Even with a northerly wind, which rippled the sound, and a fairly high tide, we had a wonderful time raking for clams yesterday morning. We gathered about 160 clams, mostly of medium size. There are many things that make clamming such a satisfying experience. As we walked slowly & quietly, pushing our rakes, there was nothing to disturb the peace, or interrupt the natural beauty of salt water, marsh grass, and cedars (save for the top of the Ocracoke lighthouse watching over our endeavors). Clamming provides time to think and reflect...while gathering the day's supper.
I kept three dozen clams. The rest went with the others I was with. As usual I opened them that afternoon and broiled them topped with bacon and Parmesan cheese. Amy and David came over, and we relaxed on the back porch while savoring the clams. With crackers and a glass of white wine we counted that our supper. I think we all just wanted to slide off of our chairs, but we rallied and walked to Deepwater Theater for our Wednesday night Opry performances.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a small photo album with historic pictures, including the aftermath of the 1944 hurricane, the 1921 Ghost Ship of the Outer Banks, the 1935 wreck of the Nomis, the Island Inn, the Methodist Church, and the Wahab Village Hotel. I've added a short paragraph under each photo to help put them in historical perspective. You can see the pictures by clicking here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082609.htm.