Sunday, August 3, 2008

Frontier Day at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas

I finally got to go out again on a big adventure!
Mom said this was on account of it being the last weekend
of her summer vacation.
We went to El Rancho de Las Golondrinas,
which is a Living History Museum
south of Santa Fe.
Although other companions at our house
have gone many times,
this is my first time.

We came today because it was Frontier Day.
Actually, it was Frontier Day all weekend,
but we just came on Sunday.
I wondered what I would find!

We walked around inside,

and then we smelled something wonderful!

It was bread baking in the horno oven!

And it was time for the bread come out of the oven!

This is what the rest of the courtyard looked like.

The torreon is the tower in the back.

I got adventurous and sat on the ladder with the rug!

There sure were a lot of woven rugs at this place!

A volunteer was spinning wool into yarn.
Maybe this yarn will later be woven into a rug!

I guess the volunteer walked off from this bench.

I tried out the carding combs!

The carding combs help lengthen the wool fibers

so that they are ready for spinning.

There was a hut for dying yarn with natural dyes.

There was a big, black pot over a fire,

and it smelled bad!

But look what you can make with pretty colors of wool!

There is a woven rug and a piece of colcha embroidery.

Plants and even bugs like the cochnieal are used in making natural dyes!

Look at how pretty the drying yarns are!

Did you know that frontier people
even had to build their own houses?

In New Mexico, there were not enough trees
to build log cabins.
The earth is the most abundant resource,
so it was used to build houses!
Adobe has clay, sand, and straw.

Children got to make mini adobe bricks
to find out what making bricks was like.
I wish I could take home a brick!
These bricks will be used at the Children's Festival
at the end of the month.
They will get to build their own mini houses
and every brick will count!
It is not like adobe grows on trees!

This wall is the real thing.
You can see the red clay earth,
the straw,
and tiny rocks from the sand.

This guy is also the real thing.
He is the great grandson
of frontiersman Kit Carson.
He came to talk about Kit Carson.
And when the people were done
saying hello and getting their pictures taken,
I got my picture taken with him, too!

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