Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Queen Victoria's Birthday Party

What would Spring be without the celebration of our Glorious Queen?

The day started out with the men saluting the Queen with musket fire, and a flag raising. (Here they are checking their weapons and setting up for the ceremony.)

The ladies passed the time chatting and sewing in the Parlor.

Some of the most interesting activities of the day were in the Granary. The boys spent a lot of time shaving planks and came home with handfuls of sawdust for their "collection". They also started asking for axes, tomahawks, and knives for whittling. Any thoughts on what age a boy can be trusted with these?

Both boys love to participate in the musical performances. I can't wait until they can fiddle, but they need to learn to read music first. Noah starts piano lessons in the Fall and I'm so excited for him!

I just love pictures of the boys in suits. It makes all their behavior seem impish rather than naughty no matter what they do. Of course, there is so much to do at the Fort and they have so much fun that they rarely misbehave there anyway.

I wish there were more meaningful work opportunities for them to do in modern life. When they have wood to help chop, gardens to tend, and places to run they are far too occupied to cause trouble!

Here's a close-up. Do you see that tooth sticking straight out? It is so loose that we may have a new post soon! I'm sure its a complete proud-mommy moment, but it is the first loose tooth in our house and so it deserves its own celebration worthy of a queen (or king in this case :)!

We had a lovely time and can't wait to return for a 19th century Cooking Competition next month! Enjoy the start to summer!

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