Archive October 2011

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Time for the Fair!

When the leaves are drenched with color, and birds start flocking in the yard … when there’s frost upon the pumpkin and a nip in the morning that lets you see your breath, (telling you, of course, that it’s time to bring the quilts back out of the attic to air) … then you know it’s … Time for the Fair!  Join Mountain Farmgirl Cathi Belcher as she discovers the old-fashioned, homespun fun of a good old-time country fair!

The Return of the Pumpkin People

The population of Jackson, NH, where I live, consists of about 884 Yankees and other assorted folks. Unless it happens to be the month of October, that is, in which case the head count swells to a whopping 932  … or thereabouts! The reason?  Pumpkin People!! Check out this year’s zany crop of vegetal vagabonds in the Mountain Farmgirl’s account of  “The Return of the Pumpkin People” …

Lets Talk Prairie

The Mountain Farmgirl has had a lifelong passion for the Little House books and for pioneer life in general (of which the Mary Jane World was just a natural extension). Far from being alone in this, she discovered this week that there are some whose obsession runs as deeply as hers … or even deeper! Join the Mountain Farmgirl as she courts this deeply-ingrained farmgirl obsession in, “Let’s Talk Prairie!”
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