For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.— Jn 3:16 (NAB)
It’s a metaphor, folks. “After midnight” means that it’s getting late. So we do our best to render heartfelt, folk art of special places. And we use the folk art to gently point people to Jesus.
Why do we do this? Well, it really is getting late. It’s time for some of us (maybe all of us) to get busy learning how to be the person God made us to be. We’ll never experience all that He has in store for us if we don’t do that. And the world will never be all that it could be if we don’t do it either.
So yes! Whatever time your watch says it is, it’s definitely “after midnight.”
The Swansea Tour and More
We enjoy traveling. )ur favorite place here on earth is probably our little home at the edge of the sea near Surfside Beach. We call her SeaGal (like “seagull”). But we really enjoy taking our time, visiting small towns across the Palmetto State.
Right now, we’re focusing on Swansea. It’s in Lexington County, but the folks who live in Swansea seem to be equally comfortable with Calhoun and Orangeburg Counties too. And why not! They’re practically located on the point where the three counties meet. And besides, how could a place with a street named “Possum College Road” be anything but purely delightful!
We’ve done the Old Swansea Depot already. And today we’re unveiling Swansea First Baptist Church. We still want to add the Hill Top Cafe and probably Charlie’s Corner Store too (the site of the old corn mill in Swansea). We’ll probably upload a few more too after we’ve our way further down the road.
From Swansea, we’ll mosey over to the far end of the Bull Swamp. That’s where she deposits her many treasures into the slow moving, black waters of the Edisto River. The Edisto wanders through some other bodies of water, but it eventually ends over at Bull Swamp Landing and the Bull Island.
At that point, these Palmetto Places will have taken us back to the coast. We’re talking about Folly Beach. The Isle of Palms. Sullivans Island. Edisto Beach. And Georgetown too.
And that’s about the time we get to play on our home court again. Pawleys Island, Litchfield, Murrels Inlet, Garden City, and Surfside Beach. Together with the southern part of Myrtle Beach, they make up what people these days are calling the “South Strand.” We call it home away from home — or our “Happy Place.”
We don’t write checks that we can’t cover, and we don’t make promises that we can’t keep. With that said, tell us if you know some special places we should visit as we roll up and down the Holy Highway (Isa 35:8) in the Palmetto State.
At any time, we reserve the right to take a detour. That happens when we hear about a great little country store or an amazing little restaurant with character that you can’t find anywhere else in the world. When that happens, we’re off one trail and onto another adventure.
We’re looking for “iconic spots.” We’re talking about the places that all the locals know about. Along with the one-of-a-kind restaurants, we love the old drug stores and country stores, the local landmarks with a history. And, of course, churches too. Where would we be without our churches!!!
We plan to sketch and paint as many of these places as we can. Many will become prints and some will be greeting cards. You’ll be able to buy them in our online store. They’ll also be availabl in local boutique stores and shops in a nearby small town.
And by the way, if you own one of those stores in a small town and would like to carry “Palmetto Places” prints and cards, get in touch with us here on line. We’ll partner with you as a vendor, putting the “Palmetto Places” prints and cards in your store for your neighbors and visitors too!
We’ll, that’s our story, for now at least, and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be on the Holy Highway (Isa 35:8). It’s cool to visit Palmetto Places too! Get off the beaten path soon and go visit a small town near you. You’re going to find some really great people with some interesting stuff!