Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Winter in Florida

I haven't posted in awhile, but it sure isn't the 87 degrees of the last post. When I walked Maggie this morning it was 26 degrees with a wind chill much colder than that. I hope we don't end up with a cold winter like we did last year. A little bit of this chill goes a long, long way with me.

My friend Judy and I went to the Florida Carriage Museum the other day. I never knew something this grand existed so close by. The museum is in Weirsdale Florida. They have over 160 European and American carriages that have been restored to their former glory.

I think this one is my favorite from Austria.

This one was in two movies: A Tale of Two Cities and A Christmas Carol. Pretty cool.

This is one of the old stage coaches. They have done a beautiful restoration on all the carriages.

This one is a sleigh.

In addition to these carriages, they also show the working carriages, like fire wagons, chuck wagons and circus wagons. Some were built for just one horse to pull and others were made for a team of horses. They even had little carriages for "aristocratic" children that were pulled by goats. A footman would guide the goat.

It is amazing what you can find in your own backyard. I never knew this was even here. Until next time, stay warm!