Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Not Your Normal Tour Guide... Part Two

The houses in Charleston go from jaw-dropping amazing to utterly charming, causing you to softly utter gasps each and every time your eyes spy one and catches you off-guard.

The slow cadence of the horse's hooves can be heard clip-clopping down the streets, lulling you into the slower pace of life down here.

Driver's, fully rehearsed in their historical knowledge, keep the passengers abreast of what house belonged to whom and what architectural features are significant to the area.  It's a peaceful way to spend anywhere from a half hour to an hour!
Ok... time to break for my own experience to share.

There I was, minding my own business, walking down Meeting Street, south of Broad.  I was on a mission!  My husband, safely tucked away in his office in Chicago, wanted me to check on a home he had seen online.  Will do, chief!!  Lovely little street and one that apparently is used on the carriage tours.  Walking along, I see, up ahead, a stationary carriage filled with passengers and a tour guide delivering his schpeel.  He takes one look at me and explains he has a dilemma.  

"I can't safely get the horses to move unless you would help me by moving the bridle over."
Huh?  We then proceeded to have an exchange where I suggest he get down and fix it himself. I'm deathly afraid of horses!  He said he couldn't do that. Apparently, it is code written down in the carriage driver's handbook that he is not allowed to leave a carriage filled with passengers!!  It was just a simple thing he was asking of me... at least in his mind.

"No, sir, I don't know what part of the bridle you're talking about nor do I want to get that close to the horses." (After all, they could charge me.. bite me.. or rear up on their hind legs and pummel me to death!  See?? Deathly afraid of horses!)  

"PLEASE!" Now there is a distinct agitation in his voice, directed at me!  What the heck!  I didn't deserve this! After all, I was merely minding my own business, trying to find a home to purchase (I didn't ask him to help me with THAT!) Realizing I was not going to be let off the hook and realizing that this was turning into a scene with a captive audience, I slowly stepped in front of the horses, figured out what part of the bridle he was talking about, put it in its proper position and immediately stepped back on the sidewalk!  PHEW!  I dramatically swipe my brow and was greeted by a resounding round of applause!  With that, we all proceeded on our merry way and I realized that some days it takes so little to be a heroine!

Yes... there is still Part Three to come!  

And I have to tell you that I was featured at these linky parties...

... for my blog post about the swap bags I created.  See it here!
Thanks, Deborah, I'm very honored!  Visit Green Willow Pond
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And, I am over the moon with all of this, Stone Gable featured me on Tutorials Tips and Tidbits
Love having a place to party and a way to find new blogs to read!
Please take some time to visit these three fabulous and generous bloggers.
Thanks so much, ladies!  I'm grinning ear to ear!!

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  1. I've never been to Charleston, but it is on my list! I would have been a little chicken about the horse too. Their big teeth scare me! I just imagine them nibbling my fingers off!

  2. It's true, horses can smell fear. But, I'm quite sure the ones they use in Charleston are so dead broke that you could have done anything to him and he would have just stood there. Having said that, I don't dispel anyone's fears. Honey lamb, if that had been a snake, that carriage and all those people would have still been standing there. I would have been half way to Mt. Pleasant before the driver even got the word, please, out of his mouth. Ha! Your pictures of Charleston are beautiful, Kadee. Hope you find that perfect home soon.

  3. I'm sure the horse is glad you helped with his discomfort.
    This is a bit like the story of the lion with the thorn in his paw. Now, the horse owes you!

  4. I need to get myself to Charleston...STAT!

  5. Hi Kadee, Well you certainly can list this as an adventure for sure. I would have been fearful too. Charleston is romantic and your pics are inpspiring me to visit. Looking forward to part 3. Congrats on your feature my friend. So deserving.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Hugs, CM

  6. Bravery comes when we least expect it. you must be very proud of yourself...what happened about the house? Did you get to see it?

    1. Hi, Kara.. Yes, I saw it and it was a definite "no". Too much work.. it was a total rehab and that is something I'm not into at this moment. BTW, would you private email me and let me know how to chat with you through emails? Thanks a bunch! And I'm a fellow New Englander, too! Love your profile pic!

  7. Hello, just popping in from Outdoor Wednesday. I would love to visit Charleston with all its beauty and history. You're so lucky to be considering living there. Kathleen.

  8. Ohh the suspense is killin me lol You stopped way too soon, I was hoping the blog post would go on ! Anyway, I am afraid of some horses too ever since I was a young girl and the horse I was on decided to get right alongside some barbed wire fence and it completely ripped the side of my jeans.

    Anyway very nice post! Glad the horsey didn't kick you!!

  9. You were very brave to fix the horse's bridle. Now I am certain your good deed will result in you finding just the right home. I won't miss Part Three of your story...

  10. Your pictures are beautiful. What a gorgeous place to visit.

    Jocelyn @

  11. I would have been afraid of those horses, too. Way to go though for being brave!
    Thanks for stopping by today.
    Hope you are able to find a home soon.

  12. Yea, clap, clap, clap!! I'm afraid of horses too, I am not to sure if I could have helped? I can't wait to hear if you found a house!?


  13. Kadee, I love your blog! So happy that you popped in to mine so I could find yours. Hubby and I visited the Carolinas a few years ago. Oh, how I loved Charleston! I could move into anyone of those homes. In fact, I bought a picture in a local gallery of my favorite home and it hangs in my bedroom. Yellow with touches of red, what a darling home it is. Quite the heroin indeed. Sometimes we all have to step out of our comfort zones. It's hard, but usually fulfilling. Congrats on being featured. I have a link party and would love if you linked up sometime. It's called, Share Your Cup Thursday. It's all about sharing what makes you happy. It's running right now, but if you try and it won't work try later. My subscription ran out today. I renewed it a couple days ago, but one of my friends said it didn't let her link up this morning. I've e-mailed Brent and hopefully it will get fixed. Looking forward to part 3 and going to read part 1. Happy to be following you.

  14. Hi Kadee, Charleston is by far my favorite city! My son went to College of Charleston and we have lots of ties there. What a fun place to have a second home! Their humidity will warm you right up! Love your horse story, that is hilarious. I will have to follow you now I am so intrigued to hear how it all turns out! Lovely photos and food descriptions!

  15. We love going to Charleston! Such a beautiful city full of charm and character...lovely city!
    Thanks so much for visiting, so glad you like the home tours...

  16. I love the tour of Charleston Kadee. It looks like you are having fun in your search of a new home. How luckiy that you get to live in this lovely and beautiful city. Your horse story is so funny. But you did step up to the plate. Great job in saving the day...

  17. Kadee,
    What a fun post. I hope to be visiting Charleston this October with some of my girlfriends. I've always heard such wonderful things about Charleston. I'll look forward to your final chapter on your visit.

    1. You'll have to tell me what you think of your visit when you go! And do tell what things you did as I would love to hear about it! I know you'll have a great time and that time of year is lovely... wooohooo!! party on with the girls!!

  18. HOORAY for being so brave! I would love to walk down Meeting Street...I would hope to meet someone so I could blurt out, "Imagine meeting you here!", and then laugh insanely to myself. :-) Happy Tuesday, Kadee...Tanya

  19. You are right, Kadee! I had not seen this post - so funny!! Good for you to bravely help the driver and passengers. I adore Charleston - I cannot believe that you are going to buy a property there. Jealous! I am your newest follower - cannot wait to read about your future adventures!!