Cozy Cottages & Happy Homes

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

January 2009

Attention Junkers and Dumpster Divers, Island Wide Yard Sale

Can you believe our good fortune? Our City is having an island wide yard sale on Saturday! Tables will be set up in various parts of the island, shops will having tables set up in front with clearance prices, people are cleaning out their garages, attics and basements to offer rock bottom, yours for the taking prices!

I know alot of you are followers of the Shabby Chic principal of decorating, the more worn and loved, the better it will look in your home! Personally I love the idea of recyling and finding new use for old things, so this is very appealing to me. So to have the entire island be one big place to find good junk is a dream come true!

See you on the island all day Saturday!

PS- my final moment of fame on MSNBC’s Morning Joe- Willie just did his week in review this morning and of course their time at The Dubliner was front and center. And yes, you could see Sidney and myself just over the shoulder of of Mika during several of the interviews! Ah, such great memories!!!

Meanwhile back on Tybee, the Oysters are saving our island!

I’m back home! The dogs sure are happy! Max can’t stop wagging his tail and is laying right beside me with his head in my lap, just sighing with happiness! His human is home!!! I love my little island, certainly loved my road trip, but happy camper to be home!

As I said in some of my blogs, now that we have a new leader of our country, it’s time to get to work making our community and therefore our country, the absolute best we can be. We have work to do and we’re ready to embrace this! Well , seems that even the oysters got the memo because they’re doing their part to improve our island’s waterways! Read this great article by writer Mary Landers on a very clever way our island ‘s public works department is using Mother Nature to help with some of man’s mistakes! Great story!!!

Oysters to filter Tybee storm water
By Mary Landers
Created 2009-01-16 00:30

Tybee Island is recruiting new workers to help manage its storm water: oysters.
With help from the University of Georgia Shellfish Research Lab on Skidaway Island, Tybee plans to restore oyster beds along Horse Pen Creek this spring. In a storm, much of the runoff from Tybee’s streets feeds into the creek, bringing with it pollutants such as pesticides and pet waste along with the oil and antifreeze that drips from vehicles.
Fabric filters in the city’s catch basins remove 70 percent to 90 percent of the fine silty particles on which these pollutants hitch a ride, said Joe Wilson, Tybee director of public works.
Oysters will work overtime to finish the job.
“They filter water at a rate of 2.5 gallons per hour,” said Daniel Harris, Georgia coordinator for the Shellfish Lab. “You can imagine a whole oyster reef is doing a lot of filtering.”
For their trouble, the oysters will get a place to call home.
Along the East Coast, the once ubiquitous shellfish has been reduced to about 2 percent of its historic populations, Harris said. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Georgia had the largest oyster industry in the country.
That robust fishery crashed after harvesters failed to put spent shells back in the waterways, using them instead in chicken feed and tabby and leaving oysters with nothing to attach themselves to.
In March and April, Harris expects to use AmeriCorps volunteers to place 5,000 mesh bags filled with oyster shells along the creek’s banks.
The spent shells provide a place for free-swimming oyster larvae, called spat, to take hold and grow.
Along with filtering, the oysters should also stabilize the creek banks.
“Everybody is getting something out of this,” Wilson said.
Tybee is even looking at promoting the oyster shell bagging events and placement of the bags in the creek as ecotourism opportunities.
Tybee council member Paul Wolff said natural infrastructure trumps the artificial sort.
“It’s always nice to help Mother Earth, or in this case Mother Ocean, take care of herself,” he said.

The journey home…

I’m almost home, spending the night in Ocean Isle Beach, NC with my friend Lynda in her wonderful cottage on the Intra coastal Waterway- Seaboard House. Had fried oysters , coleslaw and hush puppies for lunch in Southport, NC, getting a good night’s rest tonight and then home to Mermaid Manor tomorrow. The journey home continued to live up to the entire week’s experience!

I left Donna’s home at 6AM to drive my friend Sidney to National Airport ( I guess it’s really called Regan Airport, but I grew up going to this airport with my family back in the 1960’s to watch planes take off and land and it will always be National to me! Remember when it was a family treat to go to the airport and watch planes land???) Even though I just had to go a few blocks through Capital Hill, it was very cold and the sun hadn’t risen and I got lost. I pulled over to three DC police cars and asked for some directions. Told them I had been here for the big week and one of the police said- “Just follow me- I’ll give you a police escort to your friends!” So sure enough, just like all the big deal DC folks, I had my own police escort those 5 blocks ! No blue lights and sirens, but he escorted me right to the front door! His parting comments were he’d see me in 4 years and I represented my state of Georgia very well and I was a true Georgia Peach! How much fun was that!

On the way south driving down I95, there were 3 huge convoy’s of Army trucks and equipment also heading South. I realized they had also been in DC for all the events and was truly shocked at the artillery they had brought with them. We can rest assured that the Army was fulled armed just in case anything were to have happened….

I also saw lots and lots of people heading south as well from their own DC visit- we all honked and waved to each other- I used my Obama big pointy fingers that of course I had to purchase on the mall!

Back home to Tybee on Thursday! And then time to start working on making our country the best she can be! Stay tuned for some ideas we have for Tybee…..