This is what I brought home from the Steam Show in Berryville, Virginia. I had the hanging apparatus – from a secondhand store – for several years and was looking for something to fit inside it. I had been using baskets, but they rot after a few months.
I found this graniteware strainer at one of the antique vendors. It is a perfect fit.
The matching ladle came from the same vendor.
It didn’t take long for the birds to find it.
A moth even stopped by one evening.
I captured a few other pictures while keeping a check on my new birdfeeder.
I was delighted to find a pair of goldfinches feeding at the newest additions to my feeders.
“Hey, miss. May I eat at this feeder?”
“No, you are not welcome there.”
“Did I hear you correctly. You don’t want me at this feeder?”
“But I like eating here. The seed is fresher than at the ground feeder.”
“No, go back to your tree.”
“Okay, okay, I will leave.”
“Would you reconsider?”
Shortly after lunch we watched the Parade of Tractors – which lasted about half an hour.
Those with whistles blew them in front of the announcer’s stand.
I think my heart skipped a beat when I heard the name of this tractor – Hart Parr.
This brought back a memory of my Grandpa Hershey, who said in his book, “I began farming in 1920 with six horsepower – four mules and two horses. In 1929 I bought one of the first tractors in our community, a two-cylinder which ran on fuel oil. (It was a Hart Parr.)
This was my Grandpa’s Hart Parr.
I think this is the first time I ever saw a Hart Parr in person.
Back to the Parade of Tractors
These three were having fun – waving and pretending to be celebrities.
Oops! The little one ran out of gas, so the others had to go around it.
Putting gas into his small tractor
On the go again
The last one.
It lasted just over half an hour.
Jake and Jane had stayed with the chapel while we watched the show and visited several people. Now it was our turn to talk to visitors. This daddy and his three boys came on the chapel close to the end of our time at the show. I noticed that the one boy was crying (the one farthest away in this picture) and thought he just wasn’t happy to come to the chapel, but soon noticed that his toe was bleeding. I think he scrapped it as he approached the chapel.
I was happy to make everything okay – with a bandage and gummy fruits for all three boys. There was even a bandage to spare – in case he needed a new one. I was happy that I had organic Fruity Snacks, because when I asked the dad if they could have gummies, he said, “If they are organic.”
So you see, we don’t only minister to truckers, sometimes its the little people we encourage. 🙂
We began closing the chapel and removing the steps about 2:30 pm.
Jane doing her part in picking up the blocks that balanced the steps.
It was an incredible weekend. We met only one person who knew about Transport For Christ, so there was a lot of interest in what this mobile chapel was all about. It was a thrill to talk about the Lord in most of our conversations and tell them what we do as a ministry to truck drivers.
Thank you to the leadership of the Steam Show for giving us this opportunity.
Sunday, July 30
We were looking forward to the Sunday morning worship service on the fairgrounds – and were not disappointed.
This service has been part of the steam show for many years.
Singing, Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it. Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
I think someone said there were about seventy people at this outdoor service.
How many times do you go to a worship service that looks like this?
Featured song and singer
The speaker was the same man who led singing.
I smiled when I noticed this ladies boot. Not something we usually see in church.
Closing song. We were blessed to worship with these wonderful people.
We got some brunch after the service and enjoyed the beautiful weather and atmosphere of the show.
I had just finished talking to two professional photographers with Nikon cameras when I noticed another man with a Nikon camera. He was like me – not professional, but had a good camera and enjoyed taking pictures.
I told him that one thing I learned at this show was that many of these tractors were powered by wood fire.
I told him that I was hoping to find someone stoking their fire.
About that time I said to him, “There is someone with their fire box open.”
I walked toward the tractor to take a picture and told the owner what I was doing.
He invited me to come closer and get a good picture. so I did.
No wonder I always felt heat when getting close to these tractors.
The other photographer took advantage of the opportunity as well.
The tractor owner invited me to come around to the front of the tractor and look at the fire from that end.
If you look close you can see a bit of the fire.
There was a relief valve for safety at 150 PSI (pounds per square inch).
Ready to travel again
Cerwin and I continued our walk through the grounds – going by the buildings filled with antiques – on the way to the chapel where Jake and Jane were holding down the fort.
When we got back to the chapel, we found Jake and Jane visiting with Billy Sanders and his wife. This is when Jane gave them her sketch of one of their CAT’s.
The ladies exchanged business cards.
Out for a romantic Sunday afternoon drive
Next is the Sunday afternoon Parade of Tractors.
That will be tomorrow nigh
Saturday Evening, July 29
More views of tractors going through the grounds.
It’s not every day where you see this kind of pattern on the ground from tractor wheels.
The cement block guys invited this little fellow to help them.
His parents were watching.
I love the look on his face. Like. Are you watching me mixing cement?
There was lots of mud – and in some areas straw to go with it.
Watching the horse pull on Saturday evening.
The mules did well, but they are not as strong as the big horses.
This pair was so eager to pull, that they often began before they were attached to the sled.
They are incredibly beautiful animals.
This was the last pull I watched as we were told that supper was ready.
We were invited to have supper with the Steam Show Committee Members who had prepared a covered dish. As you can see, we were close to the chapel.
Super is ready. We were honored to eat with these families.
Our next stop was the grandstand where the Page County Ramblers Blue Grass Band was playing.
I took a few pictures on the way back to the chapel – in the dark. We were glad that Cerwin had a flash light.
Saturday at the show was a good day of developing new connections and friendships.
More tomorrow night
Saturday Afternoon, July 29
We saw a lot of boys driving tractors with their daddy or grandpa nearby. What a great experience for the boys. The speed – putt putt.
Very slow traffic continued all day long – even during rain and drizzle.
After the weather brightened up in the midafternoon, I walked around the grounds near the chapel. Looking for beauty.
The fence line behind the chapel looked like a sea of greens and browns – until I looked closer.
A few closer shots of beauty in the fence line.
The cute puppy whose owner was camping behind the chapel.
Jane, Jake and Cerwin on duty at the chapel.
We each visited with many people during the afternoon who were curious about our rig and ministry.
When not talking to visitors, Jane drew a sketch of the Caterpillar in front of the chapel.
Shortly after taking the pictures of Jane working on her sketch, the owner of the Caterpillars – Billy Sanders – and his family came to the chapel.
Billy and his family
When Jane showed her sketch to them, Billy’s wife exclaimed over it – inspiring Jane to give it to them.
I am sure they will remember Jane and her kindness to them.
More tomorrow evening.