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To Spray Or Not to Spray

The Unvarnished, Untold Story of our Pleasure Garden Many of you commented on my recent posts about the wonderful spring we had here: a lovely blend of copious rainfall, balmy temperatures and sunny days that produced boundless garden bouquets. Now … Continue reading

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Albemarle Sound: Voyage Through Centuries XI

Rising Seas and Sinking Land Nathaniel Batts may have been a recluse when he died in 1679, but he was a virtuoso wheeler-dealer in his younger days as fur trader, land owner, pardoned murderer, serial debtor, swindler, explorer who discovered … Continue reading

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Albemarle Sound: Voyage through Centuries X

Legacy Some of the counties surrounding Albemarle Sound are among the poorest and least populated in the state. They are also the most vulnerable to rising seas, as we shall see in the final chapter. Poverty and isolation are not … Continue reading

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Albemarle Sound: Voyage Through Centuries IX

The Mighty Herring Fisheries When the shadbush bloomed in spring, the hard work and celebrations began. Schools of shad and river herring teemed in from the ocean through inlets and into the Sound and up rivers, bound for their birth … Continue reading

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Albemarle Sound: Voyage Through Centuries: VIII

A War that Wasn’t Wanted and the Expedition Hurricane North Carolina did not want a fight. South Carolina must have been itching for one because she seceded in 1860, before President Lincoln took office. She commandeered federal forts in the … Continue reading

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My Garden is a Madhouse

And I am the Mad Keeper of the Madness I think it is safe to say the inmates have escaped and are now at large and in charge. Weather created this garden asylum. You have to believe me. This was … Continue reading

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Albemarle Sound: Voyage through the Centuries VII

Antebellum Albemarle America was riding its destiny. She had defeated the most powerful navy in the world, not once but twice. Cotton crops were thriving. Northern cotton mills were humming. Settlers were going west. Fish hauls came in as fast … Continue reading

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Albemarle Sound: Voyage through the Centuries: Part VI

Navigating the Sound It was the greatest real estate hoax in history. Come to the New World and you will find a better life, glowing reports implied. If you took the bait, you spent months  on a ship, in a … Continue reading

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The April that Dripped Blossoms

Big and bold, bawdy and brash, positively bodacious. . . . . .they lured me in. I will never complain about a rainy winter again. How rainy was it? you ask. I will tell you how rainy it was. One … Continue reading

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Albemarle Sound: Voyage through the Centuries Part V

The Fight for Independence and the Independence Hurricane It took a lot for colonists in eastern North Carolina to consider revolt. All they wanted was fair treatment.  Don’t exploit us. Give us some say. We’ll be loyal subjects. But royal … Continue reading

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