Monday, August 13, 2018

Thorn bugs!

Interesting video on a very strange looking bug!!

The thorn bug is an occasional pest of ornamentals and fruit trees in southern Florida. During heavy infestations, nymphs and adults form dense clusters around the twigs, branches and even small tree trunks. Some hosts that have been severely damaged include Hibiscus sp., powder-puff (Calliandra spp.), woman's tongue tree (Albizzia lebbek), and Acacia spp. Young trees of jacaranda (Jacaranda acutifolia) and royal poinciana (Delonix regia) with a diameter of 1.5 to 2 inches have been killed by thorn bugs in the Tampa area. The trunks were so heavily infested that is was difficult to place a finger anywhere on the trunk without touching a specimen.
The thorn bug causes damage by piercing the plant tissue and sucking the sap and by making cuts in the plant for oviposition. Butcher (1953) reported that certain trees, especially some cassias, suffered considerable loss of foliage, and that pithecellobiums (Pithecellobium spp.) suffered general and extensive terminal twig death. He also mentioned that thorn bug honeydew secretions and accompanying sooty mold development caused a nuisance to home owners. Kuitert (1958) noted that heavy accumulations of honeydew sometimes occurred on parked automobiles.

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Eating the profits....

One of the girls didn't make it to the nest box in time....

Lawdy! You would think they were starving to death!

What other flock gets this kind of goody treats? 

And its all chopped into bite size pieces!

They are just spoiled beyond belief!


Friday, August 10, 2018

Friday Night Steam

Let's visit a steam powered saw mill for a change of pace!  Can you imagine all the noise?

The last steam-powered sawmill in the United States, the Phillips Brothers Mill is tucked away in the conifer forests of Oak Run in central Shasta County.   The mill has operated at the current site since 1933 and is still an active business producing an array of wood products milled from trees grown on the property.
The Phillips Brothers Mill was named for four brothers who fought in World War II and returned to Oak Run to operate the family business.  To complement the mill, the brothers built the box factory and machine shop, both of which also run on steam power.  The property is also home to historic steam-powered tractors, skidders, and other equipment which add to the visual impression of being taken back in time.
The Phillips Brothers Mill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.  The entire 920 acres of the timbered property is protected by a conservation easement which permits the style of selective harvesting that the family has practiced on site for generations.
Access to the property is limited to occasional tours offered by the landowners or some of their many friends, including the Pacific Forest Trust, Shasta Historical Society, and Shasta Land Trust.  The Phillips Brothers Mill is located north of the Oak Run Post Office on Bullskin Ridge Road.  Take Bullskin Ridge Road east from Oak Run Road, which connects to highway 299.

Wood products offered for sale from the Phillips Brothers Mill are all produced from trees grown on the property.  The trees are selectively harvested and protected by a conservation easement which mandates a multi-aged stand of trees in perpetuity.
Beautiful wood products are offered for sale including bird houses, bird feeders, gift boxes and bat houses. Gift boxes can be emblazoned with custom graphics.
The mill produces rough-cut lumber and logs that are increasingly popular in custom home building.  Lumber (up to 40" wide), long timbers, decking, moldings, and fireplace mantels are available for purchase.
The business is truly a family business and when the eponymous brothers were aging, and without heirs, they selected nieces and nephews who could take over the business and run the mill.  The descendants of the Edmund Phillips, who first started the original saw mill in 1897 on Little Cow Creek with head plates still used today, are the current owners and operators of the Phillips Brothers Mill.


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Boid stuff

Charlie going bonkers over Cheerios :

He lost one of his gigantic spurs - the stump was bloody:

It was huge!

An eagle or a hawk:

Lots of little wild birds share the feeder with the gang. This poor little fella got caught and
 they started pecking at it. I tried to save it, but it was too badly hurt. 
When I took the feeder apart, it dragged itself under the coop. Don't think it made it
 through the night. Poor little thing. 


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

When you run out of lunch bags.....


Today's funny :o)

 A plane passed through a severe storm. The turbulence was awful, and things went from bad to worse when one wing was struck by lightning.

One woman lost it completely. She stood up in the front of the plane and screamed, 'I'm too young to die,' she cried. Then she yelled, 'If I'm going to die, I want my last minutes on earth to be memorable! Is there anyone on this plane who can make me feel like a WOMAN?'

For a moment, there was silence. Everyone stared at the desperate woman in the front of the plane. Then a cowboy from 
Texas stood up in the rear of the plane.

He was handsome, tall, well built, with dark brown hair and hazel eyes
. Slowly, he started to walk up the aisle, unbuttoning his shirt as he went, one button at a time. No one moved. He removed his shirt. Muscles rippled across his chest.

She gasped...

Then, he spoke...

'Iron this -- and then get me a beer.'

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Boom booms in Coopville

Getting tired of all the rain we have been getting!  Soggy, soggy, soggy weather!

Pulled the clothes off the line just in time:

It has been foggy every morning. The sun comes out for a few hours and then it rains!

The gang made it back to the pen just in time - they do NOT like getting wet at all!

But after the rain, the sky is just gorgeous.....

..... and then the fog rolls back in:


Monday, August 6, 2018

Fishing with horses!


This technique is 500 years old - A unique piece of folklore

On the northwest Belgian coast, there is a little known tradition: shrimp fishing on horseback. Visit any good seafood restaurant in the country, and you’re bound to see gray shrimp on the menu. In the town of Oostduinkerke, in Koksijde, a small group of souwester-clad fisherman take to the frigid sea on horseback.
The activity consists of what its name describes: fishing shrimp on a horse. To do it, the fishermen drag the fishing nets behind them, picking up the shrimp from the sands while on horseback. The fishermen train Belgian draft horses, with an average weight of 1000kg, and use special materials to capture the shrimp. The tools used for the activity have evolved significantly over time in order to improve the fishermen’s comfort through clothing and materials, as well as to increase the quantity of fished shrimp by using Belgian draft horses instead of mules or smaller horses.
Shrimp fishing takes place an hour and a half before and after the low tide times. The fishermen fish in one hour timeframes and eventually go out of the sea for the horse to rest as well as to throw back unwanted fished species such as crabs and small fish, and to gather the caught shrimp in baskets on each side of the horse’s back. The activity is most productive during the warmer months (from April to October) which is also when the activity is open to the public; however fishermen can go at any time of the year as long as there is no ice cover.

The reason for the lack of awareness of this tradition is mainly its near-extinction in recent centuries. In the 15th century, shrimp fishing on horseback was still practised on the North Sea coasts in France, the Netherlands and even the South of England. This activity represented an extra revenue needed for the household. Nowadays there is only one place in which it is still ongoing: Oostduinkerke, a sub-municipality of the municipality of Koksijde. The Oostduinkerke beach has the right characteristics to pursue this tradition, which on top of the fact that this beach is the Crangon crangon shrimp’s (commonly known as grey shrimp) natural habitat, it is also free of obstacles and has shallow waters.
Listed, since December 2013, on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity because of the activity’s respect for the marine environment and the cultural heritage and promotion it provides to the local community among other reasons, shrimp fishing on horseback is currently only practiced by 15 fishermen who work as a community and are fully involved in keeping this tradition alive.

These 15 fishermen do it as a sideline activity, and therefore it does not constitute their main source of revenue. Their passion for the horses, fishing and sea is their main incentive. This passion to pursue this tradition is often transferred across generations but they also welcome new fishermen. Becoming a shrimp fisherman on horseback requires a theoretical course at the Oostduinkerke’s National Fisheries Museum, Navigo, given by the ‘Oostduinkerkse paardenvissers association’. Additionally, trainee fishermen must undergo two years of practical training and complete a final exam. Given the strength it requires, shrimp fishing was historically considered to be a man’s activity though women have practised it as well. In order for UNESCO to be able to add this activity to its heritage list, it needed to become more institutionalized. By passing the practical exam earlier this year, Nele Bekaert became the first woman to be officially recognized by the community as a shrimp fisherman on horseback.
In addition to the roles played by the fishing families and the local public administration, there are several local institutions and communities which act as the official bodies for this tradition. The Oostduinkerke’s Fisheries Museum, known as Navigo, constitutes the activity’s main office, as well as the official history and knowledge keeper. The organization Orde van de Paardevisser also plays a key role as it has the objective of documenting the tradition, organizing expositions, tastings and trips to meet other communities practising horseback fishing.

From a touristic point of view, this tradition represents one of the most promoted activities of the area. The municipality promotes this activity to the general public through a number of different activities.
Shrimp fishing is open to the public, particularly from April to October. On specific dates, the fishing is followed by a shrimp cooking masterclass on site and a tasting.
The Oostduinkerke’s National Fisheries Museum, Navigo, organizes pedagogic workshops for school groups who can also visit the fishermen’s family farms and observe the complete process.
Since 1950, the official Shrimp Festival takes place yearly in Oostduinkerke across two days at the end of June, when on top of the usual summer activities, there are a number of concerts, a local market, a swimming pool and a dedicated parade. The festivity starts to be prepared months in advance and attracts over 10,000 visitors coming from across the globe.



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Just in case...

 .... you missed the gang:

Hubby and I went to a craft fair. The have it every year, but this time it was a lot smaller than usual.

Cats were popular...

Chickens, too....

These were bat houses - not too many were buying them though:

Lots of cute things, but very expensive:

An interesting tree in their parking area:

We've had a LOT of rain and everything in Coopville was soggy and soaked, but 
now we are into a heat wave.
 If 'ya don't like the weather in Joisey - just wait for 5 minutes - it'll change!


Monday, July 30, 2018

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Friday Night Steam

What are all those controls for on a steam engine? Grab a cold one and watch!  :o)

Published on Nov 19, 2017
•A video guide that walks through and describes the functions of the various controls in the cab of Denver and Rio Grande Western (D&RGW) steam locomotive #491. Big thanks to Mike Spera for heading the restoration on this wonderful piece of American history. •The locomotive seen in the video is Denver and Rio Grande Western (D&RGW) mikado (2-8-2) #491, one of the largest narrow gauge locomotives ever created. It now runs at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, Colorado. It has ~37,100 pounds of tractive effort, and weighs ~150 tons or ~302,000 pounds. It was built in 1928 by the D&RGW Burnham shops in Denver, Colorado using the boiler off of a standard gauge D&RGW 2-8-0. #491 is a pristine example of a locomotive perfectly suited for rugged, mountain climbing work. •Thanks to Erik Lindgren (@ColoradoRailPhotographer) for the great still images used in this video.

Denver & Rio Grande Western K-37
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Type and origin
References:Dimensions are as rebuilt unless noted
Power type Steam
Builder Baldwin Locomotive Works
Build date 1902
Rebuilder D&RGW Burnham Shops
Rebuild date 1928–1930
Number rebuilt 10

 • Whyte Original: 2-8-0
Rebuilt: 2-8-2
 • UIC 1′D1′ h2
Gauge Original: 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Rebuilt: 3 ft (914 mm)
Leading dia. Original: unknown
Rebuilt: 28 in (711 mm)
Driver dia. Original: 55 in (1,397 mm)
Rebuilt: 44 in (1,118 mm)
Trailing dia. Original: none
Rebuilt: 28 in (711 mm)
Wheelbase 29 ft (8.8 m)
Length 41.1 ft (12.5 m)
Width 10.4 ft (3.2 m)
Height Engine: 13.3 ft (4.1 m)
Tender: 13.5 ft (4.1 m)
Loco weight 183,920 pounds (83,420 kg)
Boiler pressure 200 psi (1.38 MPa)
Cylinders Two
Cylinder size 20 in × 24 in (508 mm × 610 mm)
Valve gear Walschaerts
Loco brake Air
Train brakes Air

Performance figures
Tractive effort 37,100 lbf (165 kN)

Operators DRGW, D&SNG, C&TS
Class D&RG: 190
D&RGW: C-41
after rebuild: K-37
Numbers 490–499
Locale Colorado and New Mexico
Retired 1955 (#496), 1962-1970
Disposition Eight preserved; two (#490, 496) scrapped


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Once upon a midnight....

Our favorite huge raven is back!

The oldest tree in Coopville:

We named it "Old Gnarly":

The sawdust from all the trees taken down last week sure did come in handy:

The gang just loves to scratch in it!

Can't wait until it ripens:


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Neat furniture......

..... I wouldn't mind having!


 I really, really want this clock:

 Now if there is one with a chicken.......

Uncomfortable looking , but pretty cool:


Today's funny :o)

A Jewish bookie was at the races playing the ponies and losing his shirt.

He noticed a Priest step out onto the track and blessed the forehead of one of the horses lining up for the 4th race.   Lo and behold, that horse - a long shot won the race.
Next race, as the horses lined up, the Priest stepped onto the track.
Sure enough, he blessed one of the horses.
 The bookie made a beeline for a betting window and placed a small bet on the horse.
 Again, even though it was another long shot, the horse won the race.

He collected his winnings, and anxiously waited to see which horse the Priest would bless next.
He bet big on it, and it won.
 As the races continued the Priest kept blessing horses, and each one ended up winning.

The bookie was elated. He made a quick dash to the ATM, withdrew all his savings,
and waited for the Priest's blessing that would tell him which horse to bet on.

True to his pattern, the Priest stepped onto the track for the last race and blessed the forehead of an old nag that was 100/1.
This time the priest blessed the eyes, ears, and hooves of the old nag.
The bookie knew he had a winner and bet every cent he owned on the old nag.

He watched dumbfounded as the old nag pulled up and couldn't even finish the race.
In a state of shock, the bookie went to the track area where the Priest was.
 Confronting him, he demanded, 'Father! What happened?
 All day long you blessed horses and they all won.
Then in the last race, the horse you blessed never even had a chance.
Now, thanks to you, I've lost every cent of my savings!'

The Priest nodded wisely and with sympathy.
 "You are not Catholic are you my son?"
 "No, I'm Jewish"
  "That's the problem", said the Priest, "you couldn't tell the difference between a blessing, and last rites".

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