Monday, October 28, 2013

STEWBILEE

Our town on the mainland had their annual stewbilee this past Saturday. Besides the Brunswick stew tastings, they had arts and crafts and games for the kids, a few vendors, an old/classic car/truck exhibition and a Pooch Parade!!! My photos didn't turn out too well but we had a great time! Here are some of the doggies:

This one was dressed as a devil.



This one was a ladybug, as was her owner.


This was my favorite! A shepherd disguised as a sheep!


And this one wore a tutu as did her owner. They won the grand prize, I believe, but unfortunately I couldn't get a good shot. They went by too fast!




Friday, October 18, 2013

COURTHOUSE OAKS

A few weeks back, I blogged about a wedding at the old courthouse. The bridal couple were beautiful and so was the setting beneath all the great oaks.

A few days ago, part of a tree on the grounds fell and they had to take down the rest. And it seems another one is coming down, too. This will make six in the past six years that have been lost in this vicinity. If the county doesn't start taking care of them, they'll lose the one thing that distinguishes them from thousands of other courthouses throughout the country.


Here are some pix I took earlier this week. First one is the stump. See my shadow as I hold up my camera to take the shot?



Here's a better view of the stump. It's about five-six feet wide.



Here's the stump from a few yards away. The courthouse is to the left, in the background.


Here's a longer view of the empty place on the lawn. It's in the middle, behind the tiny tree.


 And this is the tree that's doomed. They say it can't be saved so down it will come. Sigh.


I think I must have been a druid in a previous life, so upsetting to me is this sad affair.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

FLOWERS IN MY YARD

My back yard is currently quite beautiful. No thanks to me and my guy. The people who lived here before us must have had green thumbs.

Anyway, we don't know what the flowers are. People come over and exclaim, "How lovely! What are those?"

I can say, "Jasmine or day lilies or azaleas or amaryllis or hydrangeas," because those are the only plants in our yard I know. For these two, I have to shrug. I thought maybe someone out there might recognize them so I'm posting pix here and on Facebook.

These are tall purple flowers that I see in different yards and places around the Village. They look kind of like morning glories but they aren't vines and their leaves are skinny:



This is a spreading bush, about five feet tall, with lavender flowers:


And here are some of the lavender flowers up close, tiny little flowers in clusters:



It'd be nice to know what they are.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

LOCAL SCENE

We've been under the weather a few days. Ventured out today but didn't walk down to the Village. Instead, we drove down, sat in the sun, and walked around the lighthouse before driving back.

When we got there, the new tour trolley was sitting waiting for customers.

For years, there was only one tour on the island. It's been around for years. In fact, there's a quote on its side from Eugenia Price: "I highly recommend the ... Trolley tour." And she's been dead forever!

Well, a year or so ago, it got some competition. Now there's one you can call and reserve, that a lot of wedding parties use. And just recently, we got another one. The Colonial Island Trolley tour. This one bills itself as the only air conditioned, wheel-chair accessible trolley tour on the island.

The thing is, this latest one comes into the Village right before the old trolley. We got there after ten, when the new one is supposed to leave. It was still waiting. Here is is:


Then, we saw the new trolley come wheeling in. Look at the end of the cars on the right and you can see it:



It's supposed to come at ten thirty and leave at eleven. Anyway, it parked in its place and waited for customers:


But the new trolley had scooped up a bunch of people and was off. I bet the old trolley owners are steaming at having business stolen out from under them. Today it wasn't too bad. There were several people who waited especially to go on the old trolley. But I bet some days, people get on the new trolley thinking it's the only one.

Ah, the woes of small business owners.



Thursday, October 3, 2013

CRIME SCENE

I love our local paper, not least because it gives a list of the crimes reported in the county. Yesterday I had to shake my head in disbelief.

This guy saw someone beating up on a woman in an apartment complex parking lot. He rushed into the fray and pulled the man off the woman. The man started beating up on him but finally ran away. The police came.

Turns out the woman knew who her attacker was but refused to press charges. So now the attacker is free to come back and beat up on her some more.

Are we raising stupid people or what?