Thursday is our babysitting day. We take Lachlan at 3:30 in the afternoon and keep him until his mama comes for him after her evening waitressing shift at the Back Porch Restaurant.
We like to take him for a late afternoon stroll to visit friends and neighbors. Yesterday we stopped by the Secret Garden Gallery to say hello to owners Barbara Hardy & Bob Ray. Watercolor artist Ed Starnes and his wife Rae were on hand to greet visitors who were there to view a selection of Ed's wonderful scenes of Howard Street, Silver Lake, & the Ocracoke Lighthouse, among others.
We then pushed Lachlan's stroller down lighthouse road to Annie Moore's house. Annie Moore died some years ago and an island friend and neighbor is the the process of purchasing the house. It is a typical Outer Banks "story and a jump" house, about 100 years old and very similar to my grandparents' home, which I recently restored.
We sat on the back steps and let Laschlan plan in the grass and sand. Directly across the marsh stands the stately white Ocracoke lighthouse. The view is outstanding, perhaps the very best unobstructed view of the light. We could only image what it would be like after sunset when the light comes on.
Maybe we'll be invited down there for an evening potluck dinner sometime!
[Our current monthly Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Kunigunde Guth Howard, published June 30, 2005. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news061505.htm.]