Archive for August 19th, 2009

Garnett House

August 19, 2009
John King Garnett House in springtime

John King Garnett House in springtime

So we’re driving along, my enabler of genealogical expeditions and I, and it’s a nice spring day.  The Bradford pears are in bloom, and the grass is greening up, and the day is warm with the smell of the woods and the asphalt road.  Other people go to the mall.  We go to Garnett.

I know little about this house except that it used to be in another location.  It was moved here near the main road, and renovated.  It’s for sale now, and the “For Sale” sign in the yard was just what we needed to walk around and peer in the windows.  It appears to have heart pine flooring, even in the kitchen, which is completely modernized.  It was owned by John King Garnett, an early mover and shaker of this little wide spot known as Garnett. 

I love a deep, wide porch with a screened-in area.  This particular wrap-around porch has private areas on each side of the house, so that you can choose the cooler part of the porch depending on the time of the day.  It’s a beautiful house, but the location is so remote that you can’t even imagine living there.  A big house like this wants a family, but the schools are very far away, and, to be honest, this is South Carolina and the schools are poor sources of good education in this part of the world.  There are no jobs here, no retail stores, no offices, no factories, no highways. 

This picture is brought to you courtesy of Leo.  Many thanks to my friend Leo for emailing this picture back to me.  My computer melted last year and I lost everything.  Fortunately, Leo is interested in Southern stuff and I had emailed many pictures of plantation trivia, and he saved everything.

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Will Feral

August 19, 2009
Is this my best side?

Is this my best side?

I held my breath.  It was too good to be true.  The light was perfect, the sun was at the perfect angle, and Wilbur stayed perfectly still.  And I had a camera in hand – one that worked – even better.

The sun makes a perfect shadow profile of Wilbur’s head on the ground.  I couldn’t have planned this shot even if I’d bribed Wilbur with pharmaceutical-grade catnip. 

I can be bought

I can be bought

Alias Will Feral

Alias Will Feral

Wilbur is a bit of a ham, like his idol, Will Ferrell.

Sweet sweet gum

August 19, 2009
A clump of trees

A clump of trees

Here’s a cool clump of trees.  It’s one of several sweet gum clumps on the property.  I did not realize that the sweet gum grew so prolifically and has so many off-shoots at the base that turn into such an interesting configuration.  It reminds me of a hand, with fingers extended, growing out of the ground. 

Amazing trees

Amazing trees

The sweet gum has roughish bark and five-pointed leaves that look somewhat like hands.  It prefers moist, acidic soil, which explains to me why it does so well in this mostly-pine forest with thick layers of pine needle mulch.  When I was having a small portion of the lot cleared for the house site and septic tank installation, the lot-clearing man wanted to take down a nice-sized clump of sweet gum because it might be in the way.  I said no, that tree stays.  He asked if I knew what it was and did I know anything about it?  I said that I knew it was a sweet gum, that they are said to grow fast and not live long, and I saw no reason to take it down.  Case closed.  It’s a nice clump.  After moving the RV yet again to a different location in the clearing, the best place for the RV was next to that nice sweet gum clump which shades the RV in the afternoon sun.  Bonus.  Some day that clump could be as large as the one in the picture that is growing in my little forest.