Sunday, December 31, 2006

New Year weekend

Very rainy today, but some good weather the last few days for looking at the mountains and scenery:

Downtown Hayesville, NC: the Clay County Courthouse and square.

Tiger Store.

Feels a bit Western.

Happy cows and a bit of rime or snow on the mountains near Brasstown Bald.

Brasstown Valley (Ga).

Even the view from our neighborhood dumpsters is great.

Saturday, December 30, 2006


These are photos from the lobby of the Brasstown Valley lodge, still decorated for Christmas. Since I can't use Hello! to post photos any more I'm trying various things. I tried posting the album but it displays one small photo with a link to the album, so that won't work. These are posted separately. I like the display but can't figure out how to make the photos bigger. And last time I posted this way it slowed the loading of the entire blog to a snail's pace. Hope this isn't too slow for you this time.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

A New Year's Tradition

It's almost time for the Possum Drop at Brasstown. Don't miss it. Too bad the special section included with today's Cherokee Scout and Clay County Progress isn't online. The photographs of last year's Drop and 'womanless' beauty pageant are priceless. But there is more about the 'Lowering of the 'possum' on the Clay's Corner site.

And the notorious New 2003 York Times story is still online.....

Purple mountains


This photo from Christmas eve, before it turned rainy. Snow mixed with the rain yesterday and it's colder but sunny again today.
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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Warm December days

I haven't gotten many photos in the last week, with everything else going on, but here are a few from around the area:

The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway train arrives in McCaysville (Copperhill?)
State line dividing Copperhill, TN and McCaysville, GA.
Ocoee River

Ocoee Whitewater Center

Just another old barn along the road.

I had some more to post but Blogger is failing me. These photos have been posted using Blogger's Blog This feature. For the last few years I've been using Hello! to post photos, having tried several different ways to do it but finding deficiencies in all of them.
Now Hello owner Google is shutting it down, and routing it to Blogger. It's not working very well today. Posting this way is always slower than Hello, and I didn't think I liked the display, although it looks OK to me now.
So, apologies for the change in this blog. Out of my control. I hope I can find a better way, but what I once thought would be a fix, posting the photos to Picasa Web and linking to them, resulted in very slow loading of the blog. I'll keep trying.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Mountain living

Worth reading the post on Fred First's Fragments from Floyd blog about a book signing he did at the Chateau Morrisette winery.
First, for the great photo of the wine-tasting room there, a massive thing and an impressive place to visit.
Second, for the stories he tells about people's reaction to his book and their feelings about living in the mountains.
Fred adapts a T-Shirt slogan someone told him about. It was about another Appalachian county, and he thinks it fits Floyd just fine. I don't know how many versions of this are out there, but I saw it just a few days ago on a plaque by an artist at the Folk School show:
No, I'm not a native of Cherokee County, but I got here fast as I could!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Winter night in Murphy

Downtown Murphy, dusk, snow flurries. Posting the photo on top of this page turned out to be prescient, since snow fell for an hour or two and some is still on the ground this morning. Posted by Picasa
Blue courthouse matches the snowy sky. Posted by Picasa
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Log truck parked in middle of Tennessee Street. Posted by Picasa
Concert evening at the Daily Grind, downtown. Posted by Picasa
Pleasant company. Posted by Picasa
Martha's Trouble, playing their annual Murphy appearance. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Getting ready

We can't bear to cut trees down, but this one is alive, locally grown, and, as he has for the last three years, Joe bought it at the nearby country store. We're traditional '12 days of Christmas' followers so have a tree inside from Christmas til several days after New Year. Since the tree is living, we can't have it inside much longer than that, so it will wait, while the birds flutter around its branches outside the garage.

The last two trees are doing fine, planted soon after the holidays. Haven't decided where this one will go yet....

The new header photo is anticipation, not reality. It was actually taken last February. No snow here yet, although our neighbor Jim just spotted some flakes.....

Appalachian blog

Here's something I meant to post last week but got email from Eric Smith informs me of a new blog, Hillbilly Savants ("By Appalachians, for Everyone"). Great stuff, from several contributors.

Among other things, the editors have been combing regional blogs and posting links and reviews of some, including this blog.

There's a great collection of links to Appalachian-area media and other links in the sidebar, and occasional postings on history and culture. One recent post is links to information on Judaism in Appalachia.

Other postings are on local news, music, much more. Definitely worth checking regularly.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Holiday decorations are out at the John C. Campbell Folk School. Posted by Picasa
Today was the Fireside Sale, inside. Posted by Picasa
Music and beautiful crafts. Posted by Picasa
The school's gardens have some great scarecrows. Posted by Picasa
Berry and honey patch. Posted by Picasa
Log cabin with red clay chinking, on the chimney too. Also on the Folk School grounds. Posted by Picasa
The cabin (2 combined) was moved here in the 1920s. Posted by Picasa
The clearing skies that made this incredible sunset mean colder weather tomorrow. Posted by Picasa