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Life in the Holler/Topside - Spring carved from growing up years

It's been a spring and summer day this year brings back so many memories of childhood
Click on headline for introduction and delightful photo(s) Shamarie Claiborne took, Topside of The Holler (generally speaking, the world is divided into halves: One half, The Holler, the other Half - Topside - all the rest.

By Shamarie Claiborne

This past spring and beginning of summer has made me think of my childhood and abundant life more than any in my recent memory. The weather has been (excuse the pun) picture perfect. We have had a balance of just the right amount of rain and sunshine coupled with moderate temperatures with only small amounts of humidity. Everything in our area is blooming and growing within the realm of perfection. Creating abundance everywhere. It is ALMOST making Topside as beautiful as my beloved Holler. And is, without question, bringing back memories of my childhood ---- full of family and a simple life that many can only dream of. - Shamarie



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Topside, Album for June 23, 2013: Apple



2013-06-23 - Topside of The Holler, Old Clearsprings Road, Ozark, KY - Photo by Shamarie Claiborne.
The makings of Great Fried Apples from my childhood
- I might just have to ask for some of these green apples when they become completely ready. They make me think of my grandparents and cousins. In the summers we would travel the small little holler in town from our Grandparents, Dorothy and Lucian Harper's. to our Great Grandfather's Ed Moss house. Along the route was a wonderful green apple tree. Sometimes we would eat on the spot and other days we would gather them up and take them to our Nanny's (Dorothy) helper Ms. Alene and she would make fried apples for us. How lucky we were. I happened to look the other day and tree is gone but for Tammy Kassam and I, it is a treasured memory of a much simplier time. - Shamarie Claiborne

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Topside, Album for June 23, 2013: Owl, daytime, as Scare Owl



2013-06-23 - Topside of The Holler, Old Clearsprings Road, Ozark, KY - Photo by Shamarie Claiborne.
Owl
Got so excited when I saw this owl! They are hard to get a shot of during daylight hours. It's playing like it's a scare crow - or scare owl, if you will. - Shamarie Claiborne

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Topside, Album for June 23, 2013: Disney Buzzards



2013-06-23 - Topside of The Holler, Old Clearsprings Road, Ozark, KY - Photo by Shamarie Claiborne.
Bizzard - or 'Turkey Vultures," as Dylan would correct me - I was heading down New Concord and low and behold I came across this scene from Disney's Robin Hood For any parent out there who's child has watched this classic you will get it immediately. I swear I could faintly hear... 2 o'clock and all is well... I am sure the sheriff is in woods somewhere , I just couldn't see him. - Shamarie Claiborne

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Topside, Album for June 23, 2013: Grapes



2013-06-23 - Topside of The Holler, Old Clearsprings Road, Ozark, KY - Photo by Shamarie Claiborne.
Kim Pelly's grapes are looking good enough to eat already this year. Her yard is the best in the neighborhood - if you ask me. And you could live in her yard for a good 3 months between the fruit trees, grapes, and garden. - Shamarie Claiborne

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