Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Drayton Hall–Vacation

by Karen on June 20, 2012

in Travel

More vacation photos – quilting stuff in the morning.

Our second stop in Charleston was at Drayton Hall – an old historic plantation – the twist in this big house is that what you see is what you get.  No renovations – strictly about the architecture of the house – no furnishing, no new paint job.

This plantation is very near the one I showed yesterday.  This is the house – we took a guided tour through the house.

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Oh My!!  more alligators!  we saw about 4 more here at this pond – sometimes laying in the grass right next to the water, others in the water.  That’s right real close to the house.

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The porch leading into the house.

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The privy 1791.

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Windows for air circulation and a fireplace inside of this little house for winter time.  And so many little “holes” to use.  And are those handicapped accessible? What are the “arms” around two of them for if not to help you get up?  Way before their time Smile  and look at that tiny one way to the right – just the right size for a 2 year old!!

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Plaster carved ceiling – no one allowed on the floor above this room – they want to keep the ceiling as well preserved as possible.

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Another of the alligator – zoom lens!  Couldn’t get over seeing these creatures here just laying by the water ponds.

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I can’t believe how windy it has been the last couple of days – we normally do not have such   windy days in summer – hot yes, breezy yes, but not a strong wind all day.  We are lucky we do not have fires also like places in the west.

Sometimes in the summer I will bring some hand piecing out to the porch to work on and I haven’t been able to do that since we got home on Sunday – too windy!

I got about a 1/3 of the way done with a POTC block – which I am not showing as I am using that for the tutorial – I hope to finish the block in the next couple days and then start to put the tutorial together.

Yesterday besides the block I am working on I also finished one side of the applique that I am working on for the Red and Green quilt.  It has been awhile since I showed it – it is just that you really can’t see any progress as the thread matches the green strip!  I have this green strip all the way around the four sides of the quilt – one side the stitching is done!  I might bring it with me to quilt group on Friday and lay it out.

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this is the area I quilted yesterday on Joseph’s Coat.

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This is what is left to do on this “row”.  When I get to the end of this length I will be 1/10th of the way done!  What a long way to go Smile

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I think I am pretty much back into my daily routine here at home now that vacation is over.  Back to the fitness center yesterday for walking, weights (although with these skinny arms you can’t even tell I use them!) and bike – it is too hot to exercise outside for me for the rest of the summer – I tend to wilt in the sun – I am a shade person and barely do anything in my yard if it isn’t in the shade in the summer – how people manage without covered porches and big shade trees is beyond me!  I sound like a southern belle LOL – I have picked up southern habits after being here for 32 years!  I don’t even walk as fast as I used to – oh wait that is age not habit!

More vacation photos later in the day.

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