Carting Around the Neighborhood…

Dear Reader:

Remember a couple of days ago…I mentioned that I was taking a hiatus from the garden while Mother Nature was cooperating so well with the balance of sun and rain to do something new…perhaps an adventure through a familiar terrain…but with a new perspective.

Vickie works part-time at Miler Country Club and said that she could borrow a golf cart any time we were interested in riding around and see our neighborhood(s) through the back paths and not just the main drives. Yesterday was our day to do just that!

It started off by finding an isolated area behind a dead end road where we found a beautiful but unusual tree…it was like someone got a blow dryer and swept the trees ‘hair’ (limbs) all over to one side…perhaps it happened last year during Hurricane Matthew.

Our adventures taking the back paths of the neighborhood gave us some of the most beautiful scenery around.

Besides the falling pine straw…we can tell fall is about to arrive by the lengthening shadows…I loved this path through the woods. The sun dappled through the old oak trees creating flickering lights that looked like fairies dancing. (Don’t you love the word “dappled” I do!)

I am always drawn to “Resurrection Ferns”  like the ones growing on this old oak… that is begging little children to come climb its branches.

It is only when we get off the beaten path…that we can see children’s secret tree houses, filled with imagination that lead to adult homes built back off the road like an adult tree house.

Tire swings, hand-built mailboxes, and horseshoes…just waiting for players.

We might not have “Three Pines” in Summerville but these two pine trees came mighty close to the picture in the Penny Louise books.

My favorite gardening areas were the sun flowers and  wildflowers home owners had planted…I really want to grow wildflowers in bulk for next season…they just can’t be beat for beauty. (I think I will need about a truck load of dirt to go over my sand.)

*I love these wooden blocks in Eva Cate’s room…”In a field of roses, she is a Wildflower!”

There were so many beautiful butterflies out and about…and I loved this butterfly chair too.

Here are our two favorite Tea Farm doors….I love that the new trend in housing right now is painting a front door color that “pops.”

…And speaking of the Tea Farm neighborhood…the original Tea Farm house is really getting a make-over with a new copper roof…it is going to be gorgeous when it is finished. I did have to chuckle however when Vickie and I rode past this sign on the dirt road where it is located. Not sure anyone can do too much about stirring up “DUST?” (Glad we have had a lot of rain and we were in a golf cart.)

We both thought this home looked like a French Chateaux.

The one observation that made us slightly sad, however, was the fact that we didn’t see anyone out and about around their homes for the whole hour we rode around Miler and Tea Farm…It was eerily quiet…a beautiful ghost neighborhood….a sign of society today…people work hard to live in some of these beautiful homes and sometimes I feel that this leaves little time to actually live in them…enjoy them…just a thought.

So until tomorrow…A Blessing for a New Home (favorite stanzas) by John O’Donohue

May this house shelter your life.
When you come in home here,
May all the weight of the world
Fall from your shoulders.


May this home be a place of discovery,
Where the possibilities that sleep
In the clay of your soul can emerge
To deepen and refine your vision
For all that is yet to come to birth.


May it be a house of courage,
Where healing and growth are loved,
Where dignity and forgiveness prevail;
A home where patience and spirit is prized,
And the sight of the destination is never lost

Though the journey be difficult and slow.
May there be great delight around this hearth.
May it be a house of welcome
For the broken and diminished.


May you have the eyes to see
That no visitor arrives without a gift
And no guest leaves without a blessing.


“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

*If you order from the Emily McDowell studio today (24 hours) all her artistic  “wares” (cards, pins) are on sale to benefit Houston Texas.

*Happy “Lucky Rabbit” Day…it is the first day of September! Say “Rabbit” and have a wonderful Fall month!


About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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5 Responses to Carting Around the Neighborhood…

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Loved seeing pictures of the hidden parts of your neighborhood. ..

    On Sep 1, 2017 6:14 AM, “Chapel of Hope Stories” wrote:

    > Becky Dingle posted: ” Dear Reader: Remember a couple of days ago…I > mentioned that I was taking a hiatus from the garden while Mother Nature > was cooperating so well with the balance of sun and rain to do something > new…perhaps an adventure through a familiar terrain..” >


    • Becky Dingle says:

      It was so much fun taking the ‘hidden’ paths behind the streets and the ones that run parallel to the golf course….a new adventure to break the everyday routine of life….so enjoyable.


  2. Jo Dufford says:

    What Great Fun! Thank you for the pictures and comments from your golf cart ride. It is so much fun to journey with you because you see things many of us would have missed like those beautiful two tall trees, the wind-swept branches on that tree, the “sun dappled through the old oak trees”, and the lengthening shadows on the ground which says it’s fall to me. My first post today was a text to Colby with a rabbit on it. See, you’ve made us all conscious of good luck and joy on a new first day of a new month, September! Fall is coming with the shades of orange, yellow and red colors, the feel and smell of fall air, the sounds of leaves under your feet, the cheers from the stadium and the smell of apple pie baking. Yes, from all of your pictures and creative talents, you have stirred so many happy feelings within me. Thank you.


  3. bcparkison says:

    The road less traveled will always be more enjoyable.
    Don’t cover to much of your sand….wild flowers know how to grow in less than perfect .


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