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Three out of fve Nichols are asleep on a Sunday afternoon, so it's time to catch up on things.  I can feel the days speeding up as we get near our first day of school on September 5th.  It's time to get all those things done that were Summer Dreams and to work on making the most of what the good Earth is giving us right now.

Settlers Quilt

Wednesday, I think, we went to the Southwest Virginia Settler's Museum.
It's an old farm that's on National Forest land, cared for by volunteers.
I hadn't been since Willow was a baby.

Corn Husk Dolls

The place needs work and people, as most small volunteer projects do,
but it has a lot of potential and there have been numerous improvements in the past seven years.
I really loved these little corn husk dolls--they remind me of the ones at the Asheville Folk Art Center.

Jam and Relish

I did some canning Friday: sweet relish and blackberry jam.
I'm rather nervous that my relish will taste like Aunt Bea's pickles, but Mike is optimistic.
Blackberry jam, on the other hand, never lets me down.

Sentimental Knits

In other news, I spent several HOURS yesterday going through our clothing stockpile for Fall and Winter.
It is early, yes, but school will be in session when the cold weather comes and there is no time like the present.
I'm struggling to find spare time, as it is!
What a trip down memory lane this was--there's Grandad's old hat that I made him and a lot of wee sweaters and hats.
Who were those babies?  Where did they go?

Blackberry Pie

I suppose the crown jewel in our weekend was the blackberry pie/cobbler.
Mike has been after me for years to make a cobbler with a pie crust, as that's what he was used to.
Well, I made a pie crust and pie filling and put it in a square pan.  Haha.

Blackberry Pie

It was absolutely delightful, really. Practically perfect in every way, and with ice cream!  The Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook seldom steers me wrong!


( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )
Jul. 31st, 2016 10:22 pm (UTC)
Delicious-looking cobbler!

I've been making a lot of crisps this year, as they are easier than pie, and we all like the topping.
Aug. 1st, 2016 09:32 am (UTC)
Thanks! I may do a lot of apple crisps this Fall. The children like granola and streusel-type things, so it should be a win. :-)
Aug. 14th, 2016 05:17 am (UTC)
The Settler's Museum looks like a lot of fun. Those corn husk dolls are great. We have a little folk center/museum on an old mountain road here that had the best dolls from bygone days... I'll have to take the children if it's still open. Aunt Bea's pickles always make me laugh! You are a canning wonder, you are. That blackberry cobbler/pie looks delicious! - Stacey
Aug. 14th, 2016 02:53 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a nice place to visit. The Asheville Folk Art Center has a wonderful display of many kinds of corn husk dolls (no photos allowed). Poor Aunt Bea.
( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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