Friday, June 28, 2019

The Ballenger House in Seneca

By Laurie Bower Epps

When I saw the forecast, I did see a break in the typical thundershower pattern we have in summer last Friday, so I decided to get out there for a blog while the weather was good. The Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. Since I've lived in the Upstate of South Carolina, that usually means fireworks shows are postponed due to the rain. But down here we just roll with it. Lately, I've mainly been straightening my hair, but with all the humidity, I went with a more Bohemian look. It was much easier to achieve with my naturally curly hair. 

Friday, June 14, 2019

Mother & Daughter Date Lavender Picking

By Laurie Bower Epps

As a young woman, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to study abroad in France. The beginning of my stay, I was in a study-tour group. My group of 30 American students toured the majority of France in the summer of 1985. One of the stops that stuck with me was touring Provence and Grasse. Grasse is where most of the world's perfume is made. The images and aromas of the lavender fields will be with me forever. Nostalgia got the better of me when I saw a local farm sponsoring a U-Pick on Facebook. Since my daughter is studying environmental science, and the farm is located roughly ten minutes from her house, I couldn't go without her. So my story got to make a full circle, and I got to share my memories with her.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Liberty Hall Bed & Breakfast

By Laurie Bower Epps

Since so many of my blogs occur outside historic residences, it will be of no surprise that I found this little gem where you can be part of the magic. Something about this home just called to me. The owner, Susan, has done a wonderful job with the grounds, and with the house itself. I literally would rubber neck it just to see it as I'd drive by coming back from work or the mall or wherever. Being in the South, I've learned it's a good idea to let folks know you're coming, otherwise, you're libel to get shot. Today, you're in for a treat, this bed and breakfast is a real beauty.

Friday, May 24, 2019

The South Carolina Agricultural Museum

By Laurie Bower Epps

I've lived in the Upstate for 13 years, but frankly, all I thought Clemson was known for is football. It wasn't until a couple of years ago, that I found out Clemson University also boasts due to having one of the best agricultural programs in the country. Being a girl from the suburbs of Atlanta myself, I do have a little country in my soul as well. (But a very little...) As a young girl, I did wear braids and got my 4H in livestock. Now that I'm rekindling my own little herb garden, I just had to check the agricultural museum out.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Rose Hill Plantation

By Laurie Bower Epps

My middle daughter is getting married next spring, so naturally we did start shopping for wedding venues right away. Since Rose Hill Plantation is voted the fifth most beautiful spot in South Carolina, we had to check it out for ourselves. With her fiance in tow, the four of us headed to the midlands to check out this stunning location.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Peter Rabbit Festival

By Laurie Bower Epps

Since nearby Clemson University has a large agricultural department, their free botanical gardens are simply stunning. I've used them for blogs before, but I'd never attended one of their events. Somehow, this Peter Rabbit Festival just spoke to me. Not just for the books, movie, and old school melamine sets, but because the entire series just speaks of Spring. We've been dodging rain storms for months down south, and this event was no exception. Thankfully, just like the Spring Jubilee, the rain held off for a day longer.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Agent of Change Journey in a Day

By Laurie Bower Epps

Many of you know that my Chloe is really into Girl Scouts. I was so surprised when we moved that she took the changing of her troop year so well. Since it was more than a 35 minute move away, we were simply getting home too late from our Tuesday meetings, as well as, since she's a rising middle schooler we're now tied up with the new school very often on the same night.

I learned after the transfer to the new troop, that she didn't have any of her journeys and she's always gotten her summit pin for each level of Girl Scouts. In about a week and a half, we managed to get all three journeys completed. Mostly, we used her Spring Break, and we reached out to our community to get them done.

The Ballenger House in Seneca

By Laurie Bower Epps When I saw the forecast, I did see a break in the typical thundershower pattern we have in summer last Friday, so I...