I don’t know about you but I love to look around people’s homes. This has inspired a new feature on A Residence, Through the Keyhole. The lovely thing about being a blogger is making new friends online, but you don’t always get to meet or do the simple things like pop over for coffee.
Through the Keyhole gives you a chance to do just that, have a sneaky peak inside someone else’s home. I’m not going to tell you who’s home this is, except to say she is a great writer, her blog like her wall art is full of colour and love and that she no longer lives in the UK, but I will take you though the keyhole to her blog later if you can’t guess, or if you’re curious, which I am sure after reading this you will be.
American Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of each November. For seven of the eight years that my husband and I have been together, we’ve celebrated Thanksgiving in the States. We’ve flown with our young son from the UK to South Carolina – a full day of travel – to spend time with some of our closest friends.
South Carolina is a wonderful place. We gather on a small island, accessible only to homeowners and holidaymakers renting one of the seafront houses. Deer roam freely, dolphins swim off the beach, and large alligators in the marshes keep the golfers on their toes. We fill our fridges with beer, fill our bellies with fresh shrimp and oysters, and fill our hearts with music, laughter and love. It is my favourite holiday.
Last year, for the first time, we couldn’t make the trip. We had just moved from the UK to Australia. My husband was settling into his new job, our son was starting at a new school, and I was busy getting all our boxes unpacked. It just wasn’t possible. So we had to celebrate Thanksgiving with just the three of us, alone in a new land.
Luckily, wherever we go in the world, we take some reminders of South Carolina with us. Every time we have been there, we have picked up a new piece of art at a wonderful place called the Red Piano Gallery.
Red Piano stocks only Gullah Art – paintings, drawings, sculptures and woven sweetgrass baskets made by the descendants of enslaved Africans who live in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina and Georgia.
Gullah culture is bright and beautiful. When you draw up outside the Red Piano you park by a metal tree covered in blue glass bottles – a way of wardingoff ‘haints’ or evil spirits. Inside, the works of art are infused just as deeply with colour and meaning. Many of them are painted on pieces of reclaimed wood or corrugated iron, and the subject matter often reflects some of the main focuses of Gullah life such as food or music.
Some people might look at our Gullah art and turn their nose up at it. They may think the pictures are too naïve or roughly executed. But every single one of them has helped turn our new Aussie house into a home. The purple watermelon that hangs in our kitchen, the blue crab that sits in my office, and Benny the Blues harmonica player, who greets you when you walk in our front door… We love them all.
I am not sure when we will next be back in South Carolina, but I am so happy that we have brought a little part of that sweet place with us. It always makes me smile.
I love that today’s Through the Keyhole mixes treasures from this families travels into their home decorating, to make a home from home wherever they travel.
Have you guessed whose house this is yet? Do you want to go through the keyhole and find out more?
Okay, time to put you out of your misery, *puts on best Loyd Grossman voice* Who would live in a house like this? Let’s go through the keyhole …just click it.
To take part in Through the Keyhole, please contact me using the links in the sidebar or in my About Me page.
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