This past weekend we had some friends from Florida come for a visit. Ben and Tracy had decided to come visit family in North Carolina, and stopped at our place on the way. We only had 24 hours, but we packed it full of visiting, eating, and sightseeing! Tracy brought gifts, a cookbook for me (The Cake Bible!) and marshmallows for James (an inside joke about him being scared of marshmallows).
We also went to Acid Park, where the whirligigs created by Volis Simpson have resided for nearly half a century. They are being moved to town, repaired, and re-painted. You can tell that Mr. Simpson can’t keep up with them now that he is older, but it’s a shame they are being moved.
Mr. Simpson allowed us to see his smaller work inside the shop, a huge treat! He is famous around the world for his creations from scrap metal. He is a welder, and just couldn’t see throwing all these things away, so he created something beautiful from them.
I can’t resist showing you some of Mr. Simpson’s art. I know this is about friends, but these are breathtaking!
There is a story about the picture below. According to the story (not true by-the-way) Volis Simpson’s daughter was killed while riding her bike by the driver of this car. In his sadness, it is said that Mr. Simpson began creating whirligigs in memory of his dead daughter. While that story is completely made-up, Mr. Simpson does love children, especially the ones that need a spirit lifted or who have handicaps, often making gifts to them of his beautiful creations.
Tracy enjoyed the animals at our home as well, and they loved her too! She even milked goats with me, and did a great job!
Hopefully next time we will have a longer visit, but what a blessing this time was!