We Toured East TN To Learn About Our Melungeon Heritage – The Story Of A Forgotten Race In American History

Did you know there were a group of people before the first explorers?  They were dark skinned often with blue or green eyes.  They said they were the lost tribe of Israel.  Others said they were Portugese.  Who were these people?  The are called "Melungeons". Our family are of this line of people that were … Continue reading We Toured East TN To Learn About Our Melungeon Heritage – The Story Of A Forgotten Race In American History

Our Animals Sense Earthquakes This Week Before They Happen!! Watch Video

So the weather over the last week and a half now has been totally insane here at the farm.  I had done voice over for a new VLOG on the crazy weather a few days ago to assemble this VLOG video below.  I was commenting on how strange all our animals were acting on the … Continue reading Our Animals Sense Earthquakes This Week Before They Happen!! Watch Video

Spoken Word Poetry: Cherokee Whispers by Lori Davis

Our ranch sits on sacred ground to the Cherokee Nation.  I often feel them walking here.  Many interesting things happen on our land that are, let's say, supernatural.  We see interesting things.  We've captured extremely interesting phenomena on our cameras.  This ground is very powerful.  Here is a poem I wrote about what I was … Continue reading Spoken Word Poetry: Cherokee Whispers by Lori Davis

Pioneer Poetry and Writing: Preserving The Value Of The Past For Future Generations

It snowed today at the farm.  So, I spent the day inside my writers cabin.  In that cabin I have a collection of influencers that have shaped my life and spurred my desire to write poetry.  Walt Morey and Paul Croy are those two pioneer writer/poets.  Learn more about these talented people who were telling … Continue reading Pioneer Poetry and Writing: Preserving The Value Of The Past For Future Generations

Snowfall Morning After Significant Flooding At Our Ranch – East Tennessee

The snow is beginning to fall as I type this.  I am about to go outside and do the chores.  I have trepidation this morning as I wonder how bad the flooding still is in our valley.  I watch the temperature, hoping it will inspire me to dress up.  Boots on, warm coat, cowboy hat......no, … Continue reading Snowfall Morning After Significant Flooding At Our Ranch – East Tennessee

Tennessee Flooding Today Nearly Took Out Half Our Farm

Well today has been an exhausting one.  Tennessee has been saturated with torrential rains.  You've probably seen by now that water is raging through Gatlinburg, TN and Sevierville, TN is completely flooded in areas. This morning we awoke to insane water on our farm.  I will have pictures up in a few days as the … Continue reading Tennessee Flooding Today Nearly Took Out Half Our Farm

Come Along With Us While We Do Chores Today – A VLOG of life at HiBar Ranch

Come along with us as we do chores today and see what a day in our life is like at HiBar Ranch here in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.  We have lots of babies in the barn (kids and lambs) and it's an all around pretty great day to be playing in the hay … Continue reading Come Along With Us While We Do Chores Today – A VLOG of life at HiBar Ranch

Our New Quick “VLOG” That Captures Why We’ve Started A YouTube Channel – Homesteading & Rural Living (& Farm Poetry)

We love writing and blogging about life on the farm and living a way of life that is tied intrinsically to the land.  I love writing poetry and photography as well so it is wonderful that our family, comprised over 20 somethings all the way up to 70 somethings have decided we should start a … Continue reading Our New Quick “VLOG” That Captures Why We’ve Started A YouTube Channel – Homesteading & Rural Living (& Farm Poetry)

Learn How To Use A Norwood LumberPro HD36 – Video – How To And Much More

Have you ever thought of buying a log mill?  Are you curious how they work and how easy it is?  Here is a video tutorial from Mike Davis, age 73, and what he can get accomplished alone using this mill.  It is extraordinary.  There is no other tool on our homestead we value more than … Continue reading Learn How To Use A Norwood LumberPro HD36 – Video – How To And Much More

Our New HiBar Ranch YouTube Channel – Explore the stunning beauty of this heritage farm in the Great Smoky Mountains

Our You Tube Channel - HiBar Ranch We have started a youtube channel and we encourage you all to subscribe to it as we will be videoing all the amazing things we are doing at our pioneer homestead and also capturing the historical activities of Davis family genealogy that is so pervasive in East Tennessee … Continue reading Our New HiBar Ranch YouTube Channel – Explore the stunning beauty of this heritage farm in the Great Smoky Mountains

HiBar Ranch – 2020 Video – Smoky Mountains East Tennessee

We've just completed our 2020 HiBar Ranch video for your pleasure.  East Tennessee is an absolutely gorgeous place. Our ranch is directly next to Smoky Mountain National Park.  We hope you enjoy the majesty of this great region.   Remember to follow our blog if you are interested in getting daily updates on the goings … Continue reading HiBar Ranch – 2020 Video – Smoky Mountains East Tennessee

The Last Vestiges Of Rural America (Poem)

Subtle beauty are the views across rural America, Like a canvas of dynamic paint, always changing. Rustic elegance of a time long gone, Slipping away through our fingers, like sand. Restless barnyards full of sounds, Baby lambs, little kids and chirping chicks. Now turning into whispers, like echoes of the past. Oh, are the memories … Continue reading The Last Vestiges Of Rural America (Poem)

Cutest Babies Ever In The Barn This Morn! (Baby Goat and Lamb Videos)

I love going into our barn this time of year.  The babies couldn't be any cuter. We have nine babies now, seven baby goats and two baby lambs.  Here are some great video clips of them this morning @ HiBar Ranch. Some cute photos are also below. Below is a video of our beautiful twin … Continue reading Cutest Babies Ever In The Barn This Morn! (Baby Goat and Lamb Videos)

Installing Solar On Our Farm Begins And First Lamb Of The Season Born This Morn

It was the coldest morning so far this winter on the farm.  We woke up to 16 degree weather here in East Tennessee in the Smokies.  We still have Lil Bean our bottle baby goat in the house so we opted to stay inside a while to let the temperature rise. Thankfully it looks like … Continue reading Installing Solar On Our Farm Begins And First Lamb Of The Season Born This Morn

Snow Flurries & Frozen Water With Babies In The Barn

Yesterday started with a balmy 21 degrees here in the smokies at our farm.  The chores were less than ideal as when heading out I found that our water was frozen for the livestock barn.  All the water feeders were frozen up; buckets, rabbit's water bottles and even the water stand itself.  We have three … Continue reading Snow Flurries & Frozen Water With Babies In The Barn

Babies In The House ~ Keys To Successful Lambing & Kidding

It's 21 degrees this morning at the farm (Monday early morning).  The clouds are hanging low and frost covers our farm.  I am sitting by our wood cook stove warming, along with our new little critter, Princess Nicketti, whom our daughter has renamed "Lil Bean".  She is one of our newborn Nigerian Dwarf dairy goat … Continue reading Babies In The House ~ Keys To Successful Lambing & Kidding

Cast Iron Cooking: This Ain’t No Yankee Corn Bread Modified To Get Best Results

We love corn bread down here in the south.  We also love our cast iron cookware as Lodge is the the oldest cookware company in the United States making cast iron.  Since it's our home state, well, we're big fans. We do a lot of cast iron cooking here at the ranch here in the … Continue reading Cast Iron Cooking: This Ain’t No Yankee Corn Bread Modified To Get Best Results