadcast journalist who invited me to be on the news when he found out I was doing a storytelling hour at Chapin Memorial Library. We talked for a good hour after my taping. I really like this new friend; he's full of wisdom and great ideas to better others' lives, and he likes sharing.
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Sunday, April 14, 2013
I needed some nourishment so I stopped into this very well-known delicatessen in Manhattan to look around. Debbie was showing me the olive section. Can you imagine, this is just the olive section! That's New York City for you. It has everything!
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What I like most about New York City is the creative energy that flows through the town. I always get inspired when I'm here; little touches that make a big difference get me thinkin'.
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Yes, the chef at Homemade, the restaurant, has a garden out back. This place is a must see, must dine experience when visiting New York City. You can take the subway or a cab to Red Hook in Brooklyn and discover for yourself the excellent atmostphere and cuisine. I know you will be pleased! I know for sure!
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Sunday, March 31, 2013
Saturday, March 30, 2013
The selection inside Toad Hall was fabulous. Kelly helped me find a book for Mom called, THE OUTLIERS, by Malcomb Galdwell. It was well-received. This bookstore is a non-profit, 501c3 shop started as a direct result of the first Earth Day in 1972. The net profit fundsenvironmental projects in the Rockport area. Now, I think that is pretty cool!
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There are a few small sandwich shops in Rockport and this is one of them, Ally's Eatery, on Dock Square. Steve, in the dark hat, was happy to serve me lunch and Peter's soup was delicious.
Yum, Yum, Yum! Don't those Cowboy Cookies look good? Sometimes I'm a Cookie Monster! Lucky these are healthy cookies; they are just right for me.
Do you see anything on the menu you like?
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All along the coast of Massachusetts there is grey granite. Rockport, especially, is known for this high-grade rock (Get it? Rockport). It's everywhere in the town. There are two quarries that were running for several hundred years that provided granite to many building sites in the state and throughtout the country. A special form of the sloop was designed just to transport the rock to faraway destinations.
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Yes, this is where I get to live when I am visiting Rockport. It's such a wonderful house full of love and good cheer, not to mention French Cuisine. Did you notice the seashells on the railings? It was built in 1870 by Mom's dear friend's great grandfather, George McLane.
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