7_12_11 The sweltering July South Carolina heat is dealt a slight reprieve in the form of brief afternoon shower. Today may have not been a monumentous event in the course of human history, but it did represent a merger of modern framing and 1851 historic hand hewn timbers. It was 160 years in the making. An unlikely mixture of the past being reinvented for the future. As we look around in our modern world where, for the most part, things of yesteryear have been replaced or strickly preserved, how many things can we point to where the two are paired together? Where the past is given top billing to move forward into the future by utilizing those present day “modern miracles” that aid in the preservation but do not replace the history. All one has to do is walk on the area around the existing home to literally “feel” and experience what it must have been like to be alive in a arguably much simplier time and place. Look at the concentration of over 40 foot tall bamboo trees, which, as it was explained to me, was brought to America via the river on the side yard from Africa. To witness the ghostly grey siding, weather beaten and tattered from lenghty exposure to the elements, certainly is a stark reminder what was nailed up was not dressed up. On my previous visit to the site, the historic past of this house was discussed. Today begins it’s future. A future where the history remains, granted it extended stay into the future by integrating with modern housing components. To ole Blue though, a porch is still a porch, whether it be new or old. It services the purpose of sharing moments of pleasure, laying on the deck or propped up in a rocker, observing the lush greens of the summer yard contrasted against colorful blooms of neighboring flowers. As time marches on, a 160 years and counting, it is consoling to realize what has past has remained present. What is present is enriched by what has past. What is future is a assimilation of the two, and another summer day can eclipse overlooking the setting sun from the slightly new /old porch beneath us.