Wednesday, August 24, 2011


I am finished for the day. Trimmed branches around my property, secured lines to my boat (stern tied to my outbuilding, bow secured with two anchors in the sand), took a load of limbs to the chipper, and put my car up on a hill behind my house (see photo really is a hill; small but a hill nevertheless).

(Click on photo to see a larger image.)

The village is quiet this afternoon. Just us locals, plus a few stragglers.

I have invited a few friends by after dinner just to relax, visit, wind down, and chat. In case I didn't get a chance to invite is at 7 o'clock. Come on over!


  1. Anonymous3:06 PM

    Stay safe my friends on Ocracoke from your friends here in Richmond, VA!

  2. Sending good thoughts from Carrboro! Hope heads out to sea and leaves Ocracoke alone!

    I bet the quiet village is nice - although bittersweet.

  3. Anonymous3:26 PM

    Enjoy your dinner party, with everyone leaving island, thought I'd let you (& reads) know 2 new planes have arrived at the airport since around noon today(2 single engine, twin has been parked their since yesterday), when I last check airport webcam. Guess someone coming in to check on property, and batten down hatches. As you mentioned most boats are out of the lake, watched a few people cleaning off docks this morning on webcam and saw the park service hauling life guard stands off the beach.... Be safe we will be thinking of all of you. See you in October... Nollie

  4. Anonymous3:29 PM

    Think I'd move the racks and post hole digger, look like windshield breakers to me. GOOD LUCK!

  5. Anonymous3:50 PM

    Can I have a raincheck? Do appreciate any posts you can manage. All your bloggers are there with you if only in spirit.

  6. Anonymous3:53 PM

    So what's for supper? I'll come early. LOL I talked to Jason this morning. Said he was busy getting people to listen. David in Fay.

  7. Oh, but we would love to be there! We're coming down for two weeks leaving Ohio 9/2. I guess we'll have to be satisfied with a little less excitement. How about a drink on our pizer? Can't wait!

  8. Anonymous4:23 PM

    Why don't we all do one big blow (like we do for our birthday cakes) and see if we can't blow Miss Irene back out to sea where she belongs... Will be thinking of the island and everyone with baited breath. Stay safe

  9. Anonymous4:24 PM

    Nice to have some calmness before Irene. Guess you haven't invited Irene to your relaxing dinner tonight!

    When you've done all you can do, then no regrets.

    Thanks so much for taking time to send updates, Philip. Your words bring peace of mine to your faithful and concerned bloggers.

    Sleep well tonight.

  10. Anonymous4:41 PM

    Maybe, Philip, it's time to teach Irene "how to be a valued visitor"....just sayin'.....

  11. Anonymous4:42 PM

    Stay safe - and keep low! We are sending you prayers and keeping you in our thoughts. You know the drill and have been here many times before.

  12. We're watching the weather reports & thinking of you. Ocracoke is our fave place to wind down & relax; we've vacationed there many times and are becoming acquainted with some of the Ocockers. Hope the island and the people are undamaged. Is Howard's Pub staying open? ~ your Ohio pals

  13. Anonymous5:04 PM

    My husband was one of the planes that flew in today. We just purchased our Ocracoke home in April this year so this is our first hurricane and we are nervous. He is there to do whatever he can to try and secure our place before flying back home to NY in the morning. I may not be a full time resident of Ocracoke yet but my heart resides there full time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Be safe.

  14. Anonymous5:21 PM

    Anon are so blessed to have a home in Ocracoke, but I can only imagine how anxious you are. Hope this "first" hurricane experience will go better than you and your husband expect.

  15. Thinking of you all down there in Hatteras and Ocracoke! May God bless and keep you all safe! Just spent two weeks in Hatteras at the beginning of summer and spent many day trips on Ocracoke and can't wait to come back! What a beautiful place here on earth! Thanks for all your updates and blogging!

  16. please keep safe- leave if you have to- ocracoke will welcome you back after the storm.

  17. Anonymous10:40 PM

    Best of luck weathering the storm, Philip. Our thoughts will be with you and everyone else on the island. Greg Stohr and family.

  18. Anonymous10:58 PM

    Be safe, Philip, and I'll be thinking of you, your loved ones, and everyone on the island! -Joyce Moore

  19. Anonymous11:06 PM

    I sure hope it goes East. Ocracoke is my gem since the 70's as a kid. Now my child has the same values. I met all of you this past July at the beach and Ashley loved meeting all of you. I wish you the best.

    From Greenville, NC