Purchasing a New Tent
June 29, 2010, 8:37 pm
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Picking the right tent can be a difficult decision, make sure you know which type best fits your needs. We just bought this new tent, compared to our old one its a  mansion.

June 27, 2010, 3:15 pm
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This is the last time I write about birds. Birds, who cares about your wings? Who admires your feathers? Who keeps you from entering my windows? I do. Birds, with your distinct calls, and your disregard for my birthday, and your nests all around. Where were you when my salad sucked? Where were you when I headed out of town? You have let me down.

For the hunt I take hats. My rubber boots, too. I eat flapjacks in the smoky haze of my pipes, my corncob pipes. I clean guns, and check things. I hunt in the night, like a blind alligator, like a stunned mouse.

Goodbye, all you sounds, all you flaps, all you guns. Goodbye to my deer stand, glowing in the light of the things I have done.

poem by Natalie Lyalin


The Dulcimer, sometimes pronounced “dulcymore” , has many incarnations but around here we mainly enjoy the sounds of the Appalachian variety. The instrument itself has as many variety’s as it does names. Each instrument tends to be specific to the crafts person who made it and where that person lives.

One of those craftspersons is Robert Mize from Blountville Tennessee who was a member of the Southern Highlands Handicraft Guild. His approach to the instrument and its construction is unique. I recently came across his story in the issue  of FireFox 3, which is where all images are from. The rest of the set can be seen here.

Enjoy this version of the classic bluegrass tune “Wildwood Flower”, the official theme song of The Wildwood.

Swimming Hole
June 11, 2010, 6:55 am
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Hope you all have a good weekend, its gonna be hot. Make sure you get yourselves to a swimming hole, I know I will be.

Country Women
June 8, 2010, 7:14 am
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I found this book, Country Women – A Handbook for the New Farmer, at a yard sale this weekend. This guide seems to contain everything a woman, or man for the matter, needs to know about growing vegetables, building a house simple farm house, and keeping livestock out in the country.

Too many images to post here, the rest of the ones I scanned are here.

June 6, 2010, 6:40 pm
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In an effort to combine some quality time with my betrothed with my need to fish, Saturday we went out in the canoe and did a bit of bluegill fishing. I was inspired by what JRose was up to over at Men and Women of Industry with his recent stint of panfishing, I must say catching these little bluegill is alot of fun on a fly rod.

We loaded the canoe with the Lil’ Oscar Coleman filled with beer and set out to fish. We both got incredible sunburns on our knees, it was a great Saturday in the canoe.

Coming into the Country
June 3, 2010, 10:54 am
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I began reading Coming into the County by John McPhee after reading this article by in in the New Yorker back a few months ago. I had never really read anything of his until then and was subsequently recommended the book by Lou Ureneck.

In the book Mcphee recalls the characters and characteristics which comprise the Alaskan landscape at the time. He examines the territory in three parts, first the total wilderness, urban Alaska, and then the people and place of the bush. “In the course of this volume we are made acquainted with the lore and techniques of placer mining, the habits and legends of the barren-ground grizzly, the outlook of a young Athapaskan chief, and tales of the fortitude of settlers–ordinary people compelled by extraordinary dreams,” via Mcphee’s site here.

There are some amazing quotes in the book but this is one of my favorite.

Smoked Pt.2
June 1, 2010, 7:16 pm
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Because many of you enjoyed the chickens, I thought I would continue to share with you my meat smoking exploits. Over the long Memorial Day weekend I had the opportunity to smoke a brisket with my father, the man who taught me everything I know about smoking. In the end it turned out alright, a little dry, brisket is probably one of the toughest cuts of meat to smoke.

Whereas with the chickens which I smoked on a smoker, the brisket we did the on the grill with the indirect method. Make sure to rub up the brisket the night before with whatever you are using for a rub.

Push all the coals over to one side of the grill and put you meat on the opposite side, add some mesquite or hickory and let it go for at least 4 hours. Some say you should wrap it mid way with foil and baste it…maybe I should try that next time.