• Knitting,  Travel

    Unraveled Wednesday | The Travel Report.

    I really enjoyed everyone’s comments on last week’s post about my travel knitting plans. Apparently we are all over the place about how we plan and pack for knitting on the road. A lot has to do with how much “free” time we think we’ll have and how accessible more yarn might be where we’re going. This week, I’m looking back on that knitting (which is probably more useful for future planning purposes for me than any of you!) First up – the socks – the mindless project. I actually finished sock #1 (including the kitchener toe) after brunch on Friday. and I immediately started sock #2. I was just…

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    Beaufort Weekending.

    Hello friends! It’s good to be home … sitting at my kitchen counter … looking back through the photos of the weekend. but of course it’s Tuesday. and this past weekend was not the typical Marc & Mary with Holly. Nope – it was our  Girls’ Weekend in Beaufort. The place and the time together are a big part of our family’s story … and mine personally. I love that it comes in a season where I’m reflecting on love, strength, and forgiveness. Gathering with family who are friends and friends who are family seems like the perfect way to celebrate all of that. The “weekend” began Thursday morning when…

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    Beaufort 2018 | Part Two.

    aka “the one with the food and a cocktail”. and note I am writing this post on Friday afternoon, to be sure it lands in your feed reader at just the right time 😉. As I shared last week, our dining routine has been fine-tuned over many years. We did add in two new meals this year and we’re planning to repeat them: First, Thursday night – I picked up a ready-to-heat pasta/spinach/sausage casserole and a caesar salad from Costco (before we left). It was nice to settle into the house, visit with Charlie and not have to think about going out. Also, the meal was delicious! Second, Friday’s lunch…

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    Beaufort 2018 | Part One.

    This year’s trip* was maybe the most fun … the place we stayed was perfect for the four of us, the weather was cool and breezy but dry, the food and drink were amazing (as always) and I won the weekend-long dice tournament 😉. I’m not sure if it was the fun factor, or having 1SE (movie!), or just that we are all so comfortable with each other and the place, but I have a record 70+ photos (that’s the edited down number) and a video mashup #funproblems. We love looking back on these blog posts as we plan our visits – and of course as we look back on…

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    Smile | Beaufort 2017.

    We really had a wonderful time. from last night’s dinner I’m sure you can’t tell. I took this parting shot this morning on the drive out of town. The road makes a hard turn to the left just after this and that turn always signals the end of the weekend.  …and now back to reality.   Katie called on the drive home to say they had the keys to their new home (Monday closings are wonderful, I think!); and earlier she texted that her drive from the office to the new house was only 12 minutes. The moving vans come Thursday. Tomorrow is my last Tuesday with Charlie and Thursday,…

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    Amazing Grace.

    Our family gathered in Beaufort, South Carolina this past weekend to celebrate my father’s life and legacy. With a nod to poem-in-your-pocket day (and a big thank you to Kym for the reminder!), I’m sharing a few of the photos along with the words from Amazing Grace. My hymnal notes that the first four stanzas were written by John Newton to accompany his New Years Day, 1773 sermon; the fifth was added a few years later. view of the low country marshes…one of our favorite things about this part of South Carolina Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now…

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    Beaufort 2015.

    …happy to report that the weekend lived up to every expectation. My mom, sister and I stayed at the just-renovated Sarah Gibbs Barnwell house in the historic district (VRBO link here – it really does look this lovely inside!)  The location was perfect – everything we did except attend church on Sunday morning was just a quick walk away. We arrived Friday afternoon just in time to check in and settle onto the front porch for a glass of wine and some great people watching. Then we had a very short three block walk to dinner at Emily’s. We toasted the weekend and then settled in for tapas. Six plates…

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    Flashback Friday | Beaufort.

    …my sister, brother and I are headed to Beaufort, SC this morning to spend a long weekend with my mom and dad. This is my brother’s first time joining us; he and my dad are sharing the cottage we girls stayed at on our first trip back in 2007. It is crazy to think that we’ve been doing this weekend away for that many years (we did take off 2011 and 2013, so this is our 7th visit in nine years.) My sister and I had fun Wednesday night poring over the three albums I’ve made (for 2008, 2009 and 2010). But maybe more fun with the blog posts (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012,…

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    Beaufort 2014.

    …my sister and I spent a lovely weekend away with our mom (and a bit with my dad and a dear family friend). We started the mother-daughter weekend tradition back in 2005 and this was our 6th visit to Beaufort. and maybe the best one yet. the weather was perfect. the food (and wine) was delicious. and of course the company was outstanding. We share the driving; Karen usually drives down (since she’s faster and then we get there sooner!) It’s great knitting time for the passenger. I got two repeats of Traveling Woman chart A done before we arrived. …and the good meals begin. This was our pre-dinner toast…

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    10 things I love about our weekend away in beaufort.

    …carole is enjoying a vacation from her blog this week, but I’m fresh from a long weekend away in beaufort and thought it would be fun to share 10 things I love: karen, polly and me at dinner sunday night (you can see all the photos from this year here) 1. my sister and I share the driving; she drove down and I drove home. great for knitting (I started and knit about half the leg of a my first traveling sock). and for making sure we photo the state welcome signs. 2.  the weekend runs from meal to meal. you know, where we spend time at breakfast talking about…