Who would have known the effort that goes on behind the scenes…. We made the paper…
“Margie Wehner has been waiting three years for the right materials to thatch the roof of the old hay shed”, as explained in The Border Mail News article this week (March 11 2021). Margie goes onto explain how a particular variety of specially grown wheat, that grows really tall is needed for this particular job, and after a few hash years of drought this hasn’t been possible, until now.
I don’t know about you, but I find this information fascinating to the level of commitment and effort that has been taken to keep the authenticity of what the museum represents and keeping things as best we can with the yesteryear days of how things were done.
With the up and coming event Lost Trades Day held on Sunday 21 March 2021 10-4pm, I personally will be looking forward to seeing the exhibitions and displays of lost trades; activities, skills and trades that are rarely seen. Highlights will be traditional stone walling, basket weavers, cross sawing, wood lathe work, spinners, leather working, mosaics, bobbin lace, weaving, calligraphy, felting, quilting, knitting and crocheting, a collection of heritage poultry and horse shoeing and a home-made cake stall. Many of these creative folk will have their wares for sale on the day. A large scale painting of a scene within the museum will also be created on the day by our resident artist; watch as this unfolds throughout the day.