Andrews’ Produce, Topsail Island’s Farmer’s Market

by Donna Byrd When I was growing up, our family went to the beach every summer for a glorious week in July. Now, when I say family, I really mean the WHOLE family! Aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins…lots of cousins. We all rented condos close together and made the vacation like a huge, week long, family reunion. Family Reunions and Fresh… Read More “Andrews’ Produce, Topsail Island’s Farmer’s Market”

Pender Pines Gardening Center: The Happiest Place on Earth – Part One

  By Donna Byrd I’ve heard people say that the happiest place on earth is Disney World. I know, I get it. Magic Kingdom and all.  I’ll tell you about a magical kingdom.  Since I’ve become a bit of a more, I suppose I could say, “middle aged” woman with grown children, I’ve found a new happy place. My place… Read More “Pender Pines Gardening Center: The Happiest Place on Earth – Part One”

Pender Pines Gardening Center: The Happiest Place on Earth (Part 2)

by Donna Byrd I am still at Pender Pines Gardening Center and am now convinced it is Disney, NC.  I have been through the magic kingdom of plants and pretties, piling on my purchases to replicate this piece of heaven in my yard.   Pulling my heavy cart, I walk into a warm blast of moist air and check out the… Read More “Pender Pines Gardening Center: The Happiest Place on Earth (Part 2)”

This is not Your Mother’s Public Library – It’s Yours! (and Free!)

by Donna Byrd In March of 2014, Sneads Ferry got a new baby: a brand spanking new, library building! The Onslow Public Library system decided that the small, 2,000 foot library building needed to expand in size to meet the needs of a growing community. The 3.8 million dollar project created a multipurpose facility that made our little part of… Read More “This is not Your Mother’s Public Library – It’s Yours! (and Free!)”

Surf City Fishing Pier – It’s that time of year!

by Donna Byrd “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that is not fish they are after.” Henry David  Thoreau “There ain’t but one time to go fishin’, and that’s whenever you can.”     Diron Talbert Fall is the season for fishing here in Sneads Ferry and Topsail Island. And with that in mind, on a warm and… Read More “Surf City Fishing Pier – It’s that time of year!”

The Inis Spa and Wellness Center – A Bit of Heaven at Sea Level

by Donna Byrd It used to be that going on vacation to “get away from it all” didn’t necessarily mean that you were staying at a five star resort or a vacation home equipped with all the luxuries one might imagine. It just meant that you were actually going to get away from it all! That meant there was nothing… Read More “The Inis Spa and Wellness Center – A Bit of Heaven at Sea Level”

“Walking the Planks” at the SeaView Fishing Pier in North Topsail

by Donna Byrd There’s something magical about a fishing pier.  One of my first memories of the beach was standing on a pier with my grandparents.  I believe we stayed in a small motel next to the pier. It was a place that mostly fishermen stayed and it wasn’t at all fancy. I remember we arrived as the sun was… Read More ““Walking the Planks” at the SeaView Fishing Pier in North Topsail”