The Best Hiking Boots For Men

When we think about hiking and camping there are several things that come to mind and one of them are the shoes or boots we are going to wear.  This is one of the most important pieces of clothing you will buy.  A pair of ill fitting boots that are too tight or too loose will not only make your hike miserable but can damage your feet as well. [Read more…]

Cottages of Past and Present


Mountain Cottage

A cottage is a most wonderful place to admire and view. It brings us to a place of comfort and longing. Although there is usually always hard work associated with them, they bring a lot of good and pleasant memories.  This gallery full of 10 cottages are from all walks of life and different places as well.  They are all different but yet so much alike in the fact that each cottage housed hard working individuals! [Read more…]

Artist Doreyl Ammons Cain



AArtist Doreyl Ammons Cain

 Artist Doreyl Ammons Cain… Artist, Writer & Speaker

Background: Artist Doreyl Ammons Cain

Doreyl Ammons Cain was Born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, she grew up drawing birds in the sand on the dirt roads around her home. Receiving her first art award in third grade, Doreyl went on to win the South Carolina State Art award for teenagers, a purchase prize and scholarship to Furman University and an art scholarship to the University of South Carolina. [Read more…]

Homesteading in Winter


Homesteading in Winter

Homesteading in Winter

There are many things to consider in preparation for homesteading in winter. We certainly found that out our first winter here up on the mountain. Many of these things are simple, but many are also things that can easily be taken for granted until you are looking at a thermometer well below freezing. After a few incidences that we encountered, we vowed we would be more prepared the next time. That is the key in all realms of homesteading… always be thinking ahead and always expect the unexpected. [Read more…]

Old Sheds of the Past & Present


Old Sheds

 Old Sheds of the Past and Present

These old sheds are some of the finest across the country. Taken by a variety of photographers and some with descriptions of locations.  These range from many, many years ago to the near present!

If you like beauty in structure and nostalgia, you are going to love these old sheds. They are in various states of age and many served different people or even companies but all served the same purpose, to store valuables in the dry! [Read more…]

Sleep Tight don’t let the bed bugs bite


Sleep Tight

Sleep Tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!

Living distance between family and friends generally required extended stays with mountain host families. Wise Solomon said, “Withdraw thy foot from they neighbor’s house: lest he be weary of thee…” and simply means a’body can ware out a welcome. Mama usually followed those words with her own, “I like comers and goers, but darn comers and stayers. Havin’ company will wear ye out worse than working.” A common jest was, “Just come on , we’ll hang you up on a nail.” [Read more…]

Why Should I Homestead


Why Should I Homestead

The Question? Why Should I Homestead?

Oh, the burning question folks ask us time and time again is. ‚ Why should I homestead? The curiosity that seems to be never-ending. The question that many families are now exploring, but the question is ‚ Why? The answer will vary from family to family, but the answer that I always find that is a common bond amongst all homesteaders is‚ independence. [Read more…]