Category Archives: Outer Banks of North Carolina

Shell Tea…

Magpie's Nest Salty Sailor Dogin spite of our Ocracoke Island vacation being very “damp” each day was special…

Magpie's Nest Traveling Tea Cup in surfon one of the clear days we took our traveling tea cup to the beach letting the Atlantic Ocean waves wash up around it with me squealing and dashing at one point to rescue it from being washed out to sea (Mr Magpie was laughing so hard he couldn’t snap many photos of it happening)… 

Molasses Creekwe ventured out one rainy night splish splashing through puddles to enjoy a really special concert with Ocracoke Island’s very own Molasses Creek band at their Deepwater Theater and Music Hall…

Magpie's Nest Ocracoke Island Beach Duneslast year we shared our excitement about the shell “spirit” tree we helped create on the beach here

Magpie's Nest Spirit Shell Treeand were delighted this year to find a different piece of wood lodged in the sand waiting for us…

Magpie's Nest Returning Shells to the beachso we got busy because we came prepared…

Magpie's Nest Shell treein our efforts to downsize and let go of things Mr Magpie emptied a BIG tin of seashells around the tree that we brought back to the beach from our Outer Banks shell collecting over the years…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Shell Treewe do have a weakness for shells…

Magpie's Nest Mr Magpie on the beachand could wander for hours on the beach totally entertained by Mother Nature…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Traveling T Cupthis year for the first time ever I found not one but TWO perfect Scotch Bonnet shells

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Scotch Bonnet Sea Shellsit is not uncommon to find tips and fragments from these shells but to find them in tact is a bit more rare

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Shell Tree Mile Marker 74.5 back to the shell tree…

Magpie's Nest Ocracoke Spirit Treeabove you can see some of what other people added (a lone flipflop, toothbrush, colorful sand toys along with a plastic glow stick that was finished and a small plastic oil container that probably washed ashore from a boat … that we removed and recycled)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz shells and quoteit was fun collecting mostly shells with holes in them stringing them onto natural twine that we brought from home to make shell garlands to tie onto the branches…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Ocracoke Island Shellswish I could send each of you some seashells but you probably have collections of your own…

Ocracoke Island Dogs Cats Horses thank you very much for all of your good wishes … a broken toe is such a small pain compared to what so many others are going through…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Harmony Ocracoke Seashell Mandalhere’s wishing you a very Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover

Stormy Island Tea…

Magpie's Nest Jim Szymkowicz Ocracoke Island Beach

so much can happen in a day and before you know it three weeks have passed…

Magpie's Nest Sunny Spell

 I am eager to catch up with everyone and hope that you are well…

Magpie's Nest Ocracoke Island Tea

our beach getaway was full of the unexpected…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Ocracoke scenes

most of it wonderful and some of it a bit challenging…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz cloud dune reflection

certainly a memorable time…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz around town

midway I broke my pinkie toe by banging it on the wood frame of a bed…OUCH dastardly bed legOH! it hurt like crazy (if only I’d put those shoes there from the beginning…house slippers are my favorite shoes just now)…

Magpie's Nest pelican in RAIN

even with being on ice and my foot elevated for three days I did not miss much because it rained and rained and rained some more (dubbed “Ocrasoak” by the local newspaper)…

Magpie's Nest Down Creek 101 views

out of our thirteen day vacation we had three glorious sunny days that we were most grateful for…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Ocracoke Boats

we were cozy and comfortable in our rental home away from home with windows on three sides situated beautifully on Silver Lake Harbor with boats and nature coming and going…

Ocracoke Pelicans and Kingfisher

and the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse captivated us from every view and angle again this year…

Magpie's Nest Jim Szymkowicz Ocracoke Lighthouse

in past years we enjoyed the brilliant sunsets from our screened in porch and we did manage to see a couple this year in spite of the very wet weather…

sunset first night boat and guy

I have some traveling tea cup adventures to share with you next week…

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Hurricane Joaquin sent us packing a day early with a state of emergency and mandatory evacuation for all visitors from the island…

Magpie's Nest Jim Szymkowicz Ocracoke Lighthouse across Silver Lake Harbor

I woke up at 4am on our last day wondering how our stormy 2.5 hour ferry crossing would go…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz last sunny dayreminding myself that it is never the things you worry about that usually happen…

Magpie's Nest Jim Szymkowicz White Ibis

we waited in line for hours to secure a place on the Swan Quarter ferry watching the water rise all around us as we were entertained by a large flock of American White Ibis

Ocracoke BREATHE

it was a memorable vacation and we really have no complaints except perhaps about the design of that ding dang protruding wooden bed frame…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Ocracoke Coffee Co.

after a really long day of travel we arrived home safe and sound finding a good five inches of much needed rain had fallen here in Virginia while we were away (Ocrocoke Island remained closed for another week but is now open to visitors again)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Longfellow Rain Quote

here’s wishing you a very happy T day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover

 

 

build your dreams…

happy to be joining the Art Journal Journey ARCHITECTURE challenge this month after being away for a few weeks…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Homemade Journal pgs

I worked in a handmade journal that I stitched together and painted a while ago (each page measures 7.5 x 11 inches)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz pgs in progress

my inspiration came from our recent visit to Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina using bits of this and that were on my work table (there was even a scrap of map with the Pamlico Sound on it)…
Magpie's Nest Ocracoke Lighthouse page left

the lighthouse drawing I used is from a photo of a display on the lighthouse grounds...

Magpie's Nest build your dreams catch the local waves

we have been visiting The Outer Banks for many many years and we continue to be drawn to the Ocracoke Lighthouse…

Magpie's Nest Ocracoke Lighthouse reflected in a rain puddle

happy to report that the island still has maintained its quiet and beautiful charm (we do prefer visiting off season) with a full time population of under 1,000 … no traffic lights … no chain businesses or hectic 9 to 5 …

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Build Your Dreams art journal pages

if you click on my finished pages above you’ll find a few statistics and other handwritten notations as well…

Magpie's Nest Currituck Lighthouse NC

this year we headed north on the Atlantic coast for a bit at the beginning of our vacation to visit the Currituck Lighthouse which was also quite charming with a great view from the top…

Magpie's Nest Panorama from top of Currituck Island Lighthouse NC

we like lighthouses!

“An architect is a drawer of dreams.” -Grace McGarvie

Venida rules the waves …

Magpie's Nest gesso and paper collage startin going thru some of my paper stash(es) lately I have come across some perfect bits for a couple more pages in one of my gesso journals (I am recycling lots of paper in the process too!)…Magpie's Nest Tide Charts

torn bits of tide chart and map from one of our favorite stateside beach getaways…

Magpie's Nest Venida finished

the lovely Venida is from the cover of a vintage hair net package that I picked up one year on a trip to Florida…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Venida rules the waves

joining in with Art Journal Journey’s “The Sea” challenge again before it is time for a new theme for June…

Magpie's Nest Parasol Patty Ocracoke Island

I do enjoy the sea especially when I can find a bit of shade…

beach tea …

it feels like I have been away from blogland for a long time…

NC 32 abandoned house

(the house above was on NC 32 near Edenton…not on the island we visited)

I am joining everyone over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s for T today sharing some of our beach getaway with you…

Ocracoke Village

our traveling tea cup came along and got to enjoy some sun and sand…

Magpie's Nest Traveling Tea Cup Ocracoke Beach NC

we had a bit of rain too which resulted in some wonderful puddle reflections in yards and on rustic roads in the village…Magpie's Nest Rainy Day Ocracoke

along with pretty patterns on the beach…

Magpie's Nest Rainy Beach Ocracoke NC

we visited Ocracoke Island around the same time last year and enjoyed it so much we booked a two week stay this year…

Magpie's Nest Lighthouse

from our rental on Silver Lake Harbor we had views of the lighthouse and enjoyed the boats and ferries coming and going from the Pamlico Sound

Magpie's Nest Ocracoke Lighthouse

the sunset views are something we looked forward to daily…

Down Creek 101 on Silver Lake Harbor

each one special and different…

Magpie's Nest Pamlico Sound sunset

I look forward to reconnecting with everyone again and hope that you have been well…

Magpie's Nest early morning Atlantic Ocean

Rinda’s 2014 Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt: Final Part 3

many thanks to Rinda for another great scavenger hunt this year

to see my items 1 – 14 you can visit here and here and below you will find the remainder of my photo finds:

15. A juggler … a juggler remained elusive so I have substituted with Alternative B: a bird house  (I almost shared some photos I took from the television of a medieval fire ball juggler

Magpie's Nest our garden birdhouse

16. A sign in a language other than English

Magpie's Nest Starbuck's in China Town Wash DC

Starbuck’s found in China Town, Washington, D.C.

Magpie's Nest Korea Town in Annandale VA

Karaoke in the suburbs of northern Virginia

17. A lamp post

Magpie's Nest Reston Lake Anne

Lake Anne in Reston,Virginia

Magpie's Nest National Portrait Gallery Lamppost

so many lamp posts!

18. A water fall

Magpie's Nest Great Falls MD Heron on rocks

Great Falls Park, Maryland is a beautiful spot and we found a Great Blue Heron enjoying the view while waiting for his lunch to rush by

19. A public garden

Magpie's Nest Batholdi Park Wash DC (1)

Bartholdi Park in Washington, DC is one of our favorite “secret gardens

Magpie's Nest Batholdi Park Wash DC

it is part of the US Botanic Gardens tucked away across Independence Avenue in the shadow of the US Botanic Garden Conservatory… most enjoyable in every season

20. A bus (not a car, truck, lorry, camper or RV) with a picture painted on its sides.

Magpie's Nest Wash DC buses

Washington, D.C.

Magpie's Nest Wash DC buses (1)

21. A photograph of you with something representing the season (recognizing that the season will be Winter for our friends in the southern hemisphere). Note: you may not use a substitute for this item.Magpies Nest Lotus me 2

for the last couple of years we have visited the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens outside of Washington, DC to enjoy the Loti and Water Lilies…there I am with my camera taking a photo of Mr Magpie taking my photo

If you find something on the list too difficult, you may substitute one of the following items for anything on the list, except for Item #21:

Alternative A: A kite, hot air balloon or blimpMagpie's Nest OBX kiteboarding

kiteboarding is a popular sport on The Outer Banks of North Carolina… we enjoyed watching the boarders fly across the water rising up into the air now and again

Alternative B: A bird house substituted for a juggler at the beginning of my post

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in case you were curious about the Medieval juggler I mentioned at the beginning of my post 😉 this photo was snapped from our television screen…

this is a scheduled post… I look forward to catching up with everyone soon… 

Ocracoke Yaupon Tea

Ocracoke Villagemissing the sea air and laughing ducks at our getaway on Ocracoke Island in North Carolina…

Ocracoke Lighthouse Collage

snapping photos of the lighthouse kept us busy each and every day…

Ocracoke Lighthous Drawing

we could not help ourselves…

THE Lighthousewe found it winking at us all around the village…

Ocracoke Village Collage

we probably took an equal number of sunset and sunrise photos but I will spare you those…

Ocracoke Island Birds

being on the water with so many shades of blue reflected and dancing all through the day and night was most enjoyable…

Harbor View condo

Mr Magpie found a duck teapot on a top shelf where we were staying which called for some local Yaupon Tea

Outer Banks Yaupon Tea

it was very tasty especially with delicious buttery scones on our favorite octopus plate (the best scones we’ve had since our trip to the UK)

Harbor View condo (1)

here’s wishing you a lovely start to your October…Harbor View condo (2)

as I join Elizabeth and Bleubeard for T today from back home in Northern Virginia…

Outer Banks wildlifethank you very much for your visit to my Magpie’s Nest ♥

One Ocracoke SunsetOK maybe just one sunset…

Ocracoke T

our traveling tea cup is on the road again (our trip to California was so unexpected we never thought to take it with us)…

Traveling T Cupwe are celebrating the end of summer and beginning of fall on Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina…Red Book Store (2)last time we got to visit was four years ago…

Ocracoke Beach

it is a beautiful and peaceful place with its own sweet country charms...

Ocracoke Lighthouse (2)

the 1823 Ocracoke Lighthouse is the second oldest working lighthouse in the United States whose light can be seen from fourteen miles away…Ocracoke Lighthouse (1)we find ourselves drawn to it again and again…Night view Ocracoke Lighthouseit is so photogenic…

Atlantic Ocean Traveling T cup (1)I am joining Elizabeth and Bleubeard for T today and look forward to catching up with everyone soon…

Atlantic Ocean Traveling T cup (2)I appreciate you visiting me here and I enjoy reading each and every comment very much…

Atlantic oCEAN bEACH LOVEthank you oxo