Jude wants me to be sure to tell you that the turtles are back. Because she lives right on the tail end of a tidal creek on the edge of the marsh she has the pleasure of watching quite a lot of wildlife from her deck. She and Frank routinely see egrets, blue herons, and other wading birds, as well as ducks, geese, and the occasional nutria. But the critters she talks about the most, and the ones she is most fond of, are the turtles. She hates to see them disappear in the cold winter months, but is delighted when they return in the spring. You can just see the sparkle in her eyes when she talks about the turtles. I believe she thinks it's like the swallows returning to Capistrano.
Maybe I'll carry Lachlan over to Jude's one day this coming week so we can help feed the turtles.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter tells how to make a traditional wooden whistle from a myrtle branch. You can read the newsletter here.