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Day after

Yesterday we were still doingthe family thing. Awoke late and Joe and I accompanied Dad on a 4 mile walk. Afterwards we all cleaned up and headed into Beaufort for some eats, shopping and sightseeing. Ate a really nice lunch at Clawsons in Fishtowne Alley then hit an apparely shop where I bought stuff for me and a few presents for Deb. Then I wanted to take Joe over to the Old Burying Ground and show him the Little Girl Buried in the Rum Keg. We were standing there and a crowd gathered and I was pressed to tell the story of this grave.

Back in the late 1700's, there was an English family that imigrated to Beaufort. They had a daughter born in America who wanted to go back and visit her family in England. Upon convincing her mother, her father agreed to take her and promised her mother that he would return the girl safely. On the boat on the journey home, the little girl died. Rather than bury her at sea (as was customary) and break his promise to his wife, the little girl's father purchased a barrel of rum from the boat's captain. He stored the little girl's body in the barrel and returned her safely home so that she could have a proper burial. Today people who visit the grave leave, shells, coins and toys for the little girl to play with.

I left her a pocket knife that has been with me on trips from coast to coast as well as the far north and south borders of the US.

Then Joe and I went exploring around the grave yard. Lots of really cool old stones to see there scattered among huge live oaks hung with Spanish Moss. It's always very shady there no matter how bright the sunlight. Sometimes your eyes play tricks on you and may think you are seeing ghosts. But it's one of the most peaceful places I've ever been.

Later we just sat around with a roaring fire going at home and watching the Dog Whisperer on National Geographic Channel. Oh and we drank a bunch of Beaufort Bay wine.

Today I took Joe to get his rental car and he's off to Virginia to visit friends. I bought 20 poinds of shrimp and a bottle of Raspberry wine and as soon as I shower, I'm off to Greenville to visit Miss ryl and from there to Raleigh to have dinner with an old friend and perhaps on the way home, I'll make a stop in Smithfield to visit Tracey.

Peace,

Wander

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glenda
Dec. 27th, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC)
Great pictures!
wander
Dec. 28th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks much.

W
brotherskeeper1
Dec. 27th, 2006 11:36 pm (UTC)
I love old grave stones. Thanks for the great post.
wander
Dec. 28th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
Very welcome. I'll do a whole post on this cemetery in deathy_decayed as soon as I get back. I come here every year.

W
gnominclature
Dec. 28th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)
I missed you again, damn it!

That's okay because I was told I might get a ...

FIRE HELMET.
wander
Dec. 28th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah and apparently I drove right past where you work too. Very possible you might get your very own Fire Helmet.

W
redsgoddes
Dec. 28th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
LOL nice pics, great story. I like your stories and could listen all day.
wander
Dec. 28th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC)
I'll have to tell more then.

W
redsgoddes
Dec. 29th, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
YES you will! in fact, I'm accepting all donations of tapes filled with stories to listen to. (Hee hee!)

I believe in making it easy.
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