Blackberry Patch Homestead

Our Homeplace in the Upper Cumberland Plateau of East Tennessee

Good Bear Hunting

2077 has been attempting to hunt bear for a few years now.  He never had the opportunity to hunt bear since in most places the population wasn't high enough.  About 18 years ago, black bears were reintroduced into the Cumberland... Continue Reading →

Fried Plantains

Ever see those weird looking bananas in the box by the floor at the grocery store and wonder what they are?! Plantains! Here's how to cook them so your whole family will be amazed!

This is Bear Country

One of the reasons we named this place BlackBerry Patch Homeplace, is because of the ABUNDANT blackberries! When you have blackberries, you have bears! One showed up just the other day....sigh. This IS bear country and dealing with them is... Continue Reading →

Laundry Challenges: Tennessee Peanut Butter Mud

Last week 2077 went a few counties over to help a friend put up some fencing. Summer thunderstorms are here and so they often times worked in the rain, which means working in mud! Tennessee mud is special - slick,... Continue Reading →

Handspun Scarf

Whooee! It's it's been a while since I posted!! This is the busy time of year. Days are longer and outside work is abundant, therefore the decrease in postings. I finished my five foot long handspun knitted scarf. I had... Continue Reading →

Pictures of the Retropolitian Craft Fair

I'm always in awe of the new-to-me places in Knoxville. I had not been to this area before; seemed like it was part of the 'old' area. I couldn't take picture of the city...too busy driving, but here are a... Continue Reading →

Retropolitian Craft Fair

All my inventory for the fair is done!!I should say, I made as much yarn as I could before time ran out! The weather forecast for May 6 keeps flirting with rain. Hopefully it will rain before and/or after, but... Continue Reading →

Bee Land Clearing

We've been working on clearing a spot for the bee hive. It took me a bit to finally decide where to put it, but we think we have a good location. It's on the hill above the house. There is... Continue Reading →

Bee Keeping

It wasn't exactly planned, but we are going to have bees on the property!! I have joined my local bee keepers club and the Tennessee Bee Keepers Association. I attended a Bee Short School and got my name entered into... Continue Reading →

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