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Old 05-28-2024, 08:26 AM   #21
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Yikes, snakes! I bet there are lots of snakes around, both venomous and not. I think it would be a good idea for you to have an emergency vet in mind, and a plan for what to do for your doggies, in case they run across somebody slithering who's not so harmless. The snakes will be out early, in the morning and late in the evening, too, I think--nobody likes the heat!
 
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Old 05-28-2024, 09:09 AM   #22
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Thanks for the update.
My brother and I used to camp on a Plantation in South Carolina, the Cowden. We would camp 2 miles from the owner’s home. No one to bother you nothing but nature, near Heaven on earth except of course the mosquitoes.
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Old 05-29-2024, 11:38 AM   #23
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I've almost completed the inventory of all the contents in the Plantation House. I started doing this when I was here Jan, Feb, Mar and "they" wanted me to continue this time also. So, I picked up where I left off, and on those days when it fits in, I'm doing inventory. The only thing left were books, literally .... hundreds of "ancient" books. But, they need another accounting. In "it's" history, this is the 4th time doing an inventory. So, notes are being compared to the prior inventories to ensure all the items listed before are still here! I'm just making the list. Someone else is doing the cross referencing and creating a new data base.

Any, as I've had opportunity to actually handle some of these old books, I've been keeping a mental note of the oldest book here. And I think I finally found it today.

Well, there are actually 2 books that grabbed my attention. The first is a book written in French. But when I looked for the date, it 1824! What struck my attention, this book is exactly 200 years old! I sat there and gazed at this work and could only wonder about 200 years worth of history!



The oldest book is dated 1789 (The Roman Numerals at the bottom of the title page). The name of this book is called: The Christian Religion Containing The Universal Theology of the New Church Which was foretold by the Lord in Daniel, Chap. vii. 5, 13, 14, and in the Apocalypse, Chap. xxi. 1,2. By Emanuel Swedenborg, Servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. Translated from the original Latin.

(So .... how's THAT for a title of a book!

Now! That book is 235 years old!



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Old 06-06-2024, 11:04 AM   #24
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Another project completed, built all from scratch. It's the sun dial stand located between the Oakley House and the outside plantation kitchen. The original was rotting out and chunks of wood were simply falling off. It looked unsightly.

The marble top is not anchored down, nor is the actual sun dial. When I lifted the top off, I looked down the inside of the shaft and it went down over 5 feet, and probably 2 or more feet in the ground. It looked like it was built on a block foundation (under ground) and might have been some kind of concrete tank for something. I'm not sure, no one knew the history either.

So, to keep from having to dig down 4 or 5 feet into the ground, I decided to simply make a sleave that would fit right over the top of the old one, since the main frame is still strong. So, that's what I did. I then cleaned up the actual metal sun dial.

Here's what it looked like before starting:



Here's the finished job.





Now, off to the next project.

I'm still doing house tours and still doing black smith demonstrations. I see the end of my stay approaching all too fast now. Well be leaving Saturday, June 29 for North Carolina.
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Perfect. Looks like it belonged there.
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Does that book happen to say anything about the books of Enoch, or jubilees?
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I don't think that book referenced anything like that. It's a book that deals with the polity of the church .... polity = it's theological belief (Calvinism, Wesleyanism, Arminianism, Protestantism, Catholicism) and the way the church conducted it's business (pastors, deacons, administration). But, I did not read it. It's barely holding together with nothing but air. Just turning the pages is dangerous to the book, its so old now.

So, the inventory has gone as far as I can take it. So they asked me to engage in another project. So, here the assignment: Clean the cannon (scrub it down) and get all the black mold and gunk off of it, and then repaint some of the metal on it.

So, here's the photo after I got the thing completely scrubbed own. I'm waiting on paint now.





Today is June 14, we're heading for North Carolina on June 29 so we will arrive on July 1 at Pilot Mountain State Park. It's hard to fathom our time is running out here. It's such a joy (and a tremendous privilege) to be at this plantation and engage myself in such a way. The longer I stay at this plantation, the more feel this is the place I belong.

A couple days ago I was walking across the "yard" in the early morning. I was walking down to see the cow and open the plantation kitchen. It then hit me. I had such a familiarity with this plantation and had such a warm feeling overwhelm me, it was like I was living a memory of a former life here or something.

Strange I know. The feeling has not left me. I was reminded of the song sung by Marty Robbins, one of his trilligy: El Paso City.

Here's the lyrics. I certainly identify with:

I can't explain why I should know
The very trail he rode back to El Paso
Can it be that man can disappear from life and live another time?
And does the mystery deepen
Cause you think that you yourself lived in that other time?

Somewhere in my deepest thoughts
Familiar scenes and memories unfold
These wild and unexplained emotions that I've had so long
But I have never told
Like every time I fly up through the heavens
And I see you there below
I get the feeling sometime in another world I lived in El Paso.

Many, many, many years ago I had a very vivid and powerful dream I never forgot or never got out of my mind. I was standing on the upper gallery of an old plantation house (the gallery is the porch on a second floor supported by posts or pillars). I was enthralled by the plantation. More details would probably bore you to death.

But all my life I kept thinking, someday I'm going to actually see that plantation. I was maybe 10 or 12 years old when I had that dream. (1965 or 1967 is). All my life I've been waiting to see that plantation. When I remember the dream, it's this plantaiton.

Sounds crazy I know. But I have a strong connection with this place I can't get over.

My wife and I are coming back Oct, Nov, and Dec (2024), in time for the Revolutionary War re-enactment week-end and in December for their Christmas programing and decking the house and the rest of the plantation out for Christmas and special Christmas events. I'm looking forward to it.
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My favorite Marty Robbins song and he dad many of them. I listen to it often, El Paso then El Paso City.
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Dutchman, you are certainly a jack of all trades and good at them all! Good job on the cannon. Enjoy your time there.
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