Clark Hollow Ramblings

Clark Hollow Ramblings: Safely home and the straight line windstorm

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July 12

I hope the derecho didn’t treat you too badly. It pushed my favorite apple tree over and blew off a shingle or two, but otherwise we fared pretty well. With a strong rope and the bucket on my tractor I have the apple tree standing up straight again. So far, the leaves haven’t wilted,...
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Eat local – out of your own garden

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June 14

I don’t think I’ll be able to look another strawberry in the eye. We have had strawberry shortcake, and strawberry ice cream, and strawberries on our cereal and have made strawberry preserves a couple of times. They are so good right out of the garden. But, this past week, I had something a whole lot better.  Linda...
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The report from Flint Hill

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May 17

I think the odds of us getting another frost that hurts anything are getting pretty low. The frost that killed our peas in the raised beds did more damage than I first thought to our fruit trees. The peach tree that was in full bloom has put out only three little green peaches, and...
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Time to raise taxes, really?

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April 12

Just for a moment, make an assumption with me. Let’s assume that the last five times that taxes have been raised, it was the correct decision. Now, let’s assume that the next five times the board of supervisors wants to raise your taxes, that is also the right decision. Ultimately, the question becomes, when...
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: You just can’t count on nothing

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March 29

It’s getting really hard to know what you can count on. I have had a vegetable garden almost all my life, and Linda has, as well. We have heard, for as long as we can remember, when it comes to planting, what mom used to call, “your little early stuff,” which was, peas, radishes,...
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Invasion of the Tree from Heaven

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March 8

When I was a kid growing up in Rappahannock, most folks had a big garden. We had a huge garden. It was way too big when it was time to pull weeds and hoe and chop and pick beans and dig potatoes. But it was a good thing, at least in retrospect. In our...
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: I may be old and savage, but . . .

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Feb. 23
Two wild tom turkeys pass through woodland in autumn.  Photo courtesy Steve Maslowski / U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Maybe I should remember the wise words once told to me by my father: “Son, you should not try to teach a pig to sing. It will only frustrate you, and it wastes the pig’s time.”
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Hunting on Sunday

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Feb. 2

The question of hunting on Sunday has been around for a long time. I believe it is time to remove the state prohibition against hunting on Sunday.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: It ain’t so. It just ain’t so.

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Jan. 26
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I have been reading with some interest the issue of lead poisoning in our bald eagle population. First, I can’t tell you how glad I am that the bald eagles have taken up residency here, or returned here, whichever is the case. They are absolutely so majestic I am glad Ben Franklin didn’t get his way...
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: We will miss you, old friend

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Jan. 19
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On Thursday night, January 12, 2012, Ronnie Poe, 79, of Amissville, went to be with his Lord and Savior. He was holding court, as he had for well over 40 years, at his weekly bluegrass jam in his garage and workshop behind his house, surrounded by those who loved and admired him.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: The spring of the blind hog

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April 28, 2011
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I am sorry to report that the news from WCORN is not the best. The Wild Critter Observation and Reporting Network reports that, for whatever reason, our friends, the red-shouldered hawks, have abandoned their nest in the big maple tree near the Fodderstack Road. Scientists who study nature will tell you that, sometimes, even...
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Hawks and other neighbors

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April 7, 2011
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Down in the front of our yard, there is a little creek that cuts off one corner, and continues on under the Fodderstack Road. Around that creek, and near the fence with our neighbor, Mrs. Lee, there are several large maple trees. Two red-shouldered hawks have decided that those old maples would be a...
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Mr. Clark’s rooster and Momma’s hen

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March 24, 2011
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I sometimes feel so fortunate to live here in Rappahannock that I just want to write a piece about how wonderful it really is, and then, I look back over what I have previously written. I find that, more or less, that is what most of my columns are about.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Memories of Christmases past

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Dec. 23, 2010
Photo taken Sunday, Feb. 7 near Flint Hill, Va. by Joyce Harman.

Christmas was special at our house. As the youngest in the family, my family probably did some things to keep it special for me. My dad worked on the roads and, I think, about the first of December, he started looking at cedar trees along the road, so he could bring just the right...
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: The world as teacher

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Oct. 21, 2010

My wife and I were treated a week or so ago with the opportunity to babysit for a few hours with our granddaughter. Tana is two and a half now, and it is not always nursery rhymes and giggles and kisses for Meme and Poppa. Yes, even this angelic, adorable bundle of life and...
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: It will make a difference to this one

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Sept. 2, 2010
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In May of this year, I wrote an article about an Eastern snapping turtle that visited my wife’s flowerbed, dug a hole and laid a bunch of eggs in it. I had read on the Internet that it takes about 90 days for the eggs to hatch. I have been watching the spot where...
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Gone fishing, and . . .

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July 29, 2010
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I wrote an article several years ago about fishing in Canada, and received some nice phone calls from readers with similar experiences. Well, I did it again. A lot of my friends think I’m crazy to drive 850 miles, one way, to catch a fish. But, to me, the experience is much more than...
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REC communiques give readers a jolt

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June 24, 2010
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I suppose by now you have seen the fliers and advertisements welcoming you as a new “owner” of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. Congratulations, all around. Pretty nice ads, don’t you think? Here is some free advice: When someone welcomes you as a new owner of something you didn’t shop for, didn’t want, didn’t buy and...
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Sunday visitor leaves a present

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May 27, 2010
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When I was a kid, folks used to visit people. We’d go see neighbors and relatives. It doesn’t seem like people do that much anymore. Maybe they do, and it’s just me.
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Of snipe hunts and timber doodles

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May 13, 2010
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Hasn’t this been a gorgeous spring? I don’t think I have ever seen the redbud trees in such splendor as they were a few weeks ago. They are always beautiful, especially alongside the dogwoods, but this year they were particularly full and rich with color. And just the other morning, riding out toward Sperryville...
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One good neighbor, hold the sawdust

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April 29, 2010
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I’ve been taking it pretty easy this week. After spending the last month getting my firewood for next year, I turned the wrong way the other day and something got twisted in my back, and that requires me to take it slow for a while. But I still have a lot of blessings to...
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Now is the winter of our discontent

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Feb. 18, 2010
Now is the winter of our discontent

The title of this article comes with apologies to Shakespeare, or whoever wrote all the plays and sonnets we attribute to him. I have another “inconvenient truth” for Al Gore: The polar ice caps are not melting. They have moved to Virginia. The fact is I normally like snow. I have always been a,...
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