Monday, June 27, 2011

A Rustic Life

Imagine living behind these fences.

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Where your home is a fortress.

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And the indigenous people are living right outside, preparing for another battle.

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No fancy houses, just sturdy log cabins.

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This is where you would sleep.

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Perhaps you would become a carpenter specializing in wooden utensils.

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This weekend we visited Old Fort Harrod where the first Kentucky pioneers settled in around 1770s. These cabins were rebuilt in 1930s. The reenactors told us that this land once had abundance of elk and bison. The pioneers traveled from Virginia, across the Appalachia Mountains, and decided Kentucky would be a good place to stay. Hard for me to imagine people walking hundreds of miles to claim land. Meanwhile they had to  deal with natives and wild animals. In addition, everything in their daily lives had to be made from scratch. Each person in the fort had special skills, ranging from hunting to cloth-making, but most important, staying alive.

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The first school house in Kentucky.

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The lucky horseshoe.

Apparently if you take a used horseshoe and hang it above the front door with the opening facing upwards, it will bring you good luck.

Perhaps living in the pioneer life takes more than skills.
A little luck from the horseshoe just might take you a little further in life.

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