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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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Albemarle Sound: Voyage Through the Centuries Part IV

Second Chances, the Albemarle Connection, a Revolt and Noxious Disease Less than a century after the first English families stepped ashore on Roanoke Island,  steady streams of pioneers were betting on hope. They were settling along the north shore of … Continue reading

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Albemarle Sound: Voyage through the Centuries Part III

The History and the Mystery of the Lost Colony In July, 1587, 115 English settlers and one Native American stepped ashore on Roanoke Island. Roanoke Island lies just inside the barrier beach, near the mouth of Albemarle Sound. Queen Elizabeth … Continue reading

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Albemarle Sound: Voyage through the Centuries: Part II

Estuaries: Cradle of Life What is an estuary? In simplest terms, it is a place where fresh water from rivers mixes with salt water from the sea. Under quiet conditions, “lighter” fresh water will float atop “heavier” salt water. But … Continue reading

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Albemarle Sound: Voyage through the Centuries Part I

(The first in a series on Albemarle Sound and its rivers in northeast North Carolina) Freshe Water with Great Store of Fishe If you live on the coastal plain in northeast North Carolina you are never very far from a … Continue reading

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Top Ten Tips for the Tidy Gardener

Compliments of the Untidy Gardener Now that we are beginning a new gardening year I thought it would be nice to offer the following suggestions. I hope you find them timely and inspirational. Sorry, only two pictures because the garden … Continue reading

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My Love Affair with Mulch

Back is Broke, Shoulders Sore But Still I Carry the Torch…er Pitchfork A love affair with mulch? How desperate can she be? Truly. Hear my story. It was not love at first sight. Half a century ago I barely knew … Continue reading

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Holiday Poinsettias for the Garden

The Unruly Gardener Shares her Experiences In late December 2019 I wound up with seven ailing poinsettias, four from people who know I am a pushover for ailing plants and three carry-overs from winter 2018-2019. These were gifts from friends … Continue reading

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Reviving Old-Timey Sorghum Molasses Days

A New-Age Experiment on an Old Southern Tradition At the end of August good friend Steve invited us to come by for a try at making sorghum syrup at his barn. This would be an adventure, he said, as no … Continue reading

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Hurricanes and an Aging Woodland

Trees Have Adventures, Too Hot spots in the Atlantic Ocean have been popping up like weeds in a garden this year, and I can’t help reflecting on what kinds of mischief they could spill in the next two months. I … Continue reading

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