We are making our slow journey home. The boat has behaved itself fairly well except for a broken fan belt on the generator which dear Gary was able to fix. He has been amazing and has fixed the majority of our problems saving us visits into a marina. Hmmm, that means I can make up a "honey-do" list for him when we get home early next week.
We have visited Jeckyll Island, Georgia, Charleston, SC and Magnolia House and Gardens since I last wrote and you can guess which I enjoyed the best. Yes, you are right - Magnolia House and Gardens.
Before I show you photos let me tell you about Jeckyll Island in Georgia. It was home to millionaire cottages in the 1920s and 1930s many of which are now museums. There is also a first class hotel on the island for the prestigious client. It had a croquet pitch and to play you had to wear all white as though you were playing tennis at Wimbledon.
The cottages ranged from the small and quaint to the large and glamorous. Many rich personalities have stayed in some of them and I cannot remember whom at the moment.
Instead of walking around the island, we borrowed bicycles from the marina and rode into town. There we caught a tram and had a leisurely ride around the island with the narrator telling us all about the historic houses that we passed. On the back seat in front of us was the smallest of tree frogs. He had hitched a ride and stayed with us for about a mile before hopping off.
Again, we took a tram tour of Charleston to see some of the historic sights and homes. Charleston has a very famous fountain in the shape of a pineapple which we had to go and see.
The 5 historic slave quarters were better than many although very poor by today's standards. One of them was lived in until the the late 1990s. The man and his wife had 13 children in this one small house. He worked on the gardens of the plantation. The structures themselves were constructed in the 1850s. One of them had newspapers on the walls and ceiling to help keep it warm in the cold SC winters.
As you all probably know, I LOVE gardens and this was no exception. I could have spent 2 days there and not got bored. Now for my photos and I have a lot. Here goes.
The first is a nice reflection I took of Gary in one of the conservatories.
On the boat trip I got some nice photos of alligators.
No blog is complete without pictures of birds!!
We went for a walk in the swamp and I took many lovely photos. There were alligators and wood ducks sunning themselves on wooden ramps built especially for that purpose.
We had a bit of a laugh in Charleston. We have to have the septic tank pumped out at least once every week or so. Well, the toilet on a boat is called the head. We saw this mobile pump out boat called "The Grateful Head" which gave us quite a chuckle.
I shall finish with my usual picture of a sunset. There have not been many spectacular sunsets unfortunately.