I didn’t have time to share this via iphone-o-gram last evening….Too many photos and too much text to share by quickie-phone-post!
We lived near Columbia, South Carolina for 5 wonderful years. I just love that town. If I ever could choose to go back to any previous place I’d ever lived, it would be Columbia. I loved the people, I loved the city, the whole feel of the place.
There is a certain unmarked dividing line between Charlotte NC, and Columbia SC when traveling down interstate 77. You may not even notice it at first…but somewhere along the line, after you’ve traveled it a few times you’ll notice when going from Charlotte driving south toward Columbia where hardwood trees in the center dividers and along the sides of the road ----all of a sudden are replaced by tall evergreen pines and palm trees.
I have a life long love affair with palm trees. I love how they grow tall with their bushy leafy tops blowing in the breeze. Palmettos are common in South Carolina, it is the state tree.
And I’m oh so glad to see the palmetto tree also on the state flag at the South Carolina Welcome Center rest area just over the state line! Though there was no breeze to speak of this day to move the flag to show you the tree, you can see it there on the awning over the front door of the rest area.
I pulled up and parked, needing a break --- but wasn’t expecting a party!
A local radio station was playing music and giving away freebies! Cool!
I walked inside to use the facilities --- and found…
A buffet table with goodies!
((Sorry for the blur!!))
Pumpkin bread! Pound Cake! Muffins! And fresh fruit --- bananas and fresh South Carolina peaches! I have never felt so welcome at a welcome center. This was fun!
I’m sure you are familiar with the term “Georgia Peaches” But did you know that South Carolina actually grows MORE Peaches than Georgia does? Peach season in South Carolina is awesome!
Look at this palmful of perfection! MMM!
On the other side of the welcome center was a woman acting a part of a slave ---it’s the anniversary of the civil war, and with all the battle fields and significant war related places here in the south, especially the part that South Carolina played ---they are really amping up the history lessons and invitations to historic sites.
I saw baskets of cotton and fabric scraps – I HAD to go see what she was up to! She explained that she was teaching about the history of some of the things that slaves used to do for different purposes. This day it was on “charms” that they would keep with them for good luck.
This is a blessing doll. It was made by tying a scrap of fabric around a cotton ball, using another piece of fabric or twine to secure the head and become the arms. These dolls were kept with the slaves much like we would think a guardian angel would be watching over us. ((Or like many ladies I've seen wearing angel pins. )) A doll in the pocket, like an angel pin --- is more tangible than the mere thought or hope for a guardian angel and provided comfort.
Herb sachets were also made and worn around the neck or placed in a pocket. These had many purposes. Here my new found friend is tying up a bundle of dried rosemary in a sachet. They were thought also as a form of protection, but she laughed and said that they also had a tendency to make things SMELL better ;c)
We talked of cotton, of fabric, of thread, of history and of my love of quilting. She told me of other places in the state historical in nature that I should check out because there were needle work items on display. I told her I was visiting my son on my way to Aiken and would be coming back through on Sunday with no time to visit anywhere else ----but that I would love to visit those places when I can.
She gave me the herb sachet and the blessing doll as a gift. I shook her hand and said good- bye and thank you.
I think this is the most fun I’ve ever had at a rest area! And if I didn't hurry I was going to be late in meeting Jason for lunch!
As I left I waved goodbye to the Chick fil A cow that had come to join the party ----
After enjoying lunch with my son, I remembered one thing about South Carolina that I tend to forget ---Jason lives about 2.5 hours south of me….and it is easily 10 degrees hotter in Columbia than it is in Winston Salem! 93!! Yep I should have worn my capris! It was hotter in Columbia yesterday than it was in BALI! ((But I loved the fact that the blessing doll and the sachet were there to smell good and to ride shotgun!
Off to the workshop! Have a great day everyone!