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Wednesay, May 5, 2010

Now taking my research into the sea... Becoming Open-Water certified in SCUBA diving. Sunday's dive took us to the General Sherman, previously named the Princess Royal, which sunk six miles from Little River Inlet on 10 January 1874. Was a thrilling and enriching experience to see the remains of this ship up close. One of the more experienced divers came up with multiple matching buttons, from men's long underwear of the 1800s, which were part of the shipment onboard when this vessel sank over 135 years ago.

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010

Been in research up to my neck, reading titles recently purchased, helping piece together more history of the waterfront, local families, and the county. The more I read about local political history, the more I see that many of the warnings of yesteryear have come true, and that a good number of today's problems existed in different form over a century ago.   ·   I noticed that one of my books, published in 1958, was signed by the author in 1958, but someone blackened over the message, signature, and date with a magic marker. The author's handwritten message, signature and date are still legible, but I'm aghast at who would do such an unthinkable act?

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009

Cleaning up several copies of censuses from the 1800s and 1810s for printing and publishing online.  ·   Ordering the part today for my laptop that's needed to continue scanning documents (it burnt out several weeks ago and my scanning came to a sudden halt).

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009

Along with Captain Larry Long, I guided a tour of the waterfront area of Little River for the Horry County Board of Architectural Review, followed by lunch on the deck of Crab Catchers. Was informative to see several waterfront businesses and residents come together to learn about the possibility of forming a historic district.

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009

Have daily hand-written journal entries I'll type into this area as soon as I get the time.  ·   Beautiful autumn day to work in the garden.

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009

Went to Indigo Farms for the annual Farm Heritage Day. Was awesome seeing the old plows, antique rifles and pistols, spinning wheels, hand looms, wood-working tools, even a woman making paper using the method everyone used prior to 1850.

Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009

Got fresh butter beans and lots of other fresh produce from Holden Brothers today. The Holden farm land has been in the family since colonial days, and they received and still own and farm 400 acres (of the original thousands of acres), part of the land grant from the King of England in 1756. I absolutely love their fresh produce (and the butter beans I bought from their roadside market and prepared today turned out great!).

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009

Finally received and started reading Marjory Goldfinch Ward's moving story about life in the late 1800s and early 1900s in Horry County. Great book so far. In the first 75 pages (300+ pgs in book) I learned several things I hadn't come across in any other source.  ·   Didn't get the tree shipment I was expecting; got the other one, so I planted an orange and lemon tree. Both trees are fruiting size, and the lemon tree had two lemons on it in shipment! I plucked one and juiced it with an orange and grapefruit, delish.

Friday, Sept. 11, 2009

A day for prayer and remembrance of that fateful day eight years ago that forever changed so many lives.   ·   After the early morning walk with my neighbor, we "traded" goodies: I gave her some of my recently prepared collards and she gave me some white muscadine grapes (which I immediately juiced with a peach and apple. Mmmm.) I have a large purple muscadine trellis; unfortunately, they didn't produce more than a handful or two of fruit this year...   ·   Today I'll continue babying my newly planted collards, kale, cabbage and broccoli and preparing spots for the nut & fruit trees (Pecan, English walnut, white walnut, olive, pomegranate, black cherry, Stella cherry) due to arrive tomorrow.   ·   I knew that Evan Pugh, the preacher with the diary, as I think of him, is a relative of mine. I finally checked a chart to see exactly how we're related: He's my fifth great grand nephew (he and my G6-grandmother were siblings).

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009

It is completely inconceivable to me why anyone would go through life without growing at least some of their own food.   ·   As so many Little River and Calabash families are connected, I headed to Calabash and photographed the Thomas Cemetery headstones and the 200-year-old Hickory Hall Plantation.

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