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Aug 8, 2022 - 2:28:11 PM
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While at Clifftop Matt Evans and I took a short road trip over to see Ralph and Charlee Roberts on Saturday. I am very happy to report he is doing a lot better than when I saw him in March.

Ralph was clear of mind, and sitting in a chair when we got there instead of being in a hospital bed as he was in March.

He still can't walk without a walker, but he was able to stand on his own and move around the house a bit.

He wanted to play some music with us. Said he hasn't quite got the fiddle back due to some issues with his arms but he played a half dozen tunes on his banjo with me (banjo) and Matt (fiddle).

Charlee was in good spirit and was up and moving around just about the whole time we were there as is usual for her.

Aug 8, 2022 - 3:00:27 PM
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Originally posted by OldPappy

While at Clifftop Matt Evans and I took a short road trip over to see Ralph and Charlee Roberts on Saturday. I am very happy to report he is doing a lot better than when I saw him in March.

Ralph was clear of mind, and sitting in a chair when we got there instead of being in a hospital bed as he was in March....

Charlee was in good spirit and was up and moving around just about the whole time we were there as is usual for her.


Andy, this is such good news, thank you so much for the update.  You are such a wonderful friend to Ralph and Charlee.

Aug 8, 2022 - 3:18:16 PM

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Hi Don,

Ralph mentioned talking with you on the phone and told me you weren't going to make Clifftop this time, so I quit looking for you there.

Not nearly as many people there this time. The lower field where I usually camp was only about a third full. Didn't see anyone I knew up on Geezer Hill. Two different people asked me if I was Dave Bing.

Aug 8, 2022 - 3:37:55 PM
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Thanks for the update Andy, I miss the days at Clifftop when the older players were there, that was a huge part of the draw for me. I'm glad to hear they seem to be doing ok, and also that you and Don are well. Best regards, Glenn

Aug 8, 2022 - 5:47:04 PM
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Hi Don,

Ralph mentioned talking with you on the phone and told me you weren't going to make Clifftop this time, so I quit looking for you there.


I enjoyed playing with you at Ralph's camp, Andy, and trying out your banjo, the last time I made it down.  I think it was 2019, but it seems like a decade ago, so much has happened.  This year I stayed home to help welcome my new granddaughter into the world!  Hopefully next year I'll be able to make the trip!  I did visit Ralph and Charlee last August, and got to play and learn a lot of tunes sitting on their porch.  Finally had some squirrel and gravy, too!  They are two of the nicest people in the world.









 

Aug 8, 2022 - 5:47:36 PM

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Thanks for the update Andy, I miss the days at Clifftop when the older players were there, that was a huge part of the draw for me. I'm glad to hear they seem to be doing ok, and also that you and Don are well. Best regards, Glenn


Glenn, I miss the soup swap!

Aug 8, 2022 - 5:52:35 PM
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Originally Diller was planning on going, but he has been having some issues with breathing and can't stand much heat so decided not to go.

Weather was nice up there. It was hot Wednesday when we arrived and set up our camp, but it cooled down that night and stayed comfortable. Only got one good rain storm.

We camped up against the tree line on the North side of the field and our camp stayed in shade all day long.

I was pleased that Trevor Hammons won the banjo contest. The Hammons were camped next to us, as always seems to happen, and we enjoyed visiting with them and playing some music with Trevor and his friends.

Aug 9, 2022 - 3:20:59 PM

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"Finally had some squirrel and gravy, too!"

I think there is an old song or two about that.

I know a lot of the old folks claimed "bushy tailed rat" would cure certain ailments.

When I was a kid we all hunted squirrel with rifles. It was a matter of pride to hit them in the head, but real bragging rights came from those who could "bark a squirrel", which is to shoot the bark of the tree right under the squirrel and kill it without making a mark on it. My dad was the only one I ever saw who could actually shoot good enough to do that.

My mother would not cook stuff like that, nor fish, so I always took wild game and fish to my grandmother to get it cooked. She would fry the squirrels and boil the heads. Me and my pappy would eat the fried squirrel, gravy and biscuits, while she sat over by the stove cracking the heads with a nut cracker.

What I have been craving lately is fried rabbit with biscuits and gravy, haven't had that done right in about 40 years, though there have been a lot of rabbits getting into my vegetable garden this year who better lay low this Fall.

Aug 13, 2022 - 5:41:36 AM
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...What I have been craving lately is fried rabbit with biscuits and gravy, haven't had that done right in about 40 years, though there have been a lot of rabbits getting into my vegetable garden this year who better lay low this Fall.


I've had rabbit a few times, but the place I had it first makes it the best around here, a Sicilian restaurant in Somerville, Massachusetts, called Vinny's.  They make it in a white agrodolce sauce with olives, capers, celery and onions.  Agrodulce is Italian for sweet and sour, and is basically wine vinegar and sugar with whatever else you want to add in.  The Sicilian version of gravy!  My mother-in-law was Sicilian.  In her later years, we became close friends, two old widows reminiscing endlessly about the good old days, and the not so good.  I took her to Vinny's a couple of times when she could still go out to eat, but she refused to eat the rabbit.  Too "gamey," she said.  What she really liked, and got me to like it too, was tripe!

My yard is full of rabbits.  I put a tight fence around my tomato patch, and they can't get through it.  The birds still like to peck the ripe fruit, though, so you can't win entirely.

You can't tell a book by it's cover.

Did you see the latest issue of Goldenseal, from the WV Division of Arts & Culture?  It has a great picture of Ralph on the inside cover!

Edited by - Don Borchelt on 08/13/2022 05:43:42

Aug 13, 2022 - 7:18:23 AM
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Yes, I picked up that edition, plus a bunch of older editions while I was at Clifftop. Sent in a check for a subscription yesterday, I like the magazine.

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Aug 13, 2022 - 7:31:52 AM

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A few years ago while in Monroe LA we ate at a restaurant ran by the "Duck Dynasty" family. They had fried rabbit with gravy on the menu so of course that is what I ordered. I was highly disappointed when I tried it. Instead of the white "Sawmill" gravy I expected it was swimming in some kind of sweet brown gravy and instead of crispy the breading on the rabbit was gooey and also sweet. I couldn't eat it.

Around here any thing we grow is subject to some critter trying to eat it. Deer and crows eat my pears and peaches, rabbits, squirrels and birds go after my tomatoes, birds and deer go after my blue berries, and coons and deer go after my corn. A constant war between us. If I want pears or peaches I better pick them before they are ripe. My peach trees were loaded with peaches this year and one evening I told the wife we better start picking them tomorrow, but the next day almost all the peaches were gone with deer sign and a few pieces on the ground. I reckon they must stand on each others shoulders to get at the higher branches. I haven't hunted in more than 20 years, but venison, and rabbit are on the menu this Fall. We are absolutely overrun with deer around here, see them everyday, have to be very watchful driving the roads out here too. Sometimes there will be more than a dozen in the back yard gathered around my wife's bird feeders or munching on plants in her flower beds like it was a salad bar. I used to have three outdoor dogs that pretty much kept everything away, but they have all died of old age. It is time to get another hound or two.

Edited by - OldPappy on 08/13/2022 07:33:59

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