Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Middleton Place

My husband and I go to South Carolina once a year and we always like to tour old, historic homes and plantations.  This year we visited Middleton Place, which is 15 miles from Charleston and along the Ashley River.  Middleton was initially a country residence and eventually became an active rice plantation.  You can read more about the history here.  With the Azaleas in bloom right now, the gardens at Middleton are gorgeous!  Azaleas are one of my favorites, but unfortunately I can't seem to grow them.  Too much clay in the soil.  The only time I get to admire the azaleas is on the annual trip to SC or GA.  One other cool thing about this place is the alligators.  The gators like to sun themselves along the banks of the ponds here.  No they aren't the big guys, just 5 footers or smaller.  Here are some pics.

Yikes, but pretty cool huh?

Look at how close this gator is to the path.  If we were walking on that path 5 minutes later he would have literally scared the crap out of me!


Sew Loquacious Angela said...

Charleston is my favorite place! Great photos! Yikes on the alligators! I got pretty close to one a few weeks ago on vacation to Alabama!
Take care,

Tammy's Vintage Finds said...

Wow, that is a beautiful place! It looks like it might be a home right out of a romance novel...except for the gators.

The Altered Paper said...

I Love The Scenery! But (The Gators Not To Much!)lol. Hugs,Tee

Melody said...

Absolutely beautiful! HEhe the alligator meeting is funny. I was 4 back in 1964 when I saw my first Alligator in Florida..near the Hotel Pool!!!!...rather I heard him first. You see at 4 I was the kid that never met an animal....snake..etc...that wasn't approachable or even touchable that old alligator was a fascination to me, but his 'talking' was a definite deterant to getting closer. So, we just looked at each other and talked. I grew up in a Farming/Hunting family so even that young I had respect for the animal population near and far.

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

Beautiful place... except for the alligators. I dislike reptiles. :(

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

the azaleas in the South are so beautiful with their vibrant colors. My favorites are the Hershey Reds. Wish they lasted longer. Congratulations on your new job. :)

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

Hi Kelly,
Beautiful photos, except for that gator, yikes!
enJOY a lovely day,

Eggs In My Pocket said...

So pretty! My son has just been based in the Navy in South Carolina........Charleston. It's a little more humid that what he is used to in West Texas.

Burlap Luxe said...

Thank you for finding me new friend! this way I was able to find my way over to your place of all things beautiful.

Now about that gator on your beautiful visit, it too would have freaked me out for hours after the chance meeting!!

What a beautiful place to visit, how I wish I could have been the one behind your camera letting all inspire me.

Thank you for sharing your holiday trip.
I am going back now to take in all that you have posted to get to know you much better.

Have an inspiring weekend.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a beautiful and relaxing place. The aligators would be a bit much for me though. Thanks so much for sharing and for visiting with me:-)

Jann Olson said...

Oh Kelly how I enjoyed this post. Hubby and I went to S. and N. Carolina three years ago. We toured Middleton Place and I loved it. A big fat gator laid right out on the grass the entire time and hardly moved. I had never seen moss hanging from the trees before. A bit eery, but so cool! I love moss any way I can get it. lol! The Azaleas, Camilias, Redbuds, and Dogwoods were all in bloom. They said that was a bit unusual. That the Camilias were usually through by then. I would love to return again someday. You captured it wonderfully in your photos!

Martina2801 said...

Seems as if this was a wonderful trip? The photos are fascinating, dear Kelly!
Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Great photos, and I am assuming that alligator is not a lawn ornament!!??

arrielle_p said...

What a pleasant place to live in a place like this. A lovely home to live with a family. LOVE this look and the design of the house! Beautiful images you have shared in here. Don't like that gator too. :)
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