Monthly Archives: February 2012

Dataw Island. . .a sweet destination


Exactly 11.0 miles from our door is the entrance to Dataw Island.  Add another 3.4 to that and you get to one of our favorite spots, Sweetgrass Restaurant.  On yet another beautiful Sunday, we took us and our bikes on a long ride, out to Sweetgrass for brunch.

Sorry, no photos of us having lunch on their porch. . .we were sweaty and nasty by then, but never mind, Tiffany our server took good care of us.  After a luscious lunch, we headed home, complete with fresh water bottles and full tummies.

But first we biked past the clubhouse, scene of Jill and Ben’s wedding.  We reminisced about the lovely, gracious Southern event.  Can’t you just see the bride floating down the right hand staircase with her father while the guys awaited her on the left hand stairs?

And here she is!!

Ah. . .we remembered. . .and then we biked onward. . .

Do y’all know about tabby walls??  They’re an indigenous building method here in the Low Country, using oyster shells and sand to create concrete.  There’s an outstanding tabby wall at the Dataw entrance.

 Tabby wall close up. . .looks like a bunch of shell, and it IS, but together they create a very strong wall.  Down here in Beaufort there’s all sorts of things made of tabby. . . sidewalks, sea walls, decorative items.

We biked home, putting another 30+ miles on our “training schedule.”  (Follow us on the blog as we put all this biking to good use in Holland in April!)   Along the way, happy memories of a delightful lunch, a beautiful bike ride, and the recollection of the Dataw wedding of our two kids!

Christmas is. . .all about family


Being the busy people we are, somehow we were not able to all get together for a Christmas celebration at or near Christmas.   So, this past weekend, here in Beaufort, SC we put up the decorations, gathered the family, and had Christmas!!  Thought I’d share some of the photos:

Every girl needs to wear sparkly shoes to open presents, especially a big one!

It’s a Plasma Car!!

G found “the pickle” outside on the camellia bush!

It was also a time of reading long-remembered books. . .Socks for Supper. . .read to Ben by his own mom and dad probably hundreds of times.  Now he gets to read it to his little girl.

We used a truly vintage, plastic tablecloth from my own childhood. . .1950’s chic. . .Christmas on one side, birthday on the other. . .does anyone else remember those??

Gemma explaining the pansy faces to Papa.

Aunt Cat making potato cakes for Sunday breakfast. . .

Nonna and G reading another family favorite, Popcorn by Frank Asch.

Posing with pansies. . .

Is that a little nose-pick with Uncle Marty and Daddy??

Gemma had a lot of fun playing in the IKEA hamper from her bedroom.  She put Miss Bunny into it, along with books and toys.

 She read to Miss Bunny, used the hamper as a jumping sack, and considered it her own private playground.

But, wait, wait, the picture of the weekend, taken by Ben, is coming. . .

It’s coming. . .

And here it is:

Merry Christmas to all. . .and to all a Good Night!!

Who knew. . .Kazoobie Kazoos!


So here’s a question:  Where in the world are the only plastic kazoos made in the USA?

Answer:  Beaufort, SC!!

So when our friends Betty and Lee Shoemaker visited, it was off to Kazoobie Kazoos for us.

We had a great tour through the factory and learned:

1) all parts are medical-grade plastic,

2) the resonator is also plastic (not paper),

3) the top part is put on with enough pressure so that it can’t pop off,

4) the entire thing is washable. . . great for toddlers or old people who slobber!

5) all parts are 100% USA-made!  And they re-use their cardboard boxes!

We each made a kazoo, shopped their great showroom, and left with smiles on our faces.  Honestly, you just can’t help but smile when you play a kazoo!

Check them out at!  “Build it. . . and they will hum!”