Big boomin’ laundry lessons
I love Sunday afternoons. It seems there’s always something going on — either at our house or nearby. In this case, it was Peddler Days in Hanoverton, home of historic Plymouth Street and the Spread Eagle Tavern. Live music, rootbeer, vendors, crafters, a Civil War encampment and reenactment and my favorite—tables and tables of used and vintage books. After lunch at the tavern we sat in the shade and listened to these folks. And you know my very favorite thing about this photo?
Now that’s authentic.
Spread Eagle Tavern is a lovely place …
… and out.
We walked the shady street and sifted through period clothing and antiques for sale. We searched in the hot sun through boxes and boxes of books. I came home with The Farmhouse Cookbook and the girls picked up several copies of vintage Nancy Drew novels. The boys stayed busy discussing Early American gunsmithing with one of the soldiers.
And then we visited the laundress. She gave instructions, explained a few details and then put them to work.
And now that they’ve been properly trained, I may have them do the laundry every day!
Kay (who assumes the role of laundry woman during reenactments) has a lovely camp set up. These are her cooking tools. Together with a fire she has everything she needs to prepare tasty meals. Want to know how to simplify your kitchen? Here you go … the crucial tools. Throw in a sharp knife and a big pot and you’ll be set!
A table and chairs would be nice, though. And a few other essentials make any camp cozy and comfortable for the men who might return after battles were fought.
The rebel soldiers were a colorful bunch …
But the Union boys had the big guns and boy did they produce a BIG boom.
And the day produced some very big smiles.
Have a great week, folks.
Maybe I’ll share some tasty recipes from my new cookbook!