Because of my detour to visit cousins in Waco, it was rather late in the afternoon by the time I arrived at the Riverview Campground. Attendance was low this time because of the Easter holidays. Many of our members were celebrating with their families. There were only eight rigs this time. Since we had fewer than the minimum of ten rigs, we had to pay a supplement for use of the club room.
Tonight we had our usual abundant potluck meal. Afterwards, we played table games.
Donette Harpole brought a lovely resurrection lily and Coco Davenport put "grass" around the bottom of the pot, with candy and Easter eggs. Such a nice touch for our table!
This morning Stuart Whiteside and Donette Harpole cooked breakfast for us. We had biscuits, sausage gravy, orange juice and jam. Mikail Davenport contributed some smoked salmon.
Mikail, Coco and I had intended to visit the domino factory but discovered that it was closed for the holiday week end. Then we stopped at an O'Reilly Auto Parts store where Coco had hoped to buy an Interstate battery, but they didn’t sell that brand; however, they gave her the address of an Interstate battery store. We discovered that it (and all of their other local stores) were closed for the holidays. Finally, in desperation, we stopped at an AutoZone store where Coco bought a different brand of battery. Sometimes necessity just forces us to change our plans. I bought a sun-blocker visor for my car and some windshield wiper blades for my RV.
Larry drove over to the campground in his car to spend a few hours with us and to have dinner with us tonight before driving back to Bastrop. His motorhome was in the shop. Betty Wendler and Maxine Lisenbe spent a few hours with us but didn't stay for dinner. Betty doesn't like to drive after dark. Marilyn Childers and her daughter, Stacey, dropped by this afternoon for a little visit, too. We were glad to meet Stacey.
Tonight we had dinner at Buzzard Billy's, a Cajun restaurant. I had their sampler plate. It was delicious.
Today we visited Homestead Heritage, a traditional crafts village at Brazos de Dios (Arms of God) at Elm Mott, a few miles north of Waco. The Christian community emphasizes a simple lifestyle. They grow all their own food and excel in crafts of all kinds. They built George and Laura Bush's house at their Crawford ranch.
We started with a wonderful meal in their café. Then Burl showed us a video depicting life on their farm. After that, he took us on a tour of the buildings where we watched the crafters at their work. During the tour we learned the background of many phrases in our language which came from everyday work: nose to the grindstone, the threshold, strike while the iron is hot, etc.
In the Fiber Crafts building we watched the carding of wool, spinning of thread and weaving. There were several looms. The most fascinating loom was capable of weaving very intricate patterns. It takes about three days just to set it up for a new pattern! The woman explained how it is done.
We then watched a blacksmith making some decorative wrought-iron pieces. They make tables, beds, chandeliers, ornate gates and fences and many other items. In the woodworking shop we watched as a young man fashioned a dove-tail corner piece. They have won numerous awards for their furniture, some of which is part of the permanent collection of the White House. Next, we watched a woman making a piece of pottery. She explained what she was doing during the process. Their pottery is gorgeous! At the 1750s "John Mott Mill" we saw grain being ground into fine flour. They offer flour, cornmeal and mixes for sale in the shop.
Our last stop was at the gift shop. There were some absolutely gorgeous quilts, some costing as much as $2,600. I noticed that there were a great many quilts done by teen-aged girls; they were labeled with the girls' names and ages. There was also pottery, clothing, linens and other things for sale. I bought some soap and a music CD, "My Deliverer" by the choir and orchestra of Heritage Ministries. (www.HomesteadHeritage.com)
We enjoyed the tour very much. However, I do have some reservations about their closely-controlled lives, especially in the case of the women. They have to dress in very old-fashioned clothes and wear their long hair on top of their heads, usually in braids. The men look more "normal", though.
This morning we had an Easter service led by Mikail Davenport, which was very nice. He led two hymns and I provided the music on my keyboard. He has a very good singing voice.
After the service we had another bountiful breakfast by Donette and Stuart. Then it was time to clean up the club room and go our separate ways. It's always a bit of a let-down to have to leave.
Route: I-35 N to Waco => TX 6 E => FM 434 S => Riverview Road E to campground
Total Miles Driven: 106
Weather Conditions: Dry, warm and windy
Road Conditions: Good
RV Park: Riverview Campground
Park Conditions: Large trees, long pull-throughs, gravel roads, WiFi, large clubrooms