Saturday, October 13, 2018

A Visit to The State Farmers Market

Luckily we live near the State Farmers Market (1 of 3 in the state). 
This is the West Columbia site.
When we stopped by for the first time there was a flower show.
With some amazing wire garden art.
A variegated Japanese maple which I am in love with.
This cool plant with gorgeous varying greens.
Of course great yard furniture.
Handmade sweetgrass baskets, a crafting tradition in the lowlands of the state.
A long row of herbs. I had no idea there were so many variations of basil out there!
We are excited that they are open year round so we will be visiting regularly.

Many of the produce providers for the area have warehouses on site so we can get fresher goodies for a lot less than the grocery stores.

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Downtown Lexington SC

We were driving through our new downtown on a Saturday and discovered something was going on so we stopped by to check it out.
An art walk! A treat to see local artisans' work. It was hot out so attendance looked low at the time.
The town has created this downtown space a couple of years ago to enrich the lives of its residents.
The dip in the landscape was used to build out an ampitheater for concert series, movies, beer festivals,  and more.
We spotted an inviting walkway behind the ampitheater so of course we walked it. 
It lead to beautifully manicured grounds.
It turned out to be the Palmetto Collegiate Institute and Leonard L. Price Gardens. A lovely site that gets used for weddings and other functions.
I love the huge front porches with fans. Our new home has a small front porch but no ceiling fans (yet)! 
Great nooks for photo ops.
And of course a gazebo.
I am wanting one of these plants we have been seeing a lot of lately! Its berry color is stunning.
Here we are among the big southern trees.
We are almost equal in our grayness!

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse of our downtown. We are having fun checking out its unique eateries as this town continues to grow!

Thank you for stopping by. ~Val

Saturday, September 29, 2018

No More Living Out of a Suitcase!

So we lived in our living/dining room for more than a month like this!
So we had the office, then the bed is in the middle off to the right, and the living room yonder!
This is why. Old, dark, wrinkled carpet throughout the upstairs. 
We factored solid oak into our asking price.

So here is our FROG now! What is a FROG you may wonder as we did when house hunting? It is the finished room over the garage.
For the first time, I am going to have a very large work space. So excited!

The bedrooms look amazing too!
We went with pre-finished red oak. It is loaded with character and will look great with antiques!
It is funny how the paint colors change the color of the wood's appearance.
We are so pleased with the results. As someone who seriously dislikes vacuuming, this makes me really, really happy. Worth every penny and inconvenience!

Hardwood throughout is uncommon here due to the humidity. However as long as we keep the A/C running during the rough months it will be fine. The floors are 9 years old downstairs and they still look great!

It will be a process now unpacking and looking for furniture. At least we no longer have to live out of suitcases like we had been doing for over 3 months!!!

We also want to paint 2 of the bedrooms that are currently little girl colors. 😀

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val

Saturday, September 22, 2018

A Dragon Fruit Experience

So I have always wanted to try dragon fruit but since they are usually around $6 a piece, I always held back.
Then I walked by these at 2 for $4! So I thought I would share our experience in case anyone else is curious about these pretty looking things in the grocery store.
Jim and I youtubed how to cut these. You want to wait for browning on the tips.

Then slice in half.
Then the skin can be easily peeled off.
Clean off any of the pink left from the skin.
Then dice and consume.

While I strive to keep my blog a happy, positive place I have to say this was a great disappointment for us! The fruits we bought had no flavor. An expensive fruit with no flavor?

As you can imagine looking at the flesh, it does have the consistency of kiwi but it does not pack the same punch, or any punch for that matter!

Oh well. Live and learn.

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val

Saturday, September 15, 2018

A Visit to A Local Garden Center

We enjoyed our first trip to a local garden center.
We saw plants that were quite different from what we would see in Massachusetts like the unique variegated leaves above.
A lovely display for a water garden. Something we would love to create one day!
The Southern Magnolia. I had no idea the leaves were a different solid color underneath. You can see them on trees but I thought they were dead leaves.  Oops.

Jim and I initially thought these magnolias were massive rhododendron trees from afar with their big waxy leaves and flowers! So much to learn.
These roses bloom in February. Seriously?!?! I do want one of these bushes. It is also an evergreen. Bonus!
Some of the garden decor is southern style (never saw this up north).
This little guys kept me entertained for a few minutes.
What a fun place for cute wild life to hang at (literally and figuratively).
Below is a long hanging plant. We would have bought 2 of these these but it is late in the season and would probably be a waste of money. The leaves are super cool.
So many neat leaves.
We think we will go with a fig tree and a tangerine tree for our backyard. 

This is the fig Jim is most interested in (I have no idea what the differences are). With figs we could eat them fresh, dry them or make jam. They will be great for making fruit and nut bars that we love so much!
A whimsical dining set.
I hope you enjoyed our first visit to the local garden center. We went to see what sort of beauties grow well here to start thinking of what we may want. Our backyard is a blank slate which is fantastic for planning anything!

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Hummingbird Action

We are still getting settled into our new home. 

The carpeting upstairs was quite yucky (old and wrinkled) when we moved in so we wanted to change out the flooring before getting settled up there. We are in the process, so more on that later!

One of our first unnecessary purchases was a hummingbird feeder. 
We had one at our old house but it was so far in the backyard that I could never see the precious little things.
This one is right outside our kitchen window.
There is some amazing emerald green on its back.
Jim read to buy one with a perch so they can get a cardio break while eating.
So cute!
 Money well spent!
Thank you for stopping by! ~Val