‘Gone with the Wind’ has been my favorite movie for years. I technically claim Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’ as my favorite because I could watch it every day and ‘Gone with the Wind’ is too long for that, but it is my favorite story. Vivien Leigh is such a beautiful actress and you can’t help but love her cries of “Fiddle dee dee” and the breathless “Oh, Ashley.” Not to mention Rhett Butler. What woman can resist that rascally charm and a man who says, “You should be kissed — and often — and by a man who knows how!” I have several GWTW Christmas ornaments and my first San Francisco Music Box that Drew bought me the Christmas before we were married. I plan to watch the movie sometime in the next few days. Today is the anniversary of the start of the Civil War 150 years ago. I feel it only appropriate!
Considering that the official start of the Civil War was the first shots being fired on Fort Sumpter, it was appropriate that I happened to be in Charleston last weekend with my mom for our Mother-Daughter weekend. This is now the fourth year that we have gone on these weekends and we’ve decided that we want to keep up the tradition. We visited plantations, took a carriage ride, walked all over the city, and took hundreds of pictures. This was the longest I had been away from Drew since we got married though, and I missed him a lot! It was very nice to get home last night; I even had a welcome home card from him and our puppies, Kevin and Gracie!
If you’re ever in Charleston, take time to see some of the plantations. On Sunday we went to Middleton Place, known for its hundreds of thousands of azaleas — absolutely gorgeous! Also home to many alligators — do be careful if you go there around this time of the year. They will only feed when the temperatures are warmer (70′s +), so many of them have not really eaten much since October or earlier. We also visited Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. The enormous oak trees are all laced with Spanish moss, providing a stunning canopy. Both places have farm animals and petting zoos for the kids. The one at Magnolia House is fantastic — they have deer, one of which licked my neck and face and tried to eat my hair!, goats, a bobcat, many exotic birds, bunnies and other fun animals. Over the next four years there will be a lot going on to commemorate the Civil War, so now is a good time to visit if you enjoy the historical perspective.
This little one was at the petting zoo at Magnolia House! What a cutie!!
The beautiful grounds of Magnolia Plantation. I LOOOVE the white bridge and the beautiful reflections it makes in the water!
This is a smaller bridge that was tucked away among the trees.
The beautiful park in Charleston where the shots were first fired on Fort Sumter.
There are thousands of azaleas everywhere!
One of the beautiful houses on The Battery. This design is pretty formal, but I love columns and verandas!
And finally, the stunning peacock that decided I was worthy of showing off to. He opened up his plumage then did a half dozen 360′s for me and finally let me take some gorgeous pictures of him up close.
Up close and personal!