“Remembering New Hill” oral histories of the old South

August 7, 2010   It seems a lot has happened here since my last posting, so here we go! I’ve just completed the second edition of the oral history book with stories by the elders of New Hill, NC: Remembering New Hill. It will go on sale as of next week, as a benefit to the New Hill Community Association, as we try to prevent the huge sewage plant and incinerator planned by Cary and “Partners”–three other large municipalities–right in the downtown area of the New Hill community. Since I’m only about 1 1/2 miles away, as the crow flies, I’ll be getting the drift from this plant, also, and I already deal with ozone from the Raleigh municipality only about 30 miles away–so the particulate matter which wafts this way will not be an enhancement to my health, either. For those within 1/4 mile of the plant, it will be a serious problem–and that includes two churches, with cemeteries and playgrounds, and the homes of hundereds of people (75% African American). To learn more about the New Hill community, please see: http://www.newhillca.org/ If you’d like to buy a book, send your check for $25, which includes postage, to: New Hill Community Association,  P. O. Box 68 New Hill, NC 27562.

We had a spinning workshop recently, and now there are three more spinners in this complex world. I hope sincerely that they very much enjoy the craft, and keep learning as they continue to enjoy turning fiber of all sorts into delicious yarn. We’ve broken several temperature records already this summer, and we still have two more months of it to go. Most days I make two trips to the barn with three frozen bowls of water to put in the fresh water I put in the barn for the sheep, so at least for an hour or two there’s one cool place in the pasture, right in front of the fan. I’ve seen Deborah, who’s a very large sheep, Romney and Finn cross, with her chin in the ice water, or with cool water dripping off her chin, and her face right in front of the fan, just standing there, like she’s saying, “It doesn’t get any better than this!” I have yet to get the camera turned on in time to take her picture while she’s still standing there… Our sheep are up in the yard today, and early this morning went over the whole area provided to them, starting their picnic with clover and trumpet vine. The lawn looks much nicer, and the sheep thrive on these fresh greens. The summer has been so dry, they’ve mostly just had hay, with some grain.

The garden is growing nicely, we’re enjoying tomatoes and peppers, and the figs are just starting to ripen, so we’ll have plenty to share very soon. I usually pick 20 lb. every second day during August and the beginning of September. It never stops… I’ll make jam 🙂 Dirk’s family sent some lemons from their back yard in California, so I’ll have some sweet lemons to add…


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