As most people know Charlie is a church pianist/organist and I, Jo, am a church choir director.
A few Sundays ago a couple that sits in the back of the church asked us to come out to their car because they had something for us. I figured it was something to eat because people are always giving Charlie food.
Instead we were presented two beautifully cross-stitched hymns which had been framed. This intricate work was created by the wife and extolled by a very proud-of-his-spouse husband.
We are so delighted with this gift that I have made a place for it on the wall of the conservatory so we and everyone else can see it often.
In order to hang the new pieces I moved the red flower print into the conservatory bathroom and now the chart has nowhere to go.
Our original plan was to head to McClellanville on the coast of South Carolina. Unfortunately the weather forecast thunder storms for the entire afternoon so we were afraid we’d miss the main event so we headed southwest to Lexington, South Carolina.
Specifically we went to Blowfish Stadium on the centerline of totality (1200 yards from the centerline) where the entry was free. They handed us souvenir tickets and free eclipse glasses.
We were there with like-minded people from all over the world: Canada, Guatemala, England, Australia, etc.
We were teased with a little cloud cover but during the totality the sky was clear.
The moon was a black disc and the sun was only corona.
It lasted 2 minutes and 36 seconds. I could have watched longer. We could see stars.
I was mesmerized by the eclipse. The difference between seeing the eclipse personally and seeing it on video is about like seeing fireworks in person and watching them on TV, nice but not the same.
After the eclipse we stopped at Starbucks before starting our return drive to Maryland which ended up taking almost 12 hours. Happy to be home.
What was your eclipse experience? Will you try to see the next one in April, 2024?
A few weeks ago Sug and I traveled to The Sunflower Garden to see their flowers. It was still a little early in the season.
This past weekend we were on the road again to visit McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area. It’s always open, very low key, and free. There’s a haphazard parking area where there were at least 2 dozen vehicles parked.
We walked up a make-shift road toward the direction other people were going when we finally came across an announcement board with a sign pointing to the sunflower fields.
We were also cautioned to be on the lookout for poachers.