Monday, May 3, 2010

Lucy, I’m Home.

Remember all those times I kept my brother’s cats while he went on vacation? Well, this weekend I cashed in that favor. My brother took care of all the critters here on the farm while we headed for Dearborn, Michigan.

We took a leisurely drive up on Friday, stopping in Nappanee, Indiana for a fabulous home-style lunch at Amish Acres. Of course, we couldn’t leave without visiting the Fudgery. I’ll never understand how a pound of fudge equals twenty pounds of fat. You would think it would be equal. DSC_4325

Saturday morning we set 0ut for Greenfield Village. As nice as it is to be home now, I could totally move in to one of the farms there and live happily ever after. DSC_4342 I loved everything about the  Firestone farm. Although they seem to have an issue with a neighborhood peeping Tom.

DSC_4474 The Firestone’s raised Merinos. DSC_4458 We watched a shearing demonstration. I was able to talk to the shepherd, compare notes, etc. DSC_4455 And you know what, their sheep didn’t look much better than what Blanche did. I feel much better about my hand shearing skills now. DSC_4468There were quilts in almost every building and check out the penny rugs. They covered the entire room.  DSC_4409 The weaving demonstration was one of our favorites. I now need to figure out where I can put a loom. I must have one. DSC_4353

The kid was put to work at the printing press. DSC_4364

But the best part of the whole thing had to be lunch at the Eagle Tavern.DSC_4374 Their bill of fare is made up entirely from the 1850s and is served with open style seating and period costumes.

DSC_4382 The owners wife, Mrs. Wood, was charming, and as much as she tried to recruit the kid to stay and work for her, he decided he would rather pay for his lunch and continue his travels. After tasting the food though, the engineer thought maybe he would be willing to stay himself.  DSC_4375 After walking around every moment the place was open on Saturday, our feet were more than a little sore while we toured the Henry Ford Museum on Sunday. Even so, we still managed to see it all.

DSC_4506 We agreed this trip has definite do-over potential.  I would love to see it again sometime in the fall.



Lori said...

Wow! Living history at its best. What an awesome opportunity!!

Milah said...

LOL! Peeping Tom, oh that's a good one!

I can't imagine sheering sheep like that! My hands ache just thinking about it.

How did your brother get along?

Benita said...

Oh, I agree about Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum. We visit the place every 5 years or so, and never, ever get tired of it. And I agree with you about the Firestone Farm. I would move in the place in a heartbeat!! The only thing I would miss would be my fan at night - any maybe my hot shower, although I think I could come up with a comparable shower if I had to.

GardenofDaisies said...

Looks like you had a fun trip!!

thecrazysheeplady said...

What is a penny rug? Like hooked rug or something else? Sounds like a great trip!

Leigh said...

Wonderful photos. And I agree, you must get a loom. Ask me how I know :)

Mom L said...

Good for your brother! Glad you had a chance to get away, and it looks like a fabulous place to visit.

Nancy in Iowa

bennie and patsy said...

Funny! (peeping Tom)

Karen Anne said...

Anyone know where there's a time machine?

Sheep Lady, Penny rug was a new one on me, too. I guessed it was penny-shaped scraps sewn together, and I was puzzling over how circular pieces are joined, but the web seems to say the scraps are sewn onto a backing.

I would no question trip and fall on a rug like that, although they look great.

Nancy K. said...

What a DREAM weekend! I would love to stay someplace like that.

Whosyergurl said...

Peeping Tom...I get it!
I haven't been up there for a LOOOONNNNGGG time!
My brother and I used to always say "Lucy, you got some splainin' to do..."

xo, Cheryl

I'm gonna tell Mom! said...

Or go around the 4th of July and stay to listen to the symphony's patriotic concert- very moving, especially when surrounded by all that hitory and good old American ingenuity. My family enjoyed Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum, too.

Debby said...

If you find one, let me know. I want one, too.

Historical Ken said...

I am very lucky because I live just about 30 minutes from Greenfield Village and visit quite often. I never seem to leave without learning something new, no matter how small.
Loved your post!
If you get a chance, come on up over Memorial Weekend for the Civil War event ( That is one amazing weekend!