My tour round Dallas Heritage Village continues...
Inside there was a trap door leading down to a cellar where goods would have been kept to keep them cool.
I continue my journey round the village.
An information board tells me all about why the pioneers needed pottery.
I investigate the kiln,
and the piles of broken pottery.
We pass by another house that is currently closed for restoration.
I continue my wander and learn all about the area.
I am not sure if these are original or have just been put here for 'show' but there would have been lots of cases of young deaths in these times.
Next I find the garden area.
Gonna' grow me some cotton.
This place is a log house.
The information board tells us a little about the house and how it came to be here.
Inside you can see how it may have looked all those years ago and the furnishings it may have had.
Cute little rocking horse on the mantle piece - it looked about my size!
The bed was covered with netting to keep away the insects when sleeping
You can see the handmade quilt on the bed and the cradle beside it.
A little china head doll is in the bed.
How they used to insulate the cabin.
Lovely blueware china on the dresser. - Well that is what Mum said anyway - they just look like plates to me!
All sorts of things going on in here. Spinning wheel, wool winder and lots of other things to find.
Another hand made quilt.
There was like a centre porch with the rooms on either side.
Another kitchen area - seems there were a lot of kitchen/living areas in this place!
Outside is another garden area with lots of watering cans hanging on the fence.
Machinery! I think this was to grind knives and things.
I have a go.
Hey Leilani, what are you doing on there?
She tells me she is pretending to wash the clothes.
I can see some sheep!
Leilani, does get herself into some funny positions.
Excuse me Miss, but do you know the way to the donkeys?
Pardon? Oh, okay, thank you.
Here they are!
I say hello to Nip and Tuck, the Mammoth Jack Donkeys.
Next on my travels I find the smithy where the blacksmith works.
All is quiet today, no fire and no hammering on the anvil.
All sorts of things to look at in here.
Leilani and I stand beneath the heart and chat.
We are having a really interesting time. The grown-ups are flagging a bit but we are still raring to go.
I find another store room.
Only one piece of corn? That isn't going to go far.
All places need a water pump.
I wonder if it still works.
I tried and tried, but think it must have dried up.
I head over towards the little church
Inside there are wooden pews - very simple, but pleasant.
Information board telling us about the church and its origins.
Sweet little chapel.
Over towards the school next I head.
In I go...
Ooh, it looks big inside.
The children would hang their food billy cans on hooks.
Some items were on display.
This looks like it would have been fun.
All the desks lined up facing the front. There would have been mixed ages within the one classroom.
Work was written on a slate.
The flag would be hung
The teacher had a good view of the whole class on her raised platform.
I think children would have made sure they behaved and took notice!