Sunday, May 11, 2014

Vistor Center at Frying Pan Park

Today I am sharing photos taken at the visitor center.  Not too far from the entrance were several men playing local folk music. It was lovely hearing such sweet harmony, and they were excellent musicians.

There was a small museum inside showing what life was like in the early days of the farm.

An old door complete with names and markings where the children's heights had been measured......

and this information hanging on the door telling what chores were expected from the ages of five to fifteen.  You can enlarge the pictures to read this info.

I enjoyed looking at all the old photos and this one was my favorite.

Another great photo.

And more.

A dairy equipment display.

An old milk can....

and an old milking machine.

I was surprised to see a face on the milk bottle......

and wasn't really sure what I thought of it.  From my childhood, I remember the sound of the milkman's van as he made his way up the street in the wee hours of the morning long before the sun had risen, followed by the clinking of the bottles as he deposited our order on the doorstep.  When my mother opened the bottle it was a race to see who would get the cream that had risen to the top of the milk for breakfast.  This was often mixed with a teaspoon of sugar as a special treat. 

As we walked away from the center a sudden gust of wind arose, but disappeared as quickly as it appeared.  I turned my back to the wind and took a quick photo.  It doesn't really show up that well but I noticed the people behind us were having fun with this sudden unexpected 'dust storm'.

The following information I found online at the Friends of Frying Pan Farm park Facebook page here

"All those pretty yellow plants are called Yellow Rocket.  It is an edible weed that grows in the pasture at Frying Pan, and is a relative of the wild mustard plant, you can cook its stems like broccoli or eat its early spring leaves in a fresh salad."

This is the pasture they are talking about.  However, I don't know if this is the Yellow Rocket or the wild mustard plant.  I wished I had an expert around to tell me.

I still haven't finished sharing all the photos I took, and they will be shown at a later date.