The Tile Man Has Some Cool Toys

Trip Start Jan 01, 2009
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Trip End Dec 31, 2009


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Jacqui's Grandma's House

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Yes yes....I've slacked off and haven't kept the blog updated for the last few weeks... My apologies.  But I'm planning on getting a few posts up tonite and tomorrow.

Back to Thanksgiving....  We headed down to Jacqui's grandma's house in Doylestown as has become tradition when we're in the country.  Since the Russian job (sounds like a good movie title) keeps getting postponed, I was able to make it.  I had been planning on going out Black Friday shopping, if nothing else, just to experience it.  I've never been out on Black Friday before.  And that didn't change this year either.  I couldn't find anything in the sales ads that was good enough and high enough up on my want list to go out at 3am to stand in line.  I thought I'd buy a TV, but the ones that were on sale didn't live up to my stringent requirements.

So what we actually did was go out to the Mercer and Fonthill Museums.  This guy Mercer was from Bucks County and he became wealthy by inheritance but built a good tile-making company to sustain his wealth.  So he went out and collected all sorts of turn-of-the-(19th)century tools and Americana.  Everything from Vampire Killing Kits to entire sawmill setups, and carriages, and a hangman's gallows. I was lost just reading about everything in there...I could have stayed for more than a day playing with stuff and looking around.

But we needed to get off to Fonthill...which was actually Mercer's house that he turned into a tile museum.  He collected tile from all across the world.  And the entire house was built with concrete.  We only did a tour through the house there but it was interesting.  I wouldn't have spent much more time in that house though.  But it would have been a great place to bring the dog to romp around.

Oh, and the highlight of Thanksgiving, Jacqui made the chocolate-mousse-esque pie from the back of the Nila Wafers box....it is AWESOME!
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