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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

What a Crock!

Most of my readers probably know how much I like to go to thrift stores in search of treasures of one kind or another. I keep my eyes peeled for that certain item that I have my heart set upon. It  can take months or even years to hit the right place at the just the right time to find it--that thing I have been searching for without having to give up an arm and a leg to make it my own. I post today about one such item I have been looking for.

A week or so ago, I stopped by a little shop that I sometimes forget about. It is tucked away in an inconspicuous place and I glanced down and spied something that looked very much like something my heart had been desiring. It was sitting on the very bottom shelf of one of the displays. I figured it was a flimsy reproduction of some kind. I reached down, expecting to quickly lift it up to check it out. To my amazement, the thing was heavy--very heavy! I finally managed to get the thing on to a higher shelf, more at eye level, so I could examine it more closely.

It had a design on one side that I think is called "gaggle of geese" but when I turned it around looking for a maker's mark and a price., I saw a stamp on the reverse--a crown with an encircled number "1" and U.S.A., which I later discovered was the reason the item was so heavy. Such items made in the U.S.A. are very sturdy and heavy. The number 1 stands for one gallon. I was then wondering if there would be an equally heft price tag. When I found the price sticker I had to wonder if it was for real.

I asked myself,  "For the price they are asking, is this thing for real or is it a real crock?" It took a couple of minutes to soak in, but I decided, it is both. Seriously, it is not a "crock" as in not for real (an impostor or cheap reproduction). It is, however a real crock.  This seems to be a contradiction in terms.  It is not a crock but it is a real crock. Enough of the conundrums! A picture speaks a thousand words.


One Gallon Butter Crock 
I am one of those cooks who keeps a lot of kitchen utensils at the ready. I do not like to spend a ton of time digging through drawers as I work in the kitchen. I have utensils corralled in two different containers, one of which I was looking to replace. I had now found the perfect replacement, but was I prepared to pay the sticker price for this one? Would you pay $1.99 for it? That's right people, $1.99! Can you believe it?

You can visit some of the links below to see some similar crocks. There are vintage and antique ones out there. However, there do not seem to be many examples of the one gallon type for sale online.

Pinterest is a good place to find some good source to find ideas for using this type of crock for organization and decor.


Here is a comparable crock on Amazon.

Ebay is also a source for looking for some of these crocks and this antique one.



Well, I can tell you, I was not about to let it sit there a minute longer. I had been waiting a long time for this one and I could not get to the check out counter fast enough!

One Gallon Butter Crock to Hold Kitchen Utensils
I realized only after I was almost done with posting about the crock that the photo I had taken of the opposite side of the crock with the geese is one that I was planning to use for a future post. The other side does not particularly appeal to me and I will probably be using it with the maker's stamp side showing most of the time, anyway.

Granted, I discovered a vintage find, not an antique. It is probably not nearly as old as some old antique ones I have seen on some sites. It is not all cracked, chippy and crazed like those. It is, nonetheless, "genuine" and a true American-made product, something increasingly difficult to come by these days. For less than $2.00, I genuinely like it and am satisfied it will serve my purposes. Now, that's a real crock and what a crock!








Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hand Crafted Gifts are the Best!

Of all the gifts I have received over the years, the ones that are hand-crafted are the most significant and special to me. It's not that I do not appreciate every single thing that any friend or loved one gives me. I certainly do.

Because I am a person who has spent a lifetime  creating things myself, I understand how much thought and consideration, time, effort and materials are poured into the process of creating . There is something very unique and endearing about gifts from the heart and hands, even those made by the little children in our lives.

Bragging is not something I do much of, at least not on myself, and I am not starting now. However, I think it will be acceptable if I brag a little on my beautiful, generous and fabulously talented friend.

If you have visited my blog a few times you might remember that my friend, Harriette, and I spend a lot of time together, doing the things that we both enjoy so much. Sometimes it is going to our favorite thrift stores and having lunch. Sometimes, it is cooking or baking and other times it is working on a craft or sewing project, such as a the Memory Quilt we constructed from shirts for Harriette's husband. The shirts had been collected by her husband over the years and held significant memories from his boyhood, work sites and so on. You can see pictures and instructions on the process we used to make this special quilt  here and here. What a wonderful and fun project that was!

Last week, I went over to her house and when I walked in the door, she surprised me with an early birthday present! Well, actually it was more than one present. That's what I mean when I say she is generous. She is extremely generous! She crafted some beautiful things for me and I could not resist posting some photos of them.

I always have a dish towel or two hanging on the handle of my oven and they are constantly falling off when I am standing there prepping and cooking. Does that happen to you or am I the only one it happens to? Look what my friend sewed for me! It certainly solves the problem of the towel slipping off of the handle all the time.
Dishtowel to Hang Across the Handle of Oven Door
This pretty and practical dishtowel is made by cutting one regular terry dishtowel in half, crosswise, A lined pinafore style "bodice" is attached, front to one half of the raw edge of the dishtowel and pinafore back to the raw edge of the other half of the dishtowel. One length of grosgrain ribbon is attached to the "waist" in the front and another length of grosgrain ribbon is attached in the same manner to the back side of the towel. It looks like a little girl's pinafore or dress with the sides left open. It is made to slip over the oven handle. Then the ribbon ends are tied together on each side in bows.  It hangs by the "shoulders" and, after being tied, it stays securely on the handle. Isn't that just the perfect solution?

Here is a picture of the back. 
Back of Dishtowel  for Hanging on Oven Handle
Since we are a family of predominantly University of South Carolina fans my friend used fabric with a team theme for the front of the towel's "bodice."  I made a  close up picture, so readers can see how cute it is. The Gamecock mascot, Cocky, is one of the features on the fabric, as well as football helmets and the "Carolina C and Gamecock" logo!
Close Up of  the University of South Carolina Themed Fabric Used to Create the Dishtowel
One more photo of the dishtowel as it hangs on my oven door:
Dress Style Apron Hanging on Oven Door
My sweet friend knows me so very well. We are like sisters and she knows I am a very practical person and that I  like the things that are useful in helping me in my struggle to stay organized. Therefore, she sewed for me this awesome bag to use when I am sewing and crafting!
Clippings and Strings Bag With Attached Pin Cushion
Seriously now, isn't this the smartest thing? See how it hangs from whatever surface you choose to hang it from. This picture was taken outside on my deck, so it is hanging from the round table there. The attached pin cushion is filled with white sand(the kind you put in a child's sandbox) and is heavy enough that it holds the bag in place. I will be using this a lot in my craft and sewing room, where it will hang from the front of my sewing machine cabinet, handily holding those straight pins and clippings as I am sewing. No more reaching for that trash can, as this will be there at my right hand! I love the fabric she chose for the bag. Notice the cute little scissors. I know I will definitely be using this practical and pretty gift every time I sew!

Now, as practical as I am and as much as I enjoy homemaking, sewing and crafting, there is a side of me that still likes feeling feminine and chic! Yes, I enjoy a good dose of the "bling"  thing and I am known to wear dangling earrings. Feminine and chic, folks, describes how I feel when I wear this sparkling crocheted necklace and earrings set, made especially for me! 
Crocheted Necklace and Earring Set
Well, I adore the combination of black, grey and white! And a bit of silver in the mix sends this set over the top! My friend knows that I often wear these colors. In the above picture,  I am wearing the necklace with the multiple strands hanging round in the front, which I like a lot. But when I first saw it, I thought it would look great, also, being worn as a casual "lariat" style.  Here, the necklace is turned around so that the connecting strands with beads are hanging in the front. 
Crocheted Necklace Worn "Lariat" Style
I think that, depending on what this necklace is being worn with, it will look just great this way, too. What do you think?  I can get two looks from the same necklace. There I go being practical again!

Sorry for the "deer in the headlights" look in the first picture of me wearing the necklace. You might have guessed, I took these pictures of myself.  As you can see, I am no expert at taking "selfies!"

Thanks for visiting my blog and reading about the things my dear, sweet, enormously talented and generous friend created for me!  She is the best friend anyone could hope for and I feel so very grateful and blessed that God placed her in my life!

Thank you,  Harriette,  for all the birthday goodies!







Monday, August 25, 2014

Painting a Carriage House Lantern Style Light Fixture


 I have long found carriage house or lantern style lighting to be very charming. Some people might refer to the style as Georgian. The appeal for me is the old world charm such fixtures exude. To me, the lantern style fixtures go well with the French Country aesthetic and I am quite partial to that style.

The ones I so much admire are often painted black and sport lots of sparkling glass "windows" or panes of glass.  Though I adore the style, the retail price for most of these beauties is much more than I care to pay. So, I  was keeping an eye out for something that would have the characteristics I had been looking for and still be achievable at a price I was willing to pay.

Some time ago, I was perusing a local thrift store and spied a light fixture that had lots of potential. It was, however, not black but a shiny brass one. It was in very good condition and, at around 22 inches in height, was a perfect size for my family/living room. The fixture had six lovely etched glass "window" panes. Everything in the store that day was half  price. Knowing that I could transform this neglected lady from a brassy blond to a dark and sultry brunette with a few good coats of spray paint, I purchased her for only fifteen dollars and brought her home with me. She had to wait for quite some time (about a year, as I recall) before I finally got around to giving her an overhaul.

Afterwards,  I am pleased to say it looks exactly as I had envisioned it would! Here are some photos of the finished product as it now hangs in our family room.


Painted Carriage House Lantern Style Ceiling Light Fixture

Painted Carriage House Lantern Style Ceiling Light Fixture


 Fixture with lights burning:
Painted Light Fixture With Lights Burning

Close Up of Light Fixture With Lights On

Here is a picture of the fixture as it looked before I painted it.
Shiny Brass Carriage House Lantern Style Lamp Before Painting
For the transformation, I used this Krylon Paint + Primer in "Black Hammered" for plastic and metal. I have used this paint before and found it works very well.

I have found that with most projects,  preparation is the most time consuming part. This paint project was no exception. The first thing I did was to clean (do not immerse in water)the fixture with a damp, lint-free, cloth and a bit of mild dish detergent. I made sure to get in to all the crevices to remove any dust and dirt that had accumulated. I wiped the fixture with a damp, lint-free, cloth to rinse and used a dry cloth to remove any remaining moisture. I made certain that the fixture was completely dry. 

I then unscrewed each of the six small caps on the top of each of the glass window sections. Removing the screw caps allowed me to detach the inside section and top section from the glass portion of the fixture.  I cut rectangles of paper the size of the glass panes and used the paper and painter's tape to completely cover the glass sections on the inside and outside of each pane. Painter's tape was also used to wrap around each of the bulb sockets(where the light bulbs screw in). Only the brass was left exposed. This is what it looked like after disassembling the two sections and applying the paper and painter's tape:
Carriage House Lantern Style Ceiling Light Fixture After Preparing to Receive Paint
I covered a section of my deck with newspaper and hung the candelabra section from the deck with a wire coat hanger. I covered my deck table with newspaper and placed the prepared glass section of the fixture on top of the newspaper and started to paint both sections, making certain that all brass surfaces were evenly covered with the black paint. I turned this around several times to make sure I reached the other side. It was actually hanging away from the side of the deck, though it does not appear that way in this photo. The fixture was not touching the newspaper.
Process of Spray Painting Carriage House Lantern Style Ceiling Light Fixture
Glass Section of Ceiling Light Fixture while being spray painted:
Spray Painting Ceiling Light Fixture

I sprayed the fixture with several coats of the paint according to the instructions on the can of paint. I allowed each coat to dry for about twenty (20) minutes in between coats. The sections of the fixture were allowed to dry for a couple of days. I then reassembled the fixture and my husband and I  removed the fixture which was currently hanging in our family room and installed the newly painted lantern style fixture. That was definitely NOT a bonding experience! I could write another whole post about it, but I might have to ask him to do something again in the future. I suppose I had better keep the whole nerve-racking event (ordeal) off the web! 

This gal really does look new again! After all was said and done, it was worth all the work of preparation and painting the fixture and I am pleased with how it turned out. It makes me happy when I look at it hanging in our family room!

Painted Light Fixture


Just goes to show how something that is no longer wanted by one person can be given new life and bring satisfaction and pleasure to another!






Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sumptuous Snickerdoodle Cookies

Do you like cookies? Most people do enjoy a cookie every once in awhile and I am no exception. There is nothing quite like the fragrance of goods freshly baked in one's own kitchen. Cookies are one of those treats that are especially fun to make when you can share the experience with one of your favorite grandchildren. Kids love to help while baking is being done and my Sophie is no exception.

Of all the desserts classified as cookies, Snickerdoodles are one of my absolute favorites. For some reason, I have never actually baked Snickerdoodle cookies. That is, I have never baked any homemade Snickerdoodles, totally from scratch. I have bought the ones that are in a plastic tub (some of which are even already pre-formed individual portions of dough). You may have purchased these and they can be stored in the freezer. Now, mind you, those are actually pretty good. At least, the ones I have had experience with have been good.

For the past week or so, I have been guiltily thinking about baking up a batch of Snickerdoodle cookies. I was in charge of two of my granddaughters this week. Snickerdoodles are Sophie's favorite cookie as well. When I mentioned that I was planning to bake some Snickerdoodles my  Sophie wanted to assist in the kitchen. I strive to always welcome and encourage little helpers to learn their way around in the kitchen, so we got started right away.

We used this recipe from Farberware's baking site and, I kid you not, these are some of the best cookies I have ever made. Sophie agrees they are the best she has ever made too! This is how they look.
Sumptuous Snickerdoodle Cookies

The recipe made some thirty (30) large cookies for me. It states in the recipe that it makes 33-35 cookies, so if you don't a slightly smaller cookie, then I am sure you can probably get that many out of it.

Some Snickerdoodles are really crunchy and hard, but NOT these. The cookies from this recipe are crisp enough so that they do not fall apart when you touch them, but they are incredibly soft and chewy and they fairly melt in your mouth. They are sumptuously tender and full of buttery, sugary cinnamon flavor.  They are not for those of you who are faint of heart or who are afraid of butter because, yes, they do contain real honest-to-goodness butter. An entire cup, as a matter of fact!
Snickerdoodle Cookies from Farberware Baking Co. Website

Therefore, if you are persnickety about what's in your "per" Snickerdoodles then, by all means, go with another recipe. However, if you like the occasional sweet and buttery indulgence, these definitely rise to the occasion. My opinion is that if you are going to indulge, you might as well make it worth it!
Snickerdoodle Cookies

For your convenience, I have copied the recipe here:



Snickerdoodle Cookies


This recipe uses the simplest ingredients, but it’s almost impossible to eat just one snickerdoodle. The edges are wonderfully crisp while the inside is soft and chewy. Although similar to a sugar cookie, the snickerdoodle is rolled in cinnamon sugar just before baking, giving the outside a dark crackled top.

Ingredients

Recipe Details

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Sift together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, granulated sugar. Cream on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat to incorporate. Scraping down bowl and beating again to insure all ingredients are incorporated and not lumpy.
  5. Add sifted ingredients and mix on low speed until incorporated.
  6. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Stir with a spoon until evenly combined.
  7. Scoop 2 tablespoons of dough into balls and roll in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet, leaving 2-inches between them.
  8. Bake at 350 for 10-11 minutes, center should still be very soft. These cookies over bake very easily. Remove from oven and cool on the cookie sheet.
I provided the link to the recipe near the beginning of this post and I will give it to you again here! There are lots of other recipes on the site!

The recipe does come with a preface that it is almost impossible to eat just one and I won't lie about it, I did not eat only one. These things are seriously addictive! Fortunately, I shared the batch I made with family and friends!

Blogger's Note: I used King Arthur Flour in baking these cookies. I have had the best results when I use it and if it ain't broke, I am not going to try and fix it! I am not making an endorsement but it certainly works for me.

Monday, August 4, 2014

FRENCH BOTTLE DRYER OBSESSION

It has been ages since I last posted on my blog and I really miss posting and visiting others on a regular basis. It so happens that I have been having a lot of pain and discomfort in my hands for several years and it has become more intense and debilitating in recent months. I have been severely limited in my ability to do many of the things I like most to do. Being one who puts off going to see a doctor until it can no longer avoided, I kept hoping things would get better and things only got worse. I finally broke down and went to see the doctor who had performed carpal tunnel surgery on one of my hands years ago. I was thinking (hoping) he would probably tell me a there was a quick fix for whatever was ailing me. It was a real let down to hear that I have arthritis in both hands and in one hand there is no cartilage  between the thumb and index finger at all. In his words, "bone is literally touching bone in the joint." Any surgery to try and correct the problem would be very involved and would take many months of recovery, so I quickly opted out of that--at least for now.

This means I will not be able to do many of the things I dearly love to do and that is very depressing, so I will not dwell on the subject more in this post.

As I have stated in previous posts, I adore French design elements and, most especially, Country French design. One of the things I have fallen in love with is the French bottle dryer and have been yearning to have one of my own. I have been able to find a few images and ideas on Pinterest for using them in design and decor. This is one image of a French bottler dryer/dryer rack. Here is another and another here. The French bottle drying rack or bottle dryer can be used in many ways. It can be decorative or utilitarian, as in this photo posted on Pinterest.

I have been hoping to find one of these beauties somewhere and at a price I could afford. Well, it just so happens that on Easter this year, our family went to celebrate at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant. If you have never been to one, you might want to check it out here. Our family loves to eat at Cracker Barrel, and we almost always check out the store to see what is new and, even better, what things are on clearance. Well, to my amazement, there was a French bottle drying rack sitting right smack dab in the middle of the clearance merchandise. One of my daughters saw me admiring it, knowing how much I wanted one. She sneakily sent her son, my grandson, back into the store after we sat down to eat to purchase it for me. To say I was thrilled would be understating.

I love the bottles that the syrup comes to your table in at Cracker Barrel. Over the past several years I have been collecting little bottles. I had initially collected them to put little samples of homemade wine and continued to save them on a pretty regular basis. They are so cute and have endless possibilities!

The bottles came immediately came to mind to use on the rack. I did not have quite enough to fill it, so I have been collecting more and asked family members to do the same. About a month ago, I finally acquired enough to fill the rack. Today, I got around to snapping a few photos of the rack with the little bottles hanging on it. If you like French Country decor, you would probably like having one in your home. I hope you will enjoy the following pictures!
My French Bottle Drying Rack
My French Bottle Drying Rack
My French Bottle Drying Rack'
My French Bottle Drying Rack
Do you like French bottle drying racks? I adore mine and am planning on using it for a very long time!














Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens

I attempted to write this post earlier and somehow managed to publish the post before it was completed. Therefore, I am giving it another shot. Please forgive if you inadvertently received the fragment of the first attempt. I hope that doesn't happen again as it is very disconcerting, to say the least.

Today, I would like to share another place that is near and dear to my heart. Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens is a wonderful place to visit and has been named among the top ten zoos in America by TripAdviser in May, 2012. You can read about that here

We have been visiting Riverbanks for many years and, as with many places we know and love, we have watched it evolve. We began taking the eldest of two daughters when she was very young and she is now in her early forties. We now have the privilege of taking our five grandchildren, more often to the zoo than to the gardens because, like most children, they love seeing all of the many animals. There are very large mammals, amphibians and reptiles. There are a variety of aquatic animals, including some fairly large sharks and even tiny seahorses and other sea life. The walkways and paths in the walking areas provide a good deal of shade on warmer days and the flora. trees and shrubs of many varieties are a feast for those of us who love plants and gardening, even if you cannot make it over to the Gardens.

I am not receiving any monetary or other compensation from Riverbanks for sharing this information with you. As I have said many times before, I enjoy sharing ideas with my readers about places to go that are both fun and entertaining and, sometimes, educational. I also like saving money when I see an opportunity to do so.

Since we now have five grandchildren, who always enjoy going to the zoo, we decided years ago to purchase an annual membership in the Riverbanks Society. It is the most economical way for us to be able to take our grandchildren to the zoo as often as we would like, all during the year. The Family Plus membership that we have purchased for many years, though it has increased a little over the years, is $94.00. Membership gives us unlimited access to the zoo and gardens and our grandchildren can get in with us with no entrance fee. Currently, we are provided 12 guest passes to give to others for a day at the zoo and/or gardens. Not only does our membership help to protect our earth's wildlife and wild places, but it gives us free or discounted admission to more than 100 zoos and aquariums nationwide. To see a list of the many zoos and aquariums, nationwide and in Canada and Mexico, which are reciprocals you can go to this link. You can see why membership in a zoological society could be a real money saver, even when you travel to other places.

The remainder of this post will be comprised mostly of pictures taken during two recent visits to Riverbanks Zoo. We went once during early spring, when the grands were on spring break, and again this past Saturday. We were happy to have my youngest daughter's in-laws with us on Saturday. 

This enormous grizzly bear looks so laid-back. He seems to know how to "chill" as well as the best of us!
Grizzly Bear at Riverbanks Zoo

Another den-mate is this grizzly bear.
Grizzly Bear at Riverbanks Zoo
Can you see the Amur (Siberian) Tiger lying just behind a tree in this photo? The tigers are extremely large and are sometimes stalking back and forth, but were a little elusive on this visit. What beautiful cats!
Amur (Siberian) Tiger at Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, S.C.
King of the jungle, the proud and magnificent African lion looks as if he is posing. He is awesome!
Magnificent African Lion at Riverbanks Zoo
His lioness also appears to be sitting pretty for this shot.
African Lioness at Riverbanks Zoo
Beside the walkway in front of the lion exhibit is a wonderful sculpture created by an artist named Thomas Humphries. All materials used in creating this sculpture are recycled, including pieces of metal and other materials. I think it is a gorgeous piece. You can read more about Thomas Humphries and see more of his work by checking out this Facebook page.
Lion Sculpture Made of Recycled Materials by Thomas Humphries
No child can pass up the opportunity to climb on anything and my grandchildren are certainly no exception. At the gorillas and primates exhibits is this beautiful bronze of a gorilla. Note the beautiful shrubs, plants and trees in the background. The bench makes a nice place for resting and reflecting.

Gorilla Bronze at Riverbanks Zoo
The gorillas didn't seem to want to stay in one place long enough for a picture. Two Hamadryas baboons, a female standing and male (with mane) are pictured here: 
Hamadryas Baboons at Riverbanks Zoo

This is the golden lion tamarin.


This strange looking bundle of fur is actually a sloth, though he seems to seldom show his face. He is hanging upside down by his toes.
Sloth at Riverbanks Zoo
Kangaroos.
Red Kangaroos at Riverbanks Zoo

Giraffes.
Giraffes at Riverbanks Zoo

An ostrich.
An Ostrich at Riverbanks Zoo
African elephants.
African Elephants at Riverbanks Zoo
A Caribbean Flamingo died last month at Riverbanks. This was especially noteworthy because she was the last of the original animals to be at the zoo when it opened forty years ago. You can read about this if you would like here in an article published in The State newspaper. She was several years old when she arrived at the zoo, so was well over forty years old and was was hatching chicks until  2009!

The flamingos are located just outside the entrance of The Birdhouse. Here is a picture of some of the vibrantly colored Caribbean Flamingos residing at Riverbanks.
Caribbean Flamingos at Riverbanks Zoo
The flamingo in the following picture was making a big fuss and coming up to the fence, trying to get attention. Maybe it was looking for a handout of shrimp, but I have never seen any of the flamingos exhibit this behavior beforeand I have observed them many times. I could not resist getting a picture of this dubious character, trying to "talk" to our Rachel, who is cautiously posing. 

Caribbean Flamingo at Riverbanks Zoo

Another photo of the persistent flamingo: 
An Inquisitive Flamingo at Riverbanks Zoo

Inside The Birdhouse are many species of exotic birds from Africa, Asia and South America. One section, Penguin Coast, houses several species of penguins. They eat, swim and play behind the glass enclosure. I snapped a few pictures of them, which remind me of  scenes from the movie "Happy Feet!"
Penguins in The Birdhouse at Riverbanks Zoo
Penguin in The Birdhouse at Riverbanks Zoo

Some of the Penguins in The Birdhouse at Riverbanks Zoo

Wreathed Hornbill, One of the Birds in The Birdhouse at Riverbanks Zoo
The Aquarium and Reptile Complex at Riverbanks is awe-inspiring. The following photos were taken there and are not nearly all of the specimens on exhibit. First, I will post some of the snakes, both venomous and non-venomous. I am not going to try and name them. I remember the names of some, but not all.
Snake at Riverbanks Zoo

Snake at Riverbanks Zoo

Snake at Riverbanks Zoo

Snake at Riverbanks Zoo

Snake at Riverbanks Zoo

Snake at Riverbanks Zoo

Snake at Riverbanks Zoo


Snake at Riverbanks Zoo
 Frogs, Lizards, Geckos and Gigantic Hissing Cockroaches!




Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches at Riverbanks Zoo

A few of the many fish and sea creatures:




Some sculptures at Riverbanks Farm exhibit.

Goat Sculpture at Riverbanks Zoo Made from Recycled Materials 

Fox and Rabbit Bronze Sculpture at Riverbanks Zoo
Some of the animals at Riverbanks Farm exhibit.

Riverbanks Zoo Farm

Riverbanks Zoo Farm




Riverbanks Zoo Farm
Grandpa and Grandma's Gardens:
Grandpa's Garden at Riverbanks Zoo

Grandma's Garden at Riverbanks Zoo

Grandma's Garden at Riverbanks Zoo
A pony ride:
Pony Ride at Riverbanks Zoo
A fun train ride:

Train Ride at Riverbanks Zoo
Riding the carousel:
Carousel at Riverbanks Zoo
Riverbanks now also offers a zip-line experience in which you "zip" all the way across the Saluda River which runs between the zoo and the gardens. We stood on which you can walk across to the gardens and watched people go across on the zip line. My batteries had died in my camera and so I didn't get a picture of this.

This is my only post in a month and it is probably the longest yet, so I will end with just a few pictures of the beautiful flowers now in bloom at the zoo. I hope that you will visit Riverbanks if you live in or visit the area. I hope, also, that you will be inspired to visit the ones that might be located near you.
Flowers at Riverbanks Zoo



Flowers at Riverbanks Zoo

Flowers at Riverbanks Zoo

Flowers at Riverbanks Zoo
Flowers at Riverbanks Zoo


Goodnight all!