Sunday, September 27, 2009

Mikayla May at Corrales Harvest Festival

I had a chance to return to the Village of Corrales
for the Corrales Harvest Festival on Sept. 26, 2009.
We boarded the shuttle from the parking lot,
which was a tractor pulled wagon lined with hay bales for seats.
There were several different stops,
including a children's fair at the park at the south end of town,
to an arts and crafts fair and Wagner's Farm in the middle,
and Casa San Ysidro at the north end.
We parked in the south, but went all the way to
Casa San Ysidro.
Casa San Ysidro had arts vendors and demonstrations
as well as docents to explain the history of the house
and what visitors could see in the museum rooms.
http://www.cabq.gov/museum/history/casainfo.html


The doors behind this portal held main living areas in the house.
The view above is looking west to the grand sala (living room).


This is the same portal looking east.
The white doors behind the people who were talking
lead to an inner hallway and the main bedrooms, parlor, and kitchen.
This hall through the main part of the house
also leads to the white front doors seen on the outside.
Photography is not allowed in the inside rooms,
but they are very colonial with many artifacts
from years of collecting in New Mexico.
http://www.cabq.gov/museum/history/casainteriors.html



The tinsmith was near the entrance on the east side.



Large white territorial style windows look out onto the front inner courtyard.








Front Inner Courtyard











Spanish Colonial Lantern




Pottery in the Grass






Outbuildings in the Back

The carriage house has a table and cabinet.
Casa San Ysidro gives tours to school children,
and this is a good activity area for a small group.



I talked to Josefina.
She said she was very dusty and wanted someone
to dust and clean her.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to help.
I was barely allowed to sit on the edge of her dusty shelf.

Josefina lives to teach children about New Mexico history.


The Victorian stereoscope fits in with the early collections in the house
and is an example of entertainment before TV and radio.



Storyteller Rosalia de Arragon
tells the story of La Llorona.


Churro sheep were prized for their wool,
which was sheared and cleaned and spun into yarn
to use in weavings for rugs, blankets, and clothing.


The horno in the back was busy cooking up snacks!
The ashes were the fire used to heat the horno
and then removed once hot to make room for the cooking.


This volunteer cooked sugar cookies and bread samples.


I liked the bread!
The little loaves were doll sized!
I want one that won't dry out and go stale!
Maybe I will get one out of salt dough or Sculpey.
Mom said to ask Josefina if I can borrow her loaves.



The cookies went fast!



Another deep adobe window!


The thickness of adobe was used as insulation.
Walls also became thicker as layers were added during the years.
Layers were added to repair cracks and weathering to natural adobe.
Adobe is made of sand, straw, clay and gravel,
but it feels like a smooth dirt clod!


The mano and matate grinding stones.



Grinding stones are shaped with use.
I would not want to have to do this before I got my dinner!



Historic San Ysidro Church
across the street from Casa San Ysidro


The church was open as a market.





Apple Tasting

Bowls were set out with different types of apple slices
for comparison.



The bowls were empty, but there were bushels of each kind of apple under the table.
Someone needed to come slice some more apples!



Happy Harvest
from the Hay Wagon Shuttle

This guy has his name on his tractor seat!
(Mom said that is the company name for the company that
made the tractor and other farm equipment.
I still think he has his name on his seat so no one plays with his toys
without asking first.)



There were multiple shuttles running to keep people moving.
This place was crowded!



We passed an acquia. This is an irrigation ditch.
It is fed by water from the rivers,
which are fed from snow melt from the mountains.
The system of acequias is a natural system for watering crops.
Corrales really is a rural farm community
that grew into hot suburban property with a country feel.








Wagner's Farm

Red ristras!



Little Miss Chile



Can we get this pumpin?
What do you mean you can't carry me, the camera,
your purse and a 15 pound pumpkin to the shuttle?


Well, how about a smaller pie pumpkin?
Do we have to make it into a pie?



Green chile by the bushel.



Red chile by the bushel.



One red chile joined the pie pumpkin for our Harvest Festival souvenirs.
You know it is fall in New Mexico when the red and green chile are fresh,
the orange pumpkins are for sale,
and the hot air balloons fill the morning sky.










































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