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Home Again.

Posted on | September 2, 2015 | 12 Comments

For the month of August we have been away enjoying the sunshine and hospitality of South Carolina. Or Charleston, to be more precise. What an amazing city! We loved our time with our family exploring this new city and learning a lot of its history. And it was a great way to get away from the cold of August in Melbourne.

We flew into NYC and loved the view from our hotel on Long Island..

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We joined our family in Pennsylvania and then took the long drive to South Carolina. Our base for the first week was the historic area of Charleston.

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We had a wonderful time exploring the streets and lane ways and seeing all the historic buildings.

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We learned about having good north side manners as well as how these southern homes were built to cope with the heat.

Loved seeing all the Spanish moss hanging from the trees. Makes me think of all the movies based in the southern states.

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We took a ferry ride to Fort Sumter and then flew over in a helicopter to see it again. We now have a lot more knowledge about the civil war and this city’s part in the growth of the US.

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I think we explored every street in the downtown area and went through many historic homes and museums. We then extended  our exploration to some wonderful plantations.

Once the removalists arrived we helped set up the house and had to deal with other daily events. School started here in mid August.

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Aussie school kids would be in for a shock. Elementary school starts at 7:15 and our grandies had to be on the bus at 6:30. And yes, it was dark at 6:30!

All through the estates in their area were signs like this one.

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I don’t know why people visiting Australia worry about our snakes and spiders when they have concerns like this.

We even managed to fit in a zoo visit in Columbia, the state capital. I am a big kid and loved feeding the giraffes.

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Unfortunately our time flew by very quickly and we had to head back home.

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A quick stop back in NYC and then onto the long flight home. We arrived back in Melbourne on one of the wettest days for the whole of Winter. What a way to be welcomed back.

But I must say that today is a different story with beautiful sunshine and blossom on the trees. Spring is definitely trying to have its turn.

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I did manage to visit a couple of quilt stores in between all the unpacking and will put that info in my next post.

I am looking forward to catching up on all my blog reading over the next few weeks.

Cheers, Karen.

 

12 Responses to Home Again.

  • Pauline says: Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. We sent a week in Charleston about six years ago...I found it very hot, we would love to visit again during the cooler months. Enjoy your spring weather!! Hugs, pauline
  • Rachaeldaisy says: Welcome home!!! Your trip sounds wonderful. You saw so many things and got to feed giraffes. :) It was great that you were there to help the family settle into their new home, that would have been a huge help to them. If the children start early do they get home early?
  • Shez says: Hi Karen so good to have you back my friend,and thankyou for sharing these amazing pics,love them ,its such a pretty place.xx
  • sunny says: Wow - it sounds like you packed as much into every minute as you possibly could! I'm glad you had such a wonderful time.
  • Bev says: Hello Karen, I love the old homes. Having Alligators in the park would make me leave straight away. No wonder they sell Alligator Burgers! Happy days. Bev.
  • Raewyn says: Wow, it sounds like you had a fabulous time, what a wrench it would have been to come home. Sounds like you did a good job of seeing the local sights, it's nice to spend time in a place rather than just flitting through it.
  • Fiona says: What a wonderful history trip... I would love that. Yes that sign is scary .. I don't like alligators. You seem to have fitted in an awful lot... welcome back Hugz
  • Frances says: Welcome home Karen!!! So glad that you had a good visit and that spring is waiting for you at home!!!
  • Elaine/MuddlingThrough says: What a great blog post Karen! Glad you had a good time learning a bit about our history. And how nice to get back just in time to enjoy the Springtime blossoming! Yay!
  • Lesley says: What a wonderful trip you had! So many highlights! The places you visited are the places I wold love to get to some day. Thanks for sharing!
  • Mary says: Thrilled to have you back to blogging, although I'm sure you'll be missing your family in no time. The post is wonderful and reminded me of our time there. Those porches are grand, aren't they? I so wanted to ring a bell and ask permission to sit on the porch for a while. It seemed that every one had a rocker or two. Rich would not allow that, however. In fact, he wouldn't let me gawk for longer than a moment. Guess I'll just reread your post and enjoy the memories. Maybe I'll even dig up my old pictures. Welcome back!
  • Joan says: Great photos you took. I'm sure going home was bittersweet. Especially missing the grands and welcomed by the cold, but wow, what a beautiful flower on a sunny day! ;-)
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