Saturday, June 25, 2011


Thursday evening I fixed three dozen clams casino for appetizers. Lou Ann made dinner. Amy, David, Lachlan, Julie, and "Banjo Brian" (he is spending the summer on the island) came over. We sat on the screened porch, chatted, laughed, and shared stories.

Suddenly, Amy grimaced and let out a groan. She had bitten down on something hard. I was sure I'd left a tiny piece of shell in with the clam. It only took her a moment to extract the culprit. It was not shell. It was a pearl! It was tiny (about 3 mm in diameter)...but it was a pearl.

Amy's Pearl:

Luckily, Amy did not break a tooth!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is "Ode to Mrs. Godfrey," a story about the ghost that frequents the Island Inn. You can read it here:


  1. debbie s.7:05 AM

    ive gotten a few of those before! always a nice surprise as long as you dont get hurt! LOL

  2. Anonymous7:49 AM

    Glad Amy's tooth is okay, but what a lovely surprise! Is this the first time she has ever discovered a pearl?

  3. Anonymous10:18 AM

    I thought pearls were only in oysters.

  4. I think commercially valuable pearls are only found in oysters.

  5. Anonymous11:47 AM

    Did I tell you about the time I found a quarter under my pillow?

  6. Anonymous2:11 PM

    Never knew that about pearls. Feel like we know Lachlan, Amy & David, but in all the time I've been reading your blog, I don't recall you mentioning Brian or Julie. Are they family?

  7. Brian just moved to the island for the season. He is a banjo player and is working part time at Village Craftsmen as well as playing at different venues around the village. Julie is my former wife. She is staying next door, with Amy, David, & Lachlan for several months.

  8. Anonymous10:09 AM

    Philip, I didn't mean to be nosy-only been reading the blog for about a year. Thanks for the reply-you could have just ignored the comment. I'm sure you must know that kind of relationship is a rare thing. You must be very special people...Just as I always suspected.

  9. Anonymous7:43 AM

    I agree!