Berlin, OH - Events of Monday, July 21 to Thursday, July 24, 2014
Except for working a few projects, we have been pretty lazy here in Berlin, OH. One of the days we were hanging around the motor home, we noticed someone working over at our neighbor's rig. It was an Amish electrician. Wait, what? Although the Amish are very industrious and they seem to do very well in the building trades, we're not sure about an Amish electrician since the Amish shun the use of electricity. We found out later, even though the electrician was pretty sharp, he was unable to diagnose a minor electrical problem that our neighbor had been having for quite some time. Several other elecricians before him were unable to track down the cause either.
On Monday, we decided to go back to Der Dutchman for the breakfast buffet. Since just about everything is closed on Sundays, all the tourists go home so we had the restaurant pretty much to ourselves on Monday. The buffet was as good as it always is.
By Thursday, we were tired just hanging around, so we decided to go to Kidron, OH to check out Lehman's Hardware. Lehman's specializes in hard to find items like wood stoves, non-electric appliances and tools used by the Amish as well as a variety of other farm implements, old fashioned toys and kitchen items. It wasn't a super-exciting sightseeing outing; but hey, it was better than all the repair projects Paul has been working on.
On the way to Lehman's, we stopped at the bakery at Der Dutchman and shared an apple fritter. The apple fritters are delicious, but they are pretty big and quite dense so they are very filling. We usually get only one and split it because neither one of can eat the whole thing. And we couldn't stop at the bakery without having a cream stick, so we shared one of those, too.
After Der Dutchman, we followed back roads to Kidron. We like to drive the back roads of Amish Country to see the well-kept Amish farms.
You can also get a closer look at the Amish buggies with the slower-paced traffic on the back roads.
With large families and plenty of hard farm work to do, the Amish farmhouses almost always have laundry hanging out every day except Sunday. There is so much laundry to do, many of the farmhouses have long clotheslines that run on pullies from the house to the barn.
When we arrived at Lehman's, we knew right away from all the Amish buggies parked across the street it happened to be auction day at the livestock auction. There was an accompanying flea market, so we decided to go check it out before going into Lehman's
The flea market wasn't all that big, so we turned our attention to the cattle auction. An Amish farmer and his son were just arriving with a wagon hauling a cow to sell.
We went inside and watched the auction for a while. They bring the livestock into a pit area where they can be viewed by the potential buyers in the gallery. The auctioneer and his assistant stand in a podium across from the gallery.
After watching the sale of several cows, we headed back across the street to Lehman's Hardware.
Inside the entrance, they had an exhibit of 3-dimensional wood carvings by Amish craftsman Paul Weaver. Except for a few of his early works which have some separate pieces glued in, all the later works are carved from one solid block of beechwood or mahogany.
We spent about an hour at Lehman's. Margery had a good time looking at the kitchenware. They have a lot of hard to find gadgets.
Paul spent a lot of his time looking at the garden tools. He ended up getting a garden trowel called a Soil Scoop. He had one back when we had a stick house, and now he needed one to use to plant annuals when we get back to Florida this fall. It's very handy for planting in a bed that has already been prepared and mulched with either plastic or organic material because its curved shape enables you to remove the soil from a small diameter hole without disturbing the surrounding mulch.
As we said, going to Lehman's wasn't a big, exciting sightseeing adventure, but It was fun to look around at the hand-cranked flour mills, sausage stuffers, wood-fired kitchen stoves, apple peelers, kerosene lamps and old fashioned toys.