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Monday, May 24, 2010

Recreating Romance: Charleston Gardens

My husband and I honeymooned in Charleston, SC.  Then, we went back for our first anniversary.  We consider it “our city” and honestly, one of the biggest “cons” when deciding to raise turkeys was that we wouldn’t be able to go back and visit for years.  We love Charleston so much.
So if we can’t visit Charleston, we’ll just have to bring her here.  We have little reminders all over our house – a large, gorgeous reproduction map that hung over our bed in our first house, a Low Country Cookbook in the kitchen, a Columbus-type-ship souvenir on a shelf in our living room, and on and on.
And now, with our new walkway and patio going in, I want to create part of Charleston outside our home, too.
There are four elements of Charleston that I am trying to incorporate:
1.  Brick.
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This is Boone Hall Plantation.  You may recognize it from The Notebook.  The white gravel driveway is lined with brick.  I remember talking about it with my hubby, and asking if “we ever have an acreage with a gravel driveway, can we line it with brick so it looks prettier?”  He has no recollection of this conversation, and says we can’t line the driveway, but we are lining the walkway like this!P1020127
honeymoon 1602.  White railings.  These beauties were everywhere!  Charlestonians built these piazzas to catch the breeze coming off the ocean.honeymoon 147

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3.  Wrought Iron.  It is at least as common here as it is in New Orleans.
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And just for fun, here’s hubby and I on our second trip to Charleston, in our favorite restaurant, 82 Queen.  Mmmm…now I’m hungry for she-crab soup, and that’s one part of Charleston I have NOT been able to successfully recreate. I guess we’ll just have to settle for a garden!
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