Monday, March 07, 2011


Spring seemed to be here yesterday. The temperature climbed up to 60 degrees, with rain most of the afternoon. I used the rain as an excuse to stay indoors and catch up on much needed cleaning...and a little reading.

Flowers, especially daffodils, are bursting forth all over the village. The tulips are poking their leaves up also.

But spring is fickle. My heat pump came on last night, and I awoke to temperatures only in the low forties. Nevertheless, as Molasses Creek sings, "the back of the winter is broken, and light lingers long at the door."

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of a 1911 wedding on Portsmouth Island. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous11:51 AM

    Thank you for posting the daffodil. Any history as to how the daffodil made its way to the Island. Also, is it a vine in the background with a soft purple tint, does that grow freely on the island. And if one enlarges the photo, in the lower left near the daffodil is it, trash as it were? what is that ?? a cardboard tube in a plastic bag. do tell thanx

  2. The daffodils were planted, and the vegetation with the purple flowers is rosemary. We planted that also. There is no trash in the photo. What you are seeing in the bottom left corner is a ballast stone (one of many rocks that were brought to the island in the holds of sailing ships to keep them stable...when the ships took on cargo the ballast stones, no longer needed, were thrown on shore). What looks like a carboard tube is a curled leaf.

  3. I just wanted to answer anonymous. I carried them from my garden in Indiana to Philip's garden. Lachlan and I planted them one fall day! The question did they get to Indiana?