Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Good morning!

Hubby and I both really need a little down time.......

...... will be back next week!


Monday, March 18, 2019

What I find when.....

                                            ..... I can't sleep:

Christmas tree worms(Spirobranchus giganteus): Beautiful tube-building polychaete worms Spirobranchus giganteus, commonly known as Christmas tree worms, are tube-building polychaete worms belonging to the family Serpulidae. Spirobranchus giganteus is commonly found embedded in entire heads of massive corals, such as stony corals like Porites and brain corals. As sedentary inhabitants of coral reefs, Christmas tree worms feed primarily by filter feeding. They use their brightly colored radioles to filter microorganisms from the water, which are then deposited straight into the worm's digestive tract.


Today's funny :o)


Is Spring just around the corner?

For the past few days the geese have been returning North:

(They fly so high - you can just barely see them at the bottom of the pick  in the middle)

It is always a welcoming sign of the changing seasons!

Coopville still has some snow left, though:

Betty is still alive,eating and drinking, but weak:

Charlie hasn't been his old self either....

.... so I made him his special treat - chicken, tomatoes and grapes:

He didn't eat any of it.  :o(

He's going to be eight in may - I guess that's pretty old for a cranky rooster!


Sunday, March 17, 2019

Easing Listening for a Sunday Afternoon

The Irish Tenors

Come over the hills, my bonnie Irish lass
 Come over the hills to your darling 
You choose the rose, love, and I'll make the vow 
And I'll be your true love forever
 Red is the rose that in your garden grows 
Fair is the lily of the valley
 Clear is the water that flows from the Boyne
 But my love is fairer than any
 'Twas down by Killarney's green woods that we strayed 
The moon and the stars they were shining 
The moon shone its rays on her locks of golden hair
 And she swore she'd be my love forever
 Red is the rose that in your garden grows
 Fair is the lily of the valley 
Clear is the water that flows from the Boyne
 But my love is fairer than any
 It's not for the parting that my sister pains
 It's not for the grief of my mother
 'Tis all for the loss of my bonny Irish lass
 That my heart is breaking forever
 Red is the rose that in your garden grows
 Fair is the lily of the valley 
Clear is the water that flows from the Boyne
 But my love is fairer than any 
 My love is fairer than any



Friday, March 15, 2019

Friday Night Steam

Want to see the innards of a steam shovel?

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1922 Erie Model "B" Steam Shovel at HCEA Canada's 2014 "Last Blast" event at the Simcoe County Museum near Barrie, Ontario. The Canopy was off, so you cold see a lot more then usual when you see a steam shovel operating. I tried to get both sides and zoom in on the controls and mechanics to give a better idea of how it works. HCEA Canada has regular events if you'd like to see this and other machines in action: Two at The Simcoe County Museum are on their site, and, while they have a presence at many steam shows, I believe they have a larger presence at the Blyth Steam Show. HCEA Canada: Simcoe County Museum:



100-ton steam shovel mounted on railroad tracks, cc. 1919
A derelict steam shovel in Alaska; major components visible include the steam boiler, water tank, winch, main engine, boom, dipper stick, crowd engine, wheels, and excavator bucket.
A steam shovel consists of:
  • a bucket, usually with a toothed edge, to dig into the earth
  • a "dipper" or "dipper stick" connecting the bucket to the boom
  • a "boom" mounted on the rotating platform, supporting the dipper and its control wires
  • a boiler
  • a water tank and coal bunker
  • steam engines and winches
  • operator's controls
  • a rotating platform on a truck, on which everything is mounted
  • wheels (or sometimes caterpillar tracks or railroad wheels)
  • a house (on the platform) to contain and protect 'the works'
The shovel has several individual operations: it can raise or luff the boom, rotate the house, or extend the dipper stick with the boom or crowd engine, and raise or lower the dipper stick.
When digging at a rock face, the operator simultaneously raises and extends the dipper stick to fill the bucket with material. When the bucket is full, the shovel is rotated to load a railway car or motor truck. The locking pin on the bucket flap is released and the load drops away. The operator lowers the dipper stick, the bucket mouth self-closes, the pin relocks automatically and the process repeats.
Steam shovels usually had a three-man crew: engineer, fireman and ground man. There was much jockeying to do to move shovels: rails and timber blocks to move; cables and block purchases to attach; chains and slings to rig; and so on. On soft ground, shovels used timber mats to help steady and level the ground. The early models were not self-propelled, rather they would use the boom to manoeuvre themselves.