Had a pretty good road trip yesterday. It was windy as hell, but at least it wasn’t cold. This time of year I’m pretty much done with winter, and clouds, and brown. I’m ready for blue skies, warm weather, and GREEN!!!
We hopped over to Bowie, Texas for the 2nd Monday Trade-days. Pretty good turnout for this time of year. We found a couple of “bargains”. My Wife has been wanting a penny candy machine, to have at our house for the Grandkids. Actual “old” ones are way expensive in any condition. Reproduction ones aren’t too cheap, for that matter.
We found a repro unit for sale. Unlike some of the table models you see, it was mounted on a fairly ornate cast iron stand. Someone had painted it a Gawd-awful pink color, but beyond that it is in good shape. At $25, it was too good to pass up so we took it home. After a little tweaking, it works as it should. Now I just have to find time to strip and repaint it.
I also picked up a beat up old oak telephone ringer box. The bells and magneto are missing, and the front door is cracked. I’ve got a couple of ideas in my head for what to do with it, so we’ll have to see.
Made a quick swing through the Bowie Cemetery, which we had never visited before, as we were leaving town. We’ve done quite a bit of Cemetery photography the past couple of years, and I like to think I’m a little more selective on what shots I take now. This marker did catch my eye though:
The deceased were a minister and his wife, who passed within a few days of each other. I really liked the condition of the stone, with the green of the lichens, as well as the carving. The two hands reaching out to each other at the top, with “Forever” inscribed between, is especially nice. I love the art and care that went into some of these stones. You can feel the love these two shared coming all the way from 1892.
Leaving Bowie, we traveled up Hiway 59 toward St. Jo. I wasn’t aware that there was a windpower farm around here, although we’ve been seeing more and more of the semi trucks on the highways transporting the huge blades.
We turned off 82 onto County Road 335 and wound around through some of the gravel roads to make our way toward the big spinning windmills. These things are GIGANTIC! I’ve seen big ones like this on TV, but never in person. It’s hard to describe the scale.
Here’s a short vid of the windmills spinning. Sorry about the quality – I didn’t have an actual video camera with us and it was windy as hell…
After satisfying our curiosity, we got back on the main road and headed home. We passed through Van Alstyne, and had planned to stop at our favorite old style soda fountain – The Yellow Rose – for a milkshake.
I’ve written about my fondness for the place before. We were saddened to see that it is no more….. The Yellow Rose has closed her doors. We visited the soda shop several times each year during the spring, summer, and fall. We had looked forward to taking Grand-kids there…
The only silver lining is that the Wife and I have decided to make our own soda fountain at home. We already have odds and ends of old soda shop antiques, and it’ll be a good excuse to find more, and for me to build a backbar and soda fountain bar.
Yet another item on the things to build list :)