But we did learn a lot about making butter, spinning wool into yarn, sewing garments and dressing properly, grinding flour, wood-working tools powered by pedals and a flywheel, printing . . . oh, and the difference between rawhide and leather (one is translucent and may substitute for glass panes, when no float glass is available).
And we met some lovely, lovely people!
|We mimicked a typical 1860's school day with the ringing of the handbell, to call in the children. Boys and girls all lined up according to height, with boys entering the schoolhouse in the left-hand door, and girls entering at the right.|
|After the spelling and math sessions, there was a playtime break, enjoyed by all ages.|
|Abundant climbing trees and hitching rails for climbing in front of the school. Who needs a jungle gym?|
|After lessons, we all trooped off to learn about weaving - the kids got to try their hands using a loom over a hundred years old! Don't know about the rest of the parents, but I was jealous not to get a turn too! :-)|
|After weaving, we stood to learn about printing at the print shop, but tummies were getting empty and . . .|
|. . . some of us were getting a little weary of standing still and listening attentively to the historian. So we broke for lunch and got to know each other better.|
|Kerri, and little Joscelyn & Sebastian|