Hopalong Hollow....

Hopalong Hollow, where the Blueberries grow sweet, and the moss feels soft beneath your feet.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

WInter gardening here in East Tennessee and missing the birds

 If there aren't any Robins in the yard, I can still have them in the house;

 This one even brings his own lunch...

 The only birds we see here in
Hopalong Hollow during the 
Winter months
     are the Cardinal, Sparrow
 and wren.
There must be others, but they
are elusive, and seldom seen.

I take that back: I just filled the bird feeders and SUDDENLY, as if by magic, we have bluejay, dove and Chickadee.
Go figure!
Of course, no bird can  brighten
 the bleak midwinter
 like a Peabody boy!

 I just love these troublemakers...

 There have been several mild days to do some winter gardening, good for the gardeners soul...

Join me in my winter garden!

Friday, December 28, 2018

Our bathroom from the past...

Hi! Long time no see! It's been a busy few months and I've been awful about keeping up this blog.

 Several years ago we did a bathroom restoration that we were rather pleased with. I posted it here in many photos, but I finally made a video of the circa 1900 bathroom. 
 My son bought me a great new camera and I've been filming everything!
 Hope you'll take a bathroom tour with me!
 Fondly, jeri

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Collecting teapots

 What with a computer down for a month, and 6 artshows in a row, I have been missing in action on this blog!
   I borrowed husband's computer and made a little movie about collecting teapots, something I have talked about more than once on the HH Gazette.

The cold months are the best time for pots and pots of hot tea! 
My lovely Daughter in law, Hara, has kept up my supply with myriad varieties of tea.
 Just look at all these tea tins from Hara!
 After I use up the tea, I still have these tins to use for holding flower seeds, beads, buttons and what-not.

 I must recommend to you the very best tea for winter time, if you love spicy, cinnamon and clove drinks, please try this:

 You can purchase through the Harney and Sons website OR on Amazon.
 If you like a milder herbal tea try the "Peppermint Herbal" or the 'Yellow and Blue", it has Chamomile and Lavender.
When the tea is gone, you still have the really cool tea tin.
Next, find a really special tea pot and some vintage cups... it is a lovely way to treat yourself. Oh, and don't forget the book you will want to read as you sip your tea in that comfy chair.

 My teapot collection:

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Little kitties

 Our Fall Shows begin for us at the end of September and run to December.

Little cats have been on the menu this week...

The life size cats are TOO much work, and I would never be able to charge for the time it takes to create one.

 Therefore the bitty kittys are taking over the table.
  Much more fun to make!

More affordable, as well

  YO and Meow!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Hopalong Hollow says farewell to Summer..

Summer departs at just about the time we've had enough of it. Too much heat, too many weeds to pull, grass to cut, and browning gardens; but summer memories can be sweet and poignant  and each year, wonderfully different from the year before.
 These are some from here in Hopalong Hollow.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The video for the Potager Picket Fence...

This video goes with the post beneath.
 I find myself using YouTube more than blogger these days.  I find it's easier and more interesting to portray my garden in video than in  photographs.

 My thanks to those of you who visit my blog; 
 it seems that many have gone to other platforms and dropped blogging.  I used  Facebook for awhile, but frankly, find it less personal than a blog or You Tube video.
 I continue to blog, not as often as before since I am using my You Tube Channel as an  extension of the  Hopalong Hollow Gazette.
 Please visit my channel, you will see much that you don't see here! 
 Fondly from the Hollow, Jeri

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

A Hopalong Hollow renovation....

What can I say? The peacocks had devastated my Potager garden.. Not a tomato, pepper or watermelon plant survived the onslaught of 4 hungry, mischievous, vegetarian scavengers . I was at my wits end. Many of those plants I had grown from wee seedlings in my own little trays, watered and babied them from "birth"...only to have them devoured in a matter of days.
That is when I decided to completely ENCLOSE my entire potager with a lethal, pointy topped fence.
 I used the spindles from our old porch railing as my pickets, cut the tops into sharp spears and created 8 ft sections of fencing to cover 57 feet. .
James sunk all the posts for me and together we created, a wonderful new garden area.  (James has dug 16 post holes this season, he has gone through 3 post hole diggers in the last few years. He says he never wants to dig another hole.)
 Where there once was an open kitchen garden, now we have a tidy, enclosed and very cottage-y Potager.
I will explain to you soon, why peacocks and chickens will not challenge this short fence.

Instead of topping each post with a finial, I used what I had, clay pots. The pots mimic the color of the brick walkways, and can be filled with just about anything. At the moment, they have newly potted succulents in plastic pots inserted inside the clay pot. But I think in the fall, I will fill the pots with tulip bulbs!

 I only had 100 spindles and that covered the footage for the fencing, but not enough for the two gates I needed. What to do......???
 Well, years ago I purchased one 8 ft section of antique cast iron fence. I've moved it here and there over the years... it hasn't ever really had much of a purpose until now.
James cut it into two pieces.... one for a large gate and the other a very small gate.
I "welded" these metal bird silhouettes I had purchased from a garden show 3 years ago.

 This made a fantastically sweet, but simple gate!

 I used old rakes as gate stoppers...
On the big gate...

 and On the small gate.

I was able to put my old cast iron teapot to use at last! I found this years ago, after seeing on at the Museum of Appalachia used as a gate weight.
This pulls the gate closed using gravity.
Jolly good!

  I did not paint the posts because I wanted to break up the monotony of the pickets.
Now, some will ask, can't peacocks fly right over those pickets? YES and NO.... they can, but they won't. My birds do not like "barricades" on top of a fence. If the edges were smooth enough to perch upon, that would be a different story, such as a straight edged ranch gate; but obstacles such as pickets make them nervous. They have never flown over my various fences here on the property.
It may be too late for my vegetables, but tomorrow is another day, and one can always plan the next crop anytime of the year.

Hopalong Hollow Cottage Garden 
 The elements that tie this garden design together  are:
Old rusty metal: trellis, metal bedsteads used as trellis, iron fencing, the old rakes, the wheelbarrow, the cast iron teapot used as a gate weight.
Stone and brick; Used in the walkways, used as garden borders, the clay pots repeat the color of the brick.
Timbers and woven branch fencing; Used to enclosed garden beds
Concrete statuary used through-out the garden.