What a terrific day for a walk through the woods and along the sound shore! Finally spring has arrived, with temperatures in the mid-70s. Lachlan and I stopped at Tom Pahl's house first and inspected his chicken yard. We peeked into the coop but none of the hens was laying this morning. No eggs. So we proceeded on down the path, stopping to identify trees and shrubs -- cedar, myrtle, yaupon, live oak....but Lachlan's favorite (at least his favorite to point out) was poison ivy. And my, was it growing in thick profusion. We kept our distance. Along the shore we watched boats motor past, and stopped to inspect several jellyfish floating in the ripples by the beach. Of course we had to climb a tree or two and put some seeds out for the birds. All in all it was a fun way to spend a sunny spring morning.
This month's newsletter discusses the planned replacement of the seven bridges on Ocracoke Island in early 2008, and explains some of the issues we will face. You can read it here.