Thursday, January 31, 2013

Dolphins at Surfside Beach

We were enjoying our beach this morning
and some dolphins were enjoying a meal of fish, we believe.


Monday, January 28, 2013

January Full Moon

Full Moon over ocean at Surfside Beach last night
Difficult to capture the moment



Another Visit to the Culinary Arts School

Yes, Paul and I were back for another nice meal, prepared by the Culinary Arts Class, at the Fowler Dining Room.

A smile, in anticipation of a nice meal.
Ice Tea for me, of course
First course: Shrimp Crumple
(stuffed with Apple & Pear, served with a Tomato Mayo Sauce)
Second Course: Goulash Soup
(Too much bacon in the soup for me)
Third Course:  Panzanella Salad with Vinaigrette Dressing
Main Course 1: Pulled Pork Napoleon on Corn Bread
with Sweet Potato Souffle, Red Cabbage and Roasted Corn
Main Course 2: Seafarer Beggar's Bundle
(stuffed with Scallops & Tilapia with Curry Sauce)
with Sweet Potato Souffle and Roasted Corn
Dessert 1: Chocolate Chip Biscuits
topped with Chocolate Sauce and Cream
Dessert 1:  Triple Chocolate Brownies with Cream

Paul and I shared the desserts but we were unable to share
the main courses this week, as I am sensitive to scallops.
(Again this visit, Paul had the more tasty of the main courses.)
We had the opportunity of being served by one of the Class Chefs.
And yes, we were fortunate enough to get another reservation in early February, with our friends John and Jackie.  That meal will be somewhat of a surprise for us as the two main courses are yet to be determined.  They are open and will be decided by the students of the class and then they will be graded on their choices and preparation.  We all have our fingers crossed that the students will make excellent decisions.

Time on Myrtle Beach

Another nice day so we headed into Myrtle Beach
to see what was happening there
A view of Springmaid Pier from the Springmaid Resort
Paul and I got to enjoy seeing some horseback riding along the beach
I was thinking how much my friend Mavis would love this
as she's a horse owner
It was also nice to enjoy the colour of the winter blooms.
These are one of my favourites and always remind me of my Dad,
who also loved them.


A Little Beach Time

Last week we had some very nice warm days for January so Paul and I spent a little time on the beach looking for treasures - sharks teeth for him and scallop shells for me.  Whether we find a treasure or not, it is always a good day when we share time on the beach.
It was a little windy so the ocean was creating sea foam
Self portrait
(Gee, I look really tall)
Hunting for sharks teeth along Surfside Beach
A little ocean mist in the air
One of the many broken treasures along the shoreline


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Fowler Dining Experience

The Fowler Dining Room at Horry Georgetown Technical College in Conway is a dining experience that we love.  Last week Paul and I were joined by our friends for another wonderful gourmet meal.


Ice tea, a favourite beverage with a meal here in the South
First Course
Pork Provencal over Mashed Cauliflower Puree
Second Course
Philadelphia Pepperpot
Third Course
Tomato & Asparagus Salad with Fresh Mozzarella
Main Course 1
Lamb Navarin with Sausage Tomato Salsa
Main Course 2
Teriyaki Salmon with Mango Salsa
I am enjoying the Lamb main course as Paul is not a
fan of lamb, so he enjoyed the Salmon meal.
(When the main courses are meals that we both like,
we share the courses.)
Banana French Toast with Sweet Sauce & Cream
We are all smiling after the most fabulous meal.
Paul and I thought it was surely the best dining experience ever for us!

I forgot to mention that Blueberry Streusel Muffins were also served with
the main course.  I had mine "to go" as my tummy was just too full.
We feel fortunate any time we are able to obtain a reservation at the Fowler Dining Room.  Because of the popularity, reservations are becoming more difficult to obtain.  Where else could you enjoy such a gourmet dining experience for only $12.50 per person?


Monday, January 14, 2013

Deck View

The sunset last night
A foggy morning

We never tire of the view from our deck, whatever it may be.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

A Walk in Brookgreen Gardens

My family and friends who follow my blog know that Brookgreen Gardens (a 9,100 acre property), is one of my favourite places to be.  Magical, tranquil, peaceful - some of the words I would use to describe the Gardens.

This past week Paul and I spent some time at the Gardens, so I thought I would share with you some of the things that caught my eye.

I hope that all visitors will respect the Gardens

Down the path towards our favourite Garden area
Some of the many sculptures in the Gardens
The Live Oak Allee Garden with its 300 year old
live oak trees is our favourite place in the Gardens
Paul enjoying the view of the large oak trees
This mirror covered in moss and several pots of plants were
tucked away in a corner near The Kitchen Cafe 
The Sea Urchin brings the sea to the Gardens.
The artist loved to watch children excitedly hold up their found treasures.
(Being a beachcomber, I understand.)
Some of the blooms were showing winter has arrived in the south
This window, with its pretty lace curtains,
reflected the beauty of the Gardens
Sculptured chairs to be enjoyed by the many visitors to the Gardens
What's a garden without blooms
Camellia japonica - "Pink Pagoda"
An archway with a view
And still showing signs of Christmas
Yes Narcissus, in bloom in the Gardens in January - such a treat
(mainly a hardy, spring flower in Canada)
This life-like sculpture is probably the most photographed
of all the pieces in the Gardens.  I never tire of enjoying this one.
Where can you go that there is not a Gift Shop to browse.
I thought this cow and train were fun pieces for someone's garden.
Well, these are the things that I enjoyed during my last visit to Brookgreen Gardens.  As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder...