Today our Ocrafolk School class learned about nautical traditions, schooner history, and basics of sailing a two-masted schooner. We also watched a dramatic video of a tall ship rounding Cape Horn, and wove turk's head bracelets and rope mats. We are so fortunate to have great weather for the school. Although it's been windy and cold some days, we chose the warmest and quietest day for kayaking, and picked this afternoon (moderate winds) for sailing. But the sky has been clear and rain-free. At night the stars are scattered across the heavens in grand profusion. Last night, walking home from the shrimp boil with Lachlan, we gazed up at the Milky Way and talked about "where we were before we were born." Lachlan said he didn't know, and I told him it was a mystery that even his Opa couldn't answer.
Our latest "newsletter" is a link to my new web site, Black Squall Books, with information about my new book, Digging up Uncle Evans, History, Ghost Tales, and Stories from Ocracoke Island, which is expected to be available by mid-November. Click HERE to go directly to the web site to learn more.