One more time with feeling…

[I had this all written once before, but at the last minute the computer screwed up and I lost the whole thing. Grrrr!]

It is cooler today (67), but it is forcast to be back in the mid-seventies – even an 82 – by Monday.

I also check the temperature in Orillia every morning. Glad the rain isn’t snow … Not yet, anyway.

A wedding party invaded the hotel last evening, and now I know why I never went through the nonsense. Mind you, when I was younger they still had some mystique about them. These days, from what I can tell, they are an excuse for a raucous drunk.

A batch of them took the room next  to mine, and, while they weren’t too bad, they kept me awake until 1:30 AM. The assistant manager then intervened and sent them all to bed. Being the ‘star boarder’ does have some privileges.

I haven’t done much writing the past few days. I guess I’m still feeling the disappointment of not having the novel published as expected, and missing the Christmas market.

I have some photos for you today. The first is the Old District in Savannah, Georgia, and the second is a menage of photos of the “Hermitage” plantation near Savannah.

“Towards the end of the American Civil War (1864) Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s men of the Union Army sacked the large main house of this plantation and it was never lived in again. Many of the freed Negro slaves and their descendents continued to live in the gray brick homes they had built themselves when they were captive slaves. They lived in the small brick homes for many years after the war into the 1900s as a freed people.

I believe the original house burned down, and the one you see in these pictures was built around 1902 by Henry McAlpin. Henry McAlpin’s 400-acre plantation was located on the Savannah River, just north of the city of Savannah–the heart of a rice-growing region. McAlpin was one of the wealthiest men in the South. He didn’t just rely only on crops for his livelihood; he manufactured bricks, rice barrels, cast iron products and lumber, too. Examining the site plan of the Hermitage Plantation reveals a variety of buildings and industries. At the Hermitage Plantation, like other plantations along coastal South Carolina and Georgia, the task system of labor organization was used.

The Old District, Savannah, Georgia.
The Old District, Savannah, Georgia.

More next time.

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