A Day Spent With the Nebraska Heartstringers!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
What a great day! Ashfall Fossil Beds was even better than the brochure, I was able to watch the man who discovered Ashfall work. Linda--I can't remember his name--what was it again? He explained what he was doing (excavating a baby rhino head) and talked about the different kinds of soil, ash, etc.

And here is what we saw--

Lots of intact fossils, whole bodies, unborn babies, even seeds still in the mouths of the adults.

We were going to eat lunch at Green Gables, but they were closed. We went to Winnetoon--it has whole buildings done as they were in the 1880's, and someone has quite the green thumb--lots of old fashioned flowers! On the way to Orchard we took the "scenic route"--I loved it--Thanks Linda!

flowers beds with a bridge

row of outhouses

"privy path"

more buildings with flowers

Seems like wherever I go I find the jail!

And then we went to Orchard and sewed. What fun!!

We had plenty of strings.....

But I think the chaos might have gotten to Jenny.....

And I'm not sure Flischa wanted to be seen with us!

So I'm glad I got a picture of all of us earlier in the day~!!

We sewed a complete set of blocks for a quilt! I forgot to get a picture of that big stack of blocks, but know there were 51, and Linda had made them a bit bigger as she has A PLAN for them!

It was a wonderful little trip, and I look forward to us doing it again. Maybe I can join their sewing group, after all, I'm not THAT far away in South Dakota!!


pdudgeon said...

oh those old buildings look fascinating! i wonder if that white rose bush was an old moss rose...
Looks like you had a fabulous time!

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

The Ashfalls guy is Mike Voorhies, a paleontologist from UNL who grew up in Orchard. His parents still live here.

I'm glad you got better Winnetoon pictures than I did. Guess I can't blame my poor photography skills on the ghosts can I? Hope you don't mind if I "borrow" them for my memories of the day.

It would be fun to have you as part of our sewing group. The trip from Parkston to here or from here to there in the winter might be a little long but maybe you could be a summer member when you are a "Nebraska Girl."

Pat said...

Looks like you gals had a ton of fun! :)

Darling Jill Quilts said...

What a neat setting!! It looks like you gals had a good time!

Mary Johnson said...

How fun! Looks like you had a really busy day!

Flicsha said...

Just come on and jump right in there is all ways room for 0ne more in a group of quilter. I had a great time. Flicsha

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Looks like you had a great time. The dig site is really cool - sounds like we need to plan a vacation there!

Elaine Adair said...

Oh my, I can see I missed FUN! The 'digs' are always interesting - we have several in this area - hard to figure what happened to the creatures, so suddently, but ASH looks like the culprit.

Thanks for thinking of me. If I am ever FREE of encumbrances, I would do this in a heartbeat with you!

Looking at that mess of strings -- my heart is pitter-patting. LOVE that gals name, "Flisha" - pretty and different.

Nikki said...

What a fun post. Loved the pics.

Brenda said...

Now that looked like an adventure!!! Loved the fossils pics - I find that stuff fasinating. It must have froze them fast (like in the "Day after tomorrow" movie) for them to have seeds still visible in their mouths!!
Loved the privy path!!! I am so glad you shared this with us - another place to see is put on the list when I get that way!!!
And you should join their group!!! Who cares how far away it is??!! You could make it once in awhile...... ;-)

MightyMom said...

woo hooo!

what fun!

did you use the privy path?

Stephanie D said...

Love the field trip to the old buildings and fossils--or is that redundant? That was a nice benefit!

And it looks like a great time was had by all!