Beaufort Yard Art!

 

While driving down Bay St. in Beaufort, South Carolina we spotted this beauty so I pulled over to take a photo.

I’m linking to Yard Art on Thursdays with Mary at the Work of the Poet. I’m not sure this meme will last but I’ll still always enjoy finding the fun/strange/wild/and whimsical yard art out there in the neighborhoods of the world!

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Above the Hills of Time ~ Hymn

Above the Hills of Time

Above the hills of time the cross is gleaming,
Fair as the sun when night has turned to day;
And from it love’s pure light is richly streaming,
To cleanse the heart and banish sin away.
To this dear cross the eyes of men are turning,
Today as in the ages lost to sight;
And so for Thee, O Christ, men’s hearts are yearning,
As shipwrecked seamen yearn for morning light.

The cross, O Christ, Thy wondrous love revealing,
Awakes our hearts as with the light of morn,
And pardon o’er our sinful spirits stealing,
Tells us that we, in Thee, have been reborn.
Like echoes to sweet temple bells replying
Our hearts, O Lord, make answer to Thy love;
And we will love Thee with a love undying,
Till we are gathered to Thy home above.

Words: Thomas Tiplady, 1931

Tune: Oh Danny Boy

FFF ~ Southern Charm & Epic Celebrations…

I’ve been sharing this week about Katie and my travels to South Carolina to see her guy graduate from Boot Camp and officially become a Marine. Being at Parris Island and experiencing these celebrations was unforgettable. Here are more favorites to share with y’all during our trip. Visit Susanne at Living to Tell the Story to join in the fun.

 

The food! We ate at 4 great restaurants and we were not disappointed at any of them. Fried green tomatoes were on my list to try and they were delicious. The fish tacos on top of grits with smoked gouda were pretty memorable, too. I didn’t eat that vertical cobb salad but it was a feast for the eyes. The popovers were huge and the trio of desserts was yummy. We ate at Wren, Emily’s, The Beaufort Inn, and Pannini’s in Beaufort. I’d recommend any of these places to eat if you ever travel there.

 

I really enjoyed the architecture and the beautiful water scenes we got to see. This is “Low Country”. The Lowcountry is often thought of as a geographic and social identifier. While there is a general consensus on defining Lowcountry as it relates to culture, there is a considerable difference of opinion on its geographic extent. According to some historians, the Lowcountry extends from the Sandhills of South Carolina, just east of Columbia, to the coast. This area is mostly near or below sea level; thus the term “low country”.

 

 

 

Katie and I at Wren Restaurant. This was one of the hours that my hair didn’t look like Bozo the clown. The South and the humidity don’t do anything for my hair. As charming and beautiful as the South is I could never live in that heat and humidity.

 

On our way home form the South we had a layover at the Dallas Airport. We were so excited to spend time at the airport with my brother and Miss Hope. Because Andrew was military they gave my brother and Hope a pass to go through security and sit with us at our gate! Miss Hope kept us entertained. We also got to board with first class on all the legs of our flight. I was really impressed that the airlines gave our military special treatment!

Our biggest announcement this week is that Andrew asked Katie to marry him! Katie is thrilled and we are throwing a quick engagement open house on Sunday before Andrew flies to North Carolina for 9 weeks of Infantry School.

So our heads are spinning around here. Hope y’all had a good week and I’ll be by to see your favorites in between shopping and preparing for the Engagement party!

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Parish Church of St. Helena ~ Beaufort, S.C.

This wonderful old church and graveyard were around the corner from our lodgings in Beaufort. I enjoy historic places like these and we had some time before our lunch after Graduation and decided to take a stroll.

The Commons House of Assembly, under the Lords Proprietors of Carolina, established St. Helena’s in 1712 as a colonial parish of the Church of England. The church was built in 1724 and is one of the oldest active churches in North America. Construction of the church building was delayed by the Yemassee Indian War of 1715. Built of brick, much of which originally was ship’s ballast, and smoothed over with stucco, the church has excellent exterior proportions and fine interior detail. More of the history of this church can be found here.

 

 

We stepped back in time as we wandered around the grounds.

Back to the Present…

 

One of the Mennonite Girls calls this fresh love. I think that’s a great description. Isn’t it sweet to see?

 

My Beaufort posts are winding down. I’ll be posting some of my food photos and some photos from the Bay soon.

If you missed my post yesterday Andrew and Katie are now engaged….

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India Company Graduation ~ MCRD Parris Island

 

On Graduation day we saw the sunrise again for the third day in a row. I dropped Katie off at the Parade Deck stands so she could grab some good seats for us. Then I zoomed down to the visitor’s center to grab some coffee and a little nosh for us.

The sun came up and things actually got a little cooler when it did. Doesn’t our girl look sweet in the sunshine? Graduation wasn’t due to start till 9:00 A.M. so we had lots of time to occupy ourselves. People watching is always fun.

 

Finally the platoons marched in precision onto the parade deck to the beat that the Marine Corp band performed for them and us. The band played some patriotic songs and of course the National Anthem but then out of the blue they played the following song combined with a great swagger and the audience was surprised and cheered!

 

Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning,
No one could be sweeter than my sweetie when I meet her in the morning.
Where the morning glories
Twine around the door,
Whispering pretty stories
I long to hear once more.
Strolling with my girlie where the dew is pearly early in the morning,
Butterflies all flutter up and kiss each little buttercup at dawning,
If I had Aladdin’s lamp for only a day,
I’d make a wish and here’s what I’d say:
Nothing could be finer than to be with Carolina in the morning.

Then I zoomed in to catch our Marine. Andrew is 2nd one back.

 

They marched closer to the stands just before they would be released for their 10 day leave. Andrew is 2nd row third Marine in.

 

First row third Marine in…

Love this smile when he spotted Katie.

Congratulations PFC Andrew for graduating and earning Expert on the firing range.

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MCRD Parris Island ~ Family Day

On Thursday morning Katie and I left our Inn in the dark and headed to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island for family day.

 

This is a shot from when it started to get a little lighter. When we arrived things were so dark it was hard for me to see the parking area. We arrived at about 6:00 am and hundreds of family members were already lined up anxious to see their Marine for the first time in 13 weeks.

 

The first event of family day was the motivational run. We asked around and positioned ourselves so we were most likely to see Andrew during the run. It would still be a few hours before family members could actually have any contact with their new Marine.

 

Katie waited anxiously hoping for a glimpse of her guy. Needless to say she had lots of nervous energy.

 

Here they come and the crowds were cheering loudly and the Marines were chanting.

 

We saw him and he saw us and all was good with the world. He’s the one smiling on your left. After this brief glimpse they were all gone somewhere on the base and we headed to the Visitors center.

 

Can’t tell you how thrilled I was that the visitors center had wonderful coffee choices including espresso and Mochas, etc. I needed my morning cup of Java really bad at this point. I opted for an iced Americano with an extra shot of espresso. It was already hot at 7:30 am. We waited out the time in the visitors center before they opened up the all weather facility at 8:30 A.M. so we could get some good seats for the Liberty Ceremony at 10:00 am.

 

When the doors were opened and the Marines filed in the energy in the facility was pulsing.

 

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy, Katie was finally able to touch Andrew.

 

Andrew’s dad and stepmother traveled from Florida for the big event.

 

On family day the new Marines get an on base Liberty from about 11:00 A.M. till 2:45 P.M. We had lunch together and went through the museum on base.

 

I couldn’t help myself taking more photos of the Spanish Moss. I hear in the Spring it sheds as yellow pollen making the sidewalks yellow.

 

 

A lot of proud family members were walking around with their new Marines on this day.

 

Andrew showed us the spot where he received his Eagle Globe and Anchor making his transition from a recruit to a Marine after a grueling 3 day training event called the Crucible.

 

We also got to check out his barracks and see his little space where he lived the last 13 weeks with 60 other recruits. We dropped Andrew off at the Parade Deck and headed back to Beaufort for the rest of the afternoon and evening.

Tomorrow I’ll post my photos from the Graduation ceremony.

I’m adding this to Outdoor Wednesday hosted by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.

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The Rhett House ~ Part II

We really enjoyed the Spanish Moss hanging down from the trees.

That is the door to our room.

The porches were so inviting…if only the heat and humidity were less oppressive.

In the afternoons the Inn had Sweet Tea, lemonade and cookies for guests.

In the early evening they served cheese and crackers.

Later in the evening dessert was served in the kitchen.

Although breakfast was served in this room each morning our schedule prevented us from enjoying it.

Several times a day this horse drawn carriage came by the Inn on their Beaufort historic tour.

My next post will be about Family Day at Parris Island.

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The Rhett House Inn

Over the next few days I will chronicle our trip to South Carolina. We left Seattle at 7:00 am and flew through Dallas and on to Savannah. From Savannah we had a 45 minute drive to Beaufort, South Carolina where we would be staying. We stayed at the Historic Rhett House Inn. We arrived at the Inn at 6:30 in the evening.

 

We stayed in room #7 on the lower level of the beautiful old house.

 

 

This garden space was just outside our door.

 

Located in Beaufort, South Carolina, the 17 room Rhett House Inn is a classic restoration of 19th century Southern Antebellum architecture. Offering all of the amenities that seasoned travelers have come to expect from a fine bed and breakfast, this historic Beaufort Inn is among the finest accommodations on the southeast coast. The Rhett House Inn is situated in the historic district of Beaufort, SC, a small Southern town of only 11,000 and founded in 1712, and only steps away from the celebrated shops and restaurants.

We got settled and walked a couple blocks to Emily’s for dinner. We were tired from a full day of travel and it was nice to sit down to a good meal. We enjoyed our food and the waitstaff were efficient and helpful with questions we had about the area. On our way home from the restaurant at dusk Katie commented that it felt like she was on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland with the crickets chirping, the muggy air, and the Spanish Moss hanging from the trees.

Over the next week I’ll be posting more photos from the Inn and the Beaufort Area along with the main event, the Marine Graduation Ceremony at Parris Island. It was all amazing. We arrived home on Saturday and during our layover in Dallas we enjoyed an hour with my brother and my niece Miss Hope. I’m still recuperating and hope to get around to visit y’all soon.

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The Marines’ Hymn

In 1929 The Marines’ Hymn became the official hymn of the Corps. Thirteen years later in November 1942 the Commandant approved a change in the words of the first verse, fourth line. Because of the increasing use of aircraft in the Corps, the words were changed to “In the air, on land, and sea.” No other changes have been made since that time.

From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the Shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country’s battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
Of UNITED STATES MARINES.

Our flag’s unfurled to every breeze,
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far off northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job —
The UNITED STATES MARINES.

Here’s health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we’ve fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By UNITED STATES MARINES.

Sir Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister, became an ardent admirer of the U.S. Marine Corps. In the company of guests of state, he often demonstrated his respect for U.S. Marines by reciting, from memory, all three verses of The Marines’ Hymn.

We are just back from traveling to the Marine Graduation Ceremony at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island South Carolina. I realize this isn’t my typical Sunday Morning Hymn honoring our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ but it fits into our life context this weekend. I’ll be posting more photos from our time in South Carolina soon and my usual Sunday Hymns will commence at 0400 next Sunday. Thank you for your understanding.

A Southern Belle…

My daughter Katie and I hope to have a Southern Belle experience when we head to South Carolina and to the “South” for our first time ever. We are staying here…

 

with this fabulous porch…

 

Our #1 reason to travel here is to see Katie’s boyfriend Andrew graduate from USMC Boot Camp, Parris Island. She is soooo excited to finally see him after only having snail mail correspondence for a few months now. He has done well and we are all proud of him. I’m hoping to get lots of photos and will share after we get home. I haven’t decided yet if I’ll be taking my computer…

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