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My mom is an avid gardener! A lot of people think just because you live near the ocean that you can't have a great garden but she always did. As far back as I can remember her and daddy grew their own vegetables, grapes, figs and other fruit. She always put up veggies and jams and jellies for the upcoming year! She always has a beautiful yard with flowers galore. This is my mom, my daughter and I in front of my mom's seaside garden.
My son, my husband and I riding 4 wheelers on the beach! We also enjoy putting our old hummer into 4 wheel drive and spending the day at the inlet fishing, picnicking and then watching the return of our offshore fishing fleet at the end of the day! It's also really fun to go down to the point in Hatteras Village and fish for Drum in the fall after things slow down from our summer influx of visitors. The days are still warm!
You're not a real Outerbanker until you have at least one waterdog. Labs seem to be the most popular. They are used for hunting - retrieving is in their blood! It's really common to see these dogs riding around in the back of their owners pic up trucks, happily lapping at the wind! Everyone takes them to work with them so don't be surprised to see a crab or fishing boat with a 4 legged helper on board!
Southerners always grow lots of extra produce in their gardens. It's not to show off - but to share with neighbors and family! This act of kindness is not only for produce, jams and jellies but being near the sea a lot of shrimp and fish are shared, as well. This tradition goes back to the first days when the Colonist and the Indians shared crops, seafood and survival skills with each other. It is a social act of kindness between neighbors, family and friends - a way to say "Thank You" - "Welcome" or "We care"!
What'd you say???? This is Kiwi our littler water doggy. Kiwi says she can't understand what we are saying most of the time! Ha, ha, ha
(Unless you say "TREAT")
OuterBankers have a language all their own. I used to call them Southernisms but I have recently renamed them OuterBankerisms! I love inventing my own words to describe my world...aka ...OuterBankerisms… The following are sayings that I did NOT invent but are very much a part of our everyday vocabulary. Our distinct draw... as some people say... comes from our Old English roots from the first settlers that arrived on our shores hundreds of years ago. Being so isolated over the years has helped preserve some of these sayings. Don't be surprised if you can't understand some of our local lingo. I frequently have to ask people to repeat themselves (especially the old timers and my husbands fishing buddies) and I've been here my whole life!
A FEW OF THOSE SAYINGS
A FEW more OF THOSE SAYINGS
There are many other "Outerbankerisms". The above are just a few to get you started.