Thursday, March 26, 2015


I am humbled.

I am sitting in the room where a small part of a famous Civil War diary wrote by a woman, Mary Boykin Chesnut, was written.  The very same window, listening to mockingbirds and mourning doves as she may have, in the midst of the United States Civil War  (If you are wondering, none of the furniture or pictures are from her or her family.) 

But, instead of taking a pen dipped in ink to paper I tap on a laptop keyboard.

Mary Chesnut, the wife of a United States Senator before South Carolina seceded from the Union, started her diary in February of 1861, as the events leading to the start of that war were happening.  And I...well, I will never compare my blog to her diary.  (I hope!)
Outside, camillas bloom and it is supposed to be 80 degrees today.  The azaleas are starting to bloom and the dogwoods should be out in another day.

What a place to write a blog in.  My muse is in full spring mode and I wish I could stay here for weeks. I am fortunate that the current owners of the house turned this into a B&B called the Bloomsbury Inn, in Camden, South Carolina.  This is a splurge for us, but has been well worth it.

To write in the footsteps of history is a privilege.

Have you ever done anything special to get writing inspiration?


  1. A gorgeous property and a beautiful home. A perfect setting for a B&B. Enjoy your stay!

  2. Hi Alana,

    I enjoyed your post so much! Thank you for sharing your experience :)

  3. Such a remarkable experience. I enjoyed the photos and your musing so much. Wow...what a setting!
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal
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