A Lesson in Cobblestones

Posted by Francesca

We, Frenchies, have given you so many tours of the farm, as there are so many fascinating things to share and learn about.  We've taken you to the stable many times to visit the horses and donkeys, but there is a lot of history to visit, as well.

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Ahh!  Now that the days are getting cooler, what better place to rest than on these sun-warmed, fantastic old cobblestones.  Did you know that cobblestones have a very interesting history?

1 Ahh! Now that the days are getting cooler, what better place to rest than on these sun-warmed, fantastic old cobblestones. Did you know that cobblestones have a very interesting history?

Martha once told me that these very stones actually paved the streets of Elizabeth, New Jersey!

2 Martha once told me that these very stones actually paved the streets of Elizabeth, New Jersey!

Here comes Sharkey - better pretend that I am snoozing!

3 Here comes Sharkey - better pretend that I am snoozing!

Is she gone yet?  Good!  I'll continue.
These stones were brought to this country as ballast upon cargo ships.  The stones were unloaded and replaced with cargo.

4 Is she gone yet? Good! I'll continue. These stones were brought to this country as ballast upon cargo ships. The stones were unloaded and replaced with cargo.

Early streets were dirt and were often dusty and muddy. Settlers thought to use the ballast as paving stones.  Just the though of dust makes me want to sneeze!

5 Early streets were dirt and were often dusty and muddy. Settlers thought to use the ballast as paving stones. Just the though of dust makes me want to sneeze!

I think I'll inch scooch over to that old millstone.

6 I think I'll inch scooch over to that old millstone.

Oh, hi, Sharkey!  Did you know this round stone is called a millstone?  It was once used, along with its pair, to grind grains.  This one is now here for purely decorative reasons.

7 Oh, hi, Sharkey! Did you know this round stone is called a millstone? It was once used, along with its pair, to grind grains. This one is now here for purely decorative reasons.

Stones, like these, were put to use as long ago as 10,000 BC, during the neolithic agricultural revolution!

8 Stones, like these, were put to use as long ago as 10,000 BC, during the neolithic agricultural revolution!

Do you think cute little Frenchies were around back in 10,000 BC?

9 Do you think cute little Frenchies were around back in 10,000 BC?

Comments (12)

  • Hi Francesca,
    I love those stones. What did Martha do, buy a whole street of them from Elizabeth, New jersey? I bet you feel real warm and cozy when you lay on them. How did you make out at the vet? And Zoe, how did Precious make out?
    Well, Karen is off to another show so I will have to be in charge again. As soon as she leaves I just tell everyone to do what the heck they want, make all the messes they want as long as they have them cleaned up before she comes home.
    Hehehehehe
    I will check with you later
    Love ya,
    Maddox

  • Hello Ladies & Glue Squad Buddies,
    Your knowledge of history and the farm is never ending. I want to see New England in the fall someday and seeing your cobblestones makes me excited of the history in your area. What a wonderful sun bath on a Fall day on those cobblestones. It started raining/snowing during the night. I love it. I know a lot of you don't like the rain, but it will help our dry yards and mountains. Kitty and James Dean, I have been meaning to tell you that one of the 3 cats we have seen at night is not ferral. He has a home nearby. Don't know of the others. They seem to all stay their distance from one another, on camera anyway. I have a busy weekend, so will be off starting and working hard. Hope you all have a great weekend,whatever the weather is in your area, enjoy the football, eat maple bars, decorate the house with t.p. and generally have fun, fun, and more fun.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Oh my gosh, 10,000 BC is really old; that’s, that’s over 12,000 years ago. I didn’t know you two were that old. What’s that Daddy? Oh, they were talking abut other Frenchies not themselves; my bad. Just think about it. Spending two months in a small ship and your cargo is rocks. I’ll bet that they brought people over too. That’s how my Mommy’s family came here. Some of Daddy’s family lived here already. I’ve often heard him say, “If you don’t like it here, go back where you came from.” The license plate on the front of his truck says, “America, love it or give it back.” As you can see, he doesn’t like for people to talk bad about his country. Have a good, and safe, weekend all.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • What an adorable photo #2 of you Francesca! #4 is a hoot! :-) say, did you hear Snooki while your ear was on the stones??? he he ;-)
    I love the sound of horses walking on paving stones, it brings back childhood memories of Germany.
    Lynn that's great you found out that one of the cats has a home! We have a camera as well but never turn it on, LOL! the deer have been coming back and I have to report this to the DNR because of the disease that's going around.
    Bad Kitty was out ALL night! can't sleep because of getting up all the time to check if she is there on the deck. :-( she finally came home when I got up at 6:30am now she is sleeping...geezers!
    It's coooold this morning and a clue of what's coming.
    All our friends here have a wonderful safe weekend!
    Mucho Hugs,
    delia & Kitty =^- -^=

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Fabulous Francesca, you certainly did a great job teaching us all about the cobblestones and the millstones near the stable! I had no idea that it would feel warm to lay on and it looks comfortable, too! That must have been a huge job to put those cobblestones and millstones where they are and how nice to not have any dust or mud! I am amazed at how old these stones are and maybe Frenchies were around in 10,000 B.C.! Bet you miss Martha now that she is in London, probably for the whole weekend! Hope you have a great weekend with your buddies there at the farm! Sure hope all of you Glue Squaders have a wonderful weekend, also! I will check back later to read your comments! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello Francesca, delia, Lynn, Maddox, Corabelle, Sharkey, Dudley, Missy Chow, Super Rebel and my buddies-
    Well I really liked seeing francesca sleeping on those nice warm cobblestones from New Jersey. Mom is traveling to Atlantic City on Monday for the AC Veterinary conference to learn more about cats and dogs. So maddox, it will be risky business for both of us!! What to do first??? Zoe would like me to find some tp and decorate. Rebel, would probably have me bark and chase the geese by the pond.
    Kirby, we like your patriotism. Corabelle, what does your vest look like??
    Baby Favor, that is great you saw Air Force One. Dudley, did you really go running with Michelle O.??
    Maybe we can invite her portugese water dog to join the glue squad. Delia, we are glad Kitty is safe and sound. James Dean was very worried. Yesterday there were hundreds of stink bugs on the back of the house window screens. All of a sudden a whole flock of swallows flew on the house and ate all the bugs!! Jimmy was in heaven seeing all those birds so close to the windows.
    Mom is taking me to the specialty dog cookie store today so I have to be good.. Lynn, hope you enjoy your crafts this weekend. Hope you all have a GREAT weekend, I will be busy with my gran and gran papa. Love and high paws- Abby

  • My favorite word of the day: inch scooch :)

    I love a cobblestone path, usually winding in an old part of a town/city. It's fun to imagine whose 'feets' walked on the cobblestones in an early time.

    Maybe the dinosaurs! :)

    Have a wonderful weekend..
    gail
    p.s. The sun finally came out here in NH! We've been in a rainy period for awhile.

  • Franny that looks so warm and comfortable. What a perfect way to kick off the weekend. I wish we had that kind of weather today. Brrr it's cold, maybe here in Chicago it MIGHT hit 50 today! Kirby Bear, G.K., Maddox, and Missy Chow, you all would love it.

    I hope everyone stays out of trouble, is feeling better and has a wonderful weekend! :smile:

  • It must be a hard life Franny but some dog has got to do it, lay around and soak in the sun rays. What neat history of where the stones came from and how they ended up at Martha's house. Many Christmases ago Martha sent me a Christmas card of the horse stables must have been 2007? There were big red bows on the stable doors.I still have the card of course I saved it so cool to get a card from your Mama. Enjoyed the story keep them coming.
    Happy Columbus Day Sharkey, Franny, GK and everyone at The Daily Wag.

  • Cora-Belle, Rebel and Zoe......,where are you? Don't make me worry about you.
    Maddoz

  • just a quick "hi". no new post from the farm today. Maddox, I don't feel good at all. I lost a lot more fur at my Saturday bath. It's chilly here & I'm chilly, too. I'm sleeping most the time now. Dr. Becky says I'll get worse before I get better. There are lots of bugs to kill & she wants to be sure I don't get a yeast infection either. I guess that's where I am now. Mimi is going to buy me a warm tee shirt to wear during the day.
    Till tomorrow.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Their ears are so cute!

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