Aerial Swifts Beach

This card has to be dated around 1950, give or take 3 years. Look at the road, Wankinco Ave, that runs parallel to Swifts Beach and runs West and ends at Marks Cove on the bottom of the picture. It's over the word "Aerial" on the postcard. Notice two houses at the end of the road, one with a red roof. Another dirt road run parallel with the cove and is partly obscured by trees. Before 1938 there were several cottages on the cove, my mother's cottage being one of them at the far end of the woods to the left on the picture. It was right on the edge of the marsh.

At a full-moon high tide, it crept up to our cottage and went under it. All that is left today are a few cedar posts that held it up.

All of the cottages in that area were washed away in the 1938 Hurricane. The hurricanes did not have names until later.

After the '38 Hurricane, a couple of brave souls rebuilt at the end of Wankinco Ave as you can see from this postcard. That road is now just a path to Marks Cove, sometimes called Cedar Island cove. The small island in the middle of the cove is called Cedar Island.

There is one dirt road left which also runs to Marks Cove, off of Murphy Street, but the other dirt roads have all disappeared, taken over by Mother Nature.

Hurricane Carol on August 31, 1954 washed away the red roof cottage and the other cottage there. The massive base of a chimney is still visible.

It also took out the cottages on the front beach (Swifts Beach) as my mother called it.I don't recall her calling our little beach the "back beach".

Bill and Pat Berry's mother and daughter were in their cottage on Wankinco Ave when the hurricane hit (Carol) The tidal wave (surge) put their second floor under water. They were on their way to the attic when the surge subsided. The cottage survived. This was the second cottage they built on that site. The first was completely destroyed by the '38 hurricane.

The next hurricane to do damage was Hurricane Bob in 1991.  Bill Berry left his Hobie 18  in the water off the beach and it was blown away by Bob.  Ended up in the woods in pieces.  Sad.  I offered to pull it out and store it at my property but he said he thought some long, long anchor lines would hold it.  Nope.  O the Hurricane Bob video you can see the wind picking it up and blowing it away.

Click here to see Cedar Island

Do you like rice served in a Mexican restaurant?  I is easy to make without using any of the boxed mixes.

Mexican style rice.


1 cup rice, white, basmati and jasmine work great
2 cups Progresso chicken broth
1 10oz can Old El Paso enchilada sauce
salt and pepper to taste


In a large skillet or saucepan add the rice, Progresso chicken broth and Old El Paso enchilada sauce. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stir well, cover the pot, then turn down the heat to a medium.

Cook for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the rice is completely cooked, stirring occasionally.

Season with salt and pepper.

Top with tomatoes, green onions and cilantro or whatever else you prefer before serving.

I could personally just have rice, or rice and beans for lunch or dinner. I know not everyone feels that way though. This rice works as a filler for burritos as well. You’ll find that it’s simple to remember, too; which allows you to just whip it up whenever as the perfect side. This rice goes so perfectly with pretty much anything that you don’t have to pay too much attention to your main dish.