2015 Coastal Carolina Fair ~ Part 2

Good morning, everyone. On Tuesday, I shared part 1 of my annual adventure to the Coastal Carolina Fair with photos of the fairgrounds, the entertainment, and the competitions. (If you missed it, you can view Part 1 here.) Today, I’m sharing a taste of our county fair, Charleston style, Part 2.  Coastal Carolina Fair!

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2015 Coastal Carolina Fair ~ Part 1

Yes, folks, it’s that time of year again. Our eleven day county fair just ended, and we had a great time. Unfortunately, I didn’t enter any of the competitions this year, but it was great to see the winners and runners up all the same. The strange thing was that the weather was much too warm for the fair. One of the nights I went, it was 85 degrees with a heat index of 90 – at 4:00 in the afternoon! That’s just not fair weather. However, it cooled down considerably by the last day of the fair with a drizzly day in the 50s. Regardless of the weather, it was fun, fun, fun. Here’s a taste of a county fair Charleston style – part 1. Coastal Carolina Fair!

Adventures Outside the Garden: Wickford, RI ~ Part 2

Good morning. Welcome to part 2 of my adventure in Wickford, RI, last week. Wednesday, I shared  a bit of the history of the town along with photos of the coastline and some of the colonial-era homes there. (If you missed it, click here.) Today, I’m sharing photos of some of the beautiful gardens in backyards, alley ways, and along the sidewalks. Come take a look at a quintessential New England village. Photos of Wickford, RI gardens!

Conference at Wild Dunes Resort

I have a confession: I have been away from my garden since Monday. (GASP!) Actually, it’s not as bad as you’d think. I am currently at a conference for my job at a beautiful five-star seaside resort – right here in the Lowcountry. Even though it’s an hour’s drive away, it’s still considered local; so I don’t get to stay overnight there. However, I am truly enjoying the luxurious service, food, and surroundings! Resort time!

2014 Coastal Carolina Fair ~ Part 1

I think we have the best county fair in the country. I’ve been to my share of county fairs, and the Coastal Carolina Fair rocks! Beyond the fair food and carnival rides, there is so much to do and see in the eleven days of the fair. Besides the competitions and 4-H shows, there is a different concert every night and nightly fireworks that rival the best Independence Day shows. I had so much fun, I took pictures to share with you. Coastal Carolina Fair in photos!

Nature’s Garden By the Sea

While I was in Rhode Island last week, I visited my favorite place in the whole world – Beavertail Lighthouse in Jamestown, RI. I absolutely love sitting on the rocks, watching the waves crash upon the shore, and listening to the sea gulls. I also love looking at all the wild flowers and plants there that thrive in the salty air. Come take a look. Nature’s Garden by the Sea!

2013 Coastal Carolina Fair

I have always loved going to the fair. The state fair in Rhode Island (where I grew up) used to be held a few miles from my home and I enjoyed the animals, the 4-H displays, and the competitions. Granted, it was a very small fair compared to most (consider the size of the state!), but it was never short on fun. When I moved to the Charleston, SC area, I couldn’t wait to attend the local tri-county fair. Needless to say, I was amazed that this county fair was at least double the size of Rhode Island’s state fair! Of course, I was hooked – and it became an annual tradition for me and my son. Attending this year held even more meaning for me; not just as a gardener, but also as a competitor. (See my post on the canning competition results.) And, now that my son is back home, it was the first time he and I attended together in five years.  The Coastal Carolina Fair!

Wildflowers of Rhode Island Part 2

Welcome to the second of my posts on the wildflowers I saw while on vacation in Rhode Island. (If you missed part one, you can see it here.) Some of these I remember from my childhood, others seem to be new to me. As I said yesterday, maybe I’m just more interested now and, thus, am paying attention! The two places I took all these pictures were Beavertail Lighthouse State Park in Jamestown, RI, and what used to be Rocky Point Amusement Park in Warwick, RI. Beavertail is my favorite place in the world, and Rocky Point is an iconic childhood memory. I’m happy to share these flower pictures with you!  Wildflowers of Rhode Island!

Wildflowers of Rhode Island Part 1

As my regular readers know, I just got back from vacation in Rhode Island. I had a great time, visiting all my favorite places with my family. While there, I decided to take pictures of wildflowers, so I could share them with you. I did my best to identify them, but please correct me if you believe I am wrong. Because I’m having problems with my home computer, I’ll post half the flowers today and half tomorrow – so come back to see more! Rhode Island Wildflowers!