From Julie H., historical interpreter:
Hi all! It's been a little quiet here on the blog lately. Our staff has been busy during our winter hours with many projects, like sausage making, fence building, and mass amounts of sewing of new garments for the upcoming costumed season. We're excited for the upcoming year, and there'll be a lot of posts in the near future on more farm & daily life activities. I'll have a few winter-themed posts up shortly, now that the bulk of the sewing is finished, but before we get into that, there are some exciting announcements!
Our dear Hallie, an English Red Devon, gave birth today!!! We haven't named the little heifer (female) yet, but we'll think of some good 1630s-appropriate names soon. We were expecting Hallie to have her little one next month, so we were quite pleased to see the wee thing this morning. Come by and meet her, she's so adorable!
Also, for those of you who made it out to our Christmas Lantern Tours programs, you met some beautiful horses who pulled the wagons to the New World. We are so fortunate to welcome two Percherons more permanently to the museum, and their owner, one of our new staffers, will be working them regularly. I'll have more about Chip and Mike here in a few days, but here's a teaser photo of these handsome fellows:
Also, coming up, after the horses, we'll post photos from a beautiful snow fall from the other week, finish Part II of English Christmas Baking, and maybe even learn all about the recent thatching job on our Irish blacksmith shop. Check back soon, we'll be updating frequently again!