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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Frost On The Mustard Greens

My life in appalachia frost on the mustard greens

Jack Frost made an early visit to Western North Carolina over the weekend. He Left his signature white breath over house tops, car windows, and my mustard greens.

Seems early for a frost but when I googled around I found it’s only about a week or so early depending on which expert you believe.


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

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    b. Ruth
    October 7, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Tell Faron Hyatt, “Thank you kindly”, I hated typing our degree or degrees! That Ed is probably napping amongst and between the goose honks!
    Thanks again,

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    October 6, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Great picture!!!
    Haven’t had frost here in the NC sandhills yet, but it’s been blessedly chilly come evening nonetheless and great for sleeping.
    We got wind of this over the weekend and spent the day Sunday bringing in all the tropical plants that we spread about the yard under the trees for the summer. They’re in the house now, safe and warm and snug.
    Soon we’ll be making our CHRISTmas lists up, or rather, the children will. This year really flew by, didn’t it? Whew!!! I hear that happens more often as one gets older. Anyone older than me here that knows that to be true, or false?
    God bless.

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    Faron Hyatt
    October 6, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Tipper-Please tell anyone who is interested that the degree symbol is to be had by holding down the ALT key and pushing 0176. This is information easily obtainable on the internet. I don’t why Mr. Ammons would choose to withhold it.
    It appears to me that Mr. Ed isn’t too smart. B.Ruth knows more words that mean zero than is contained in his entire vocabulary.

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    Susie Swanson
    October 6, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Beautiful pic Tipper. My mama wouldn’t eat em after they got frost bit, said they’d give ya the runs. LOL.

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    b. Ruth
    October 6, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    By the way, beautiful picture, I took a few this weekend too.
    Tell Ed in answer to his question about O…My answer is “Nope”! Just 0, O, o, which equals = nada, naught, zero, no sir, zilch, diddly squat, luff, Oh, nary, Cero, goose egg, nullity, nil, aught, zip, none, cipher, none, empty, nought, blank, and zot!
    At least I can’t find it on my machine??
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…The geese here just “goose” around all winter, flying from lake to lake and farm pond to pond sometimes leaving their calling car on the top of our cars! They can be real “honkers” early mornings and evenings during their fly-overs!

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    Ken Roper
    October 6, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Sunday morning at 8:00 it was 25
    degrees and a Big Frost. The wind
    layed sometime during the night
    Had a good time at the Fall Festival! The Pressley Girls and
    the Blind Pig Gang was wonderful.

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    October 6, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    What a beautiful picture! It is 83 here on the ms coast but I just feel like we will get at least long sleeve weather by Halloween. I wish we had the beautiful fall colors in our trees. We do have the popcorn tree which turns a beautiful red but for the most part, we just stay green.

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    Ed Ammons
    October 6, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Did somebody mention geese? The other morning while I was napping near an open window I was snapped awake by a conflagration of squawking and honking such as I had never heard before. Upon regaining full consciousness I realized I had been assailed by a flock of Canada geese.
    Later that day on my biweekly jaunt to the Post Office, in the corner of my eye, I glimpsed of a mass of black and white. Out in the middle of a newly harvested cornfield sat my rude alarm clock. An estimated two hundred of them brazen honkers. Enough to make a > from horizon to horizon it seemed.
    Not only do they have the innate ability to navigate across oceans and continents, but also know when it’s time for an old man to wake up and go get the mail.

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    Ed Ammons
    October 6, 2014 at 10:41 am

    The cooler weather wasn’t such a shock here in NWNC. We had had a couple of chilly wet weeks and welcomed the drier air and bright blue skies. I didn’t see any frost. I think it was too dry and breezy.
    This is my idea of perfect weather. Around 60° in the daytime and 40° at night.
    Does your keyboard make the ° symbol? O°°O

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    October 6, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Tipper’s beautiful photograph of “Frost on the Mustard Greens” reminded me of “Hoosier Poet” James Whitcomb Riley’s poem, “When the Frost Is on the Punkin.” Maybe Tipper thought of that poem, too. As I am very wont to do, when I get a line that grabs my attention, I’m apt to versify about it. Here’s a paraphrase (via Ethelene) of Riley’s poem:
    When frost is on the mustard greens,
    And the air is nip and chill;
    We know it ain’t long ’till Hallowe’en,
    With its ghosties, witches, thrills.
    So come with me to celebrate
    Fall’s short days, longer nights.
    We’ll gather ’round the ole fire grate
    And hear stories that affright.
    But all is not dead and somber
    In this time of frost and cold:
    The fellowship keeps us warmer
    And our good tales keep us bold.
    For in the mountains where we live
    Honoring our heritage and our ways,
    We love to hear, we love to give–
    Yes, a mess o’ mustard greens brightens our days. -Ethelene Dyer Jones (an on-the-spur of the moment rhyme!)

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    Liaison of the Weather Witch!
    October 6, 2014 at 9:50 am

    No one ever believes the “Weather Witch”!…I think she casually mentioned the low drop in temperatures scheduled for this past weekend. She hated to damper the festive forthcoming events! Especially, since the preceding day and days, had been warm, mostly clear and sunny! Also, she asked for the “weather purists” to predict the first frost or freeze? No one answered! She guessed not believing in her old ways of thought! She noted the oncoming “cold event” without actually telling which night it would occur, so that light arm, back and head coverings could be taken out of the clothes press! It was radically clearing after the rain as the cold front was moving in “a omen” of great significance. Even the “local TV weather mogul” didn’t foresee this weekends visit from Jack Frost!
    So far, all is still standing and hanging on in the “forest of the witchy woman”!
    The changing leaves got a boost from the “quick change” artist herownself and the “greens” in the beds, needed that cold visit from “Jack Frost” to nudge the growth and flavor!
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…She says to tell you “Hi” and will arrive in her “full, white sparking glory soon”! She will slip in just before dawn to prop the “wide shovel” up against the back porch, as she posted on the Mother Nature web, “the showing of the bent spoon” inside the Persimmon seed!

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    Maggie Galliher
    October 6, 2014 at 9:25 am

    No frost here in Maryland, but we’ve been holding in the low 40’s at night. Haven’t even seen or heard the geese gathering yet. Won’t be long, though.

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    October 6, 2014 at 9:07 am

    The weather has been like a roller coaster for the past week here in KY. We had near record breaking highs toward the end of the week to cold and frost over the weekend. We ended the week with a thunderstorm. This area is under a slight risk for severe weather later today. Severe weather with temps in the 60s just don’t seem right.
    The frost we got was a little early and very spotty. It didn’t kill anything I left out.

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    October 6, 2014 at 9:00 am

    This just reminds us that winter is coming and we need to be prepared. We were close to that 32 mark, but didn’t quite make it here in Caldwell – it was 35 yesterday morning at my house and a bit higher this morning. However, there was definitely a chill in the air, even the kitties knew it as they crawled under the covers.

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    Richard Beauchamp
    October 6, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Was frost here in Kentucky also on Sunday morning. Didn’t kill a lot of stuff but I saw some things that were bit a little

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    Barbara Gantt
    October 6, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Our first frost date is Sept.1st.
    NO frost at my house yet. Last night, we had a frost warning but didn’t get it. There have been frost in the higher elevations north of us. I am thankful for the warm fall. My pole beans are still growing and giving me beans. It saves wood and oil. So a good thing. I am sure that it will come soon. Barbara

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, PhD
    October 6, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Oh my gosh! Tipper every morning I step out to view my gardens and there has not been a sign of frost. But now I will be ready here in the Cumberland foothills. I’ll bet it has frosted up on Brushy Mountain – our most famous mountain in East Tennessee – where bad boys get sent for doing bad things. i.e.PRISON!

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    Miss Cindy
    October 6, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I was surprised to see the frost. It just seems to early and too warm for Jack to be visiting.

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    Sheryl Paul
    October 6, 2014 at 7:30 am

    No frost here in Florida, but woke up to a refreshing 65 degrees yesterday

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    Barb Wright
    October 6, 2014 at 7:15 am

    How odd..we haven’t had a frost yet.and I am very close to the NY/Pa boarder! It’s been in the 30’s at night,but so far the fog has rolled in and prevented frost!

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