Weeding has always been a chore

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This nice lady dressed in period clothing at Old Salem, NC was one of two I spoke with during a recent visit to the historic, late 1700s tourist attraction located in Winston-Salem, NC. While visitors roam the streets, gardens and shops in the restored town, many full time employees like this one, perform daily chores done in the past, while at the same time acting as historical interpreters—and being nice people to just talk with. I first asked if it would be OK if I took some photos, and both she and the women working alongside said absolutely—that was an expected part of them being there. They had just finished washing clothes in a large iron pot, with water heated by a wood fire underneath. Some of the washing had been placed on top of the grass in order to dry, while the rest was hanging on a line. While the wash was drying on that hot day, they decided to pull weeds from their herb garden, which was full of sage, chives, rosemary, oregano, and other plants with wonderful fragrances. I told them my neighbors and I today also have gardens to tend to and they laughed and said, “Weeding has always been a chore hasn’t it.” (Nikon D300, ISO 200, 170mm, f5.6, 1/80 sec. Developed in Lightroom 3, Beta 2)

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