Kingdom of Osgoode 2012

Kingdom of Osgoode 2012

Well, it’s July of another year and once again Graeme and I were able to travel to a mystical place (location) to enjoy the dancing, the sword fighting, the jousting and the many other things that were happening this weekend (July 6-8, 2012) at the Kingdom of Osgoode.

The King was there and was kind enough to inform me that some of his normal entourage were unfortunately detained and not yet present. Some mention was made of a dungeon but I cannot divulge more. Continue reading

New Orleans Train Garden, City Park, New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans Train Garden, City Park, New Orleans, Louisiana

Tucked away in the back corner of the Botanical Gardens at New Orleans City Park (location) is a little surprise for anyone who loves model trains or a bit of history.  The New Orleans Train Garden has a lot of both. For those who like to look at architecture and imagine what life might have been like many years ago, there are models of various New Orleans Buildings scattered around the model train track layout.

Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop (Duroche Castillon House), 941 Bourbon Street circa 1795
Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

 

 

The track and most of the rolling stock of this large gauge model railroad layout was above the high water mark so, for the most part, escaped the ravages of Hurricane Katrina and the severe New Orleans flooding that followed. The railroad is run by volunteers so it is important to check when the trains are running if you want to have the most fun but just the layout itself is fascinating with all of the model buildings to look at.