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Home Beach Home

It’s been quite a journey, getting to South Carolina from London, over the past few months. But we finally found the perfect beach shack and we’re all snuggled in! I guess you could say I’ve even become a bit of a homebody.

Station 19 Outside front door orange

Station 19 Living Room Sofa

Station 19 Living Room Mirror

Station 19 Kitchen Side Counter

Station 19 Kitchen Counter

Station 19 Guest bedroom Chest of Drawers Side

Station 19 Guest Bedroom Flowers

Station 19 Guest Bedroom Flowers Nightstand

Station 19 Bedroom Pillows

Station 19 Screened in Porch Beach Cottage

I’ve been getting down to work in the kitchen, testing out some classic Southern recipes… and a few of my own, like this Georgia peach gâteau.

Station 19 Pie Cloche

Station 19 Pie Cloche Cover

Southern life is treating us well. We’ve found the perfect compromise living 15 minutes outside of Charleston, but right on the beach in Sullivan’s Island. After all, we haven’t moved from the greatest city in the world to be downtown with all the tourists, college students and fixie bike hipsters. Life’s better on the water!

Sullivan's Island Beach Welcome Sign

Luckily, we’re 2 blocks from the sand – so we’ve been taking advantage of morning walks on the beach and late afternoon swims in the ocean.

Sullivan's Island Boardwalk Beach path

Sullivan's Island Boardwalk Beach path Landscape

Sullivan's Island Boardwalk Beach Waves Sand Landscape

Sullivan's Island Boardwalk Beach Houses Lighthouse Landscape

Sullivan's Island Boardwalk Beach Dunes Landscape

We didn’t waste any time finding our favourite restaurants on the island. On this particular occasion, we were off to brunch just up the road. We’re lucky we can walk everywhere, exploring our new neighbourhood on foot.

Sullivan's Island Sidewalk

Sullivan's Island Blue Doll House Victorian

Sullivan's Island Obstinate Daughter Steps

Obstinate Daughter is relatively new to the island – like us! But it’s already been making waves in the area for it’s coastal Italian influences and local ingredients. We heard about it practically before we even got unpacked, and now we’re working on making ourselves regulars.

Sullivan's Island Obstinate Daughter Steps Up

Sullivan's Island Obstinate Daughter Interior

Sullivan's Island Obstinate Daughter BarMary

Their Blonde Bloody Mary is epic. And in case you’re wondering, that’s pickled okra speared on the garnish.

Sullivan's Island Obstinate Daughter Bloody Mary

Seasonal vegetable frittata with basil and mozzarella

Seasonal vegetable frittata with basil and mozzarella

House ham, farm egg, fontal cheese, garlic aioli

House ham, farm egg, fontal cheese, garlic aioli

Our brunch was slammin’ – I will keep coming back until I try everything on the menu.

Sullivan's Island Beardcats OD

Life’s a beach – and I really can’t complain!

Summer On the Chesapeake Bay

With the wedding date inching closer and closer, it was time to jet home to America and spend a few restful days before the whirlwind of matrimonial hoopla!

There could be no better place to kick off my sandals and catch some rays on the dock than a little waterfront cottage on the Chesapeake Bay.

Sitting room

Living room

Living room mitt

lving room lounging

Living room lamp

Bedroom Upstairs

Bedroom nook

bedroom

Stiars

The perfect place to lounge away the hours… and the best feature is the view!

bay

Barefoot on the dock, watching the ospreys glide over the water, with fishermen pulling up crab pots in the distance – the perfect spot for a cool drink in the sunshine.

dock

And you never know what kind of crazy creatures you’ll catch at the end of the pier!

dock net

water

Maryland’s Eastern Shore is my all-time favorite spot on earth for lazing away a summer afternoon, preferably in a sun-dappled spot in the shade steps from the water’s edge.

Hammock

Except someone’s already beat me to this perfect hangout!

hammock nap

For dinner, my Uncle Ed whipped up a mean bayside feast – a coastal favorite called Low Country Boil. You boil up a pot and throw in the shrimp, potatoes and corn-on-the-cob with a melange of specialty spices.

Shrimp boil

shrimp biol tin

Then dig in!

Shrimp boil serve

The next morning, I rose early and scampered down to the pebbled patio with my mug of coffee. Daybreak is the most peaceful time on the bay, when there’s still a slight damp chill in the air and the water is smooth as a mirror.

Morning

But there were already two little birds out there chirping away!

flag can

Flag

Flag waving

flag couple

flags couple

As the morning hours dwindled, we decided to get dressed and go stretch our legs in town.

And there might have been some wheels screeching on the way there…

mustang

town flowers

St. Michaels is just one of the many darling historic port towns of my cherished home state. It embodies clean, classic Americana – colonial clapboard architecture, proud maritime heritage, some of the best seafood you’ve ever tasted…

And a regional take on the bloody mary that will leave your mouth twanging with happiness for a month of Sundays.

Bloody mary

roxys

town fish tacos

We had amazing fish tacos at Foxy’s Harbor Grille on the marina, and then astoundingly still had room for dessert, a cone at Justine’s.

ice cream

ice cream parlour

ice cream cone

We made it back home in time for sunset on the bay (thanks to a heavy foot on the petal). Smiles and family and a glass of pale pink rose, ice cubes clinking in our wine glasses…

Dock Aunt Judith

Dock brpthers

Backyard

It feels so good to be home!