It's already the end of October and it looks like finally the weather has 'turned the corner'.
Temperatures are very pleasant during the day, about 70-75 F, and down-right cold during the night at around 50!
I love it! I'm finally able to put my jeans on, (and socks!) and go for wonderful crisp morning walks!
I could do without those monster-spiders everywhere, but oh well, you can't have it all, I guess ...
I've started a fall-table (herfsttafel), bringing back anything 'fall' I can find and displaying it on the table outside.
It's something we used to do when we were young, and it's a fun way to pay attention to the changes in nature during this time.
(I left the mushroom where it was though, I don't want to disturb or destroy anything just to let it die on the table.)
After quite some weeks of 'staying put', we spent last Saturday at the Washington County Fair, .. sorry, Parish Fair. Here in the south, counties are parishes...
The Fairgrounds in Franklinton are just 19 miles 'down the road' from us, so it took us only about 30 minutes to get there, but than a little longer to find a (free) parking spot within 5 blocks!
It being the last day of the fair, and the weather absolutely gorgeous, we were not the only ones who had this brilliant idea ...
Holy smokes, was it busy!
We strolled the grounds and the exhibits, petted some cows, drooled over the farm-equipment and listened to some country music ...
Off course we had to have some unhealthy, greasy, high calorie fair-food, of which there fortunately was no shortage of:
James fell for an 'Onion Blossom', we sampled some pork rinds (or was that skin?) and bought some 'boiled peanuts'.
Here in the south they boil their peanuts and I must say, they're not bad. A little soggy for my taste, something I never like in anything, but the taste was good!
Besides all these usual fair ingredients, a truck from Gator Country was set up on the grounds to educate the public about 'gators'.
Featured on the Natural Geographic TV-show 'America the wild', Gator Country is a 15-acre alligator and reptile rescue educational preserve in Beaumont, TX.
With the rivers around here 'teaming' with these critters it's probably a good thing to be informed about the 'do' and 'don't-s when around them.
Attacks apparently aren't uncommon, and mainly because people are feeding them, but fatalities are very rare.
Right. Sure ... good to know ... thanks!
Drawn in by he blasting music and the screaming and yelling of terrified people, we even walked into the 'rides and games' area of the fair, or the 'midway' as such is called.
Not that we would ever be crazy enough to actually go into/onto one, but just to look at the crazies who do.
I don't think so!
Also located on the fairgrounds, and normally only open to the public on certain days of the week, is the historical Mile Branch Settlement, a pioneer village reconstructed from old cabins that were moved here from locations all over the parish, as a tribute to the pioneering spirit of the Washington Parish residents.
Mainly of Scotch-Irish and German descend, they build their cabins in what became the distinct Appalachian Upland Folk Architecture.
19th Century attired volunteers are re-enacting life in this small settlement as it must have been in those days gone by ..
This mule is walking his 'rounds' grinding sugar canes
As these villages go, this was quite a nice one, and we spent some time walking through the cabins, sampling 'sassafras' and watching corn being milled and sugar canes being ground and cooked into syrup.
Well, I think that was about all the excitement we had here this week.
Inspired by the pioneering mindset of 'handmade' and 'do-it-yourself', I did some baking of my own, and did away with some over-ripe bananas for a banana-walnut bread.
James continues to work hard ... ahem ... right ... if you say so honey!
Men and their toys. It's a guy thing!