March 20th to 25
Sunday morning we met a group of friends for breakfast at Pan am pancake and omelette house.
Brain and Helen were kind enough to pick us up and we did a little shopping afterwards.
On Monday, we had expected the mechanic to come and take another look at our leak, however he changed it to Tuesday and then Wednesday, as Andy had a golf date on Tuesday. I walked to the Waccatee Zoo and back to check on the animals. Got this great picture of a Cardinal up in a tree.
On my return to the Marina, I also checked out the road construction farther down Enterprise Road.
On Wednesday, Brian the mechanic came and tightened up some of the fittings to hopefully end our diesel leak. In the afternoon Brian V came and picked us up for the River Walk potluck BBQ. This event has been on-going for the past 12-15 years, this was the 3rd time that we had attended. It is organized by Bonnie from Bancroft Ontario, but there are both Canadian and Americans in attendance, a few of the American’s live year round at Riverwalk, which is adjacent to the Arrowhead golf course. The food was great and the men who assisted/watched Brian H BBQ the steaks did a great job.
Following the meal we had a group picture taken.
We spent the night at Brian and Helen’s and watched the movie Churchill’s secret before going to bed.
On Thursday we had a busy day planned with Brian and Helen. In the morning we went to Brookgreen garden, which is south of Myrtle Beach.
This garden was developed in the 1930’s on 4 former rice plantations. It is a haven for indigenous plant life and a nature refuge for animals. The gardens protects over 2,000 species of plants and has 9 different ecosystems ranging from salt marshes to long leaf pine, mixed hardwood and river bluff forests. Exhibited within the garden is a large collection of American figurative sculptures, created since the early nineteenth century. Here’s a few of the sculptures.
These 2 thought they’d could be part of the artwork!
Many of the flowers were starting to bloom- so I have to include a few of them.
We had been to Brookgreen one other time, but it was a year with a cold spring, so very few of he flowers had been in bloom.
At the gardens for a limited engagement there was also a “Nature Connects” display of art made with Lego. Some of these works had more than 75,000 lego bricks and were spectacular.
Who knew that you could make such life-like figures from Lego.
At the gardens, there was also a zoo, and here is where I finally saw a live gator or two.
Other animals included, otters, foxes, goats and a variety of birds and waterfowl. I really liked the blue billed duck.
After spending 3 ½ hours at the gardens we went to Cracker Barrel for lunch and then returned to Myrtle Beach. That evening, beginning at 5:00 we had tickets to Hot Jersey nights at the Palace Theatre.
The 4 vocalists, sang many well-known Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons songs as well as some from the Beach Boys. Great show.
We then went out for burgers and returned to the condo and watched a western Forsaken, with Kiefer and Donald Sutherland filmed in Alberta. Great scenery, so-so acting I preferred “24” this was a very slow movie with a predictable ending.
On Friday, we picked up our weekend rental car and then did some shopping and banking in Myrtle Beach– everything was open — business as usual on Good Friday. We returned to the marina with our stuff and in the afternoon went to Murrell’s Inlet to do some additional gift and grocery shopping. When we returned to the marina, we noticed a looper boat “Summertime” and another one called “Linda Jean” had taken up residence on the end of our dock- so we invited them over for docktails. We met some very nice people from Maine.
We have no special plans for Easter. Andy is going golfing tomorrow with the guys, and I’m going to relax.
Hope everyone has a great Easter!
Great job with your blog. I really enjoyed your pictures from Brookgreen Gardens, it has inspired me to find a way to visit there today. Nice to meet you.