This past weekend was the Civil War reenactment at Liendo Plantation in Hempstead, TX. We were there on Sunday to spin and talk about spinning to everyone who wandered past. It was wonderful. The cold front had come through with some rain on Saturday morning and the temperatures had dropped so we had to bundle up. It was still glorious although I don't know how I would have felt if we had spend the entire weekend in canvas tents like the reenactors did.
Both Peggy and I added several more layers of clothing than are completely time appropriate. I wore leggings under my corded petticoat and long dress while Peggy had jeans and a t-shirt on under hers. We both decided to forgo corset and hoop skirts and both wore warm woolen shawls, one or two, so we were fine. They had us up on the front porch of the mansion which did a great job of keeping us out of the wind. As the sun moved across the sky, however, we were either chilled in the shade or broiling hot in the sun so we kept adjusting what layers we had on.
The coffee was hot and the Polish shepherd's stew was great but I decided to pass on the chocolate covered bacon. I love it but Peggy got a chance to see it and said it looked cold and slimy. Nope. That doesn't sound worth eating!
Our friend, Connie Elliot, was there as usual. Connie is in charge of our presence at Liendo every year and works hard to line up spinners, weavers and all sorts of fiber artists to demonstrate. She brought her loom and it's obvious she loves to demonstrate. She always gets people excited about weaving. We even were serenaded with banjo music for most of the day. It was great!