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Frontier Forts Day

Last Saturday the DFWCG met up at the Grapevine Vintage Railroad station and rode the train to the Fort Worth Stockyards.  We had an excellent turnout in spite of the hot (90ish) day.  Everyone seemed to have a good time in spite of the less-than-ideal weather, and I loved seeing all my friends dressed to the nines!  Very special thanks go out to jenthompson for taking pictures and sharing them.  I brought my phone, but as it gets older it takes crappier pics and loads verrrrry sloooooowly.  As a result, all these are taken by Jen!

Boarding the train in Grapevine:
Boarding the Train
Our entire group together, picture taken by an employee of the GVRR:
My rag-curled hair.  I was pretty happy with how it turned out (there was no trial run, or rather this is the trial run.)  Our train was delayed several times due to higher-priority trains having the right of way.  Our 1 hour 20 minute trip turned into something more like 2 1/2-3 hours.  Luckily there was great company and we passed the time enjoyably!
Rag Curled Hair
Did I mention it was hot at the Stockyards?
Ladies Fanning
Lunchtime!  I found the glass carafe at Wal-Mart of all places.  There's a quarter of a lemon (sliced to fit) and a sprig of thyme in it.  It was very refreshing!  I also brought wax-paper-wrapped packages of co-jack cheese and summer sausage.  I froze those overnight and packed them before leaving my house.  By lunchtime they were thawed but still chilled.  I also brought an apple and some angel food cake, but it was just too hot to eat everything.
Picnic Lunch
We browsed some sutler's tents and perused the living history demonstrations.  Sadly, by the time we started walking around everything was wrapping up for the day.
We had front-row 'seats' for a cannon demonstration.  That was very cool to watch, and a little shocking  in a way.  It's easy to watch cannons go off in the movies and not realize just how loud they are, or how much of a shock wave they create.  Here you can also see one of the 'bows' I added to the overskirt.  The other side has one too.  One corner needs to be fluffed, but you get the idea.
Watching the Cannon Demonstration
After the demonstration, we got up close and personal with some display cannons.
Stripey Stockings
After that we took some other saucy shots...
Saucy Ladies
Sharing Secrets
My hair after enduring the heat for a few hours.
Rag Curled Hair End of Day
By then we'd seen everything we needed to see and it was time to take the train back to Grapevine.  I think we were all relieved to get back into the air conditioning!
Tired Ladies End of the Day
I think I was appreciating the breeze here, but I honestly don't remember.  You can see the pleated ribbon I added to the brooch though.  I think the bodice really needed that.  It helps tie outfit's elements together a little better.  Next time I'll pin it on a little better so it doesn't get off kilter...it's always something, isn't it?
Brooch with Pleated Ribbon

*Edited to include our group photo.  How did I forget that the first time?  Sheesh.

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How utterly delightful!
I'm glad you had a lovely outing and am also so thankful that you've shared with us.

And I love your charming carafe--so much that now I want one, too, even though I have no need of such! (Too silly, me!)

Thank you! The carafe really did come in handy. I may go back for additional colors!

Is the stopper reliably watertight? Are you able to set that carafe on its side without having to fret yourself over possible leaks or spills, or is it necessary to keep it upright within your basket?

I found it to be completely reliable, no matter how the bottle was oriented. For most of the day, it was on its side in my basket and I had no problems with it whatsoever. I was a little concerned about it since it was only $4, but it even came with a tag explaining its hermetic seal.

Now I've got to get one. ;->
*h'hem* And then find a way to justify it. (I implemented a crash diet for my shapeless budget a week or so ago. Wishful purchases such as this delightful carafe aren't permitted. H'eh: just like a diet-diet for the hips or waistline: as soon as you begin it, some can't-miss-wouldn't-dream-of-refusing invitation to some delectable, scrumptious celebratory dinner presents itself.)

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