Saturday, August 27, 2011

A Post Offering to Irene

Greetings, readers. I hope everyone has had a nice few weeks (or has it been longer??) since my last post. My how time flies for me during summer when there are all sorts of little distractions to whisk my attention in many directions! What have I been up to? Well, it's hard to say in particular but it seems I've been having fun. Summer for me is mostly about gathering inspirations and moments and cooler weather in autumn is when I get the crafting bug and draw on those memories. Mostly it's too hot to sit in one place for very long!

This week my main squeeze and I were on our annual dreamy summer week in exile in the Outer Banks of North Carolina when we were evacuated due to that storm hussy known as Irene. Though we were saddened to leave our cozy cottage unexpectedly early at least we're only tourists and didn't have to worry about losing anything other than a little relaxation.

View from the cottage porch

We've been renting a small cottage on the island of Ocracoke for a few years now and have fallen in love with its quirkiness. It was built as a fishing cottage during mid century and I love that it still has architectural vestiges of that life. All sorts of pulleys and hooks are still intact on the porch and you can just imagine the hustle and bustle that once took place there.

The island itself is a dream for an archaeologist. It's filled with eighteenth century history including the  story of the infamous Springer's Point which was the location of the largest known meeting of pirates during the eighteenth century in North America. This meeting included all the major players like Blackbeard who met his ultimate demise on the Queen Ann's Revenge just off the coast of Ocracoke.  The island also has the oldest operating light station in North Carolina, a beautiful structure built in 1823 (An earlier 1795 lighthouse was about a mile away and no longer stands.)

I could go on and on but here are some pics of the lovely cottage that beckons us back each year.

                             Good night, Irene. Have mercy on the east coast.