Every now and again I sit on my front porch and notice that I've never painted my picket fence. My brother assures me that it would be a very bad idea to paint the fence. But it would look so nice white, I tell him. Then he reminds me how time-consuming it is to paint a picket fence...and how much worse it will look when the paint starts to peel.
This morning I volunteered to paint one of the porch rockers at the Preservation Society Museum. I remembered how much I dislike painting...especially slatted objects. After an hour and a half (and paint on my arms, shoes, and T-shirt) I have become firmly convinced (at least for the time being) not to paint my fence.
If I'm sitting on the pizer when you next walk down Lawton Lane, don't hesitate to let me know that the fence looks just fine unpainted.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a history of paved roads on Ocracoke. It may not sound very exciting, but there have been dramatic changes on the island because of the construction of paved roads a half century ago. You can read the newsletter, and see some rare photos here.
To read about Philip's new book, Digging up Uncle Evans, History, Ghost Tales, & Stories from Ocracoke Island, please click here.