Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Fun and Work


Why haven't I been blogging? Choose your answer: a) we've been too busy sightseeing and working; b) internet has been iffy; c) I'm too lazy to get the photos and text together; d) all of the above. If you chose (d) then you win the smiley face of the day prize!

When we left the Rio Grande Valley in February we traveled to an area east of San Antonio, then moved further east & north, traveling through the Piney Woods following the dogwood, wisteria and azalea blooms north. More about those travels another time.

We are now workcamping at Long Point Park, Table Rock Lake near Branson MO. We are Gate Attendants for the Army Corps of Engineers. We staff the fee booth and have a great chance to visit with campers & boat launchers. We get to enjoy the lovely spring flowers, trees and birds of the Ozarks, batten down the hatches for spring storms and tour the sights of the area.

One place we visited was Edwards Mill on the campus of College of the Ozarks. Edwards Mill was built in 1972 as a student industry project. The Mill is built in the style of the old mills and operates like the 1880's mills did. The day we were there they weren't actually grinding any grain but there are packages of ground meal to buy. A sign inside the door reads:

Back of the loaf is the snowy flour

And back of the flour the mill

And back of the mill the wheat and the shower

the sun and the

Father's Will

The lower level of the mill contains a museum of old harvesting and milling equipment and some baking pans. The top floor is a weaving and crafting workroom. We saw lots of big looms but only two in use that day. There were also two students basketweaving and one making beaded jewelry.

Photos are found in my Picassa album: http://picasaweb.google.com/patjreece/EdwardsMill#