I grew up on the coast of North Carolina. The coast is lined with a row of coastal islands called The OuterBanks. The coast of North Carolina also juts out into the Atlantic Ocean and the warm waters of the Gulf Stream which explains the mild climate.
Everything has a nautical theme including Christmas decorations and food.
Christmas trees often have shell decorations such as starfish and sand dollars.
This is my sister’s tree decorated with a garland of starfish and ornaments of boats and seashells.
A table decoration made from oyster shells.
The traditional food of the holiday includes seafood, too!
Stuffing made with oysters.
Spaghetti and shrimp
And back in Raleigh the winter garden is in bloom!
And we toured Oakview Plantation:
The farm was purchased by the State when the beltline was created in the 80s and the house and barns section was purchased by the County as a park and the remainder of the farm was used for county offices.
I love old buildings and this old farm is beautiful! Although, their goats a large and the vertical pupils freak me out! I guess I watched too many horror movies growing up in the 80s?
Now on to spring planing for the garden!