Power and Light-Love My New Plug”n”Glow Kit for My Barn

APtravelnews-September 23rd, Goose Holler’ Farm, Crossville, TN—Over here at the farm, with barns and other outbuildings, we are always looking out for handy and useful items that can make our life here more safe, convenient and enjoyable. “Let there be light” and plug-in power in our woodsy, quiet setting here on the “Rocky Top” mountain of the Cumberland Plateau, 2000-feet above sea level.  Well, we just found one of those “needful things” in the guise of a product called

Whether lighting job sites, a barn like mine, an RV outdoor evening, this  light and plug kit is highly useful!
Whether lighting job sites, a barn like mine, an RV outdoor evening, this light and plug kit is highly useful!

Plug’n’Glow-a multi-outlet, 25-foot long, locking string light kit. This is a perfect set for job sites, home and garden, camping and lighting up one of my dimly lit barns and storage buildings.  The item features detachable light cages for the lights and to keep them safe from getting banged and blowing out the bulbs. These can be locked into place and removed easily for storage. Each light (3 of them with this kit) have independent ON/OFF switches on each of the three cages. When you remove the cages you instantly have a multi-outlet  extension cord that other tools plug into as needed. The Plug”n”Glow  can be used as either an extension cord, string light Kit or both. This unit features a Cam-Locking Collar which allows you just a twist of the wrist, you can lock a connection in securely and safely in place. Conntek Integrated Solutions offers two different sets one with three lights and plug-ins and one with two that allows you to hook two sets together for a fifty-foot, 5-light and outlet string.  Specifications are 25-foot length, 3 outlets, 3-locking cages, a STW 14/3 cable an d its rated at 15 Amp at 125-volts.  Check them out at: www.conntek.com  or call for ordering at 414-482-0800

My dark barn, no longer dark anymore!
My dark barn, no longer dark anymore!
Just what I needed great plugs and lights all in one simple, high quality kit!
Just what I needed; great plugs and lights all in one simple, high quality kit!

Sendero, A Knife For All Seasons in the Outdoors!

This Sendero Bush Knife is not a whittler, but you can shave with it and of course skin anything! One tough, hand-friendly knife!
This Sendero Bush Knife is not a whittler, but you can shave with it and of course skin anything! One tough, hand-friendly knife!

APtravelnews-September 14th– Goose Holler’ Farm, Crossville, TN.—From a time when man used sharp edged stone and wood as knives and tools, all the way up and through the bronze age and the into the iron age, knives and swords evolved and were shaped world-wide by craftsmen who shaped and honed their knives as they continued to hone their skills as well. Finally, I found a knife at a reasonable cost that is a true lifetime heirloom candidate for an outdoors man, or woman. White River Knife and Tool located in Coopersville, MI creates this 8.25 inch Sandero Bush Knife of a Jerry Fisk Design . With the knife In my hand and in my wife’s as well, this knife feels like a natural extension  of a tool that will make you smile, The heft is solid and comfortable-lots of ergonomics besides its precision ground, hand finished  and leather honed blade went into this knife. The sheath is made of U.S.A. Made Leather and Mr. Fisk describes this knife as “the best overall “using design”  I have made in an outdoor knife.” White River Knives collaborated with Master Blade smith, Jerry Fisk, MS in the design and field testing of these Sendero Knives. The blade length is 3.6 inches with an overall length as mentioned of 8.25 inches in length.  The Blade steel is CPM S30V and its blade hardness is 59 HRC.  Frankly, I love this knife and hopefully it will remain with me all the days of my life as I continue to hunt and fish in the wilds of America. Contact: whiteriverknives.com  1-800-353-7343

There are more than 9 different models of White River Knives plus, several handle colors and materials  of many of these knives. I guess White River Knife and Tool has the knife for just about every outdoor cutting endeavor anyone would wish to use them for.P1020989P1020990

Yes, I whittled this hand ax, but I love this knife even if its not a whittler, its a world class Bush knife!
Yes, I whittled this hand ax, but I love this knife even if its not a whittler, its a world class Bush knife!

The Shelton House-Museum of N.C. Handicrafts Founded in 1977

The way it was before radio and TV.
The way it was before radio and TV.


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Navajo artifacts collected by Shelton.
Navajo artifacts collected by Shelton.
Edison phono was a major entertainment system in years of yore!
Edison phono was a major entertainment system in years of yore!

APtravelnews-September 18th-The Shelton House in Waynesville, N.C.–A feast for the eyes is how I best describe the Shelton House Museum and traditional crafts created by some of N.C. most talented craftsmen. This great place makes history come alive. It is also one of the over 40-plus stops on the Haywood County Quilt Trail. From the home and barn there is a wonderful window into how it all used to be in N.C. and today, there are many North Carolina folks who are working in and towards the traditional ways of their fathers and mothers by going back to the land and crafts of the past! Check out the website: www.sheltonhouse.org  Also give a call to Malinda Messer, Operations  Manager–1 828-452-1551 

Note** there are a vast number of Navajo Indian relics and antiques that were collected by Mr. Shelton housed in his home, now turned in the Shelton Museum!

 

The family gathering place-at meals!
The family gathering place-at meals!

 

Craftsmen of NC are showcased throughout the museum.
Craftsmen of NC are showcased throughout the museum.
All manner of the potters art is displayed here!
All manner of the potters art is displayed here!
The kitchen, no microwaves yet!
The kitchen, no microwaves yet! Only wood,  coal  and kerosene for cooking, heating and lighting.
What Southern museum is not without Civil War memorabilia.
What Southern museum is not without Civil War memorabilia.

Israel A Modern Country With a Pioneering Flavor

 

 

A Western Wall Bar Mitzvah!
A Western Wall Bar Mitzvah!
Israel tourist bus disgorges visitors from around the world to be where true history still lives on!
Some of the millions of tourists that visit Israel each year.
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At Bethlehem the church faithful visit Mother Mary and Christs Birthplace.

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We stopped in at a Druse Village and the hospitality was fantastic! Picked up a gallon of fresh pressed olive oil for a take- home treat!
We stopped in at a Druse Village and the hospitality was fantastic! Picked up a gallon of fresh pressed olive oil for a take- home treat!                                                           

 

                                                     APtravelnews-August 31st–Israel- Israel: Much more Than the Holy Land! Part One 

Whenever we travel outside of the USA there are three things we need to be concerned about: quality of the water & food, if the accommodations are up to our American high standards of comfort, cleanliness safety, and is the destination interesting enough to spend our hard earned free time and dollars in. Well, I can tell you that today & tomorrow too, Israel is such a place and then some.  My wife Barbara and I left New York on El Al Airlines, to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv-about 12 hours total flight time for the New York, to Tel Aviv run, not including pre-check-in time for security checks, etc. When you travel to the Middle East today, you do not concern your self with extra precautions by an airline that so far has a perfect safety record.  We enjoyed the meals on El Al’s New York to Tel Aviv flight to Israel and we slept quite well even in tourist class. Relatively refreshed after so many hours sitting and partially reclining, we breezed through customs into a land that should not and does not know any bounds: Israel (which is Palestine)!  Israel in spite of dealing with horrendous terrorists, is 74 years old and rightly very proud of it and pulling out all the stops with anniversary celebrations all around the nation. Some examples are: re-enactment’s of the day Israel became a full independent country; an international opera concert; a giant Purim parade; Torchlight unveiling of Salvador Dali’s “Light Of Peace” as a permanent greeting to all travelers entering Israel by way of Ben Gurion Airport, in Tel Aviv.

We left with our able and highly informed guide, Daliah for Jerusalem and stowed our gear at the historically significant, renovated, landmark: The King David hotel. That first of 14 evenings, Barb and I began our efforts to eat our way through the country, starting in Jerusalem in order to accomplish research for my upcoming book “Mid East Recipes for Peace.” It’s a bit difficult to tell too much detail about our recent 2-week visit in one or two post. Why? Well, you just cannot appreciate all the fabulous places, restaurants and experiences in just two-weeks. However, look for part 2 for the highlights that you too can experience for yourselves with a visit to this vibrant, creative land of milk & honey:

 

Numereous metzas little dishes of eggplant, various yogurt sauces, olive salads along with right out of the over pita bread.
Numerous metzas- little dishes of eggplant, various yogurt sauces, olive salads along with right out of the over pita bread. The Israeli salad is probably the healthiest anywhere.
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At the Western Wall. Notice the cracks in the ancient stone that are full of notes asking G-D for millions of prayers.