Get Off the Couch, Get Out of the House, Episode #3

Day 27 of the 31 Day Challenge

Day 27 of the 31 Day Challenge

Pioneer Farms 

Pioneer Farms 

Today I have nothing much to offer about culinary school.  Everyone needs a little break from the daily grind, whether it is the 9-5 job, or even a long-time dream like cooking school.  So I have a little diversion for you.  A few weeks ago, Austin had its annual free museum day.  Many cities do this, and what a great thing it is.  On a Sunday in September, all the museums in Austin were free.  I decided I needed to take advantage of the perfect price as well as a beautiful day. So rather than go to an inside museum like the art museum, I went to Pioneer Farms.  Yes, me the single woman and a whole bunch of families with kids! :)  (This is not my photo below but it might as well have been!)  It was a sunny (read: hot) Texas day with a big blue sky, and it was just the outdoor activity I needed. A nice long walk with my camera…..

Pioneer Farms website photo

Pioneer Farms website photo

Pioneer Farms is a historic site that has been preserved with a variety of buildings that represent life in Texas in the mid 1800's.  It has a general store, log cabins, barns, Indian teepees and long horn cattle.  Sadly, now it is surrounded by tract homes, but once you are on site it is like stepping back in time. Especially because they have volunteers dressed in period costumes, doing what the pioneers would have done….cooking outdoors, spinning yarn, etc.  

Here are some of my photos so you can share the experience.  Don't you love this notice!  These are the rules of the museum….

Long horns really do exist! 

Here are some photos of the cabins. I love the logs and how they are made. I have been a bit lost in Zillow looking at homes for sale in WInton-Salem and the surrounding areas.  There were two historic log homes for sale, that sadly are already sold.  I was so enthralled with the idea of living in one! 

Here are some photos of the interiors.  I love all the textures, the crocks, the quilt, the worn painted floor….The quilt reminded me of those my grandmother Mimi made, with the yarn knotted in the middle of each square to hold the batting in place. 

The hen house was my favorite part - of course because chickens are on my bucket list! 

Since you are probably already losing interest and thinking I am losing my mind, here are the rest of the shots.   No trip is complete without a picture of an inviting path.  I also love doors, windows and fences so there are those too.  And I like the texture of old paint, so a couple of those.  For Tom, there is always the blacksmith shop.  And who can resist the animals?   

I hope you enjoyed this little tour.  Just like the Smithville trip, it is great to be a tourist in your own locale! Since I went by myself, sharing it with you is like you were there with me!