Thursday, June 17, 2021

Falls Park on the Reedy

Falls Park on the Reedy is located upstate in Greenville, South Carolina.

The Reedy River was once used by a gristmill to ground up grain into flour. Now this area is enjoyed by tourists and locals alike.

Above the river is a cool walking suspension bridge.

While not a tall fall, it is a pretty one with its rock formations. There are pathways so visitors can hike down onto the rocks.


The grounds offer amazing exercise with plenty of stairs and hills.

 It is common to see picnickers here.

Walking the bridge may not be a good idea for someone with vertigo!

Yikes!

It can be uncomfortable looking down but the walk is awesome!

There are benches to relax upon.

If you wander further from the more touristy section, it can be extra peaceful.

There are quiet pathways to meander.

The grounds are beautifully kept with tons of green and flowers.
It is a perfect place to enjoy life and perhaps some take out from one of the many delicious eateries in town.

Have a marvelous day/evening (wherever you are on the clock)! ~Val

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Just a collection of photos take on recent visits to the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

We witnessed sloth movement! That never happens! These hairy guys are always curled up in a ball of stillness. The movement was fascinatingly slow. This guy below is super fast compared to the sloth.

Below is Bill, a former New Yorker who relocated to South Carolina during the pandemic. 

Bill joined Winifred and Kondi (the ladies are to the left). They did not seem to care much for Bill's presence when we witnessed them together. I felt really horrible for Bill since he was just trying to make friends and be accepted in his new home. Hopefully the ladies have lightened up towards him since we saw them.

I wish I videoed the squirrel monkeys who had a live worm. 

The baby was trying to get it from the bigger guy.

It was quite amusing until the worm was dropped!

It was a vibrant azalea and honeysuckle season.


The hydrangeas have been blooming.






The garden is filling in beautifully for the warmer months ahead!

 
The banana leaves are gigantic already! These grow back to the ground in the colder months and pop right back up as long as the winter was not too harsh.

No this is not autumn foliage but spring leaves! There was no sign on this tree. Since it looked like a redbud, I Googled it and believe it to be the flame thrower redbud.

Have a marvelous day/evening (wherever you are on the clock)! ~Val

Thursday, June 10, 2021

The Farm

Another farm we visited as part of the AG & Art Tour was The Farm (fitting name!).

The Farm has been in the Monts family since 1787 (8 generations) as part of the original land grant. This is not something you hear too often in the United States. This was the first time it has been opened to the public and will be having a grand opening this fall on October 9, 2021 for a Harvest Festival.

This farm is being given new life. After chatting with the family we learned that after years of neglect, they have teamed up to make this a working farm once again! A beautiful thing to see in the local community. Some of the produce will include pumpkins, figs, berries, muscadines, eggs and more.

The heritage breed chickens are being utilized by moving them around each day. They eat the insects and fertilize the land with their poop. A fantastic symbiotic relationship between plants and animals.

This house is being renovated to become an event space for weddings, corporate gatherings, etc.

Plenty of history was provided in stories as well as artifacts.






Some of the artisans here included a live painter.

Easel Cathedral

Beautiful pottery.


Artwork.

Gifting with Watercolor

Down Home Creatives
I love when farms hold onto historic equipment since it adds additional charm.

The old structures are marvelous too!

The AG and Art Tour is organized by the Cooperative Extension, College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences of Clemson University. This continues in other South Carolina counties thru the month of June.

On the subject of SC farm, I just learned via Netflix's We Are the Champions, that our state produces the hottest pepper in the world (2021)! The Carolina Reaper at 2,200,000 SHU (the hot scale used for peppers).

source
It is a cross between a ghost pepper and a red habanero. "Smokin" Ed Currie of PepperButt Pepper Company breeds this hotness in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

 Have a marvelous day/evening (wherever you are on the clock)! ~Val

Falls Park on the Reedy

Falls Park on the Reedy is located upstate in Greenville, South Carolina. The Reedy River was once used by a gristmill to ground up grain i...