On this day we were taking a scenic drive out into the country, with the goal of stopping at Miller's Bakery, an Amish bakery. We found the little shop, did some nosing around, and selected a few goodies for purchase.
However, what intrigued me more than all the bulk foods, canned chow chows, and homemade pies and cookies, were the various bits of "modern" technology and simple inventions I found throughout this small shop.
The Amish folks do not use power from the public electric grid, because they believe that too much reliance on public power ties them too closely to worldly things and worldly thinking. They generate their power in various other ways. Many Amish light and heat their homes and businesses with gas. This little shop was using gas to light as needed.
|Notice also the "sunlight" in the ceiling.|
Many Amish just use ingenuity to create what they need. Here is a doorbell, which was quite loud. Nobody was gonna sneak into that shop without being detected, and in fact, if you weren't careful, you'd get knocked out by the contraption.
|The bar that is fastened on the door slams into the hanging bell and scares the bejesus out of you.|
And a few surprises on the way back into town at this farm:
|Is this a horse or a zebra?|
|A goat on the roof? Why not!|
One of these days I hope to interview an Amish woman and ask her the questions that are REALLY on my mind. Will it ever happen? Not on this trip....