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Georgia enjoys paddling her kayak through the marshes around Carolina Beach and Wilmington. She considers herself blessed to live on a skinny peninsula bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Cape Fear River. Wherever the water isn't deep, it's marshy—and peaceful.

Georgia with her 14-foot, kiwi green Hurricane Santee Expedition Into the wild marshes off the Cape Fear alligators sighted A gentle winter day on the Cape Fear River A peaceful paddle on the Intracoastal Waterway First notes on banjo ukulele Excavating 2008 turtle Nest 6 after exceptional hatching Georgia [front] with scouts who found the nest and Island Women at 2009 turtle Nest 8 Collecting shells on Masonboro Island with Atlantic Ocean in background

Music and ukuleles

Georgia loves her playful, ocean blue ukulele. The banjo uke she received for her birthday is uniquely different and both make joyful music.

Tears for turtles

Georgia has thrilled to the sight of sea turtles hatching on Carolina Beach as a member of the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project. She and friends helped sit a leatherback turtle nest—the first recorded on Carolina Beach—and were present for the hatching. Georgia also sits loggerhead turtle nests and is brought to tears watching those sweet babies endure their laborious but determined crawl to the sea.

Coastal gardening in sand and drought

Georgia has grown flowers and vegetables for many years in northern locations but has found gardening along the North Carolina coast challenging. There just isn't much nourishment in sand. Still she's managed to turn her property into a colorful, restful oasis, admired by neighbors out for a stroll. To share tips on what grows and what doesn't along the southeast coast, visit Georgia's blog at Coastal Gardening.