Thursday, January 10, 2008

Ice Storm 1998

(You can click on the pictures to see them in a
larger size)

Ten years ago this month, while we were living in Maine, a terrible ice storm came through. We ended up going without electricity for 9 days. Thanks to our sort of pioneer spirit we had a lovely wood boiler furnace and an antique gas and wood cookstove we had heat and could cook But no electricity meant our water pump didn't work and no tv, computer or lights. We had a lot of kerosene lamps so we could see at night and a portable radio let us be part of the world. Our phone lines came down but my husband could fix that.

It was an interesting experiment. We didn't have a terrible time but realized we like living in the modern world. We rejoiced when we could have our first shower and didn't have to melt ice to get water for the toilets.

We ate well because we had to quickly use up everything in the freezer... It was cold out but not enough to keep the food.

I am putting up some pictures of that ice storm. It was a beautiful scene......... but.......... a lot of work to get life back to normal.

This was not an experiment I wish to repeat.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Fun at the Farm Show

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is one event we like to attend every January. We go mostly to see the draft horses but enjoy many other things as well. The show is varied and there is really something for everyone to enjoy. The Farm Show is a full week of interesting events.
Our favorite thing at the show is the Draft Horse Hitch Competition. Those beautiful draft horses put on quite a show. The Percherons, Belgians and Clydesdales are beautiful, strong and proud horses. Here are a couple of pictures from the event.

Some of the teams are sitting here
awaiting judging

Before we watched the horses we headed to the chicken displays to take some pictures for a friend of ours. There were some amazing looking chickens and roosters. Some of them are beautiful and quite photogenic. Here is a beauty of a rooster. I don't know the name of the type.

And a final surprise was this Miniature Country Store. I was not expecting to find any miniatures at the show but I was wrong. The detail is amazing I thought.

Oh and I can't forget the FOOD. Many of the various agricultural associations offer food in the food court. We both thought the mushroom items were outstanding.

Now we are looking forward to next year.