Friday, March 18, 2022
For many people including some in our family, history is boring. Unrelatable and dry! Then in 2017 oxen came into our lives unexpectedly. They created a whole new opportunity to live history. Wow what an adventure and thrill. Having the oxen not only took us back to a later day, but it challenged us to research how people thought in those days. How their economic situation determined their behavior and positions. How their religious beliefs influenced their behavior and priorities. We now have the blessing of teaching others some of the things we have been taught. We educate primarily the American 1760's-1880's timeline. Focusing on the use of oxen in agriculture & transportation, frontier living, ox training and driving. We do events all over the Midwest for reenactments, festivals, church groups, school groups, etc. Here are a few pictures:
Friday, February 25, 2022
It was fun to get the big boys out and put them to work pulling my new/used sleigh. They seemed to enjoy the beautiful day and brisk winter air. There is something amazing about working these guys vs. driving a tractor. Don't get me wrong, I like my John Deere! The quiet, peaceful connection to our past does something to your mind and spirit. It has a way of connecting you to what it must have been like to do things the way it was done for thousands of years vs. modern "warp speed" living in 2022. I wouldn't want to return to full time farming with oxen, but I am so grateful for the lessons these oxen are teaching me and my family!