Friday, June 11, 2021

Episode 57: The 100 Year Community

 And after a long COVID virus hiatus, we're back, finally, with another episode.

A Little Sweet...

Leslie and a friend invested in an Addi King Express knitting machine

A Little Tart...

Blue Ridge Parkway by Beth Almond Ford

Cabins near Rock Castle by Beth Almond Ford

Leslie has been taking part in a long term project featuring the history of the community where her grandmother grew up. A new project includes a documentary of the region that includes many of the local descendants of Rock Castle inhabitants. Not only is the area full of history, it's a beautiful location for hiking.

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Friday, September 25, 2020

Episode 56: Change

 Beth and Leslie talk about the changes they have seen in life on the mountain and beyond because of COVID-19 and other issues of the day. 

A Little Sweet....

Changes at Ravelry.com and the knitting community reaction

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What has been happening in the region and beyond with the "new normal" and how things have been affected. 

A Little Unexpected....

A David Bowie song suggested by Beth.

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Monday, June 8, 2020

Episode 55 - Life in the Time of Corona

Beth and Leslie talk about dealing with the new normal in rural Appalachia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Little Sweet...

The discussion turns to the protests ignited by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis. The Ravelry front page is dedicated to the support of Black Lives Matter and of designers and artisans affected by the turmoil. A new website they promoted is BIPOC in Fiber, highlighting the work of Black, Indigenous and People of Color working in the fiber community.

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The discussion continues with quotes and life experiences.

A Little Unexpected...

More discussion about what may be coming in the next months and about a peaceful demonstration planned in Stuart, the county seat, for the weekend.

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Episode 54 - Stay Put, Stay Well

We tried something new to try to upgrade our sound quality, so there are some things that are a bit rough here and there with the podcast. Bear with us; we'll figure it out!
Our episode this time deals with isolation due to social distancing and the corona virus. Beth has several great quotes from Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright, a book about plagues in history. Both Beth and Leslie pointed out ways they keep their sanity during quiet times, although both are used to isolation because of nature and habitat.

Annie's Crochet Club
Simple Lines Shawl by Maanel


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Monday, January 6, 2020

Episode 53 - Tragedy in Appalachia

Weedeater by Robert Gipe

Special guest Anita Puckett, Appalachian Studies professor at Virginia Tech, discusses the powerful and challenging book, Weedeater, An Illustrated Novel, by Robert Gipe, which centers on the problems with poverty and opioid addiction in the Appalachian region.

Music Attributions:

by _ghost
featuring Pitx



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Monday, September 16, 2019

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Episode 51 - The Blessing of Trees

Noodle rodeo, hot weather, swimming in the pond, annual chicken liver pie birthday celebration, delightful visitors.

Buffalo Mountain Zipline, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Mary Locke's lovely bags at Poppy's

Lenny Mud Yarn Bowls at Poppy's
Phoenix by Hooked on Sunshine
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Trees that are close to our heart. The Handy Tree, Patrick County, Virginia

Friends in High Places by Katie Letcher Lyle

The devastation of the chestnut blight

Blue Ridge Tree Climbing

A Little Unexpected...

Trees by Joyce Kilmer

Music Attributions:

by _ghost
featuring Pitx
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