Sunday, June 8, 2014

Josefina's Rancho

El Rancho de Las Golondrinas
is a living history museum near Santa Fe.

It was used by author Valerie Tripp in her research
of the Josefina stories.
It is no surprise that Josefina's rancho was much like this one!

Ox carts like these carried abuelo (grandfather)
and his team up the El Camino Real with trade goods
from Mexico City.

The large gates could open to let in animals or people
on wagons for protection.
The smaller gates allowed a cautious entrance for
both family and visitors.

Daily life took place inside the rooms and walls of the rancho.

At Casa San Ysidro,
I learned that these boxes were units of measurement
for dried goods.

At El Rancho de Las Golondrinas,
they were located in a room with grain storage
and drying herbs.

Measuring must have been important for food preparation
as well as for bartering and trading dried foods like grain or beans.
Life must have been about community and how to contribute to individual
and collective survival.

One of the functions of daily life had to do with the cycle
of shearing wool, cleaning it, spinning it, dyeing it,
and weaving rugs or blankets.
El Rancho de Las Golondrinas has a fine collection of
old looms and rugs as well as demonstrations on newer looms.

Another important daily task was the process of food preparation.
Outdoor ovens called  hornos are used for baking.

Some cooking was done inside.
This fireplace has a shepherd's bed on it;
used to warm young lambs born early in the spring.

The baby could be rocked in this cradle
hanging from the vigas.

Through a gate and past the livestock,
there is a smaller, later era rancho
inherited by the daughter of the original owners.

The Baca House

 The Baca  House
has a kitchen on one side and a bedroom on the other side.

 There were also more rugs.

There were activities in the courtyard.

I sat in the stockade!
Fortunately, it was not my size!

There was a station for making tortillas
on a wood burning outdoor stove.

Some of the costumed volunteers
gave it a try!

After leaving the main rancho area,
there are plenty of buildings scattered on the property.

I visited the tannery,
including touching the furred skin of a coyote!

Cottonwood trees provided shade across the property.

The acequia is a controlled water way 
to water crops.

I had fun in an old wagon house!

A few minutes later, I met a horse!

The Raton School House
was next on the map.

This is what school children used to bring their lunch to school!

I don't think I would want to wear that dunce hat!

The teacher had a short commute!
She lived in a room next to the classroom!

They rang the bell at the morada, which is a penitente chapel.

I climbed the hill to visit the morada.

 From up on the hill,
I could see the sky doing some marvelous things!

I proceeded on to the movie set house
used in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

The bedroom had Victorian charm.

 Volunteers sold biscochitos and lemonade in the
living room area.

Some of the volunteers from the group selling the treats
sat or stood around socializing.
They asked about the little cowboy.
That is me!

I loved the sewing machine!

There was a pond next to the house.
Look what I found!

Okay, this is a really big tadpole!

I walked to the other end of the pond.

Do you see them?

More Nature

A Rare Indian Paintbrush

The sky started turning gray.

I could see the rain falling in the distance.

The Sierra House is a later style rancho
than the main rancho.

As I finished looking around the Sierra House,
the wind kicked up and it was apparent that it was going rain.
It was time to walk faster and get back to the entrance.

I walked up the hill past the back of the main rancho.
The torreon is a watch tower to watch for enemies approaching
in the distance.

Josefina and her sister looked for abuelo from the torreon 
at their rancho.

Back to the ox carts and the gate...

I walked through the gift shop
to visit Josefina before leaving.

Josefina and her books are at my house
but visitors can adopt their own mini-Josefina
or purchase her books to learn more about New Mexico history.

It was closing time, and the rain was still falling in splatters.
It was time to go!


1 comment:

  1. That was a lovely tour. Josefina is my daughter's favorite and we'd love to visit her rancho too, it's just a bit too far away. Thank you for sharing your day.