Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Inside Story


Step inside with me, if you will, and walk back in time to the inside of an Irish farmhouse hundreds of years ago. This farm is very well kept. The second picture is the ceiling, and of course there is the fireplace with the bed beside it to stay warm. The water buckets had to be kept filled all the time or the wood would dry out. I'm sure you recognize the other furnishings, none of which we have in our homes anymore, except for maybe the colorful china cabinet, which was the only bright spot in the room. In the next to last picture, see that square hole up high in the wall? It is a safe hole! They were cut into the walls of many of these houses and people would put their valuables there. In plain sight, but very hard to get to. Well, of course I did not really go to Ireland. Welcome to our Frontier Culture Museum! Many acres include exact replicas of farms in the past from different cultures and countries. You can tour in golf carts, see the animals, and talk to people from the past about their hardships. You can even go inside the homes, or maybe just have lunch by one of the beautiful lakes. I will be showing more from time to time.


“God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you're ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it, He throws caution to the winds, giving to the needy in reckless abandon. His right-living, right-giving ways never run out, never wear out. This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.”
2 Corinthians 9

30 comments:

Karin said...

Very interesting post Ginny! Love that safe place in the ceiling - almost like - of course we have valuables, but you can't get at them!
So the Irish settled in this area and made it like home! We haven't been our Fort Edmonton in many years - used to take the kids all the time when they were younger. The grands have all been often too! Maybe in the summer hubby and I should do a day outing like that - we could take a wheelchair in case one of us gets tired!

George said...

Thanks for taking us inside the home. This museum sounds like a fascinating place to visit.

Annie said...

Loved this excursion, Ginny. Thanks so much. I hope you are starting to feel better.

SquirrelQueen said...

This looks like a really interesting place to visit, thanks for the tour Ginny. We have a couple of places like that in this area but I haven't been out to see them.

The old butter churn brought back a lot of memories. I have memories from my early childhood of helping my grandmother churn butter in one of those. The churn was bigger than I was.

Crystal Mary said...

Your photos are wonderful. A glimpse back through time to a different world, one of hard work and hard times. BUT, these people really lived! Many suffered loneliness as we could never know it, yet I believe they appreciated what they had more also.. 2 Corinthians 9 is special.

Bobbi said...

Hi Ginny! I just love touring these places!! I find history such as this to be very intriguing. I'm sure you had a great time...

Remington said...

Very cool! I had to show Beth too -- of course she loved the loom and spinning wheel!

Sandra said...

i want to go there, really i do and see all of it, i enlarged to read the sign and there is so much to see. wow. how close is this to you. i would be there all the time. like i go to the historical village here. but nothing like this. i can see my king size bed would not fit in that room. so glad i don't have to pulverize my own wheat and corn or make my own butter or use any of these things, but i do so love looking at them. i did have to haul drinking water for 3 years, but it was a galvanized bucket.

Lynn said...

Hi Ginny, I am catching up. I was "Irish" by marriage for almost 23 years and my ex had to be in England on business once and made the trip to Ireland during his trip, so I have seen pictures of the cottages and such. I found this post so interesting. The verse in 2 Cor 9 is a beautiful one too. Now I am going backwards to catch up more. See someone mentioned you feeling better. Did not know, so I took hope you are feeling better.

Autumn said...

Love seeing what it would be like to live 'long ago' and it makes me grateful for the blessings of more modern housing etc!

Darlene said...

Great post, Ginny. It is always so interesting to see how people lived in the past. I wonder how many of us would survive living the way people used to (and still let our light shine)!

momto8 said...

oh my goodness...i loved seeing this..thank you for the tour!

kanak7 said...

Fascinating tour, Ginny. Thank you taking us on this wonderful tour. I love your header!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Very cute - that looks like a fun place for me to take the boys sometime.

Patsy said...

Thanks for the tour.I would love to visit the museum.

Stephanie V said...

That's a cool idea: to show how farming was long ago. It does look like a lot of work but then I think farming always is. Lovely photos.

DawnTreader said...

Looks like a good place to spend a few hours with a camera ;)

Joanne said...

I can't get over how big the fire place is! That must have been some roaring fire! Thanks for the tour.
Blessings, Joanne

SweetMarie said...

This has been a great tour Ginny! Very interesting! I'm looking forward to more. :)

Glenda said...

Ginny, you find the most unique and interesting places! And you do a great job of letting us "travel" with you. Learning more of the history in one's areas is always fun.

Becky Jane said...

One thing that has impressed my about the Irish is their rock walls. I've tried to build a few in the past and they never did turn out right...even when I followed instructions.

Amazing pictures, I enjoyed all of them!

Tracy said...

Ginny, I love old places like that...they are such a wonderful place in history!
Take good care...

Remington said...

I just heard from MadSnapper that you are ill....please take care and get well soon....you are in our thoughts and prayers, my friend....

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Lifting both you and Phil up in prayer. I also heard via Sandra.

LV said...

I have visited places like this before. I find them to be most interesting. Takes me back into an early time in my life.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Ginny, How exciting to see and wonderful that these museums exist. My husband and I both have some degree of Irish ancestry so it is especially timely and interesting. Have a super day tomorrow!

Reena Walkling said...

Playing catch up here ... love this series. We went to Ireland a couple of years ago. So loved the country and its people.

From the Kitchen said...

Dear Ginny and Phil: You are in my heart and prayers tonight. May God cover you with healing and comfort.

Best,
Bonnie

Chatty Crone said...

Interesting - I would love to go back in time for one day and see all that - but glad I live now. Hoping you are feeling better. sandie

Ann said...

what an interesting place to visit. Seeing that sure makes you appreciate all the modern conveniences we have