We Are Deep In the Heart of Texas

Nomadic seasons of farming adventures with nature thrown in to include; a pinch of family, snippets of friends, counting our blessings, paying IT forward, home school, and the spicy things I decide to rant about.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

On The Road Again

"The life I love is learning and teaching our young men.
I just can't wait to get on the road again."

(Lyrics from Willie Nelson with some para phrasing, Sorry Willie.)

We are officially street legal with Sheikh.  Mr. Volvo was so happy too; he treated us to the park where we noticed the mesquite trees had some lovely green frond-like leaves.
I literally just tilted my chin up for this shot sitting on a bench. 

The boys were thrilled with our new found freedom. On our way home we took the long way to go to the refurbished Oakville town.  This is where I explained all the tools, old fashioned items, and how the United States used to be the leader in manufacturing goods like tools and cars. 

The boys were having fun running about asking me what the rusty old tools were and lucky for me; I actually knew.  We will go back and tour the Oakville jail house that is now a bed and breakfast.  They were in awe to learn that prisoners were actually hung for their crimes right out side their second story jail cell on the hanging tree.
 Did I ever tell ya'll that I love Heavy Metal?  This car is just stunning in my opinion.
The marker found at the bottom of this link is only ten feet away from this bumper.  How much time and effort the new owners have spent recapturing the beauty of these buildings.
 I absolutely adore this light fixture.  

Zephyr looks into the well here.  He learned how folks used to have to lower a bucket maybe a hundred feet into a well just to have water to drink.  I even explained to him about there not being any faucets to turn on; folks had to carry water to their homes.  
Saenz, Zephyr, and I discussed how tools for everyday use were usually made of metal, wood, or cloth.  I also told them about the Industrial Revolution and how Americans worked in factories and made almost everything for the country like: cars, tools, kitchen gadgets, machines, and just so many items.  How their great grand parents had to pick food from fields and kill their own animals for meat.  Then later, one of their grand mothers worked in a textile factory and made clothing for a large business to sale. 

I explained to the boys while plastic is a wonderful item and has made tools affordable and available to just about everyone.  There are still places where people have to live without the convienance of having electricity, heat, or water inside their homes. 

If you ever find yourself traveling on highway 37; take a detour off mile marker 65.  You will be happy that you did.  We had a beautiful day just learning about the history, culture, and the  world just right outside our door.  Tomorrow who knows where we will end up visiting but, I can't wait to show them a little bit of what I find fascinating.


Sharon said...

Oh, that lovely word............ Freedom!

Diane said...

Sounds like a great place to visit. Just a little out of our neck of the woods. Thanks for the chicken advice. Would it confuse them this late in the game to hang a light? I am fine with waiting until Spring to see some eggs.