Sunday, October 7, 2012


The word for October 6 Photo A Day was "I'm thankful for . . . " As you can see, some "words" are more than one word. This one left it up to us (the photographer) to fill in an answer. This particular Photo A Day challenge was created by an Australian blogger, Fat Mum Slim, who publishes a word list monthly. You can post your photo wherever you like, including a page in Facebook she creates, your own Facebook timeline, Instagram, Twitter, and any social media you choose. I post mine on my Facebook timeline, and have joined another private group on Facebook, which has made a smaller group to follow and get to know.

On October 6 this year, the historical society in my little town put on its annual Living History Day, with demonstrations of "how they did things" in the old days, in this case, the California Gold Rush era. At the other end of town, at the airport, the airport association put on an air show. I went to both, which gave me the notion that I'm thankful for COMMUNITY. My Photo A Day reflected this.

My October 6 Photo A Day is I'M THANKFUL FOR . . . COMMUNITY.

I took 150 photos on Saturday, so I'm dividing the day into a two-parter. This one is Living History Day.


And here's the welcoming committee:

The guy in the next photo collage (why didn't I take a picture including his face and his great hat?) asked me if I'd like to make a rope. I'm not a very good participant in random projects, but he assured me that my delicate hands would not be directly touching the rough sisal. Click on this photo to enlarge it and see how it works, .

There were three hooks, resembling hanger hooks, with the shanks going through a board nailed to a stand. (You can tell I didn't contemplate describing this process when I started snapping pictures of the rope forming.) The shanks also went through another otherwise unattached board with a handle on it. The guy looped sisal through each hook, measured out the lengths, and knotted them together at the other end. He put each pair of cords through a guide and held on and tamped up to tighten the rope as I just twisted the floppy board and handle clockwise. (Counterclockwise doesn't work, owing, I surmise, to the twist of the original sisal cord.)

Look what I made! It's about 2½ feet long.

A storyteller

Can you identify these medicinal herbs?

Some soap-making ingredients and the final products

There wasn't a big line to try out soap with washboard.
(My friends used washboards as the rhythm section for a skiffle band.)
Don't you love her old fashioned shoe laces?

Little pioneer girls learn to make dipped candles.

I did hesitate to put my hands in the water, so this goldminer lady demonstrated. She really wanted to come up with some gold, but I'm not sure that's what the little specks really were. 

I think these young ladies have a bowl of wool there. 

Making pine needle baskets and pine nut jewelery.
She does have a basket-print table cloth on the table, not a hundred baskets!

Quilter. She gave me a flier for a quilt show that will be held at the church on October 27.

Tatting, other needlecrafts, and weaving

Churning butter

Writing with a quill pen

Playing games of olde.

Two-person log sawing

Spinners and weavers

The beautiful products of it all . . .

and she put her bonnet on for the photo

Busy week coming up. I'll get to Part 2, the Air Show, as soon as I can.



  1. Wow! You do not stand still!

    My grandma used a washboard when I was little. With brown, unscented soap. To this day, I equate cleanliness with fragrance free soaps and a hefty scrub. (It always catches me a little by surprise when I see clothes coming out of a washing machine looking so... clean.)

    1. My grandma thought it was so weird that young men were scouting out the metal washboards and big thimbles to thump and scritch in the band. Not a use she would have anticipated!

  2. Looks like a fun old-fashioned event. The storyteller looks like he is a real character. I bet you had fun listening to his 'yarns'.

    1. "He's" a her, actually. Plays a crusty old gal. I didn't listen to the tale this year, but did last time I came. I started on my rounds late and wanted to make Airport Days as well. So here it is next week and I'm working on the Airport Days post.