Thursday, July 17, 2008

A Busy Morning

Visitors often think that there is nothing to do here on quiet Ocracoke Island. Well we've had a busy morning. Of course, I slept later than usual, then enjoyed a relaxing breakfast with Lou Ann. After throwing some clothes in the washer (and hanging them up on our clothesline) we wandered over to the Village Craftsmen where Allison is demonstrating her stained glass art (Lou Ann commissioned a suncatcher made with glass and shells she'd found on the beach). While there we ran into friends who shared stories and much laughter. They had off-island visitors with them, so we offered them a tour of the graveyards, then walked around the corner to see the new pitcher pump and the rest of the house. From there we made an excursion to Books to be Red to pick up a few birthday gifts. Of course, Leslie was there and we chatted about island gossip for a while.

Back home we got left over fish and salad out of the fridge, then feasted on cold watermelon from David's garden. Now I'm writing this blog. I'm hoping to do a bit more writing this afternoon, then I'll catch up on some reading. Maybe I'll even take a short nap before heading to Zillie's for wine tasting at 6, and then to friends' rental cottage for dinner.

Whew! Life can be so busy. Didn't even get to the beach today.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Lou Ann's account of installing an old-fashioned pitcher pump. You can read it here.


  1. Phillip,
    I just love your blog. I have been reading it ever since I found out we are moving down there. My son Nicky is eleven and was wondering if there are any opportunities for local kids his age to work in the summer. You seem to know everything about Ocracoke, so I thought you would be a good person to ask.
    By the way, we were down there during the festival. Are you the man that did the square dancing and auction announcing? If you are, my son was the tow-head that kept messing up the steps :)
    We are packing now and plan to be in Ocracoke by the the end of next week. I am getting really nervous moving to a new place alone with my son, but everyone was so friendly, I am sure we will be fine.
    Thanks again for the blog. It's great.

  2. Anonymous8:41 AM

    Amy--on my gosh! What a lucky woman. I have been going to Ocracoke for over 12 years & want to move but hubby can't seem to find a job that we can make that possible. I am so happy for you but wished it was me, too. I wish you luck & where did you find a house & job? I thought that was an impossible task to perform.
    Terrie @ Walkertown, NC

  3. Amy,

    Yes, I am the square dance & the auctioneer guy. Summer jobs are generally plentiful, though 11 years old is a bit young for many jobs. I suggest your son be patient, get to know the community and other school age children, keep his ears open, and be creative.

  4. Thanks Philip, that's so great that we know who you are. You did a great job at the square dance. :)

    Terri, I left my husband behind in OH. It is a lot easier to do when you are single. ;)

  5. Anonymous6:00 PM

    Sure why doesn't anyone just up and leave and start fresh especially if there is a child support and a AFDC check coming in each month good luck