Thursday, June 24, 2010

Local Sites and Sara turns 2...

During our second week we got to help Sara celebrate her 2nd Birthday. With neighbors, balloons and "tup takes", fun was had by all.

We went to visit the local quilt museum, were we found a couple of Elvis inspired quilts. Quilting is a big part of the areas heritage and is still practiced by many of the local women today. The beds we are sleeping in, have quilts handmade by David's grandmother on them.

Of course you can't visit the USA without going to "THE MALL"...When we got sick of shopping we took Sara to the kiddies play area known as "The Swamp at Oaks Mall" named for the UF Gators and the play area is created in the shapes of the swamp animals and bugs, along with a big old oak tree slide. Everything is made with a soft foam vinyl covered material so the under 5's do not get hurt.

Dudley Farm is an early pioneer farm established before the Civil War. Currently it covers 325 of the original 640 acres that were operated by the Dudley family for three generations. An authentic working farm, the homestead consists of eighteen buildings. These are restored - NOT recreated - and include the family farmhouse with original furnishings, an 1880's kitchen outbuilding, a general store and post office, and a functional cane syrup complex.

One of the residents of the farm welcomed us with an amazing display of his "manliness"...Strutting, gobbling and showing off his tail feathers...Felt a little like Friday night at the pub.

Nina found herself a job at the farm doing the laundry.

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