Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thursday Afternoon

This morning started almost eerily quiet. There was no breeze at all, the streets were empty, and a hush blanketed the village. As the day progressed, islanders appeared here and there, as they continued working on last minute preparations for Irene.

Amy, David, & Lachlan were packed and ready to make the trip to David's parents' place in Carrboro, NC.

By 11:30 they were in line waiting for the 12:45 ferry:

Lachlan (in the orange shirt) joined in a picnic with his friends Gretchen, Nicholas, & Charley.

As I write, there is still hardly any wind (less than 5 mph), but Irene is still a long way away. I think I'll go read a book.


  1. Waiting for Godot?

  2. Anonymous6:09 PM

    A good book to read always is time well spent.

    Nice way to relax and just chill for a while....

  3. John and Lisa6:25 PM

    Hello to your little corner of shady Howard street. You'll be in our prayers until we get to see you in some weeks.

  4. Anonymous6:50 PM

    I remember a story one of your local captains told on a trip to Portsmith Island several years ago. His boyhood home in Ocracoke had a trap door in the kitchen to drain the water from storms. Ocracokers are survivors, that's clear. I heard on the news Irene is expected to come ashore at Kitty Hawk. Maybe Ocracoke will escape the worst of it. I love the place and wish all of you the best. Stay safe.

  5. debbie s.7:08 PM

    all of you take care! you all are definitely in my thoughts, while we make out own preparations here...

  6. Anonymous7:14 PM

    Philip You seem calm and I hope and pray you have thought this out to stay. Irene looks bad. Maybe the one you never thought would come. Have you got your SS# on your arm with a magic marker? Can you get to the lighthouse for protection? Gods speed All the best!

  7. Phil, Stay dry and safe. We will be thinking of you and all our Ocracoke friends who stay behind during the storm. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Hope the damage to the Island will be minimal. Hope to see you in October.

    JT & Didi McConnell

    PS, The Red Drum fused glass image we got from Village Craftsman looks great in the window of our log home here in Virginia.

  8. Anonymous8:08 PM

    Doesn't everyone remember Philip sleeping through the big storm last year??

    Sweet dreams, Philip!

    Heather & Addison

  9. Anonymous9:51 PM

    I do remember that-he was probably pooped out. As Tom Petty sings "the waiting is the hardest part" Spent most of the day plugged into WOVV and got a giggle when the announcer said something like, "heads up, you have 12 minutes to get to the ABC store. Hang in there! Sue M

  10. Anonymous11:10 PM

    Hi Philip... I gave you and the blog a shoutout on the new facebook community page "Ocracoke Island meets Hurricane Irene (Aug 2011)" - stay safe... Warner

  11. Anonymous12:36 AM

    Ocracoke's strength, I think, comes from the great love it's people have for their homeland. So many people who have only just visited the island feel the same. I think God must love it too.

  12. Anonymous5:50 AM

    Anon 12:36....well said! This Person county, NC mainlander agrees with you 100%!