Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bud Ogle Farm in Smokies

Just off the Roaring Fork Trail in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Bud Ogle was able to build a home and scratch out a living.  It is hard to see where his corn fields were, because the forest has taken over most of the land he cleared.

The area is full of rhododendrons and many other wildflowers, attracting bees and butterflies.

The Park Service recently put a new roof on the cabin, using wood shingles like the original roof. I think the roof on the barn is  original .  


I'm grateful that this home place has been preserved for us to see. Roaring Fork is not as popular as Cades Cove, and it is not as crowded.  Check it out the next time you are in Gatlinburg!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall Festival in Townsend, Tennessee

Last Saturday, Hub, my lil' ole Sister, and I attended the 22nd annual Townsend, Tennessee Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day. There was a lot going on, and thousands of people there to enjoy a perfect fall day. We had heard about this festival for years, but this was the first time we have been able to attend.  It did not disappoint.

Mr. Allen Collins was doing a little whittling while he is taking a break from picking.

This booth had farm animals, and the kids loved it.  They had several baby goats and a hungry baby pig.

She was not kissing this one.  It was squealing and she was trying to calm it down.

The people in front of the stage were clogging.

We encountered some long food lines, but it was worth the wait.

There was a good arts and crafts show, but all we carried home were some ideas and a four pound bag of fresh ground yellow corn meal.  I see muffins in our future.

There were groups playing on the stage, on the porch, in tents, and in clusters under shade trees.  

There was an $8 parking fee, but no admission charge for the festival. You might want to pencil it in on next year's calendar.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Scripture: Peculiar

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood,

 a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should 

shew forth the praises of him who hath called you 

out of darkness into his marvelous light. . .

~1 Peter 2:9

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Strange Fowl

We never know when we leave the house what we might see before we get home.  Around here, it can be anything from a coyote to rusty water tanks to a mansion on a hill.  We just need to keep the camera handy for whatever is waiting around the curve or over the next hill.  Here are some examples of very odd fowl that we have spotted while driving down the road, minding our own business.

This is an excellent weekend for grabbing your camera and seeing what you can find!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Angels Watching Over Me

It's a big, scary world out there.

Twenty-four hours a day, multimedia saturates with information. Some horrible, some useless, some just plain silly, the majority unwelcome. News of terrorism, wars, natural disasters, impending epidemics, fuel prices, abuse, unemployment--it never ends.

Christians are promised that we will never left alone or unattended. Legions of angels hover about, guiding, clearing the road ahead. Not scared of the darkness or what lies waiting, they are in complete control, obeying orders sent from the throne.
Mighty warriors of God gently hold us in their hands, moving us out of harm's way.

Clothed with power too wonderful for earthy eyes, they conform to recognizable images: the kind man with salt-and-pepper hair wearing a black turtleneck, the grizzled old man in a battered Ford who gets you to the airport on time, the homeless neglected there at just the right time.

We are told of accidents where trees were missed by mere inches, where a young father was pulled from wreckage just before it exploded.  Someone shows up unexpectedly to help just when all hope is gone.  The guide points us to an unfamiliar road, where the treasure we were really seeking is found.

Some say its just luck.

I've got angels watching over me, every step I take.

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thou foot against a stone. Psalm 91:11-12