Saturday, October 24, 2009

A Step Back In Time

This past weekend was Old Mill Days at Bale Grist Mill. This is one of my favorite events as it lets us get a glimpse of life in our little valley the way it was in the 1850's. The mill not only ground farmers crops into flour, it was also a gathering place to learn news, share gossip and get to know your "neighbors".
The day was filled with good old-timey music, fire building demonstrations,
spinning wool into yarn.....this was particularly exciting to one little girl I know who has been trying to convince her father and I to "move to the country so we can raise sheep and spin the wool into yarn to sell at the farmers market."

The kids also got to make rope, corn husk dolls, do some hand-stitching, use a giant saw and run around in the crisp autumn air.
Lunch was chili and corn bread and fresh pressed apple juice.

One of the highlights of the day was pressing the apples into juice.
Everyone got a turn.
Some needed a little help.
The end result was oh so delicious.
It was a great way to spend a day. Good friends, good food, beautiful surroundings, fun, magic and educational.

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