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I’ve written before about my love for Charleston, SC before.  Bart and I honeymooned there and spent our first anniversary there.
But when we started raising turkeys, we knew that traveling would be nearly impossible.  We have dreamed of going back to “our city” but thought that our only chance would be years from now.
Our farm has kept Bart from traveling far from home, but it also led to an opportunity for me to return to Charleston.
So last week, I spent a few days in the most beautiful city in the world, with the most beautiful group of farm women!
Our conference kept us busy for most of the trip, but we did manage to get some fun in.  Our first night there, I took the other ladies from Iowa to my favorite Charleston restaurant: 82 Queen.  We ate outdoors in the courtyard and truly felt as though we had been transported to another land and time.
We enjoyed Charleston’s famous she-crab soup and some delicious southern food. 
The next morning, we had some free time and I got to meet up with a long-time blogging friend, Kathryn from Take My Breath Away.  This was the first time I’d met a blogger in real life, but it was amazing.  At one point, she and I had about 6 conversations going on at once.  It was like we were trying to cram an entire lifetime of friendship into two hours – AWESOME!
Kathryn is a great photographer, and she coached me and helped me get these shots of the hotel where Bart and I honeymooned.

The weather was BEAUTIFUL.  I wish we had more time to spend outside soaking up Charleston’s beauty.
On our last evening there, I led some of the ladies down to the battery, where one of them got to see the ocean for the first time!  I know that Charleston’s harbor isn’t exactly the “real” ocean, but for Karra from Kansas, it was close enough!
I also bought a seagrass basket for the first time.  It will have a place of honor on one of our bedside tables.


Until next time, Charleston…I love you!

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  1. How beautiful! I have never been but hopefully will be stopping there after the blogging conference this summer. Great pics and how fun that you got to meet a blogging friend in real life. Happy Valentines day!

  2. Charleston is one of the places I'd love to visit someday. Beautiful pictures. Looks like you had a lot of fun. Isn't it great to meet blogging friends in real life??!

  3. Yeah!!!! Look at us!!! What a fun morning! I am so glad we got to meet and hang out and yes, we definitely had several conversations going! I am proud of my picture of you in front of the pineapple fountain! I also love how the Venue pics turned out. YOU GOT A SWEETGRASS BASKET!!!! Jealous!!! Where did you end up getting it from? I am definitely buying one (or a few) before we move! So glad you had a great time and I am so thankful you took the time to meet me! I loved it!

  4. beautiful! confirms my thinking that Charleston would be a lovely destination ... thank you for sharing your lovely pics ... please pass the she-crab soup!

  5. Hi Katie, thanks for visiting and leaving your comment. I saw your post on Charleston and I had to comment. We used to live in Mt. Pleasant. My stepson worked at the Vendue Inn while he was attending college. I have a collection of sweetgrass baskets. Some of them were made by the parents of students I taught. I know you will treasure yours.