Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Parker Homestead 2016

Parker Homestead is located in Poinsett County, Arkansas. Every fall there is a festival portraying life "in the good old days" in rural Arkansas.

Cotton patch

The old homestead has added buildings from the area. There is a post office, church, several businesses and homes to tour. Demonstrations are ongoing and items for sale as well as a variety of food vendors.

Natural bottle tree

Piano in the old church with hymnals

Making sorghum molasses.
Crushing the sugar cane, extracting the syrup.

Cooking the molasses.

I find these old typewriters fascinating.

Printing shop

Log construction

The blacksmith shop.

Nice car!

Crazy quilt

Antique farm equipment on display.

Nice way to spend a pretty fall day.


Beach Time

I spent last week in Ft. Walton Beach/Destin in the panhandle of Florida. The first few days were perfectly warm and sunny with a slight cool down Saturday and Sunday.

The crowds are gone now that school is back in session and the vacation season has passed. It was a wonderful time for a relaxing vacation.

Pristine white sand and wonderful weather.

Early morning walk

The view to the west

Most days were spent shopping, reading and relaxing but I usually made it back to the beach for the sunset.

My favorite time at the beach.
A great time for reflection.

Sea creature

There is something about palm trees and oleanders in the landscape that makes me happy.

My favorite - fried oysters.
Wonderful oysters with shrimp slaw and fried okra on the side.
Shrimp Basket - great food, nice prices.
I didn't even see french fries on the menu. Great selection of sides.

Shrimp and crab on crispy grits cakes.
Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House in Destin
Nice harbor view.

Peaceful this time of year.

Beach Love.

Courtyard, Four Points by Sheraton


Monday, October 17, 2016

Irish Whiskey and a Night at the Castle

Our final day in Ireland we drove to Tullamore where we learned about making whiskey. Then to end our time in this friendly, beautiful country we spent the night at Cabra Castle.

Typical building in Limerick.
Just across the street from The George Hotel.

Tullamore Whiskey
We enjoyed a tour and lunch here.

Grinding stone

Our tour guide was very informative.
I confess I don't remember the details!
I thought this copper kettle was pretty.

This sign made me laugh.
I love the way the Irish phrase things.

Sampling the "Dew"
I thought it was very "smooth".
I apologize for the blurry photo.

Lunch at the distillery. 
Such a pretty plate.

Cabra Castle
near Kingscourt

After a long day on the motor coach we enjoyed drinks on the patio and a laugh or two.
Then we were treated to a wonderful dinner in the castle.

Petting the castle dogs.
The castle dog is named Oscar.
Oscar is an Irish wolfhound.
They had just recently gotten another wolfhound.

Our room was in the Gamekeepers House.
The castle is rumored to be haunted but no one in our group reported seeing the ghost.

Very nice and spacious.

Exploring the castle

The castle was huge with several levels and it was easy to lose your way. 

Oscar's portrait hanging in the stairwell with the light at the bottom of the picture.
Should you lose your way in the castle, just find Oscar and he will point the way.

One of the staircases

Artwork of all kinds throughout the castle.

There were several dining areas. 
I loved the mismatched china and Staffordshire dogs on the wall in this room.

After after waking up in the castle (much too early I might note) we were off to the airport in Dublin for our flight home.

Arriving in Memphis after a stop in Atlanta.

Great trip, great group, wonderful memories.
Thanks for coming along with me.