Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fall and Winter Home Preperation

Like it or not regular property maintenance is part of home ownership. Below is a great article from John Voket that I wanted to share.

Ready Your Home for Fall with These Late Summer Tips

fall is pretty
As we march swiftly toward fall in many parts of the country, homeowners should prepare for the eventual chills and precipitation that winter will bring. According to, the most beneficial - and in most cases - easiest maintenance can go a long way toward ensuring your home is fully buttoned up, safe, dry and warm come fall. Here are just a few of the suggestions offered by the site:
  • Regularly clean gutters and downspouts. Make sure all drainage areas are unblocked by leaves and debris. Consider installing gutter guards to make the job a lot easier.
  • Lower humidity and cooler (not yet cold) temperatures make fall a good time to paint the exterior of your home.
  • Inspect your roof, or hire a licensed professional to examine your roof for wear and tear. If the shingles are curling, buckling or crackling, replace them.
  • Check the flashing around skylights, pipes and chimneys. If you have any leaks or gaps, heavy snow and ice will find its way in.
  • To prevent exterior water pipes from bursting when the weather gets below freezing, turn off the valves to the exterior hose bibs. Run the water until the pipes are empty. Make sure all the water is drained from the pipes, if not; the water can freeze up and damage the pipes.
  • Have your wood-burning fireplace inspected, cleaned and repaired to prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Wrap water pipes that run along exterior walls with heating tape. It will save energy and prevent them from freezing.
  • Clean and replace filters in your furnace or heating system. Contact a licensed heating contractor to inspect and service your gas heater or furnace to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • If you use a hot water system for heating, drain the expansion tank, check the water pressure, and bleed your radiators.
  • Check the attic to make sure the insulation is installed properly. The vapor barrier on insulation should face down toward the living space. If it is installed incorrectly (with the vapor barrier facing up) then the insulation will trap moisture causing possible water problems. Cut slits in the vapor barrier to allow moisture to escape.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Sea Turtles! Nest Inventory at DeBordieu Beach by SCUTE Volunteers!

The DeBordieu SCUTE volunteers had a busy afternoon inventorying two sea turtle nests. Learn more about SCUTE HERE.

An afternoon thunderstorm postponed activities for an hour, and the storm drifted out to sea. 

o sea. Below is the "official" report from SCUTE's Betsy Brabson...(The Turtle Whisperer). 

August 20, 2015 - 2 nest inventory results!

Debordieu SCUTE
After a weather delay, we were able to hit the beach and do the first of 2 inventories at 6:45 p.m. We started with natural DEB13 dated 6/27 located 30 yds. north #7mm. Carolyn spoke informally to the small crowd with many children. Suzette, Kathy C. and Judie dug out the nest and sorted/counted. The bucket was called for as 2 live hatchlings were scooped out of a rooty chamber. Frankie and Kathi A. handled crowd control keeping a close watch on the released hatchlings. A little girl desperately wanted one of the turtles to crawl into her hand (photo)! This nest had a great success of about 90%!

Natural DEB12 dated 6/26 located 12 yds. south #5mm was a quick inventory as the no-see-ums emerged. Bill dug while Debby and Carolyn sorted/counted. With one live hatchling released, this nest also did very well with a 92% success!

It is always impressive how dedicated our volunteers are in all sorts of conditions. Thanks to those who came tonight!

A small crowd gathered to see the turtle nest inventory. 

Volunteers dig the nest pulling out the eggs of already hatched turtles. They know from the nest date when the turtles will hatch. Inventorying the nest allows them to help the baby turtles that did not dig their way out. Two turtles were found in the first nest and one in the second. 

The turtles are in a bucket ready to be walked down closer to the water. 

Instructions and some explanations of the volunteer's actions are shouted out to those that came to see the event. 


The turtles are small but have enough energy to make their way to the water. 

This cute girl was ready to help. It made for a great picture, but the volunteers are the only people that handle the turtles. 

The first little wave washed the sand off of the turtle showing is lovely shell. 

And they are off into the big Atlantic Ocean.

Everyone heads down to the next nest to be inventoried this evening.

One turtle heads for the ocean from the second nest.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Supper Club in North Inlet...Why Not?

Good friends, good food and North Inlet mixed together made for a great supper club. 
We caught some fish, relaxed, and enjoyed an amazing sunset.
There are so many wonderful things to do in our area. You just have to get out and do it!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Dog vs. Cat

Dog lover? Cat Lover? Or both?

It appears South Carolinians adore barks and meows. You can read more about it here at's article Do You Live in a Dog State or a Cat State?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DeBordieu: South Carolina United Turtle Enthusiasts

Our DeBordieu and Hobcaw volunteers have been hard at work. Each morning at sunrise volunteers walk the beach in search of signs for a fresh sea turtle nest.
Below are a few of their latest updates. Learn more about this incredible program here: DeBordieu Hobcaw SCUTE

South Carolina United Turtle Enthusiasts

July 29, 2015 - North nest hatch! false crawl

The waxing moon (full on 7/31) along with east/northeast winds are pushing the tides up higher than usual. We will also be having King Tides (extreme high tides) Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1.

North: Pat reported the hatch at 58 days of 6/1 natural DEB05 45 yds. north #11mm! She counted about 40 tracks and also crab activity in the chamber area. We will inventory this nest Saturday at 6:00 p.m. This nest is between DeBordieu and Prince George.

Pat also had a loopy false crawl 3 yds. south #13mm.

DEB 23 HOB 15 SCUTE 115 SC 4789

July 27, 2015 - No activity

We do not have any inventories scheduled for the next few days. When we receive notice from the volunteers that a nest has hatched, we must wait 3 nights before doing the nest inventory. Please check back for 'Daily Updates' to find out the inventory schedule and locations.

DEB 23 HOB 15 SCUTE 114 SC 4771

July 26, 2015 - 2 Inventory results

North: Last night we did the inventory of 5/29 DEB04 located 35 yds. north #9mm. The hatch success was a good 88% with no live hatchlings released.

This morning, Denny had no activity. The turtle that had 14 false crawls in 3 days did not return and may be the one that nested yesterday near the inlet at the south end of Pawleys Island.

Hobcaw: Carolyn, Judie and Debby walked this morning for Derenda. Because of the coyote depredation on HOB04 yesterday, we are experimenting with ways to deter these voracious predators. We used flagging last year and have some on order but in the meantime we are using pinwheels on the 4 corners of the next 3 nests that are in line to hatch. The theory is the movement of the pinwheels in the wind and any sound they make will scare the coyotes.
Carolyn reported HOB03 had a coyote chewed hole in the center of the mesh but not eggs were out. They did the inventory of this nest with Judie digging, Debby and Carolyn counting/sorting. The hatch success was 79% with 2 healthy turtles released (photo of one).

DEB 23 HOB 15 SCUTE 114 SC 4635

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Featured Property-222 Old Carriage Loop

Perry Peace | Debordieu Colony |
Primary: (843) 546-4176 x 231
Cell: (843) 241-1509
Fax: (843) 546-4868

222 Old Carriage Loop

Year Built: 1998
County: Georgetown
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 3 full, 1 partial
Sqr Footage: 3501
Garage Spots: 2.0
Subdivision: Lake Community
MLS Number: 1011774

Lake Community - This charming easy to maintain home backs up to a conservation easement giving you a "600 acre backyard." Enjoy the slow pace of lowcountry living from your open grilling deck or the screened porch that serves as your outdoor living room. The large two car garage has room for tools and equipment with storage above. Vaulted ceilings open, illuminate, and create spaciousness. Two fireplaces continue the charm. Lovely heart pine floors give additional warmth to the home. The kitchen has been updated with stainless appliances and granite counter top. Old Carriage Loop is the perfect name for this street as you can imagine the carriages from the plantation days gliding down this road between the long leaf pines and moss covered oak trees.
  • Lot Location: Outside City Limits, East of Bus 17, In Golf Course Community
  • Interior Features: Garage Door Opener, Wshr/Dryer Connection, Washer/Dryer, Split Bedroom Plan, Fireplace
  • Flooring: Tile, Wood, Carpeting
  • Heating/ Cooling: Central Heat, Central Air
  • Additional Rooms: 1st Floor Bedrooms, 1st Floor Baths, Foyer
  • Exterior Features: Deck, Rear Porch, Lawn Well, Lawn Sprinkler
  • Utilities Available: Electricity, Cable TV, Telephone
  • Water Heater Description: Electric
Perry Peace

DeBordieu Colony Real Estate
129 Luvan Blvd.
Georgetown, SC, 29440

Primary: (843) 546-4176 x 231
Cell: (843) 241-1509
Fax: (843) 546-4868
Office: 1-800-753-5597

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