Here 'ya go - NO hints!
Did you find the squirrel?????
Very early yesterday morning:
Turn up the volume - you can hear blabbermouth Benji too!
It's getting to be that time of year when we won't be able to see the mountains again until Fall:
Walking back to the pen after digging in the garden for a couple of hours:
Just checking to see if Chickenmom threw anything good to eat away:
Neighbor working her mare, Bella:
A really big H/T to Donna for sending this!!!!
It got HOT yesterday!!!!!
The dogwood in bloom!
Another tiny egg:
The gang wanted out of the pen. Hubby finished cutting the grass (again):
Kitty-kat soaking up the warm sunshine:
Chipper wants OUT of the pen! I did let them pout for about an hour - they enjoyed eating
the grass clippings!
A big H/T to Mr. Filthie once again!
Steam Powered Lawn Mowers
The picture clearly implies that the Coldwell was suitable for one-man operation. It looks as if the driver might be able to read the pressure gauge by turning round, but it is not clear if he can see any indication of boiler water level.
The men behind the machine appear to be William H Coldwell, Harry T
Coldwell,and Thomas Coldwell. The first two chaps took out a number of
mower patents, for example No. 796,811 which was issued in August 1905,
but the March 1901 patent referred to above (No. 669,436) was taken out
by Thomas alone, and the August 1902 patent (No. 707,304) by Thomas and
This version shows tiller steering.
The drawing is clearly derived from the original machine. The vertical steam engine C can be seen to the right of the boiler D.
It appears that the driver is going to have to be something of a contortionist if he is going to keep an eye on the pressure gauge and the all-important water-level gauge without leaving his seat.
The Leyland steam mower was one of the first motorised lawn mowers; produced for just a few years at the end of the 19th and the start of the 20th centuries. The earliest motorized lawn mowers were made around 1896 by a newly formed Lancashire Steam Motor Company in the town of Leyland, England. Shortly after, the company name was changed to Leyland Motors and later became British Leyland, makers of cars such as the Jaguar, Rover, Land Rover and original Mini car. The steam mower was produced for just a few short years before Leyland Motors moved into producing petrol-powered wagons.
The mower was, judging from the height of the handlebars, about six feet
tall. It had a vertical boiler mounted above the mower chassis, and was
powered by a small single-cylinder steam engine with a sizable flywheel
and spur gear transmission to the rear driving roller. (completely
unguarded, as was not uncommon at the time)
The boiler was oil-fired, presumably to reduce the workload of the driver. Stoking and steering at the same time would have made an uneasy combination.
.... going on here in Coopville:
I took all the Winter plastic off of the coop and the run. Now they can get plenty of Spring breezes!
I hate to put the plastic around, but it keeps the snow out of pen.
Two more little eggs:
Saw wrens going in and out the birdhouse with hay:
The planters are almost ready to get painted:
The azaleas are starting to bloom, too!
The gang just chillin'
Just the simple beauty of a perfect dandelion: