Hi everyone,

It has been sooooo wet here this week that's it's just amazing. It's been cold too, with some of our snow areas having snow falls already, which is really unseasonable. We seem to have jumped from summer to winter with no in between. I think autumn's probably going to still arrive though as it's nice today. Very strange weather is our Melbourne weather. Still it's been good to have the rain after such a long dry spell.

I feel as if I've had a real Waltons week this week. I had another Waltons newsletter arrive in the mail. This time from the fan club based in England, but more on that one next week. I also went scouring a new used book store I found last Monday, and came up with two very old magazines with Waltons articles in them. Really cheap too. They're both called Hollywood Secrets Yearbook, one from 1973 and the other from 1974. The 73 one has a little article on Cleavon Little, and another on the show while the 1974 one has much more. There's a nice big article on "Richard Thomas and the Waltons: Learning to Live Together!" with a lot of pics, and then there's a small picture of Richard Thomas and Sian Barbara Allen and how their relationship has cooled...trouble began when Richard was seen with another woman so the piece tells me...naughty, naughty!!! LOL And then there's another piece on Ellen Corby.

I love to look back at things like this, not only from a Waltons point of view but also because of the other things that are in there. For instance, they talk about the new faces of 1974...Rodney Allen Rippey, Michael Moriarty, Chris Jagger, Robert DeNiro (they were definitely right about him), Simon Turner, Dack Rambo, Ben Vereen, Vince Van Patten, and Candy Clark. Can I ask how many of this list do you know of? I can recall 3 or 4 of them.

Anyway back to The Waltons...I also had a look on the Waltons Forum and found some further information about the Waltons quilt project, and a picture which Brenda had loaded onto the forum. It's well worth while having a look at it. Go to the The Waltons Website and then follow the link to the forum. I feel sure that Loria Headlee wouldn't mind me reproducing her comments about the quilt here, as the proceeds for it go to the Waltons Mountain Museum. Anyway here's what Loria said on The Waltons Forum:

"The quilt top is complete and at the Walton's Mountain Museum. Here's a list of the following autographs which are included on the quilt: Joe Conley, Audrey Hamner, Eric Scott, Ronnie Claire Edwards, Earl Hamner, Bo Hamner, Jon Walmsley, Lisa Harrison, Paul Hamner, Judy Norton, John McGreevey(writer), Martha Nix-Wade, Marion Hamner Hawkes, Mary McDonough, Richard Thomas, Jeb Rosebrook(writer), Will Geer Theatricum and Botanicum (signed by Ellen Geer, daughter), Nancy Hamner Jamerson, Michael Learned, Diane Hamner, Tony Becker, Jim Hamner, Kami Cotler. There are 15 applique squares of: Walton house, Ike Godsey's store, Baptist church, Walton Mt school, Chance the cow, picket fence, Christmas tree, Blue Ridge Mt scene, Christmas cactus, kitchen items, the truck, the radio, quilt piece with courage stitched on it, a scene from "The Homecoming", window view of John Boy's desk with writing tablet/glasses. These were quilted and donated by Walton fans from Canada, California, Texas, Alabama, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. The quilt top measures 110" by 90". Pictures will be available soon for everyone to look at. They will be posted on Ralph's site and also on Brenda Irby's site, follows Ralph's on the webring (more information on the quilt will be included on those sites). There will be a link to these site on the Walton Mountain Museum site....give this a week or two....

The quilt will be raffled off the second day of the October cast reunion, 2001. You do not need to be present to win. Cost of raffle tickets....$5.00 for 1, $10.00 for 2, $13.00 for 3. Just make check to Walton's Mountain Museum, include self-addressed stamped envelope for them to send you your ticket stubs. Write you name, address, and phone number on a piece of paper for them to fill out your ticket stub.

Museum address is: Walton's Mountain Museum, PO Box 124, Schuyler, VA 22969 (their phone number is 1-804-831-2000). All money raised from this project goes to the Walton's Mountain Museum to be used for capital improvements. Any questions, just e-mail me. More updates to follow."

The quilters have done a magnificent job with the quilt, and who knows...maybe one of you might win it to add to your collection. If anyone here has been participating in the quilting, maybe you can tell us about it.

Like I said, I've really had a very Waltons week. Last weekend I managed to tape The Christmas Box, which I have seen before, but not taped, and then on Sunday night, I found an ET weekend special with both Mary McDonough and Judy Norton featured. I feel that they were clips you have probably seen before. Mary was talking about her breast implants which caused so many health problems for her, and Judy talked about her posing nude after The Waltons finished. I wonder what this week will hold for me. :-))

I'd better go now, or this digest will still be being written next weekend! Talk to you all soon.

Goodnight everyone,


Hi Karen,

I knew I meant to write you last week, but then I forgot what I was going to write about. This week's digest reminded me. I have a cookbook from 1967 which says "cobbler", such as Apple Cobbler, is from "cobble up - meaning to mix in a hurry". Definitely an old fashioned word. I think I have heard that expression before, but only once or twice in my life.

I also just looked it up in my dictionary and the meaning seems to be the same, no matter whether you're talking about shoes, food, or rocks. A cobbler throws shoes together in a hurry, and cobblestones are thrown together to make a road. The only definition which surprised me was that cobbler is also a tall iced drink consisting of wine, rum or whiskey, and sugar, garnished with mint or a slice of lemon or orange. Never heard that one before.

Anyway I thought that was interesting.


KAREN'S COMMENT: Thanks for this Larissa. It brings meanings that I've never thought of before either. I've never heard the expression to cobble up.

Hello All.

It's been a while since I have communicated with the digest, but I love reading it and appreciate the time Karen puts into it.

I wanted to tell Joyce that I know of Doe Hill too, and was surprised to learn there was actually a place of that name. My husband and I happened upon it while vacating in Va. 5 or 6 years ago. We love to take the back roads and see the out of the way places and we were travelling from Cowpasture River over into West Va. and came upon it. We had stopped at the little country store there at the crossroads. We did not actually go on to Doe Hill but I wished I had asked him to take me by there. That was some of the most beautiful countryside from Cowpasture over to West Va. Va is such a beautiful state. If we ever move from Tennessee it will be to Va. I love the Blue Ridge Mts. and there is so many beautiful scenic byways. The countryside is the most serene and laid back I have encountered anywhere. It just seems like you step back in time some 50 or 60 years to a slower pace and a more gentler time. At least the Western side of the Blue Ridge is like that and for some extent along the Eastern side too. It is such a varied state with the coast on one side and the Alleghenies on the other. The best of both worlds. We even love Va. beach in the winter. So I encourage anyone with a vacation on hand and you want to just go and do your own thing at your own pace, to get a map and start driving the backroads of Va. with no particular place to go. Take the back roads. The out of the way routes. It is so enjoyable and you just never know what you'll come upon in the next little town.

We have came upon county fairs, craft shows, where the whole town participates, parades, some great Bed and Breakfasts. It is absolutely darling. I know why Earl Hamner wrote about Va. He could not find a more beautiful place in the world to write about. The Blue Ridge is more than what can be put on paper. It is a place that has to be experienced to be appreciated. There are no adequate words you can put on paper to describe the views atop the Mts. or the serenity you feel in the valleys looking out across the green rolling hills. A little bit of heaven on Earth. I know why the place was settled by the Scotch Irish. It reminded them so much of there homeland. They called the place The Highlands. Hope many of you will take my advice and plan a vacation to Va.very soon. I promise you wont regret it if you enjoy a slower paced more relaxed sort of vacation.You will come away refreshed and exhilarated.

Hope this is not too long to include in the digest. Good night Karen, Good night Earl Hamner Good night Waltons and good night Virginia!!!!!!!!!!

Patsy from the hills of East Tennessee.

KAREN'S COMMENT: It sounds as though you had a lovely, leisurely holiday there. It's nice to be able to just drive and see where you end up and what you find along the way.

Merriam-Webster's Online dictionary entry


Entry: cob·bler

Pronunciation: 'kä-bl&r

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English cobelere

Date: 13th century

1 : a mender or maker of shoes and often of other leather goods

2 archaic : a clumsy workman

3 : a tall iced drink consisting usually of wine, rum, or whiskey and sugar garnished with mint or a slice of lemon or orange

4 : a deep-dish fruit dessert with a thick top crust

Hi Karen our American dictionary does list the cobbler pie. I was disappointed in the recipes you got and all I found online too they mention a liquid batter. That is a more modern version, my grandmother who was raised near Asheville North Carolina in the early 1900's would never acknowledge the new shortcut version. She raised a family on a farm in the depression. By the way her deep dish was about 6 inches or more deep and 2 feet across. As I believe I mentioned, it was an aluminum pan actually meant to be used to wash dishes. The Waltons were actually quite modern I was born in the 50's in the rural south and remember drawing water from a well to take inside. Inside plumbing was rare in fact most of Appalachia had outhouses even through the 40's and some into the early 50's.


KAREN'S COMMENT: How on earth did a pan that size fit into the oven! One of the best cobbler sites I came across in my limited searching was http://www.virtualcities.com/ons/0rec/03cobler.htm. It had some really nice sounding recipes and lots of variety.

Hi Karen, thanks for this e-mail on The Waltons. I live in Tampa Fla, have been watching The Waltons since the beginning and love all the shows. I saw the show The Genius for the first time. I think I saw a thermostat on the wall in the kitchen…did anyone else see it? That was a minor mistake as I see it. Keep up the good work on this show, again its my favorite of all times.


KAREN'S COMMENT: I'd have to have a look for that. Anyone else notice it?

Didn't the word cobbler also mean a ne'er-do-well person,sort of a tramp, in Shakespeare's time? I believe that was the way it was mentioned--remember the beginning of the play JULIUS CAESAR?

Miss Emily Baldwin had a romance with Ashley Longworth. One day he went away and she found a note in her fathers journal that he wasn't suitable for Miss Emily.

As a result she took his portrait down, Later Ashley Longworth Jr appeared in the series and began to court Erin.

Later he entered the service and when he came back they were about to get married. But because of his war experiences he no longer believed in God. So that was the end of Erin's engagement.

Later Erin received a letter saying he married someone in London. When the war ended and Erin was about to marry Paul Northridge, Ashley suddenly returned and said that his wife had died. He now wants to marry Erin.

Later Ashley and Paul have a fight. And Erin wants to call the wedding off and remain a maiden the rest of her life. She plans to go to Virginia Beach. Then she finds out what had started the fight. And she decides to go ahead and marry Paul. That is for all practical purposes, the end of Ashley.


KAREN'S COMMENT: Thanks for the synopsis of Miss Emily and Ashley Longworth. I do love those storylines.

Dear Karen,

I just found out that you can access the feature article on the Waltons in Southeastern Antiquing Magazine on the net. The address www.go-star.com/antiguing/walton.htm.

If you can get to the site, go-star, you can also access the article by clicking on feature articles.

The comment from the German fan about the word cobbler is interesting. If southern US cobbler pie is made right, it will not taste like shoe soles, but will warm the eater heart and soul...Of course, I have learned that in Australia a "jumper" is a sweater, but here a jumper is a dress that goes over a blouse or turtle neck...usually worn only by females. We have warned Craig not to say that he is going to go get his jumper. But, I reckon, that the word "reckon" is still in use in Australia, while some of us Southerners who use it are considered red-neck and old-fashioned speakers of English by persons in more sophisticated areas of the US. How anyone who must learn English as a Second Language ever gets the idioms correct is amazing.

Goodnight, Karen.


Leathea, I reckon, here in Georgia

Dear Karen,

Just to let you know, I have had discussions of cobbler with many people now that it has come up in the newsletter. It will definitely be on our menu for the rehearsal dinner ( a meal after the wedding rehearsal that is usually hosted by the groom, but since our groom says they are not familiar with such, we are hosting that, too, and have decided to have a real down-home event with as many Southern foods as possible.)

God bless. Leathea

KAREN'S COMMENT: Thank you for the two emails. I loved the antique article. It's on Jon and Lisa Walmsley. I knew about the jumper thing. Yes, I am wearing a jumper today because it's cold, and it's definitely not a dress. What you call a "jumper" we used to call a pinafore when I was younger, but I don't know what they're called now. Of course a pinafore is also an old fashioned apron over a dress too. :-)) Very confusing language. I added your second letter too, because of another difference...we don't have rehearsal dinners! Isn't it amazing that two such similar cultures can be so different. LOL

Hello Karen and all,

Last weeks digest mentioned Ronnie Claire Edward's book and how some of us want to read it. Well, ebay has one for bid that she will personally autograph for you. Now, that is a really great Walton item to have. Thought you all would like to have a chance at it.

Night All, -----Jennifer

KAREN'S COMMENT: Wow that would be nice to have. Thanks for the tip.

I believe Mamie mentioned that her "beau" was Octavius Merriweather. Emily always reminded her sister that they had never kissed as she and Ashley had done. Miss Emily pined her whole life for Ashley Longworth, who courted her after "finishing school". Her Papa caught them kissing under the maple tree and banished Ashley. Papa never gave Emily any of the letters Ashley wrote to her. Many years later when Erin was helping them write their memoirs, they found a letter from Ashley in the back of Papa's picture. In it he had told Emily to look in a hole of the tree where they had kissed. Emily, Mamie and Erin hurried to find the tree, and Erin reached up into the hole to find there a small box. Inside was a ring which Ashley had left for Emily so many years before. Emily was so angry with Papa that his picture was turned to the wall until she could forgive him. When Ashley Longworth Junior came to see her many years later, he brought with him a letter which his father had written to her, and she tucked it into her bosom to cherish in private, so we can only guess what precious words it contained for the lost love. Ashley recalled that his father spoke often and fondly about Emily. Hope this helps.


KAREN'S COMMENT: Thanks to you too Ruth for supplying a summary of Ashley and Emily's relationship. I always got the feeling that Miss Mamie wasn't too fond of Ashley either.

Hello everyone! Just wanted to pass on something for those of you that collect waltons "stuff" the most recent People magazine features Mary McDonough alongside many other celebrities because she is turning the big 40 this year! Not a real big deal, just for fun! Keep up the great digest Karen!



KAREN'S COMMENT: Thanks Judy, I'll have to have a look for it out here too.