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Thursday, December 27, 2007

CANDLELIGHT AT THE RANCH

We have the National Ranching Heritage Center, which is a museum and historical park that preserves history of ranching in this area. There's 14 acres with over 30 historic ranch structures that have been relocated and restored to the origal condition.


Just one of the 30 structures...a large, old, beautiful ranch house that you can tour....and it's stepping back in time when you enter the front door. Such a beautiful old house...... *sigh*


Every Christmas season, the ranch holds a Candlelight at the Ranch night where all kinds of things go on during your nighttime tour. Folks in period costume, making candles, quilting, blacksmithing, sewing.......the list goes on and on. So very interesting. At first, you think, "How neat to live back in these simpler times!" Then, you see a house called a "dugout", dug into the side of a hill and below the ground and you see their dirt walls and dirt floors and you are soooo glad you didn't live back in THOSE times!! This fun night is to raise donations for the Ranch.


Of course, what would any kind of gathering be, here in Texas, without some western and cowboy music !?!


These ladies, in period dress, were inside one of the old houses, mending and.....eating, it looks like.


I tried to get a picture of one of the old structures but between the crowd, the darkness and the light sprinkling of rain, I didn't do very well.

This fella was working on some kind of metal..not really sure what and there was no time to ask...too many people wanting to "see" and it was so cold and damp, we just moved thru pretty fast.

He/she (?) was making a large pot of coffee over an open fire in the fireplace.

These pretty ladies were inside an old stone, one room house...this kitchen area at the back, a bedroom, of sorts, at the front.

We were starved when we left, and chilled to the bone and, low and behold, we had to pass right in front of ROSAS CAFE AND TORTILLA FACTORY. I had tacos and afterwards, fresh (you can watch them making the flour tortillas while you are waiting for your order...and THAT is pretty fresh!!) a tortilla with warm honey. GOOD GRIEF, it was good!!

HOPE YOUR DAY IS A GREAT ONE ~

14 comments:

Karen H. said...

Good Morning BJ,
Oh my goodness, I loved going thru this tour with you. I love going to see things like that. It kind of reminds me of the days of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I don't think I could live in those kind of days. Oh, I probably would IF I HAD TOO, but I have been used to all the today's things and I know it would be hard on me. If things keeps getting worse, we may all have to go back to living like that. Now, you had to go and heat some Taco's huh? LOL. It all sounds good especially the fresh tortilla's with warm honey. Making my mouth water here. LOL. Thank You for taking us along on your tour. I so enjoyed it. I do hope you are feeling much better. Take care my friend and have a great Thursday. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

Tammy B. said...

Good fresh tacos !! Be still my beating heart !!

Marcela said...

Dear BJ
I really admire you!!!
I love all your posts, and all the beautiful and interesting things you always do!!!
I wish you a Happy New Year with all your family!!!
Love
Marcela

Michelle said...

That looks like fun. Tacos! Yum..I hope to have some this weekend when visiting my BIL and SIL. :)

Michelle

Linda said...

Good Morning BJ, What a vist, I loved the tour and
the tacos look so delish...my favorite food.
I'm just now starting to take my decorations down. I love putting everthing out but taking down never seem as much fun.
Do you have big birthday plans??? Linda

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

Thank-you for sharing your day, that would be so much fun to go and visit. I offten wish things were a slower pace now like it was back then. I love your new blog. It is just as mush fun to decorate our blogs as it is our home don't you think so? Have a wonderful day and a very safe New Years Eve!
ginger

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi BJ,
That looks like a really fun and interesting place to visit! Reminds me of Williamsburg...

I want your tacos! They look sooo yummy!
Penny

Betty said...

Hi BJ,

I felt like I was going through this right along with you. Thanks for taking us on the tour with your nice pictures.

We have something similar to this at a city park near our house. The people who are participating are dressed up similar to the ones in your pictures. Really takes you back in time.

Have a good evening.

Betty (Beddow) said...

I love going to places like this. Thanks for taking us along!

Nan said...

What a nice tour. Sounds like fun. Pass the tacos please...I'm hungry.
Hugs,
Nan

Cyndy said...

What a treat! A wonderful tour and my favorite, Rosa's tacos! Your posts are always so interesting!! What have you got planned for the New Year?

Blessings,
Cyndy

Meggie said...

Thanks for the tour of the ranch museum, BJ. I'm so glad I'm not living back then....I don't like to be cold and I can't imagine those homes being too cozy. Glad you had a nice Christmas. Can't wait to read about your daughter's Christmas present.

Brenda said...

OMG I would have loved to be there. Thanks for letting me tour with you.

BittersweetPunkin said...

Sometimes I think it would be so neat to live the way they did back then...it seems simpler but I bet it was far more difficult!!
That taco looks yummy too!
Blessings,
Robin