Hi Wolfgang, my avatar is Joanie Stubbs from the tv show Deadwood. Remember she was the prostitute who worked for Cy Toliver, and then opened her own place? Actually, I don't look anything like her. I have dark brown hair. I just liked her, and I love the clothes she wore in the show. I'm not a reenactor, just somebody who loves the west and history.
Hi Wolfgang, Thanks for that comment regarding the well outfitted buckeroo, tryin to get the lad to follow in my footsteps, and we dont usallay get as much snow in the UK, by the way like your photo`s
I just took a closer look at it Wolfgang. Looks like you chinked it with morter. Chinking, of course is where they have problems. Also you used large logs and they were skinned right? Skinned logs, after you heat'em up do a good job of holding the heat. Do you have a Franklin stove in there? You'd need a good source of heat.
I lived for a few years in an old Victorian and we lit it with kerosene and heated it with coal two little coal buring stoves. We had electricity, but if the power went off we were just fine. We also had a water heater.
One can buy pretty good appliances that burn kerosene. Wood burning stoves work just fine.
Actually what we learn is that the lived just fine in the 19th Century. If we went back in time we'd discovered that we had to improve our conversation skills and learn to read the classics. Dentists of the time did a pretty good job of curing dental problems. Doctors did their best. If you came down with diabetes, or blood poising, or had a serious heart attack it was curtains. But my great great great grandfather who was born in 1802 lived until 1894 I think. His son lived from 1835 to 1928. His son lived from 1870 to 1954 and I knew him well. The next two men died much younger, even with all of our modern medicine.
Actually I think that people loved their lives in the West during Billy's time.
Didn't it get purdy lonely duing those long winter months? I see only one window. Seems like it'd be pretty dark and dank in there.
I lived in a little house once that did not have electricity in the living room, so I read by kerosene lamps, which after I got used to, I liked. Also that lamp would help to heat the place....it's cold in Kansas in the winter.
So Wolfgang, you lived in that cabin for some time. How close do you think your experience was when compared how folks lived in those cabins in the mid 19th Century? Did you have a dirt floor? Did you light the place with oil lamps? How did you wash your clothing? Your bod?
Not wanting to pry, but I was just wondering what it was like to live true mountainman style.
But don't you agree Wolf, that much of what we do is ont way or another "insightful"?
I'll never forget farming, for example. Going round and round in that old W9, hour after hour, day after day, and week after week. All alone. I had all kinds of time to think about all kinds of things. Because of those days, half a century ago, I still rather like being alone.
Sorry I was not able to make this weekend...I'm really trying to conserve fuel and save it for my drive to and from work up and down the pass each day...i drive a v10 stick and with my 10% pay cut at work, i'm really hurting and having to pick and choose and limit my events for now...hay prices have soared to almost $20/bale...it's killing me!!...anyway...i know one day i will get up there and that's a promise!
I LOVE to watch movies about the OLD WEST. I love the clothes from that era and sometimes wish I could have lived back then.
I live in Virginia and have never traveled west. Somehow we always go north and south. I would love to see Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and all those states but doubt if I ever get there. Therefore, I don't have any OLD WEST pictures to post. But I have been enjoying the OLD pictures posted on this site!
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