With Big K off for a few days,
we had time to visit the Florida Flywheelers.
It's an antique tractor club
that hosts public events only a few times a year.
Our first stop is usually the fire display.
Lil' Guy is fascinated with all of the old pull stations
and other equipment stored here.
One of the volunteers told us of an upcoming swap
where folks buy, sell and trade fire relics.
We may just have to make the trek to Jacksonville
to experience it.
These old fire hoses were one of the treasures
found in this barn.
Mr. Batcher's barn never fails
to capture our attention.
No matter how many times we've visited,
we always discover something new.
This talented man has hundreds of toys,
tools, and moving contraptions
constructed by his own two hands.
The attention to detail is nothing short of amazing.
He also displayed his collection of these engines.
Seed and feed sacks line his rafters.
The last time we visited,
Mr. Batcher's barn was closed.
We were sad to learn that he had
had a stroke a few months back,
so it was good to see him back at work,
tinkering with his many gizmos.
On the other side of the park
is a large flea market area.
There are all kinds of treasures to be found.
Something for every type of collector can be had here.
I managed to pry myself away from this table,
difficult as it was.
Lil' Guy found himself some electronics
and most vendors we talked to
were so encouraging to him
regarding his current
The Flywheeler's events are always a good time.
They fit right in with our simple lifestyle.
It's a wonderful way to spend time together.
You can read more about past Flywheeler's visits here: