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My Life As a Gypsy

Updated on August 18, 2017
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I grew up in a small town called Whitesburg, Georgia. As a poor Woodard girl, I had to make my own living and opportunities.

I've always seen myself as one of those 'show people.' My earliest memories are wanting and needing to entertain people, like a gypsy traveler who goes from place to place, city to city, performing for audiences and reaching people.

— Brittany Murphy

Oh, I Love the Smell of Sunshine Dried Clothes

I get to live free, away from all the technology that drags us down. Instead, I hear the rain drops on the leaves then my tent. I listen to the owl at night, and the loons sing in the morning and feel the sun on my face in the afternoon.

Wash the laundry in the shower, sink, bucket, river, no matter. The laundry hangs dry in a couple of hours.

That's ok - the locations are breath-taking, my friends are always welcome, the food is tasty, coffee never better in the morning, and having a glass of wine around the campfire ends a perfect day!

There is Nothing like Outdoor Cooking - Gypsy Cuisine Anyone?

I think I am entitled to speculate on what makes a good Gypsy Goulash or Stew. As the living arrangements changed several times, so did the way I prepared food. Most of our methods are different. But I love the old traditional recipes. I have my style of making a mixture of ingredients into a meal, and since cuisine is a product of the environment in which people live and thrive, Gypsy cuisine is somewhat different.

Things are different today; the ingredients have changed slightly, through the generations. That being said a meal is more often a plump roast or stew wich is a welcomed dish on any evening.

This recipe is simple. Anyone can work with as a base and add whatever flavors they enjoy. After all, we enjoy food most when it speaks to our soul. I for one would have a difficult time procuring a hedgehog, squirrel, or rabbit. (and truth be told not likely to want to eat it).

However, knowing most of you are probably just as squeamish about eating rabbit, a hedgehog, or squirrel. I’m going with Chicken or beef every time. Neck bones are a pleasant substitute if you are feeling adventurous.

Goulash or stew is pretty much the same throughout the world. It is a combination of meat and vegetables with a gravy that is cooked for an extended period to tenderize the contents of the pot. The slow cooking allows for the flavors to meld together and become a big, hot pleasing bowl of yumminess on a cold night. It is hearty and served up with a loaf of bread. It satisfies a hungry family.

So…if you feel the urge to camp out (you don’t have to be a Gypsy) prepare different combinations with this type of meal over an open fire. Yes, those are my chef terms for this meal.

I blame it all on my Gypsy soul.

I can't live in one place too long; I need freedom, fresh air, and a different revenue. I have characteristics and a manner of my own. I'm a Gypsy woman, out-going, footloose and fancy-free! I start my day at sunrise and retire to my bed at sunset. I am a traveler at heart, but lazy days at home are sometimes rewarding.

One Open Room is All I Need

It's quite nice to have a place to leave things. I would love to be a permanent gypsy. It's not often that the idea of continuing something for a potentially extended period to sound exciting; but to me, it does because I am a gypsy by nature.

I Never Needed Much; Just the Simple Things.


I did this as a child. My bed in the woods. Sometimes, I would go into the woods and hang sheets or cloth tree to tree and top it with cloth and that was my tent.

As an adult, I do, however, must have indoor plumbing, bed/cot of some kind, small refrigerator, a chest that can serve as a table and storage, and of course outdoor furniture. Although roughing it now and then is enjoyable. Be it, tent living, gathering around a campfire, fishing, etc.

I remember my mother had this deck of cards that her mother had given her and that she passed on to me. It was a gypsy tarot deck that I used to carry everywhere.

— David Blaine

I love Dressing Up Gypsy Style and Hitting the Town

I'm a southern gypsy woman. I love Vintage dresses, antiques, old trucks, hats, turquoise/bright jewelry, and Old Glory. I come up with variations of designs and styles. You could say that I am a combination of Hillbilly, Hippie, Gypsy, Classy, and Modern when it comes to my wardrobe.

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Gypsy History


Gypsies have brightly colored traditional costumes, often in brilliant reds and yellows. Women then wear dresses with full skirts and men wear baggy pants and loose-fitting shirts. A scarf often adorns a woman's hair or is used as a cumberbund. Women wear much jewelry, and the men wear boots and large belts. A married Gypsy woman customarily must cover her hair with a scarf that's knotted at the nape of the neck. However, many Gypsy women may go bareheaded.

© 2017 Rosa Ann Crowder


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      Tiffany Meadows Roberts 9 months ago

      You got that right, you are a Gypsy Chic.