A Styrofoam head to put on one of those stands I got a while back because I really need more projects waiting in the wings - lol! Yes, that is a jar of buttons under it.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
The farm is called Hillcrest. They don't have any livestock (so far!) other than the chickies so they stenciled a chicken next to the horse on the garage.
This is what remains of the old milk house. The round thing on the left is a well. Water would be pumped up from the well and circulated through the trough on the right to keep the cans of milk cool. The well has a wooden lid. My son lifted the lid for us to look down inside. One of the kittens had climbed up in the tree behind it, un-noticed by any of us, and suddenly decided to try to jump down on to the rim of the well!! Luckily, my son has fast reflexes and swooped him out on to the grass as he was going down. Wowza, we all shrieked! No kitties were harmed in this incident.
Farmer Andy playing with his favorite toy. That bucket on the front of the tractor sure came in handy when we were switching out the cook stove for the heating stove! I have tractor envy.
On our last morning I finally spotted a flash of red and saw a Cardinal. It is a crummy picture, shooting straight up in a tree with my phone so you'll have to just trust me on this one.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
On the way we stopped at a place called The General Store where I was very surprised to find the Amish more or less selling themselves as a tourist attraction. I was very respectful and never photographed any of the buggies going down the roads while we were there but they were even offering buggy rides here. No, we did not go, lest we burn in H-E-doublehockysticks.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
We hardly ever see hats with nice millinery flowers around here and I have never seen this tin with the ballerinas before. My favorite take-homes!
The shore of Lake Erie. This was the first time I have been to any of the Great Lakes. I adore how they call it a "sweet water sea"! It was overcast that day but the temperature was mild and there was no wind at all. Perfect for walking along the shore.
Niagara played a very pivotal role in history so the whole visit to the museum was fascinating and our tour guide was more than happy to share every single thing he knew. 8+).
Something I found particularly interesting were these prisms on the deck of the ship. I couldn't get a good picture below deck but they are shaped like a diamond and project light to the interior of the ship. Oh my gosh, those are some cramped quarters and hard to imagine 50 or 60 crewmen slung from the rafters in hammocks.
Only I would visit a maritime museum and come out with pictures of buttons and needles - lol! I wish I could have gotten better photos of the uniform buttons but they were behind glass. If you click them bigger you might be able to make out some of them. They had a great collection.
The carved MOP button is my favorite. I think the brown ones with the black stripe are Bakelite. Sadly, every single one of the green metal rhinestone buttons is missing some rhinestones. I can't bring myself to toss them so maybe I'll find some green rhinestones in a poke sack one of these days. Stranger things have happened!
It turns out I am STILL missing a few comments (not as many as before) so I apologize if you have left one and I haven't responded.
Monday, September 22, 2014
The metal bits are barn findings. I had a few larger pieces then decided to leave them behind since they might have triggered a TSA search. They did search my backpack but that is a story for another post.
The chimney you see in the center of the photo is on the side of the kitchen. While we were there we helped removed the old cook stove and replace it with a heating stove. Despite what the previous owners said, a cook stove has a fire box about the size of a loaf of bread and was never intended to "throw" heat, in fact, it was designed to do exactly the opposite. We also helped haul and stack wood. It was a good thing since we woke up to a house full of smoke one morning and the boiler had gasped it's last breath. They plan to put in geothermal next Spring and had just filled the oil tank for the final Winter on the boiler. Are you starting to get the picture around here?
This is the sign I was readying when the curator came by. Stefan Banic was from Greenville and held the patent for the first parachute. It was quite a contraction, like a big skirt you wore around your waist. He had to jump out of an airplane to prove it worked. That guy had some, um, brass somethings! We also learned the famous attorney, Clarence Darrow was from Greenville.
I think I have at least partially figured out the problem with my missing blog comments. I have been getting a LOT of spam comments on my old Grow Your Blog post so I got frustrated with it and started marking them as spam. I didn't stop to think that it might mark ALL the comments as spam. Oddly, it only seems to have affected comments from bloggers that are also in my gmail contacts. Go figure! If you are missing comments, check your spam folder and mark them as NOT SPAM.