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Dewey Parr

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Dewey Parr

Hi! I thank you for taking the time to drop by. In this section of our website I will endeavor to share with you some of the things that I love and do to bring me that inner feeling of happiness. I have learned over the years that true happiness is not measured by the number of material things I possesses. Happiness to me is that inner feeling I receive when I am busy doing certain things. No two people experience the feeling of happiness in the same way. It is my sincere wish as you view some of the things I do that it will get you to thinking about your happy moments. Hopefully you will take time to share with me the things that you enjoy doing. Message Me on my Facebook Page.

I Love the Beach

There is something about the Hatteras Beach and the ocean that captivates my imagination and satisfies the longings of my soul. I am not sure exactly what it is? When I am there it is as if I have entered another realm that is free from problems. It could be that it reminds me of those care free days when I grew up on the Island. Ah! Those were the days.

Dewey Parr

Dewey and His dog Queenie in 1937 front of his Buxton family home

I love People …

My love for people dates to my Island heritage. Growing up in a small community with few of the modern day convivences such as: electricity, indoor plumbing, centralized heating, telephones, paved roads etc. leaves a lasting impression on your life. When these things do not exist, people become center stage. The lack of modern day convivences is one of the best motivators or teachers of learning the art of communication with one another. Hatteras Island children learned at an early age that every person they met was a source of information and had something worthwhile to offer. They understood the meaning of the cowboy philosopher Will Rogers statement, “I never met a man I did not like”. My Happiest Moments Where the Many Conversations I shared with people who visited our 25 years’ retirement hobby. I will no longer be in a central location to visit with people but wherever I am on the Island it would be my pleasure to chat with you.

Dewey Sitting in yard


Dewey Sitting in yard
Dewey Parr in the Yard Waiting to Greet People


Dewey Parr in the Yard Waiting to Greet People


I Love Plants and Flowers

Vines

One series of plants that I really like are vines. My garden is a natural, native, nature garden. The majority of the plants in it are just things that grow on Hatteras Island without any care. Many of the things I like you would probably call weeds or nuscience plants and spend a lot of your time removing them from your garden. My philospy is if it can withstand the many weather changes on Hatteras Island it is welcome in my garden. People often ask me what is the weather like down there. My reply is, it is hard to tell. Our weather cycles sometimes change every 20 minutes. When you live in an extreme enviornment like we do on Hatteras Island you forget the planting zones and just go with what grows.

Vines have a specific purpose for existing on the Island that many who move here overlook. The vine covering on the trees have three specific functions. One they tie the limbs of the trees together and help to fortify them from the terrific winds that the Island undergoes. It is not just hurricane winds that our vegetation must endure but it is also sparatic winds. There are times when we have a week or more of nothing but driving wind and hot sun blazing down on the Island.

The second function of the vines is to shade the leaves of the trees and plants below from the salt spray that covers the Island day and night. When you add the scorching sun to leaves covered with ocean salt spray you have a disastrous situation for vegetation. Most Island gardeners are not aware that every night there is a fallout of ocean salt spray over the Island that lands on their plants. Unless their plants have adapted to the salt it is only a matter of time before they will succumb. To overcome this I take the time each morning to hose off my annual potted plants that are not native to the Island. Even when you do that if you use ground water like I do you have to be sure your well has not become contimated with salt water rather than fresh.

The third and probably the most important purpose of the vines cannopy on the trees is to aide in the retention of moisture in the soil. If you have ever walked barefoot to access the beach you know how hot sand can get if it is exposed to direct sun. The vine cannopy keeps the moisture from evaporating from the soil. Sometimes we go for weeks without rain in the summer and you can hear not only the frogs crying for rain but the groaning of the plants. My definition of the designation of what type of plant zone Hatteras Island is would be unpredictable, salt infested humid dessert. When it comes to plant zones our island is unique. It does not have a specific zone but a vairety of zones. Those ones differ due to their proximity to the ocean or sound or elevation above sea level.

One other thing I might add is that the vine cannopy helps to keep the top soil in place. Our top soil is merely a thin covering sitting on sand. If it is exposed to blowing wind the mulch blows away. The old timers on the Island use to say never expose your garden soil to the blowing wind and the boling sun for it will never be the same again.

I shared many of these same thoughs in an article I wrote in 2007 entitled Gardening 40 miles out to sea that you might want to read. Click link below.

http://www.outerbanksshells.com/rmsArchives3.html#RMS26

The trumpet vines soars high in the trees in my garden
The trumpet vines soars high
in the trees in my garden.

The trumpet vine seed pod makes a good item to use in crafting.  Allow the pod to dry and remove the seeds for additional planting and then glue the pod back together.  You can then do various things with the pod.  Paint it or leave it  natural to use in dried floral arangements or other craft idea.  If nothing else just display the pods in a bowl.  You will be amazed at the interest it will create.
The trumpet vine seed pod makes a good item to use in crafting. Allow the pod to dry and remove the seeds for additional planting and then glue the pod back together. You can then do various things with the pod. Paint it or leave it natural to use in dried floral arangements or other craft idea. If nothing else just display the pods in a bowl. You will be amazed at the interest it will create.

I Love Collecting Shells

I Love Creating Shell Holders

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