Hi everyone, it’s Mimi again! I’ve had an awesome summer and it’s not even over yet! I got to go to Ireland at the end of the school year, and not long after we got back, mom asked me if I’d like to go to Coolspring to meet up with her friend Xyra. I said yes of course!!
It takes about an hour and a half to get to Coolspring from home, but it seemed like it took forever. I couldn’t wait to see who came along with Xyra, you just never know who it might be. Mom knew, but she didn’t tell me. So you can imagine how excited I was to meet the one and only Mel from Tea Time with Melody Q!
The grounds at Coolspring are really nice, and there are so many things to see. This was one of the new buildings that mom hadn’t seen yet, it had so many engines in it!
There are benches all over the grounds that you can sit on and they are dedicated to different people who have been involved with Coolspring. You can imagine how surprised mom was when she recognized the name of one of the bench honorees. He passed away several years ago, but mom knew him from a camera club she used to belong to.
We also went to the “friends” building where they had more engines along with stuff to eat. And this cool mini demonstration! Mel and I were both kind of mesmerized by it, it was just our size.
Mom said it wouldn’t be a trip to the Coolspring Power Museum without ice cream for lunch!!! It was soooo good, I can see why she suggested it. She did inform me that I would have to eat a reasonable dinner later on though.
After our refreshing lunch, we went to the building that Xyra and her husband Franz run. Mel knew all sorts of things about the engine there and she gave me the grand tour.
The engines at Coolspring were used for all sorts of different things–pumping water, natural gas, oil, you name it! I’m thinking this might make for a very interesting report for history class, what do you think?
Mom spotted this two burner gas fired stove in the corner, she said that they had one at their old house. It had belonged to her mom, it was hooked up in the basement and made a safe place for grandma when she was canning and wanted to use her pressure cooker. Later mom told me they also used it once in a while when the weather was really hot and they didn’t want to heat up the kitchen just to cook. And a few times when the regular stove wasn’t working. It was pretty cool, kind of a camp stove.
Pretty soon it was time for us to head home since we had a long drive. Mel and Xyra walked with us to our car. I was sad to have to go, but Mel and I agreed we would keep in touch. Melody is also good friends with my friend Louisa, maybe someday the three of us can get together, wouldn’t that be fun?!
The Coolspring Power Museum is a very interesting place. If you’d like to read more about it, you can check out the posts over at Tea Time with Melody Q, do a search using “Coolspring” and you are sure to find it. You can also check out the museum website: http://www.coolspringpowermuseum.org/
Hope you enjoyed my post!