I’m Natalie.

Natalie and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone | Oysters & Pearls

Wildlife Ecology Major turned Lawyer.
Blogger. Writer. Maker. Home Cook. Gardener. Beekeeper. Learning Yogi.
Native Floridian transplanted to Southwest Georgia.
Handmade- and Locally-Minded.
Small Southern Town Enthusiast.

Just living life meal to meal in Southwest Georgia.

You can also find me over at Maiden South!

 Shucked Oysters | Oysters & Pearls

oysters & pearls: an explanation

Oysters themselves hold a special place in my heart.  Oysters bring back memories of Christmas Day at my grandparents, and my Poppie’s medicine bottle full of pearls.  It reminds me of my husband Wheat, and the night we hit it off over a dozen raw at Reagan’s Raw Bar in Mexico Beach, Florida. It’s symbolic of the rural “Forgotten Coast” I grew up on, but it’s also a universal connection to the sea and to each other.  Oysters are a gathering food, and one of life’s greatest simple pleasures is getting together to eat a bushel.

And as for the pearls… what Southern girl worth her salt doesn’t have a set?

“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”
– Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

“Give me oysters and beer every day of the year, and I’ll be fine.  Lord, I’ll be fine.”
– Jimmy Buffet

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  1. Noreen Gardner

    Hope you come back to Quincy!
    Thanks for sharing this Marc is a really talented guy! :)
    Noreen Gardner
    211 Design

  2. JIm

    Keep it up. Also. What if you added. “Southern Stories” a segment that allows people to share stories of the daily way of life through the years. Old remedies, tools, how we managed to make it even though technology was far far away.

  3. Kathy

    Enjoy reading your post. Do not know how I came across it? My Mom grew up in Bristol, Grettza Shuler, but moved to Jacksonville after high school. I live in Tallahassee and love hearing your southern stories. Your grandparents may know my Mom’s family:)

  4. Sarah Cook

    I stumbled on the Maiden South page when one of my friends Instagrammed that she was back home and was doing a little local shopping. Talk about getting lost in the gorgeous stuff from your site! I am crafty domestic goddess wannabe from South Georgia and your blog is amazing! I work for the Georgia Grown program with the Department of Ag–maybe there’s a partnership in the making professionally. Personally, I think y’all are just awesome!
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    1. oystersandpearls Post author

      You sound like we could be friends! :) Thanks so much for falling down the rabbit hole and reaching out. Shoot me an email after the New Year and let’s see if there’s a partnership there, for sure! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


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