Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Few Old Houses in Due West, SC

Hello bloggy friends!  You know how I like to take my camera when I travel and pick a street with beautiful old homes and snap pictures to share on my blog.  Sunday afternoon was sunny and warm on our trip to Due West, South Carolina.  Due West is a beautiful college town surrounded by farmland (mostly hay and pasture) and woods.  The area is famous in history because a historic treaty was signed with the Cherokee at a trading post just "due west" on the Cherokee trail.
 But hardly anyone knows that story now.  Due West is famous now for Erskine College, which is ranked very high in the nation for small private colleges, and although it has a great seminary, lots of my friends sent their children to Erskine because of their super science labs!
The above picture is not one of the modern labs but the literary society.  But this post is about the houses.  This is a "little" town with only 1,200 + people living here excluding students.  I don't remember seeing any for sale signs on any houses.  Here are some of my favorite old houses on Bonner Street 

This house is being restored.

I thought this cottage was adorable!

This beautiful cottage is on the corner of Bonner St.

Big yellow house next to the library on Main Street.
LARGE house on corner of Main and Abbeville St.  The house faces a beautiful old church!

Abbeville Street and faces the beautiful brown house below.

I love the windows on this brown beauty!  The street beside it goes to the next block beside the post office and dining hall for Erskine College which welcomes residents.  

I love taking my camera and walking down the sidewalk along a historic neighborhood and taking pictures from different angles.  And then I love editing out cars and telephone poles and posting the pictures on the blog. I truly enjoy it!  It is the closest thing I have ever done that could be called a hobby.  Everything else has just been work(or housework).  But this is my last trip.  I'm done.  

We have a house that awaits us to restore.  My husband doesn't enjoy the trips anymore and he is constantly thinking about what needs to be done on our house.  It's not much fun (or sometimes safe) to go alone besides I can't always drive some days.  So, I may resort to taking pictures of birds at the birdfeeder and putting them on the blog!  May take a break from blogging until I get a life. :-)  Hey, I may take some photography lessons!

Anyway, I hope you are having a great day and enjoyed the house tour!  


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch # 122

Everyday Ruralty 

Happy 2014 bloggy friends!  I'm so looking forward to the upcoming year! This time last year I was coming home from the hospital after surgery and pretty much stuck at home recovering for two months so the fact that I am walking around this year makes me pretty happy!  DH and I even celebrated the New Year with our sweet friends.  So I am pretty positive about 2014!

Join me as I visit with Patrice and Wendell at for Chats on the Farmhouse Porch # 122.  Here are my questions and answers for this week.   

1.   Did you make any New Year's Resolutions? 
 Yes, I do every year.  But this year I just made sure they were do-able resolutions:
           1.  Continue to weigh every Monday morning and write it down in my notebook. 
           2.  Walk 26 miles a month.  I did that July 2013 and wrote my miles on the calendar.
           3.  Eat blueberries EVERY day!  My dad has been doing this the last 7 years or so.  He is 89! 

2.   Are your decorations still up?
No.  After the presents were opened, the food was all eaten, and everybody went home,  DH and I were left to look at the decorations.  It took us three days to put back all those decorations, inside and out!  

3.  What did Santa bring you? Okay, maybe not Santa...
Every year I wish for another car, since my beloved Oldsmobile had over 200,000 miles on it.  My Santa, DH, gave me my dream car for Christmas, a purple, 2008, Buick Lucerne!  I love it!

4  Do you have any special plans for 2014? 
Not special plans, but general plans.  For instance, we just want to enjoy our retirement a little more  by being on the look out for more opportunities to travel and have fun. 

5.  Have you had any snow yet? 
Oh my goodness, no.  Just cold wind and rain in South Carolina!  I know snow is beautiful, but my heart really goes out to the people they show on national news without electricity because of the ice!

Well, that is all for now!  I'm pretty positive this year! I hope you are, too!
And if you have time, join Patrice on Tuesdays at for  Chats on the Farmhouse Porch.

Best wishes,