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Jamestown and the weekend...

Busy weekend!  I'm working from home today, and taking a quick break to add an update to my woefully un-updated journal.

First, on Friday, we went to the farm to pick up and drop off the generator.  I took the opportunity to snap a couple of quick pics of the dollhouse stairs I put in:

So now, my dolls can actually get to the roof.  Bob suggested the paint style.  Pretty, huh?  I need to do a few touch ups here and there, but overall I'm pleased.  The house is so cute.

Then, off to Jamestown.  I didn't make a huge display this time, so I actually bounced around talking to people about all sorts of things, rather than sit in the Governor's House all day.  Speaking of the Governor's House, the new house that will be replacing it is coming along fabulously, and I can't wait to move in:

The beams are quite large in some places.  Not as absolutely huge as in the old farmhouse, but impressive all the same.  The new building is two stories, two fireplaces (I get heat!), and will be gorgeous.


The weekend was noisy - it was MTA, so of course there were firing demonstrations throughout the weekend, but on Saturday evening, they did a special VIP firing of the howitzer and the Fort salver (the big gun that sits in the middle of the Fort).  It had been at least ten years since the thing was fired, but it went off beautifully (and loudly).  There was also a genius opportunity for the big donors to shoot some of the smaller guns themselves, and seeing little old ladies firing off a machine gun is a sight to behold.

For the public, they did a big artillery demonstration at noon on Sunday.  Cue the crying children. 

But, overall, I had a lovely time, though I'm a bit achey today.  Got lots of compliments on the green jacket, and got my picture taken a lot.  Since I was standing around the fort most of the weekend, I got a lot of "can we take our photo with you?" requests.  I also got in a bit of chicken snuggling - I held one of the chickens on my lap for quite a bit, and even put her to sleep for some time.  Sunday the chickens stayed in their coop, because the hawk was threatening them, so I fed them sunflower chips through the slats in the coop.  Much nibbling and clucking ensued.  I do love those chickens.

Good times. 



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Mar. 22nd, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
I live in vicarious glee over your doll house - and your big house! How many of us get adult play houses, hm?? :D
Mar. 22nd, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you for letting my daughter pet your chicken :) I would have stopped to chat a bit, but there were a lot of people around and Mary wanted to keep moving.
Mar. 22nd, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I didn't see you! I think I had my head down over the chicken. :)
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Mar. 22nd, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
Ha hah! I get to give my speil! Close your eyes and pretend you're there...

...And now open them again so you can read. *ahem*

The old house was based on a complete guess, since there are no drawings and really no descriptions of what the houses looked like in the Fort. The one J'town built was based on a governor's house in Ireland of the same era.

Now, in the past couple of years, more has been uncovered at the archaeological site, including a long house footprint, and contained within, artifacts that seem to suggest that someone very rich and important resided there. The inference is that this might be the governor's house, and we're going with it.

This actually makes a lot more sense when viewed in the light of a report from the arrival of Lord De la Warr, that states he stayed on the ship in his quarters for three months after landing, until a "suitable house could be built". The old house could have gone up in a week or so; the new house is much more in keeping with a three-month timeline. In addition, he had servants, his secretary, and his brother-in-law (but not his wife or children, who stayed in England), so a larger house makes sense.

The upper floor will be a private area for staff and volunteers to store their things and take a break, and the lower floors will be divided into four rooms, two of which will be the private quarters of the governor (his bedroom and sitting/dining room), and two the public areas (a receiving room and secretary's office), all of which will be furnished appropriately. I hope I'll get to do food displays in the private dining room. :)

I was telling people this all weekend. :)
Mar. 22nd, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, and no cooking; just light and heat from the fireplaces. The governor's food would be cooked in the communal kitchen, and brought to his house. :)
Mar. 22nd, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
Nice woodwork and jetty to the house (the dolls house is nice too!).

My house is double jettied - or we found out it was when we removed a lot of lath and bright yellow paintwork!
Mar. 22nd, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
How very cool! It kills me how people hide the gorgeous old design of houses - there's a couple of buildings at the Weald and Downland museum that were only discovered to be old timber framed buildings after they were being torn down.

The new house looks very much like how we want the outside of our Tavern to look - we were making jokes about coming in and quietly taking the frame. :)

Mar. 22nd, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
I'll help sneak in and quietly take the frame :)
Mar. 22nd, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
So awesome! You always look so perfect!!
Mar. 22nd, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks! I got a lot of comments about being ready for Easter! :) I love that combination of colours.
Mar. 22nd, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
We were wondering what the new building was! It was gorgeous. There’s just something about those framed timbers that has such a feeling of elegance and permanence.

You did look quite lovely! I love that jacket. Sorry we never made it over to the fort for any length of time, I was barely out of camp at all.

I do wish I’d have known about the demo on Sunday – Edward was trying to nap, but we just tried later. No biggie, the boys love the guns. It wasn’t like the year they had the demo field right next to our camp (when Edward was 9 months old). Now THAT was an adventure. The judges happened to come in while some group set off a grenade just a few yards from us, and I had to soothe the boy with a pacifier. Luckily, there were no docking of points for that! Ah, good times. :-)
Mar. 22nd, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
You will have to get some chickens of your own to whisper when you finally move down to the farm full time!
Mar. 22nd, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to seeing the new house finished. There were lots of pictures taken of the chicken.
My S.O. asked if he thought we could get a chicken for our RevWar reenactments.
Mar. 23rd, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
It was lovely to finally get to meet you in the flesh!

And I'm completely jealous of "your" new house. I'm sure it will be completely spiff when it is finished.
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