Archive January 2011

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Life-Giving Waters

Here in the mountains in January – as almost everywhere in winter-- lips and hands have a way of feeling more like sandpaper than skin. We need to preserve and cherish each precious drop of life-giving moisture and remind ourselves to drink deeply (and often) from water’s sparkling cup! Come visit with the Mountain Farmgirl for a spell while she spins a few yarns, and shares some ways we can all enjoy the many-faceted goodness of plain old-fashioned water.

A New Year's Revolution

Top of the morning to Farmgirls everywhere!!  I feel like standing on my mountaintop and yelling at the top of my lungs that it’s a new day, a new year and with it comes a whole new lease on life … Yee haa! Now that our ‘yesterdays’ are over, past errors are forgiven – (even if it’s WE who have to forgive them) … it’s time to move on into fresh uncharted territory!!! Join Mountain Farmgirl Cathi Belcher as she revolts against well-meaning resolutions that don’t get finished and starts the awesome New Year out on the right foot … with true-grit Farmgirl attitude!
Cathi Belcher

Cathi Belcher,
an old-fashioned farmgirl with a pioneer spirit, lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. As a “lifelong learner” in the “Live-Free-or-Die” state, she fiercely values self-reliance, independence, freedom, and fresh mountain air. Married to her childhood sweetheart of 40+ years (a few of them “uphill climbs”), she’s had plenty of time to reinvent herself. From museum curator, restaurant owner, homeschool mom/conference speaker, to post-and-beam house builder and entrepreneur, she’s also a multi-media artist, with an obsession for off-grid living and alternative housing. Cathi owns and operates a 32-room mountain lodge. Her specialty has evolved to include “hermit hospitality” at her rustic cabin in the mountains, where she offers weekend workshops of special interest to women.

“Mountains speak to my soul, and farming is an important part of my heritage. I want to pass on my love of these things to others through my writing. Living in the mountains has its own particular challenges, but I delight in turning them into opportunities from which we can all learn and grow.”

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Mountain Bounty

“Keep close to Nature’s heart ... and break clear away once in awhile to climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods, to wash your spirit clean.”
– John Muir