I would like to travel somewhere, but I am still tired and still on antibiotics. I thought I was better, but the surgeon says that I still have some of the infection for which I began getting IV antibiotics on June first. I’m upping my intake of fermented foods, more yoghurt, half-sour pickles, kefir, etc. Those are all things I enjoy, anyway. (My friend Ann suggested the pickles and sauerkraut which I hadn’t thought of as foods that might counteract all these antibiotics.)
So I’m not going anywhere, but all my children have been having fun on the road this weekend . Andy and his friend Istvan (Steve) drove to Wauseon, Ohio for the 69th annual reunion of the National Threshers Association, getting their “steam fix” for a while, at least. They both enjoyed it a lot. Most of the machines on display, or actually working, are old steam traction engines which are fascinating to them.
These photos are from the web and don’t really show the size of the event. Andy said there were tens of thousands of people there. It’s a full blown event for three days, but they offer camping from Monday to Monday for $100.00 and for just the three day weekend for $80.00. Istvan and Andy drove and it took them about two hours, but they thought it was well worth the drive.
Alice, Mike, Nathan and Stephen traveled six hours to join Em and her girls at their friend Diana’s home in Falls Church, Virginia, to attend the Smithsonian Folklore Festival which was featuring Hungary this year. They actually can get on a metro close to Diana’s home and take it to the Mall where the festival is taking place…And they were all very happy they had attended, too, even when they were rained out Friday afternoon. All manner of authentic musicians, singers, dancers, and craftspeople from Hungary were demonstrating and exhibiting their talents and I really wish I could have been there. Still, I’ve been hearing about it and seeing pictures. They also had special crafts for children and Nathan was very busy turning his hand to this. More about that later, I hope. Here are some pictures of the festival.
Caption for first picture: Weaving from Kalotaszeg
Caption for Second Picture: A Map of the Hungarian Area
Caption for third picture: This craft is new to me, but I think authentic…These earrings are made of horsehair. Alice said they were amazing.
Caption for fourth picture: A furniture painter
I am terribly tempted to include lots more photos, but I think this will have to be enough for now! The world is so full of fascinating things to see, especially on road trips in June!
(Please excuse the fact that wordpress has put all the picture captions and the end of this post in the wrong places and I am unable to fix it.)
Postscript some hours later: Andy found a nice link to a video about the Threshers Reunion. The Tom Diehl mentioned about halfway through is the man Andy calls his “steam mentor”. http://www.13abc.com/story/22717822/antique-tractors-showcased-at-fulton-county-fairgrounds