Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Our OcraFolk School Sampler class visited Portsmouth Island village yesterday. Just a few quick comments:

-- The weather was nearly perfect...a bit windy with rough water going over (we got a little wet), but no rain, mild temperature, and sunny.

-- There were hardly any mosquitoes! Really...enough at the schoolhouse to drive us inside, and a few at the old marine hospital cistern, but virtually none anywhere else, including at Henry Piggot's house and the Life Saving Station. The wind kept them down, making for an extremely pleasant visit.

-- Rudy Austin charmed everyone with his commentary, his evident love for Portsmouth and its people, and his willingness to stay flexible in order to share his knowledge of Shell Castle, Beacon Island, and commercial fishing (he also stopped on the way back so we could enjoy the dolphins).

Everyone had a wonderful experience. (Oh yes, we also saw several old screen houses.)

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  1. Anonymous1:58 PM

    Did you have time to find any large and interesting shells?

  2. Anon 1:58 -- We did not walk to the beach...just toured the village.