Sunday, October 31, 2021

Scarecrow Contest




   Our small town had a scarecrow decorating contest for Halloween this year. Here are a few of my favorites. 

“Miss October”






    A mermaid scarecrow? Of course! We live on the coast so why not a mermaid?





































  Not sure what Terpsi Turvy means but I like her!





















  And my favorite scarecrow — the Gray Man, ghost of Pawleys Island who has been frightening residents of the coast and warning them of impending hurricanes for two centuries.

   Here’s the spooky story, just in time for Halloween.

  In 1822 a young man traveled by ship from Charleston to Georgetown to see his fiancée on Pawleys Island. From Georgetown, he continued to the island on horseback. To his dismay (I’m sure ‘twas a dark and stormy night!)  he and his horse became stuck in the pluff mud and tragically died, leaving his bereft love waiting forever on the island. 
  Since that night a lean young man dressed all in gray and carrying a lantern has walked the beaches, swinging his dim light and moaning for the love he left behind. Gray Man appears to residents of the island before hurricanes, warning them to leave the island. If they take heed, they say their house is always the one left standing when all others are blown to bits.  
  Lots of people in town and on the island will tell you their stories of sighting the Gray Man walking the beach on stormy nights, especially just before each of our major hurricanes. 

  All these scarecrows must have been effective because we did not see one crow in the park! 

Happy Halloween! 🎃

  

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  2. These were fun to see and this assortment is even more imaginative than the ones in downtown Nashua, NH, which are hoisted on lightpoles along Main St.

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  3. Lockdown at last over and I have had my two jobs. So with places open I am allowed in showing my forms etc.
    No forms no get in!!!! You'd be surprised how many weirdoes especially young males who read from bloody facebook all
    the weird things that would happen to them eg; Sterile etc!!!! got the jabs at high speed so they could have a beer - ha ha.

    Almost 4 months here in the Greater Sydney area, of which Terrigal is included, in lock down eg; Libraries, clothing shops, barbers, pubs, restaurants, clubs etc etc were closed. My hair made me resemble a "wild man from Borneo" - I have been shorn
    and the hair would have supplied birds nests for hundreds!!!
    Normality reigns again but face masks needed ( compulsory ) in shops, public transport and libraries.

    I have just got rid of over 500 e-mails!!!!!!

    More later - glad that you are well.
    Cheers and beers with "the golfer",
    Colin

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