Saturday, August 27, 2011

Being One with Nature...

I just talked to Philip...all is still well. Lots of blowing wind, but he sees no damage or flooding except from the heavy rains.

He is cheery and wanted me to share a quote with you that will help explain why he stayed.
This is from Henry Beston's book The Outermost House. The quote goes like this , "The world today is sick to its thin blood for lack of elemental things."

I read that book myself this summer and loved the lonely writings from this man. It is very similar to Henry David Thoreau.

Philip is also surrounded by the walls of his grandfather. Those walls have survived hurricanes and now will have more stories from Irene.

He thanks you all for your comments, as do I. And yes, Zoie, Opa lives!!

Lou Ann


  1. Thank you Philip, Lou Ann and everyone writing in these blogs about our beloved Ocracoke. The island is my favorite place in the world and I love hearing the stories and shared love for such special people and places. Lou Ann, your comment that Philip is protected by the walls of his grandfather gave me huge comfort! Special, positive thoughts and thanks to Philip and you for your special work and caring!
    Bill G
    Los Angeles

  2. Alicia Kurth1:12 PM

    Lou Ann, I love that you are reporting for Philip from two certainly have the partner thing figured out:-) So glad to hear all is well! Please send Philip love from the Kurths!

  3. Marty1:30 PM

    We are so very glad to hear that it's going as well as can be expected. We are experiencing an unusually gusty day and a dramatic sky in the Piedmont, but nothing more. Best to everyone at Ocracoke!

  4. Dan from PA1:38 PM

    Fantastic...we were worried that alot of what we love might be gone.
    I think we'll come down for Thanksgiving. Yip Yip

  5. Anonymous1:41 PM

    Thank you so much for keeping us in the loop. My family has called Ocracoke our home away from home since my grandparents first visited in 1955. Happy to hear that things seem to be better than anticipated. Hoping that my grandma's cottage, The Lindley Cottage, has fared well, too. Philip, I love your stories and the rich history you so willing share with those of us who long to know more about Ocracoke. Stay safe and know you're all in our prayers.

  6. Anonymous2:08 PM

    FYI: Good Ocracoke info. you're connected to site then press (change location) & type in Ocracoke

  7. Thanks for taking the time to post updates, Lou Ann. Glad to hear that the flooding is from rain, not tide. I hope you'll be able to get home when this is over!

  8. Anonymous2:45 PM

    My family and I love your island and in fact were supposed to be coming down this week to vacation. Would still like to if things improve! We have never seen a more beautiful place with such wonderful people!
    Jenn in PA

  9. so glad to find your site and read about what is there right now. we've been coming to ocracoke for a few years now and love the village craftsmen and all of the island. I'll be reading your journal regularly since I found it.

  10. Anonymous2:49 PM

    So glad to hear anything form Ocracoke. Does anyone know anything about Hatteras Village? It is even more vulnerable, and I have not found anything about it. Enid

  11. Lou Ann, you are a doll for updating us so far away! I'm so happy to hear that Philip and Ocracoke are weathering the storm well, so far and will continue to pray that all will be well as Irene passes by.

    My friend, Ronnie O'Neal has shared a few photos on FB and I've seen the rain waters and also that Hwy 12 was washed over up by the Pony Pen but what great news that no substantial damage has occurred. And yes, Opa! Opa! Opa! (loved that movie).

  12. yes thanks for the updates even at a time like this. Only hope the phone service does no go out

  13. Anonymous3:57 PM

    From Va Pilot
    HURRICANE IRENE UPDATE - 2:30 p.m. Saturday Update

    The Center of Irene has moved onto the Outer Banks with Category 1 winds. Brief trips through a few villages on Hatteras' south end have revealed only minor damage.

  14. This was posted by Alan on his message board at Tradewinds
    Posted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 3:54 pm    Post subject:
    I started the generator out of sheer boredom. Watching trees blow and sheets of rain fall is interesting for an hour or two. After 24 hours, and 12 hours without power it gets a bit old. At least the rain and clouds are keeping the heat at bay so far with no AC.

    I have not yet ventured out into the village or to the store. The weather has not let up enough, and we are still waiting for the potential soundside flooding...

    But here at the house is OK so far. We have a couple of trees leaning bad, but that's it. Hwy 12 is likely in very bad shape, and I have heard of flooding at Cedar Island and Swan Quarter. Everyone cross your fingers and say your prayers about the soundside flooding that may occur later.

    Look forward to seeing everyone soon, especially Melinda, Dylan, and Samantha... Take care.

  15. Anonymous5:23 PM

    NC12 flooded from the ferry station to the village????....any confirmation? Is the village still okay except ponding?

  16. Anonymous5:37 PM

    I'm encouraged and feeling a sense of relief to read the updates on this blog. Of course, I realize it's still early and every area has yet to be seen. I miss my Ocracoke web-cams sooooo much!

    Belhaven is once again flooded, but maybe higher than normal. Little Washington had tons of water, but I've read on line that it is receding.

    Lots and lots of trees/debris in roads. Power outages are everywhere.

    Just hope and pray the Outer Banks will look better once the sun comes out on Sunday. The sky should be that wonderful deep blue, too! (And, no, I am not referring to Duke)

    Irene will certainly go down in the history books, but maybe the old gal wasn't as rough as she could have been.

    Philip, I look forward to when everything calms down and you can walk down the beach, telling your bloggers what treasures you discover from the depths of the ocean floor.

    I do hope the clean up will not be extensive and life can return to "Ocracoke normal" sooner than later.

    I hope everyone is safe and sound on the island and there is no loss of life or injury of any kind.

  17. Anonymous5:39 PM

    Do tell us about the ponies when you get to that area of the island.

    Thank you!

  18. Anonymous6:00 PM

    Thank you for your updates on how Ocracoke fared through Irene. I'm in Syracuse, New York, but fell in love with the Outerbanks a few years ago and having been coming down each fall, first Kill Devil Hills, last year Avon, and this year it will be Ocracoke, which I became facinated with on a visit last year.

    We will be visting the Village Craftsman this year, and I am looking forward to meeting the historian of Ocracoke, if available.

    I am so relived that Ocracoke seems to have made it through relativel unscathed, but I had no doubt it would, as it has already "weathered" many storms throught hundreds of years.

    Thank you again for keeping interested people informed so much better than the news and media could.

    I also join in the post above looking for news on Hatteras?

  19. Anonymous7:33 PM

    Thanks again for the updates and good news-feared there would be a lot of flooding. Did the sound really empty out to the west? That is really wierd-I saw a photo posted of a mud flat as far as you could see and it said that was the case. Have to say, that really made me nervous as what goes west must come back east? Hope it didn't happen! Wish you could send some of the rain a bit further midwest....continued best wishes for all. SueM

  20. Anonymous8:45 PM

    Praying that the sound side flooding did not become a big problem. Would love to hear from you again, Lou Ann. I'm praying everything is still OK.

    Thank you so much for your updates.

  21. Anonymous9:23 PM

    I agree I hate the thought of anyone being in harm's way. I know that the residents of Ocracoke are strong proud people. However the possible flooding from the sound could be devastating.

  22. Anonymous12:32 AM

    I hope all is well! There are many family houses that I would hate to lose! My mother is the daughter of Louise O'Neal Simpson (daughter of Mary Frances O'Neal) and Stacey Simpson (son of Needham Simpson). We have pictures from various hurricanes, even some with huge boats sitting inches from houses that are located around the lighthouse! Keeping you all in our prayers!

  23. From

    Members of Greenville’s Fire-Rescue Department are headed to assist people on Ocracoke. The workers are part of the Urban Search and Rescue Team 10 and will help establish communications between the island and the rest of the world. They will be flown to the island and hope to be there by 10 a.m.

  24. Anonymous7:59 AM

    Thanks for the posts. Anxiously awaiting an update Sunday morning once it's safe to get out of the house and move around the village.

  25. Annie Pangle8:43 AM

    So glad to hear all is ok in Ocracoke!

  26. Anonymous9:15 AM

    FYI--There is a facebook page called Ocracoke Island Meets Hurricane Irene. There are updates and videos posted from different people on Hatteras and OI.

  27. Anonymous10:53 AM

    Thanks Maggie