Jul 3, 2010

Get outta town!

Gerry and I decided to take a little trip for our anniversary. We went up to Deland and stayed at a B&B. That was interesting. It almost always is. I was a little disconcerted when we walked into our room and I saw the bed post.

Ok...the hell?!?!? I spent the first 10 min. there trying to fix this bed post. I'm anal like that. Then, I checked the bed thoroughly because I am a total neurotic when it comes to hotel/B&B's etc. being meticulously CLEAN. And frankly, when I saw the bed post, I had my doubts. But it was just the bed post. Everything else was ok...breath, breath. The breakfasts were awesome!

We tooled around Deland. We're always in search of the perfect retirement location. While there, we went to Blue Springs and saw these lovely manatees...

We also went to the Museum of Florida Art. That was very impressive. We saw some really incredible pieces there. This piece, by Ummarid “Tony” Eitharong, was called, Winds of Change: Totem for Sadako which features a suspended mushroom cloud made from 1000 white peace cranes in honor of the Hiroshima survivors that initiated the “peace crane” project worldwide. This was really cool to see in person. It moved with every little draft and was just so fluid.

This exhibit was neat too. It was a collection of woodcut prints by Mollie Doctrow.

I think my favorite part of the trip though was the Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts in Barberville. I think they're a non-profit organization for the preservation of history and crafts such as blacksmithing, pottery, weaving and spinning.
This is the loom room. Most of the looms were 2 shaft with one 4 shaft. I thought that was pretty cool, since I've never seen a 2 shaft in person.

Here's me trying to figure out how I can shove this loom into my purse.

And here we are at the old train station. That's a paper conductor hat on my head. I gave myself a paper cut trying to fit it on my fat head.

Here's Gerry at a Mensa mtg. Actually it's the old school house. Yeah, we have a thing for putting hats on and acting like jerks. It's just what we do.
Anyway, it was a blast. Ger bought me a really pretty clay bowl from the Pioneer Settlement for our anniversary. The restaurants were good in Deland, so we ate a lot! And they had a Sonic Burger so I was good to go. It's also the home of Stetson University, which is a really pretty, old Florida liberal arts college. We really liked it there and the surrounding area.
Here's some more pictures. I hope this works....


Terry said...

Nice vertial tour. Looks like you had fun ate lots and enjoyed yourselves.
Good on ya.
Happy Anniversary

Spinning Out of Control said...

Thanks! We saw a house up there we really should have looked at, but we saw it online after we came home. So I guess we'll have to go back up very soon ;)

knittingdragonflies said...

Looks like loads of fun. It is good to get away and unwind. Love the hats! Tee hee. Couldn't get the loom into your purse? You know a woman can never have a purse that is too big! Ha
Wow, I would have loved to see the manatees and the museum of art.
Enjoy the weekend

bspinner said...

Did you ever figure out how to shove the loom into your purse??

Ok, I agree with your. Personally I don't like sleeping in any bed that someone I don't know has. Weird about the bed post.

Spinning Out of Control said...

Yeah, I definitely need to get a bigger purse. Once we were on our way to Tennessee to camp and we stopped at a hotel we thought was nice. It was skeezbag city! Don't laugh,... I actually set up the tent in the room and slept in there rather than sleep on the bed, lol!