Archive November 2011

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Christmas Critters

‘Mother Nature’ …  she’s one of the most inspired of all artists! Join the Mountain Farmgirl for a new twist on some nature-inspired Christmas tree decorations that you and your family can make at home, and treasure for years to come!

Getting a Jump on the Rush

Ever tell yourself that “next year” will be different … that this time you won’t put off holiday preparations until the last minute? This Farmgirl is tired of the typical holiday frenzy and harried hospitality that often accompanies the Christmas season, and this year is determined to do something about it!  Join the Mountain Farmgirl as she Gets a Jump on the Rush…

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