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As a child, it was one of my greatest delights to visit my grandparents in the spring when the whip-poor-wills began to call. Grandma and Grandpa lived in a remote valley of the Ozark Mountains where there were trees a plenty, and, seemingly, a whip-poor-will, or two, in each one.
My grandmother insisted that a whip-poor-will's call was not "whip-poor-will," but instead, "chip-butter-white-oak." I would listen really hard trying to hear it exactly as she said it was, but all I could hear was "whip-poor-will, whip-poor-will,..." But, I never let on to her.
I remember my grandpa watching and listening, with an amused look on his face, to one of these listening sessions. Shortly after that he began to call me, just for fun, "Chip Butter." It is a name I am proud to wear for I still love to hear that long, lonesome call on a warm summer's eve. And, sometimes, when I listen really, really hard, it seems I can hear quite clearly, "chip-butter-white-oak, chip-butter-white-oak..."

Saturday, March 31, 2018

How Green Is Our Valley...

How green is our valley*...
One  day it wasn't and the next day, it was,
or so it seemed...

"...when the red buds were ablaze in the valley and the sarvus blooms
painted the steep hills white..."

And, now, just in time for Easter,
the Dogwoods along the trail are beginning to bloom...

And, the first Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
just got into town... (or, at least to The Shanty's little front porch)

*During TCM's Oscar month (February) we set the DVR to record some old classic movies that were former Oscar winners.  One of those was  a 1941 film, "How Green Was My Valley," the story of a proud family of Welsh coal miners whose lives were drastically changed by both social and economic changes.  Many years ago, I had read and enjoyed the 1939 novel by Richard Llewellyn.  

One of our favorites, thus far, has been "Captains Courageous, 1937, from Rudyard Kipling's novel, starring Spencer Tracy and Freddie Bartholomew.  "They" surely don't make 'em like they used to...


  1. Oh my goodness, flowers blooming and hummingbirds, it is beautiful! We are having a bit of snow today.
    And you are right, they don’t make movies like they used too!

  2. Spring does seem to happen overnight and it's fascinating to watch. Your trail is coming to life with those lovely dogwood blossoms. Beautiful.

  3. Beautiful!! I wish you could see our redbud tree. And I have a younger one which is blooming for the first time this year.

  4. Sarah is beautiful and the rabbit is too. Love the pictures you posted. I love the old sherlock holmes movies in particular an the old big production movies from when I was about maybe 20. . I know the hummers appreciate the food.

  5. I love old movies, and have recorded a few hundred from TCM! The ones you spoke of are favs of mine as well. You must be in a much warmer place than we are-in March we still had snow!