Friday, January 14, 2011

Beautiful Sky

There was a crystal clear sky last night. The stars seem extra bright and numerous when they are not viewed through the hazy summer sky. The downside is that it's so cold it's hard to stay outside long enough to fully appreciate their beauty.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a history of the early twentieth century Doxsee Clam Factory in Ocracoke village. You can read it here:


  1. bill kostar7:53 AM

    Yesterday the HIGH in Kansas City was 15 degrees, dropping to minus 5last night.
    And we still have the five inches of snow from the storm last weekend.
    I'm not complaining; it just makes me look forward to Ocracoke every summer that much more!

  2. Anonymous5:21 PM

    Philip, since I've never spent the night on Ocracoke Island during the bitterly cold winter months, would you kindly share how most year-round residents heat their homes? I gather cutting down trees on the island, for obvious reasons, is not possible. Do most folks heat w/ heat pumps or w/ LP gas? Or, do folks get wood delivered via the ferry for wood heaters and fireplaces?

    It might sound silly to be asking, but this NC mainlander is curious. After all, I still dream of living on the island one of these days!

    Thanks for humoring me!

  3. Anonymous10:35 PM

    Philip warms his house with the warm fuzzies he creates during his delightful ghost walks! Hehe, just kidding. Good question Mr. Anonymous.

  4. Anonymous7:48 AM

    most folks have central heat and air with some type of back up heat such as gas logs or a wood burning fireplace

  5. Re. home heating methods: I'll address this in a few days, with some historical comments. Right now I'm down with a severe head and chest cold, so I'm heading back to bed.

  6. Anonymous7:49 AM

    Sorry to hear you are "under the weather", Philip! I need to stop asking so many questions and bothering you, but I find myself so curious about "life" on Ocracoke during harsh winter months.

    Thanks for your future research regarding old timey remedies for ailments and home heating methods.

    In the meantime, take care, drink lots of fluids (with a touch of whiskey) and get some well-deserved rest!

    Hope you'll be up and about soon. We'll miss you for now.

    Blessings for your recovery from a NC mainlander.