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Magnolia House Plantation


Backtracking our trip brought us to Charleston, Sc. Yesterday we visited The Magnolia House Plantation with many old oak trees


The house was rebuilt 3 different times. Mr. Drayton floated his hunting log cabin down the river and placed it onto the foundation that remained. Today we see it as restored with period furniture, the home is still owned by the same family founded in 1676 when the plantation started. This plantation made Mr. Thomas Drayton a rich man with 2000 acres of land and the cash crop of rice mainly.

A walk about the grounds

Gardens with 72 varieties of Magnolia on the property.

The Camellia a bloom.

I found a purple Magnolia with 2″ buds just getting ready.

White Camellia

Another part of the grounds kept free range animals that you could walk about, with deer, peacocks, ducks and chickens. Many others were located behind short fences, some in reach of feeding.


We took a romantic swamp walk to finish the evening.

Sorry I’m blurry, but this tree had fallen in Hurricane Hugo and kept growing

Slaves quarters

Wallpaper on the walls

A four room slave house

Today we are visiting the market back for more Benne Wafers.

Then we will get on the road and head to Jennifer’s, we are about 5 hours from her and 6 days from baby.

xoxo, Cindy




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For the past 93 days our house has been on Wheels

We are RV living and my space has been limited.  

Grumpa says, “Stop buying stuff and you’ll have more room.” 

I think we should have bought a larger RV when we had the chance, I mean have you seen some of these models they have on the market these days?  Years ago we had it made, I was young, dad and mom would travel and the cost of hotels were not in our budget. Dad was resourcefulness he purchased an old Econoline  Van, revamped it for modern living with a stove, ice box, two seats and a table that dropped down to a small bed at night and my brother and I slept on the floor with our sleeping bags.  We went everywhere in that Econoline Van and thought we were the cats meow.  

I’ve been getting a lot of mail messages with many questions lately, so here is the answer

Our Kitchen table and Computer desk

Our microwave doubles as our baking space

Below the microwave is the stove and oven

Beside this is our modern facilities, like indoor plumbing

Above, our flush toilet and sink, below our shower

Then behind the shower is our closet

What a mess, lets not go there.

In the front the drivers seat and my work table

I’m building on product while on the road and these little pendants are the tree of life and I’ve added a round bead to represent a moon, what do you think?

I almost forgot about our fridge and sink

Cupboards both sides top and bottom

 And that’s about it, small, nothing fancy but it has all the conviences at your fingertips. Oh and a DVR that has a movie about to start

Bye for now…

xoxo, Cindy

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