Contemplating.

Contemplating.
Wayzata, Minnesota

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Thematic Photographic # 151 Rough

Welcome to this week's Thematic Photographic theme of "rough" by Carmi from his Written Inc. Blog....Carmi enjoys our unlimited stretches into his week's theme.... and I hope you like my choice of "rough" for this week..........

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http://writteninc.blogspot.com/2011/06/thematic-photographic-151-rough.html


I was excited when I saw this "rough" theme since last week I took two of my grandsons to a place now called the Landing...... AKA Murphy's Landing.....where you go back in time beginning in 1840's to 1890's....learning how "rough" people had it when they "ROUGHED" it living in the Minnesota River Valley 150 years ago.  The Landing is ....88 acres of a living history museum, with authentic 19th century buildings nestled along a scenic river trail....come see for yourself....

A genuine Beaver hat!... at the local fur trader, at the Oliver Faribault Cabin....along side animal skins where you brought your animal skins in for payment!


No home builders here, this log house was built by one man (owner) logs on each corner cut and laid at an angle so the rain wouldn't come inside, no indoor plumbing, no electricity, and bed mattresses made of straw and rope ties, (remember, "sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite!")


Sorry the only means of communication arrived as a letter or package in these bags at the nearest General Store.  Twitter was for birds and sorry no telephones yet!



Ah yes, the cleaning and caring of these adorable Dorking Breed gives us eggs for breakfast, or eggs to barter at the local store! The Dorkings were popular in the 19th century, origins from Italy then the UK they have a dual purpose giving eggs and meat and typically the Dorkings have FIVE toes!


We might go back and buy that Civil war hat Jack wanted, (but I thought oh he'd never wear it")... but at another stop..... clearly Jack has a thing for hats and acting!

This is a great YouTube clip for The landing- Minnesota River Heritage Park (all the buildings are authentic and moved here from other locations in Minnesota!) Enjoy the volunteer characters!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjfLNEpVfug&feature=related

19 comments:

darlin said...

Now that was roughing it all right, what did the boys think, besides liking the hat?

Karen S. said...

Darlin: They loved it...we were there from 1:00 pm. until 4:30 and they really had a fun time...it's so much fun seeing these things through their eyes...they both picked up little stones along the way...and my daughter-in-law said that Jack immediately washed every little stone (you wouldn't believe how many he stuffed in his pockets)..but they both asked the tour girl so many questions that I felt gramma chose a cool thing! A great day was had by all!

Galen Pearl said...

Lots of interpretations of the word "rough." Very interesting! Love your photos.

The English Teacher said...

Wow. A beaver hat. I've never seen one before.

Max said...

Loved the pictures and the info that went along. My house was built before electricity and indoor plumbing, when you go in the basement you can see the history of electrical wiring. Thanks for the trip back in time.

Alexia said...

These are great pics Karen - looks like you really had fun!

They remind me of taking our kids to a pioneer village in Thunder Bay: Fort William Historical Park, it was called. We had a wonderful day there.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a fun trip. Nice pics :) /Limar

Karen S. said...

Writer, Max, Alexia, Limar: it was a fun trip...we've been devoting Thursdays to fun and learning days ....Fort Snelling today! ..oh yeah we catch movies too...! But it's amazing how the young just love seeing new things! Even when the stuff is really OLD!

Karen S. said...

Max- Have you ever posted photos of all that ancient wiring? I bet it is amazing!

Karen S. said...

Galen: thanks, I love stepping out of the box on Carmi's TP's and think it's great fun when we all come up with various things.....it really makes one word or a phrase stand out when you have to put a photo and thoughts to it...I love words!

Max said...

Karen - A challenge! I'll try to get some good pictures of the wiring and post them. Thanks for giving me a subject to shoot.

Leovi said...

Beautiful photos. Greetings.

tony said...

Jack Looks [as we say in England]"The Business" In That Hat!

JJ said...

Love the house!

darlin said...

Karen that's fantastic! Enjoy your weekend. :-)

Karen S. said...

Tony, Jack is all about the business for sure! Thanks!
Max- I'm excited and can't wait to see them!
English teacher, I tried to comment on your great Tp it so reminds me of my trip to Cannon Beach, it's a lovely state! I can't understand why blogger as so many issues!

Carmi said...

What a remarkable experience for your grandsons to see - and touch - what life was like before urbanized technology took over. I'm willing to bet this one day becomes a key memory for them.

Rough indeed: You always manage to take a theme and make it unique. Coolness!

Mustang Sally said...

What a charming and informative interpretation of Rough! I especially loved seeing that beaver hat. I've heard about them but never seen one.

What a day to remember for the kids.

Bob Scotney said...

That log cabin says it all for me. You can see the workmanship it involved.