Thursday, September 16, 2010

Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme...

Working as a re-enactor, it's wonderful to keep alive the old ways and create things that neither beep, fax, or microwave. I relish history and craftsmanship from the past, and stand in admiration of the God-given ingenuity of our ancestors. Not to mention that I like playing dress-ups. Sometimes though, it's very nice to be on the other side of the counter, so to speak, and to simply observe my fellow living historians/artisans at their craft. So dear readers, let's go to the fair.

































21 comments:

Emily Young said...

That looks SO FUN!

Leslie said...

I want to go!

Alexis Hallum said...

That was a grand adventure!

angelina said...

jodi, i love it. i am sighing, dreaming, wishing i could find a street, a villege, where this was 'real' today. wouldnt it be great if we could order our set of spoons and watch them being made by our local blacksmith. have our shoes mended with locally tanned leather. visit the seamstress and order a fancy dress made with linens scored on a trade. i want to go back!!
(ironically, it is funny to me that the 18th century style oven is a modern age hit here in urban australia. everyone thinks they've got to have the fancy pizza ovens outside, giggle.) xx

Kerrie said...

You have such a cool job. Thanks for sharing picture of the fair..wish I lived closer!

FIONA THE GREAT AND MIGHTY WISE ONE said...

Lenzo Lenzo LENZ!!!
Oh how lovely! Seems mighty familiar! Wow that was a fun weekend! Fun and full of no sleep and more no sleep! It was such a great surprise to see you there- my mom told me @ aprox 10 of 6 that morning (with one of my eyes opened on the world) that you were coming and that was one of the reasons I actually bothered opening up my other eye!! All the pictures are making me think of all the memories I got and also they make me see that every one got to see what I loved so much! I wish I could seriously live at this festival year round! It's just as great as Christmas to me!!
@Thatfowlergirl: Rinnagirl: So glad you were there :P those boys were mighty greatful that you stopped to talk to them. Their 'band' was just forming and they needed all the """"support"""" they could get! :P :D They actually got to get up on stage the next day and next year if you come you might get to see them perform. Sure glad you came --- you should join it next year! :D The open fire cooking will be full of my friends and it will be called... Fiona'sOwn... :P
I can't really tell you how glad I am that you came but I am so glad you enjoyed my frrrrrrrittres and the CHOpped nd CHOMPed chomp! :D
Lenz, we've been waiting in breathless anticipation for this post ALL WEEEEEEEEEEEK! DANKA
LOVE you and Thanks

........................... *crickets*

Rachel said...

This reminds me of childhood days going to Silver Dollar City, now it is a Silverwood and I am sure has changed a lot. When I was little they had basket weavers, candy makers/taffy pullers, candle makers(I remember making candles and the smell of candle wax.),glass blowers and doll makers, great pictures thanks for sharing.

Kim Hyland said...

I love "old" too! My daughter and one of my sons have done colonial reenacting at Gunston Hall, George Mason's home. We also have friends who reenact at Claude Moore Colonial Farm. Your fair looks much like the one they hold. It's one of my favorite events!

Misty said...

i want to come,too!! first it looks a lot cooler there!!! :) but really, i also love history and to see a bit of it is a lot more fun than merely memorizing it, eh?!

Cheryl said...

What a great day out. Did you go dressed in appropriate apparal? Wonderful to see all the handmaking prior to mass intensive production. I bet items were treasured more. Every harvest, a mobile milling truck drives down our lane. Its not modern. I don't know which farm it visits, but I think it would be a great partner with your mobile baker.

Jodi said...

Hey Cheryl, I didn't dress up, I was just visiting my friends who work there. I work at another sight in PA. :) The hand-making is wonderful to watch.

Jodi said...

Misty, much more fun than memorizing!

Jodi said...

Angelina, you can have all those things done when you reenact. that guy has made my spoons. that's why going back is fun. especially when, at the end of the day, you can go forward to home for a hot shower and toothpaste. :)

Jodi said...

Miss. Fiona, knowing that my visit could get a teenager out of bed is quite an honor. danka!

Amy said...

How fun! Thanks for sharing all these photos with us.

joanny said...

Jodi

A way of life that is sad we are leaving behind, but keeping some of the crafts alive is important so not to get lost in the techno age.

I remember an interview by Tasha Tudor, who made a conscious choice to live in simplicity with grace. If you do not know her story for she was noted for her children books and beautiful watercolors from her farm, she is the essence of beauty.

Have a lovely week end, and keep the heart and home crafts going.

Cheers,
Joanny

Joy said...

That looks so fun. I wish I could have been there. And I love love love the art.

<3

keLi said...

[sigh]

i cannot wait until my kiddos are old enough that i can take them to fun stuff like this ...

but then again, i can.

someday...

Jade Lee said...

Awesome photos Jodi! looks very epic indeed :)

Hana - Marmota said...

I love this, like everyone else. I love the straw hats... I want one of my own, which I'll hopefully have one day, if a cheap and rather modern version of it.
I also love those painted wooden panels, whatever they actually are.
Also: make a mental note to share as much of our local medieval festival as possible, when it comes (May or June).

Ostriches Look Funny said...

HOW fun. When my boys are older, I want to take them to this, and of course, I'll have to pop over and say hello!!!

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