Monday, November 23, 2020

Postcards 2020 Wrightsville Beach Cottages

Folks visiting Wrightsville Beach did not always stay at fancy hotels. Beach cottages and apartments were always available for rent. Here are two postcards representing these types of accommodations.  My Dad even owned a house here as a rental property for a few years. It was not very successful for him. Once when tenants left town without paying, we were able to go in and confiscate the things they left behind. That was how I got my first stereo. I remember that when we were allowed to go into the house, the police thought there was a dead body in there. The tenants had left a crockpot of food out and it smelled so bad! 
 
The Pomander Walk apartments and the Surf Inn








A reminder to folks who are fans of my postcard posts. Coming in 2021, I will be highlighting the cards that you guys send to me. So send me a postcard! And you will see it on the blog in 2021.  Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116

Monday, November 16, 2020

Postcards 2020 Wrightsville Beach: More Banks Channel

Arcadia Publishing reproduction 1919

Aerial View of Banks Channel 1980's


1974 postmark Banks Channel

Banks Channel 1970's

























The first postcard is a reproduction of a photograph by Arcadia Publishing, from about 1919.
The second postcard is more modern from the 1980's and shows an aerial view of Banks channel.
The third postcard is postmarked 1974 and is a night time scene on Banks Channel. The last postcard is also from the 1970's  Because the waters in Banks Channel were more protected than the ocean waters. It was usually nice and calm. This area was usually where we learned to sail or paddle board. 

Monday, November 09, 2020

Postcards 2020 Wrightsville Beach Wits End



This postcard is from the Wits End bar --It was a popular beach bar from the 1950's and beyond


A reminder to folks who are fans of my postcard posts. Coming in 2021, I will be highlighting the cards that you guys send to me. I currently only have enough for about 30 posts, I need 52 to do a post once a week.  So send me a postcard! And you will see it on the blog in 2021.  Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116

Monday, November 02, 2020

Postcards 2020 Wrightsville Beach Seapath



We lived for a while at a townhouse at Seapath. My Dad's boat can be seen in this postcard on the first dock. I worked one summer cleaning boats that were chartered....I got to keep whatever I found on the boats after they came back from charter. This was Pirate Booty to a teenager! Half used bottles of sunscreen, a floppy beach hat or even better, the stray can of beer or the dregs in a bottle of rum would all be taken as spoils!! LOL

Friday, October 30, 2020

October 2020 Books I read



American Serengeti by Dan Flores (library) basically a look at the Great Plains of North America and the animals that used to be there to today. 
A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin (library) His first book and a really good mystery thriller
All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson (library) great thriller, I am working my way through all his books right now
Dead Wake by Eric Larson (audiobook) The story of the Lusitania, very good and I learned a lot.
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (library) creepy, very Lolita-esque told from the point of view of the girl. 
Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong Kalish Growing up on an Iowa farm during the Great Depression. Wonderful stories
Flyover Lives by Diane Johnson memoir about growing up in Illinois and "escaping" to travel the world but coming to terms with her mid-western roots. 
The Water's Lovely by Ruth Rendell psychological murder mystery. I always enjoy Ruth Rendell. 
Deep End by Geoffrey Norman The last of the Morgan Hunt mysteries. I did enjoy these Florida books by Norman
Murder on the Air by Ric Meyers A look at TV detectives from Martin Kane, Private Eye to Magnum, PI  Lots of behind the scenes info about some of my favorite TV series from Ellery Queen to Columbo to Murder She Wrote. If you are a TV detective fan, this is a fun book.  He has another one called TV Detectives that I am on the hunt for now too. 
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane by Laird Koenig How many remember the movie with Jodie Foster? Nice and creepy for Halloween. And you know the book is always best. 
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (library) almost like a fairy tale, set in the Alaskan outback during winter. I really liked it's otherworldly atmosphere
One Across, Two Down by Ruth Rendell (library) classic Ruth Rendell always enjoyable mystery
Firefly Cloak by Sheri Reynolds  dysfunctional family drama dealing with death and abandonment. 
Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith (library) rereading again after many years. So good
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (library) a bit disjointed and confusing. I would just rate it a so/so
The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair (library) I think I am going to have to buy this book. It really is one of my favorites that I have read this year. It tells the story of colors from optics and light to artist palettes and pigments. 
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (library) maybe because of the title, but I went into this expecting the over the top drama that you see on Mexican soaps and that is what I got from it. It was good, very soapy in my opinion
Quitter: A Memoir of Drinking by Erica C. Bartnett (library) memoir of an alcoholic who quits then relapses, quits again and relapses again etc etc. How the AA, 28 days detox strategy does not work for everyone. Every addict is different. 
Coma by Robin Cook (library) recently watched the movie, so rereading a classic! 
Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson (library) The entire time I was reading this, I felt like I had read it before. It has some similarities with other thrillers I have read for sure. 
The Searcher by Tana French (library) I really enjoyed it.  An ex Chicago cop retires to a quiet Irish village and gets involved in a Missing Persons case.  Lots of really quaint Irish atmosphere. Makes me want to go retire there. 

Monday, October 26, 2020

Postcards 2020 Wrightsville Beach Vintage




I really like these old images of the beach ---Fisherman and Seagrass

A reminder to folks who are fans of my postcard posts. Coming in 2021, I will be highlighting the cards that you guys send to me. So send me a postcard! And you will see it on the blog in 2021.  Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116

Monday, October 19, 2020

Postcards 2020 Wrightsville Beach: Newell's

Newell's was a variety store built in 1946. Wings currently occupies the old Newell's location. When we lived at the beach in 1970, we would walk to Newell's after dinner and get an ice cream. 




A reminder to folks who are fans of my postcard posts. Coming in 2021, I will be highlighting the cards that you guys send to me. I need at least 52, because I post once a week.  So send me a postcard! And you will see it on the blog in 2021.  Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA  98116