Saturday, June 30, 2018

At the Hop!

The Danleers!!

"One Summer Night"
One summer night
we fell in love
one summer night
I held you tight
you and I
under the moon of love (moon of love)
One summer night
I kissed your lips
one summer night
I held you close
you and I
under the moon of love

You kissed me oh so tenderly
and I knew this was love
and as I held you oh so close
I knew no one could ever take your place

Oh one summer night
we fell in love
one summer night
I held you tight
you and I
under the moon of love (moon of love)


Friday, June 29, 2018

Friday Night Steam

A look inside a steam powered textile mill!


Published on Aug 2, 2014
Spent the day at The Queen Street Mill and Textile Museum on 31st July 2014. There is a number of demonstrations throughout the day of the machinery used by the mill workers in the Weaving Shed and Warehouse and when you are told of the conditions they worked in, you soon realise that the life of a mill worker was not an easy one.  The Engine House is the home of the horizontal tandem engine built by William Roberts Co. in 1894, and is really impressive when you watch it being operated. Its incredible to watch one loom being operated, and even more incredible when you think these ladies operated up to six looms at a time. Friendly Staff are always ready to answer any questions you might have. If you have an interest in the history of the Mills or how we used to live and work, a visit to The Queen Street Mill Textile Museum is highly recommended, and very enjoyable. If you pay a visit you will see that the demonstrations and commentary are far more informative and detailed than shown in this edited video. On the day of my visit the Queen Street Mill was short staffed. Many thanks to Graeme for all the extra effort you put in on the demonstrations and for all the information.Please have a look at my Queen Street Mill Photos at:

If you want to visit:


Today's funny :o)

A big H/T to Joni!!!

A 79-year-old man is having a drink in a bar. Suddenly a gorgeous girl enters and sits down a few seats away. The girl is so attractive that he just can't take his eyes off her. After a short while, the girl notices him staring, and approaches him.
Before the man has time to apologize, the girl looks him deep in the eyes and says to him in a sultry tone: "I'll do anything you'd like. Anything you can imagine in your wildest dreams, it doesn't matter how extreme or unusual it is, I'm game. I want $100, and there's another condition".

Completely stunned by the sudden turn of events, the man asks her what her condition is. "You have to tell me what you want me to do in just three words."
The man takes a moment to consider the offer from the beautiful woman. He whips out his wallet and puts $100 dollars in her hand ---He then looks her square in the eyes, and says slowly and clearly: "Paint my house."

(Our needs change as we get older, and we tend to look for bargains)

This 'n That

A lightning bug:

Trees in the morning sunlight:

A fungus growing where a small tree had been:


A  funny bird:


Where I sit in the pen when the gang gets their afternoon treats:

Charlie's new feathers......

.... pulled out by Wilma.

Poor, poor hen-pecked Charlie!

It's never quiet in Coopville:


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Can you guess....

.....  how this is made????

What a fun tool to have - too bad I have no more room in my workshop (or the money)!!


Today's funny :o)


A bird in the hand......

Saw this when I came out of the pen after giving the gang their afternoon treats:

They were so tiny!

The babies could only hop and flap their little wings:

The wren parents were flying around us when we picked up the babies.

We put them in a deli container....

.... and Hubby placed it in a nearby bush:

The day before I saw Charlie eating what I thought was a mole or a mouse.

I think it was another little bird that fell from this nest:

The nest was made inside the pen under the rolled up roof tarp!

The next day we didn't see a sign of the plastic container, the parents or the babies. 

I hope they found a safe place !


Monday, June 25, 2018

A Mega Mouth!

Good heavens! This is a big 'un!


Megamouth Shark – Megachasma pelagios

The megamouth shark is an exotic species discovered in 1976. It is very unlikely to see, and no one suspected its existence until then, when a new family, genus, and species was created to classify this shark.
It is the most primitive living species of the order Lamniformes but is the smallest shark of those that feed on plankton. He is a member of the mentioned order, the family, Megachasmidae, and the genus Megachasma.


Its large head and the huge mouth that indicates its name are the main features that help to identify this species undoubtedly. It has a length of 4 – 5 meters and weighs about 800 kilograms. The color of its cylindrical and flaccid body is usually black or dark brown on the dorsal area and pale gray in the ventral region. Its skin also has dermal denticles as other shark species.
It is the most primitive living species of the order Lamniformes.
It is not a skilled swimmer. Their dorsal fins are small and the second is half the size of the first one. It has pectoral fins smaller than the size of its head, and it has an asymmetrical caudal fin with a long upper lobe.
It has tiny eyes, five pairs of long gill slits, and a short, rounded snout. Inside the mouth has a tongue covered with mucosa and about 50 rows of small hooked teeth but only uses the first three rows. Around its mouth, it has photophores which glow and appear to act as baits for small fish or plankton.


Its distribution and habitat are still uncertain, but a few sightings in areas of the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans are on record; and since its discovery in Hawaii, only 55 more sightings have been registered in countries such as Brazil, Senegal, the Philippines and Indonesia. The first discoveries were on the coasts of California, Japan, and Australia, in addition to the Hawaiian islands.
It is an inhabitant of the deep waters (between 150 and 1,000 meters) that likes moderate and warm temperatures.


It is one of the three species of sharks that are fed by filtration of plankton. Its diet may include shrimp, copepods, and pelagic jellyfish.
There are few details about its form of feeding, but most scientists think that it swims slowly through the plankton concentrations and opens its huge mouth to suck the water, then lower the jaws, retract and filter the planktonic organisms by expelling the water through its gills.


The limited observations of this shark provide little information but render an overview. It is known to exhibit a behavior similar to that of other benthic fishes, and it does not tolerate the disturbances external to the ocean, perhaps that is the reason for its late discovery.
This shark is a vertical migrant during 24-hour cycles.
In the early 1990s, a tag was placed on megamouth shark to monitor for two days its behavior in the coasts of California, United States. As the sun start shining, it swam to a depth of 120-160 meters but began to ascend as the sun began to hide. During the night it stayed near the surface at depths between 12 and 25 meters. The research gave evidence that this shark is a vertical migrant during 24-hour cycles, spends days in deep water and nights in mid-depth waters.
Probably, this pattern of movement is related to the behavior in the columns of water of his favorite prey, which he follows to feed on.


Sexual maturity occurs when the shark reaches a length of about 4 meters. Fertilization is internal, so the male inserts its claspers into the female oviduct to transfer the sperm.
The megamouth shark is an ovoviviparous species. Therefore the pups are developed inside the mother’s body until their birth. The genders separate and look the same as adults.
The ovaries of the female are similar to those species that practice oophagy, and this means that presumably the offspring of this shark also feed on other eggs inside the body of their mother.


The fact that this shark is hard to observe implies a problem in its research and the detection of the type and severity of its threats. In fact, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature does not yet have enough data to classify this species.
So far, its greatest threat is bycatch resulting from commercial fishing activities. On the other hand, some museums welcome deceased individuals for its exhibition. So far proper conservation measures have not been taken.


Today's funny :o)


Some critters in Coopville:

Don't know what kind of bug this was, but it was HUGE!

A butterfly resting in the dogwood tree:

Kind of hard to see him:

Chippies - we have hundreds of 'em!

Charlie preening his back feathers:

Old Maude taking a nippy-nap:

And for some strange reason, Wilma has grown spurs on her legs:

Evil Ethel had them, too!


Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday Night Steam

Something totally different for a FNS - but fun to watch!!!

How 'bout a Steampunk steam train race???


Today's funny :o)

Can you raed this? Olny 55 people out of 100 can.

I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg.  

The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae.  

The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a pboerlm.  This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. 

 Azanmig huh?  Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!


Around the yard.....

... just enjoying the plants grow!

The first lily:


The new bird bath:

Hubby taking a well deserved break:

The first strawberry!

These are grown from grocery store cuttings:

Another beautiful sunrise:

A pepper!!!!

Hubby fixing the old cement mixer:

The gang:

Couldn't resist bringing this little feller home!


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Sugar painting!

 Found this while wandering around the webz. I had never seen of this type of art before!

Sugar painting

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A dragon figure being prepared
Sugar painting (糖画) is a traditional Chinese form of folk art using hot, liquid sugar to create two dimensional figures. This snack is popular among children. Selecting a figure is normally determined by spinning the arrow on a wheel.


Sugar painting may have originated during the Ming dynasty when small animals made of sugar were created in molds for religious rituals. This art form then became more popular during the Qing dynasty. After that period techniques improved, and a more diverse range of patterns emerged. In Sichuan, further developments were made in production, seeing the replacement of the molds with the now-common small ladle, often bronze or copper.


File:Chinese sugar painting - 01.ogv 

An artisan finishes a goldfish figure, attaches the stick, and removes it from the working surface to present it to the customer.
Although techniques vary, normally the hot sugar is drizzled from a small ladle onto a flat surface, usually white marble or metal. The outline is produced with a relatively thick stream of sugar. Then, supporting strands of thinner sugar are placed to attach to the outline, and fill in the body of the figure. These supporting strands may be produced with swirls, zig-zags, or other patterns. Finally, when completed, a thin wooden stick, used to hold the figure, is attached in two or more places with more sugar. Then, while still warm and pliable, figure is removed from the surface using a spatula-like tool, and is sold to the waiting customer, or placed on display.



Customers (especially children) usually select a figure by spinning the arrow on a wheel which will randomly land on such popular figures as a dragon, fish, monkey, dog, bird, or flower basket.




Today's funny :o)

H/T to Donna!!!