Appalachia Through My Eyes - Cute as a Speckled Pup

My life in appalachia cute as a speckled puppy

The old saying cute as a speckled pup is still alive and well in Appalachia - especially when a pretty girl is holding a seven week old puppy and it falls asleep.

Tipper

Appalachia Through My Eyes - A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.

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Appalachia Through My Eyes - The Girl can Crochet

My life in appalachia the girl can crotchet

Chitter made me the afghan in the photo for Christmas. I'm telling you the girl can crochet , well actually both girls can crochet. Chatter gifted me with a beautiful scarf she made out of the softest yarn.

Granny's mother Gazzie loved to crochet and she passed that love on to Granny. I've told you plenty of times before, Granny is crochet crazy. She spins out things faster than we can keep track of them or find a place to put them.

Granny taught the girls to crochet and they've stuck with it. Pap used to get so tickled at them. We'd go somewhere to perform and while we were waiting to go on stage they'd pull out whatever they were working on and start crocheting. He said "They really are like two little grannies."

Granny is always telling me I'll be sorry I never let her teach me to crochet and someday it'll be too late. Even though I never picked up the skill, I sure am glad the girls did. Three generations of crocheters is pretty cool if you ask me. And if you count my cousin Tina who is my age and learned from Granny Gazzie-that makes 4 generations which is even cooler.

Tipper

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Appalachia Through My Eyes - Helicopters and Boys

My life in appalachia helicopter pilots and little boys

In Appalachia we have helicopter pilots who criss cross the mountains ferrying folks who are in need to hospitals which are capable of filling those needs. We also have little boys who think whirlybirds and the people who drive them are pretty cool.

Tipper

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Appalachia Through My Eyes - Beans and Mop Handles

My life in appalachia beans and mop handles

Granny will plant seeds anywhere she can spot an empty piece of ground, which results in things like greenbeans growing on her mop handle. 

Tipper

 

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Appalachia Through My Eyes - Helping Skim the Syrup

My life in appalachia helping skim the syrup

The girls had the opportunity to help skim as sorghum syrup was being made at the Burnette Farm in Haywood County NC. I've seen the process of making syrup at the festival over in Blarisville GA, but seeing a family make sorghum syrup as they do every year was a wonderful experience. 

David Burnette, who owns the farm, explained the process from the planting of the sorghum in early May all the way to the making of the syrup at the end of the growing season. He discussed the various names folks call the syrup as well. He often calls it molasses, even though the jars he and and his wife sell say sorghum syrup. Mr. Burnette admitted it could get confusing, since true molasses is made from sugar cane which is a totally different plant than sorghum. But as he said, it's hard to change what you grew up calling it.

Pap simply called it syrup. When I was growing up there was always a jar of local honey on the table and a jar of syrup. Pap and I liked the stronger taste of the sorghum syrup and Granny and the boys liked the milder taste of honey. 

The Burnette family opens up their farm for several weekends during sorghum syrup making season. Anyone can drop by eat a big bait of food from the potluck table, learn about the process of making sorghum syrup, and even get to listen to some mighty fine pickin and grinnin while waiting for the syrup to boil down.

Are you a fan of sorghum syrup? What do you call it?

Tipper

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Appalachia Through My Eyes - Fall is Afoot

My life in appalachia fall is afoot

I sense fall is afoot even though the days are still burning hot and there's still plenty of green to go around.

I love all the seasons equally.

I love the first blush of green as it creeps along the mountains in the spring; the feel of the hot summer sun on my face and shoulders as I work in the garden listening to the jar flies buzz; the crunch of leaves as I walk back up the hill from Pap and Granny's in the fall of the year; and the camaraderie of sitting by the stove in winter hoping for snow. 

The time of the year I'm least fond of is the dying of summer.

I dislike the green when it takes on a dull brown around its edges and I feel oppressed by the wild tangle of overgrowth that fills in all the empty spaces. 

I sense fall is afoot even though the days are still burning hot and there's still plenty of green to go around.

Tipper

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Appalachia Through My Eyes - A Normal Appalachian Family

My life in appalachia a normal appalachian family

When I saw this photo I took of Chatter and The Deer Hunter I really liked it, but couldn't figure out what I wanted to say about it. Chatter was walking by the computer so I asked her to take a look and tell me what she thought the photo was saying to her. She said "It looks like a normal Appalachian family to me." I said "Yep that sounds about right."

Tipper

 

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Appalachia Through My Eyes - Passing the Knowledge On

My life in appalachia the knowlege has been passed on

The tradition of raising chickens for eggs and meat is continuing to be passed down to the next generation in Appalachia. 

Tipper

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Appalachia Through My Eyes - Nature Takes It Back

My life in appalachia nature takes it back

The tree is growing inside an old silo on farm land along the banks of the Hiwassee River. If left alone, nature will eventually take back what it once owned.

Tipper

p.s. Christmas is just around the corner-check out the great sale Chitter is having in her Etsy Shop ALL sale items are under $20 AND have FREE Shipping - Visit this link to view the sale items. And while you're on Etsy, visit Chatter's new shop of all natural skincare Apothecopie

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Appalachia Through My Eyes - Teaching the Next Generation to Love the Great Outdoors

My life in appalachia teaching the next generation to love the great outdoors

If there's a get together in Appalachia that includes folks of all ages you can bet at some point the older kids will be asked to take the littler kids outside.

I've been the small child begging to go outside with an older kid and I've been the older kid sent to take the little ones outside and entertain them. I believe my great love of the outdoors was nurtured and strengthened as I held tightly to an older girl's hand and walked down a dusty gravel road to gather apples from trees that are no longer there, stopping along the way to throw rocks in the creek and look at the cows in the pasture.

And hopefully, I encouraged the love of nature for the children who walked with me as I showed them how lizards hid under rocks in the edge of the creek and how wild touch me nots popped at the slightest touch of a small finger. 

Tipper

p.s. Up coming performances for The Pressley Girls 

  • August 5, 2016 @ 7:45 a.m. Morning Song John C. Campbell Folk School Brasstown, NC - This FRIDAY
  • August 5, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m. Union County Historical Court House Blairsville, GA - This FRIDAY

  • August 26, 2016 @ 6:00 p.m. Crane Creek Vineyards Young Harris, GA

  • September 3, 2016 @ 8:00 p.m. Vogel State Park Blairsville, GA 

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