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Handmade with Love

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By: Jennifer Yoder
 
Growing up in Holmes County, Ohio’s Amish Country, I never fully appreciated just how lucky I was. Looking back, one of my favorite things to do was go to my grandma’s house on Saturday afternoon. The afternoons that I loved the most were the ones when we got in her jeep and traveled the few miles from Farmerstown to Charm, getting excited and pointing out all the horses along the way.
We would end up at a quaint little country shop called Millers Dry Goods. As a kid, I thought the store was a magical place. There were fabric and quilts of all kinds in all colors of the rainbow, buttons and all of the sewing and quilting notions imaginable. The quilts ...

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GOING, GOING - but not quite GONE

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Ruby-Throated Humming Birds.  They arrive each year on May 1st.  One can almost set a "calendar clock" because of their punctuality.  The first to arrive at A Valley View Inn are two pairs, followed within a few days by another pair or two.  From past experience, we know that we have to have at least two feeders filled & hanging on the back deck.  Two aren't necessary for the amount of feed needed - it's just that they are very "territorial" and one feeder can cause too much competition.
 
As the season progresses, the females begin nesting while the males vie over who gets "seniority rights" over each feeder.  Within a few weeks it is necessary for u ...

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Amish barn raising photos

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By: Gwen Miller
Back in 2002, I came across a pretty neat find at my grandfather’s auction in Monroeville, Ohio.  My grandfather, Clemens Smith, owned a large dairy farm until he passed away at the age of 92.  For now, I’m going to digress a little from that story but I’ll come back to it in a bit, in order to ask you a question:  Have you ever seen an Amish barn raising?I have lived in Amish country my entire life and I’ve never seen an Amish barn raising.  My husband, who grew up Amish, has been to some in the 1980s and I heard word of one going up near Benton Ohio a few years back, after a fire burned down the original barn.Now you might ask, & ...

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Swiss Festival harks back to settlers...

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For those of us living in the Sugarcreek area and the eastern part of Holmes County, it’s that time of year again – Swiss Festival time! It’s always scheduled to start the last week in September. Most of the natives have Swiss ancestry, so it’s a celebration of the Swiss culture of the area that made Sugarcreek the “Little Switzerland of Ohio. It’s also the unofficial kick-off to the the fall season in Ohio’s Amish Country.Our Swiss backgroundWhen western Tuscarawas county was first settled in the early 1800s, many of those first settlers were of German and Swiss descent. Most of those immigrants were expert farmers bringing their knowledge to the Am ...

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Ever dreamed of having a big year?

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Ever dreamed of having a big year? If you’re an avid bird lover like the young Amish lady named Sue who works at Sojourner’s Lodge, you definitely do! All I have to do to see her eyes light up is ask her which birds she has spotted lately.  One thing many visitors to Holmes County might not know about the Amish is that quite a few of them are bird enthusiasts.  It is truly amazing to me, an amateur birder at best, how Sue is able to identify a wide variety of birds by sight and sound. Recently Sue visited Funk Bottoms, a place in Wayne County.  When asked what birds she saw there, she exuberantly began listing bird after bird.   Last week she saw:  R ...

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