So I saw this recipe on the James Townsend and Sons website where they make it look so easy and decided I gotta try it. So here we go! Let’s mince up some ham, country ham and fresh eggs would be better since they don’t require refrigeration.
While four eggs are on to hard boil I started on mincing the ham. In this case I’m running some packaged city ham through the grinder to create ham mince. This could be done by hand with knife and mashing tool. But, today I have solar panels to work on and utilized some tools for shortcuts. 😉
We just got back from another small adventure. And while putting together the pictures from two different cameras I saw these and remembered I didn’t show you our gold expedition. While it was not a lot to get excitited about it, was relaxing, and fun. Plus we did find some very fine gold flakes!
Libby and Layla enjoyed the time playing in the creek.
This certainly was a beautiful setting to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Now down to business. We set up our mini-sluice and got started digging holes.Ok, so digging the holes to try and reach the bedrock where the black sand and gold would be settled was not so relaxing. Brenda and I took turns digging and processing the raw materials.So the mini-sluice is set and working… This was the second most cool part. The first part of course is working down the “concentrates”. You see that’s what you end up with after it goes through the sluice.
We both wanted to play in the sluice since it was helping to concentrate the “good stuff.”
The outcome??? We found several small flakes of very fine gold and the confidence that we could do this. We will soon be “penny-aires” at this rate!!!
This was about getting out enjoying each others company in nature and doing things that others have never tried. How much gold have you found lately, hmm? We also met some folks that were real helpful with hints and tips. Which goes to show that there are many communities full of folks that want to share their knowledge and experiences.
This was just a short post, during the same short time we collected geodes in another stream and camped with an old friend in the Cherokee Nat’l Forest.
Now that i’ve posted this back to work on what I was really doing…
Since 1937 this group has been busy preserving the history and heritage of this area of Michigan, specifically Mason County. This includes a community of 29 buildings that are situated on 23 acres of beautiful lands and gardens. Sounds like a real estate ad or a travel brochure? I’m sorry it’s just the truth and the only way I can describe the place. So here are a lot of Pictures from some of the buildings.
Let’s go see the general store…
The slide show above is a typical trappers cabin. Brenda and I both agreed that we could be very comfortable there.
There were several more buildings with all sort of things from that time displayed. We managed to make it through all of them before we had to move on.
SO, I’m going to close for now as it’s time to head out for the next stop. I’ll let you in on a secret, the next blog post will still be from Michigan.
We step back in time once again with one of the period actors here at Fort Boonesboro. This time to hear the story of surrender at the hands of a few, very few, brave Kentuckians….
Yes, it’s true I’m still playing catch up. It seems that there’s just not enough time between planning, adventuring, and work to share with ya’ll all the cool stuff we find to get into. Since this video we have been gathering geodes, gold panning, camping in the forest with a friend, hiking at Natural Bridge, visiting a campsite on the Elkhorn Creek, touring Lost Sea Cavern, and that’s all I can remember without Brenda’s help.
Chief Black Hoof explains the meaning of the word we now say as “Kentucky” as he begins to explain life from the eyes of his people. It’s interesting to hear history from a different perspective than the narrow view taught to us in school. As he continues the differences begin to grow less and start to become similarities.He continues to describe the society of his people and it soon becomes clear that perhaps they were more progressive than the white men. He explains how women in his tribe were held in a higher position than even the white man’s women. Indian women managed the affairs of the family, where to set camp, what to grow, they held all the belongings in the wig-wam, and yes even the wig-wam. While the women in the white man’s nation had little to say about these things. He describes when it came time to go to war how the braves would defer the final veto to the elder women. Then describes how young men became warriors. And describes the making of the “scalp lock” and what it meant, along with the adorning of the warriors. The reasons they fought the early settlers were described in ways that differ from those we learned. Black Hoof goes on to describe his decisions in dealings with the white men of this new nation. And describes his final days.
Well I hope this has given you a little different perspective of history, it certainly caused me to think a little more about what I ‘knew”. Brenda and I spent the whole day there just soaking up the atmosphere of the time they portrayed. So I’ll be posting more videos and pictures to help tell the story we saw.
Ok, maybe this was really just yesterday but it sure felt like 200 or more years ago. We stopped in at Fort Boonesboro Kentucky to see the period actors and learn a few things. I’l be posting some videos with music, history, and hopefully telling a story you’ll want to hear. Those of you more than 400 followers know that I try and make fairly short posts here just so you can pop in to see what we’re doing. SO, to do that there are going to be several posts. Along with the videos I’ll be adding podcast audio to “Road Noise” on this blog. So stay tuned and check it out.
Today we were entertained by Jonathan Hagee who is known as a Colonial Balladeer. He’s a “roving musician” who performs at fairs, festivals, schools, and historic sites sharing and talking about life in early America from the 1750-1820 time period.