ETHRIDGE, TENNESSEEE: I have been to this Amish settlement, but it's a very difficult one to "get to know". This is an ultra-conservative Swartzentruber Amish community, so they are a bit more insular and reticent around outsiders. I do have an Ethridge entry in The Williams Guide to Amish Country. Anyway, a blogger this week gives more insight into Ethridge with some nice photos and information. Click here to read.
AMISH QUILTS: As most of you know, the Amish are renown for their quilt craftsmanship. Amish quilts have traditionally been exquisite in their work, but simple in design. Tourism trends have impacted the look of Amish quilts and you find fancier more intricate designs now than you used to. This is an interesting blog post about Amish quilts and information about a new book out on the topic.
OLD ORDER: This is a humorous blog post from a man who wrote a novella called "Old Order", but the title has nothing to do with the Amish. Yet people - I suppose by the title - think it has something to do with Plain people, but it really doesn't,...anyway, hard to explain, but a fun read..click here to read. I think I have some empathy with the writer because so many people automatically assume that any Plain person is Amish...
THE COLONIAL HOMESTEAD: I L-O-V-E this post because this is just the type of Amish-owned business that I really enjoy and that I tried to feature [prominently in The Williams Guide. In fact this business is featured in the guide's revised editions Read about this neat, new business in Millersburg, Ohio owned and operated by Amishman Dan Raber. Plus visit some Amish-owned leather businesses with the writer.
SPEEDY AMISH FRIENDSHIP BREAD: I love this blog post because, like the writer, I love the idea of Amish Friendship Bread, but I don't love the idea of taking almost two weeks to make it. This baker/writer has found a shortcut. Click here for the recipe and to read more.
Well, that's not true at all. The Amish in Ethridge are not at all distant; they are very friendly and eager to help. Very honesty, very kind. They will always be fair with you when selling goods or putting a new roof on your house - they make very good neighbors. It is a very beautiful country, extremely interesting to watch them all day long.
Bill, glad to hear that...I was just relaying my own experience, but glad to hear that you have a good rapport with them!