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My Life in Appalachia 10

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Today I’m sharing another peek at the great life we’ve been blessed with in the mountains of North Carolina.

We’re continuing to work on this year’s garden and talking about extending our largest patch another two feet or so.

The massive amount of rain we’ve had has the Stamey Creek running at full steam on down through Brasstown and beyond.

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    Ed Ammons
    March 29, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    The scene at about 1:10 to 1:24 is not just one of a creek but is of a cascade of falls. Some of your more artistic viewers ought put that in a painting. Does the falls have a name? Is it on your property? If it’s not name it anyway! Name it something beautiful like Evelyn, Cynthia or Mary Jane! or Three Indian Princesses Falls.

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    Ruth Binder
    March 29, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you so very much Tipper for all the videos. On top of all the other work you do, I’m amazed that you find time to do videos. Just want you to know how very much I enjoy them! And I love to see and hear Stamey Creek – – such a refreshing sound! Blessings to you all.

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    Miss Cindy
    March 29, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    Great video Tip, actually they are all very good, there is something soothing about them, makes me feel at home and at peace!
    That cake was wonderful, I savored every bite!

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    Ron Stephens
    March 29, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    Looks like Stamey Creek could run a generator right now. Of course that doesn’t mean it could year-round. I recall back during “The Energy Crisis” of the 1970’s there was talk of hydroelectric power for homes in the North Carolina mountains. Have never heard about it again since then so I guess the idea died. Back before the Rural Electrification program of the New Deal, companies and communities made their own electricity. Nowadays the folks who “go off the grid” are doing it that way again.

    I do not think I have ever seen spring come as fast as it has here in the last three days. Some trees seemed to have skipped buds and gone straight to leaves. Oak bloom is tremendously heavy.

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      Ed Ammons
      March 29, 2021 at 9:59 pm

      Hydroelectric Power on a large scale decimated some of the best of Western North Carolina. The TVA dammed our rivers to make electricity to send over to Alcoa to make aluminum. They told the people who were forced out of their homes that it was for the war effort but plans were made many years before WW2 was even thought of. In Swain County the Great Smoky Mountains National park took half the county and Fontana Dam and Reservoir took another big chunk. Needmore Dam forced out hundreds but never happened. And the power company that took their land turned around and gave it the the state. Swain County is poor! The Federal Government took away its tax base. Three quarters of the county is owned by the federal or state government but has to be covered by county employees backed by one quarter of the taxable property.
      Yes, it’s a beautiful place to visit and the scenery is breathtaking. But what has that done to the population? Most of them have had to move away to find work or stay and be servants to people with money who want a place reserved for them to leave their crowded cities and “get back to nature”. The tourist industry is mostly owned and run by outsiders. The locals get to cook the meals, wash the clothes and clean the toilets of their clientele for minimum wage or less.
      “Oh, why don’t they leave and find better paying jobs in a dirty, crowded, crime infested city.” What, so they can come back and visit the place they once owned.
      Sorry! I get overwhelmed sometimes!

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    March 29, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    The carrot cake looks so good. I have a terrible sweet tooth.

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    March 29, 2021 at 11:28 am

    Enjoyed seeing ya all working and playing together, and I always love to see the creek. My husband and I celebrated our 50 years of marriage going to Pigeon Forge in 2018. It was beautiful but warmer than we expected. They had had heavy rain the day before we got there and the creeks there and in Gatlinburg were gushing with water. Beautiful place! Looks like you are going to enjoy a huge garden through the summer and a harvest for the winter.

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    Ray Presley
    March 29, 2021 at 10:10 am

    Happy to see that Tipper is using White Lily flour for cooking. My family in Tennessee always used that brand, saying that nothing made with other flour tasted right. That carrot cake with the coconut looks delicious. Thanks also for sharing your work among all the rocks in expanding your garden. It was truly a family effort.

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    Margie G
    March 29, 2021 at 9:24 am

    You all work very hard getting your garden just right. You’re a hard working family in all you do and it certainly shows! I’d have to say I enjoy your videos and peeking into your lives. The carrot cake and fried pies looked delicious. You live in a very pretty place. Thanks for the share. All my seeds except 3 types died that came from Sew True Seed. I guess I’m headed to greenhouses next month… Easy come. Easy go on the seed I guess.

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    March 29, 2021 at 8:26 am

    So wonderful to see how your family works together, plays music together, and enjoys life together. It is surely the way God intended and such a happy, fulfilling way to walk through our time on earth. His plans are always perfect! Thank you for sharing pieces of your life with us here – you bring hope and light to this otherwise dark, abnormal world. God bless all of you!

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    Rosamary Christiansen
    March 29, 2021 at 7:50 am

    Let me just say this. I love these videos of your life in Appalacia. It makes me feel like I’m right there with you as you go about your cooking, putting in a garden, walking around Stamey Creek, and when it’s time to sit down and play some toe tapping music. Please keep them coming!

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