Yesterday morning Rob & I departed from the dock in his boat just after 10 o'clock. We didn't go very far...just out into Pamlico Sound a ways...before we anchored and jumped overboard with our clam rakes. In an hour we had collected about 150 clams.
Back home I opened a dozen and a half larger quahogs. In the afternoon I made deviled clams, using an old island recipe. Friends came over at 6 with fried fish, rice, and beans. We opened a bottle of red wine. Dinner, as usual, was informal...we didn't even bother to get out dishes as we savored the clams. Of course, we needed dishes for the fish, rice, and beans.
After we had "run ashore" we repaired to the pizer. There we relaxed on rockers, steps, and the porch swing as we shared stories, news of the day, and thoughts about life. Lachlan, Gretchen, and Nicholas ran around & played in the yard and under the house until it got dark.
It was a simple day of gathering food, cooking, and visiting with family & friends...all in all a very satisfying way to spend a springtime Saturday on Ocracoke Island.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a history of the Ocracoke Preservation Society. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news042111.htm.