May 18th, 2009

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Having missed a visit to Claude Moore Colonial Farm on Saturday out of concern about the weather, we went on Sunday after the morning rain stopped. The farm was having a Colonial Fair this weekend as they do several times a year, which is the perfect time to visit. It's probably a bit more crowded touring the farm itself and there are probably more volunteers tied up with the fair, but the fair itself is wonderful -- it's not as big as any of the local Renfaires, but it's a lot less expensive and there's still plenty to do in an afternoon. We watched a weapons demonstration conducted by two women, saw woolens being produced at every level from the freshly shorn sheep to the carding, spinning, dyeing, weaving and stitching, played with 1700s toys, listened to fiddle-playing, watched bookmaking and illustrating, drank lemonade and root beer, and ate cheese sandwiches and pie. Plus we walked around the farm, which has turkeys, geese, chickens, pigs, sheep, cows, and lots of resident wild birds.


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In the evening the kids had some homework to finish, so we put on the PBS Celtic Woman special on the theory that they'd rather do math than watch it. Then, when they were finished, we watched The Tudors season finale. Given the various revisionist myths on the series about Henry's other women, I was curious whether they'd give uneducated teenager Catherine Howard a break. Hah -- Collapse )

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Monday the plumber comes to try to fix the kids' bathtub. *sighs*