Getting the pantry ready for fall

The beginning of Cherokee culture is identified with the cultivation of corn by the native people in the Southern Appalachians more than a thousand years ago. From the earliest times in Cherokee history, the raising of corn was interwoven with the spiritual beliefs of...

The Bees’ Story

Bees are responsible for the pollination of almost every fruit, nut, and vegetable crop. Bees pollinate 1 of every 3 bites of food we eat. Most bee species are important pollinators of our food crops. Recent estimates suggest that bees contribute $15 Billion in pollination services to the U.S. economy each year.

The Cherokee say back in ancient times when the people were purer and could converse with the animals. The Creator would visit with them. The people asked the Creator for something that was “sweet” to the taste. So, the Creator sent the Bee, but the Bee had no stinger. Down came the Bee and it found a suitable tree in which, they could build their hive, live in, produce honey, multiply and feed its young. Soon the people came to the Bee and asked for some of the sweet syrup and the Bee gave each person a container full.

Living in a U.S.A. Rain Forest

This year mother nature is proving we live in a lush but non tropical rain forest.  What is that you say?  It is true!  We live in the Appalachian temperate rainforest.  The Appalachian Mountains started to form somewhere around 400 million years...

Listing in this environment

My goodness what a year 2020 has started out to be.  In May of this year we began to hear the rumblings of folks wanting to get up to the mountains and I do not blame them one bit.  We have spent the better part of this six months just being grateful for the...

Upsides of settling in North Georgia

North Georgia is perfect for anyone willing to invest in real estate. If you want to make a permanent change in your life, buying a home here is a reasonable investment. North Georgia Mountains attract lots of attention of all adventure lovers and thrill-seekers. The lakes and rivers in the mountains are convenient for boating and even tubing and water skiing or fishing.

Staying Home? Don’t be bored!

Everyone tells us these are challenging times and I agree.  With so many challenges to our health, both mental & physical, boredom can become a deterrent to staying well.   So how about a few projects to keep our mind and hands busy! Do you collect...

Bent Trees and the Tree Trail

On our mountain there are a good many trees that nature bent.  We are up high enough that we have a regular breeze in the summer and a bit of wind in the winter.  There is a special project not too far from here celebrating some bent trees that nature did...

February in our mountains.

February in our mountains.  The snow crocus are lifting their heads, the days are beginning to seem a little longer and the morning fog dances in and out.  We always make sure that between the rains we have plenty of bird food and deer corn out, just to keep everyone...

Winters, another of the beautiful seasons in the mountains

The thirteen scales on Old Turtle’s back represent the thirteen cycles of the moon in each year.  I have heard the Cherokee call our Winter, Gâlû, and the month of January, Unolvtana for Windblown. I simply refer to our winters as another of the beautiful seasons we...