High Water In The Marshes


I love having a home on an inlet of a big tidal river.  Living with the rhythms of the tides means that things are never exactly the same along the water.
When we get a really low tide,  the marsh becomes beach front property for fiddler crabs.  If we get a really high tide, just about anything can be wandering in the water covered marsh grass including my favorite fish, the red drum.

How high the tide goes depends on lots of things including the wind direction, the moon, and what storm happens to be riding up the coast.

Things get even more exciting out on the river.  During a very high tide, oyster bars can be submerged and the river can look like a lake that is easy to navigate.
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Summer Is Not Leaving Yet


When you wake up in the morning and the temperature is just below eighty degrees Fahrenheit, you know that summer is planning to hang around a while.  When that warm morning is followed by an afternoon downpour, you can assume you are still in a summer weather pattern.

Many of us, including some fish, were tricked the last couple of weeks around the middle of August.  We had some temperatures in the sixties and we thought that maybe fall was just around the corner.  With four or five nights when the temperatures got into the sixties, the swimming pools got a little chilly and we fishermen started getting excited.

Unfortunately it was a false alarm.  The warmth is back and it looks like it will be here for at least a couple of weeks. The extra days of warmth are good news for beach goers and the tourism folks, but with the drop in traffic from school starting, it will probably not have a huge impact on this season.  read more »

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The Balancing Act With Rain


We finished June and started July with lots of rain which was much needed.  June brought us almost nine inches of rain and we got another couple of inches the first two days of July. That is a lot of rain in a short time.

Fortunately the rest of the week of the 4th of July has turned out great.  We always hope our visitors will have wonderful weather for their vacations and once again it has happened.

However, it is a balancing act when it comes to rain.  We have lots of farmers in the area in addition to plenty of residents who grow many of their own vegetables. I like to say that we try to schedule the rain at night but it rained much of the last weekend of June.

It is great when we can have weather that pleases almost everyone.  It has been perfect beach weather since the rain early in the week.
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Welcome Rain


We are not as close to the land as we were in seventies and early eighties when we living on a farm in Atlantic Canada and growing almost all our own food.

However, we still drive by fields on our way to the grocery store but now they are corn and winter wheat instead of hay and oats. Our local corn is waist high this first week of June 2013. It is certainly looking much better than it did a week ago. The winter wheat is almost ready to harvest.

Most people think ocean and beaches when they hear our home up the White Oak River is less than ten minutes from the beaches of Emerald Isle.

However, we are here for more than just the beaches. We came to Western Carteret County because of the protected setting of the area’s beaches and the small town environment. Those farm fields are part of the attraction to us.
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The Winds are Here


It is March here on the Crystal Coast and the winds that herald the changing of the seasons have arrived.  While wind on North Carolina's coast is not uncommon, the wind is rarely as persistent as the wind that we used to endure on Nova Scotia's coast.

However, even the spring winds here in North Carolina do not give up easily.

Predicting the winds is about as easy as predicting the weather.  For over twenty years we had a home on a mountainside in Roanoke, Virginia and we got some serious wind there.  A gust of wind hit the front of our home late one night and a window got blown into the room of our youngest daughter. It certainly shocked her and made sleeping in her room during roaring winds a little bit of a challenge for a while.
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Grabbing Blue Sky Where You Can


As we work our way through the last parts of winter, sometimes blue sky can become a scarce commodity.  You might find it reflected in the water  early in the morning and then clouds make it disappear by the time you finish a walk around the neighborhood.

The cold weather and lack of blue sky can easily send me off to dreams about summer, warm water, and beautiful puffy white clouds in the skies.  There are times when a brush with winter means that the skies are blue and sunny and I can deal with the cold much more easily then.
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Memories of Past Snow Storms


February 9, 2013 will be frozen into the memories of many folks along the east coast. Nemo, the blizzard/nor’easter/storm, will not be easy to forget   I’m happy to be living in Carteret County, North Carolina where snow does not make a lot of appearances.

I have paid my dues when it comes to snow.  My wife, Glenda, and I lived in Atlantic Canada for sixteen years. I remember one storm of over three feet when it took me most of the morning to blow a quarter mile path to our nearest barn.  That might sound about right, but I was using a 100 PTO HP tractor and an eight foot wide dual auger snow blower.  It took me the rest of the day to get to our cattle.  

It was one of many adventures which came from living in a Canadian snow belt.  You know it is bad when you live in area famous for snow in country where most think it snows year round. 

It was very different. The snow plows did not even get on the road unless we had more than six inches of snow.  The first year I kept track of the snow.  We had twenty-three feet.  There were times when our fields had over six feet of snow on them. 
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