Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sights around Camden


Holfield farms was a place I could count on getting fresh blueberries, green peppers, peas, zucchini, and okra, but for some reason they just shut down this year. The flowers refused to comply and grew wildly everywhere, but they are closed for business. Then afterwards Rosa and I checked out a beautiful place near the Santee River. I may be and probably am wrong about the name and will check back about it. Anyway, my favorite sight was that bicycle with two baskets full of posies, I mean flowers. Doesn't that look inviting?
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McBee Farmland


I just loved the gently rolling hills and corn. The good earth bearing fruit.
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McLeod Farms Museum


Here's more on McLeod Farms and one thing I forgot to mention in the previous entry. There is no cost to see the museum, and there is so much to see there from the olden days. If you are in the area do drop in. McLeod Farms in McBee, South Carolina.
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McLeod Farms in McBee SC


If you want to get homemade icecream and oh yeah fresh fruits, especially the sweetest peaches in South Carolina, it is worth the ride up to McBee, South Carolina. Once you are there, you can step next door and see their museum full of all sorts of interesting things including butter churns, old telephone booths, ice boxes, washing machines with rollers to squeeze out the water from your clothes, and about 20 to 25 antique cars. Just couldn't fit in all the cars in the pictures but I might load them on my Flickr album. The place is McLeod Farms, pronounced like cloud and make no mistake about it.
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Dylan and Me


This is Jillian's little boy who came to visit and have some fun at my house. I couldn't get the pool filled but he did get wet in the sprinkler. His grandma, Cassandra and I had hamburgers and iced tea. Just having a summer fun!
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Frolicking Among the Lantanas


An expert needs to properly introduce me to these lovely butterflies. I don't know there names, but aren't they beautiful?
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Monday, June 15, 2009

Best Home Cooking in Camden South Carolina

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I am about one of the luckiest people in the world. One of my best friends in the whole wide world, Rosa Serralta, has a mama who should write a real Southern style cookbook because she knows how to make hundreds of people happy with her cooking. Her name is Mrs. Mary Elliot! Miss Mary as she is addressed respectfully in these parts is very well known for her cooking and just yesterday I had the privilege of enjoying some of her good home cooking.

MADS, is a simple white lace lined restaurant located in the historic city of Camden, about 20 minutes east of Columbia South Carolina. The restaurant is open for lunch from Monday through Friday and on Sundays. Though the fare is excellent on Monday through Friday, you don't want to miss the Sunday buffet. Yesterday some of the fare included such favorites as salad, turnip greens, butter beans, creamed corn, green beans, rice with gravy, macaroni and cheese (the best I have ever tasted!), pork loin, Hog Jowl (a southern favorite worthy of any one wanting to clog their arteries in style), grilled chicken, Southern Fried chicken, and baked ham.

The desserts are to die for! Yesterday, well, we all sinned by eating too much dessert. What were our choices? Imagine the list: Strawberry Short Cake, Caramel Cake, Coconut Cake, Chocolate Swirl and Raspberry Cheesecake, as well as, Coconut Pudding. Tell me if that is not a fabulous selection? Of course, you have to use discretion in eating since it is an all you can eat restaurant but the desserts are limited to one dessert choice per person, which is wise and actually doing all of us a favor.

So if you are in town for a horse race (the famous Carolina or Colonial Cups), filming a movie (which Miss Mary and her son David have catered), visiting the Revolutionary War battle sites or investigating whether George Washington actually slept here, or just enjoying time with friends in this picturesque historic city, do not forget to save time to enjoy the best food in town! Though the restaurant has simple decor, the service is excellent, the people are friendly, and the food first class. Just flag down a local and ask them the way to MADS on 818 Market Street in the heart of downtown Camden. They will tell you.