Wednesday, May 5, 2021

It's time!!!!

Here 'ya go - NO hints!

Did you find the squirrel?????





















Today's funny :o)



Rise 'n Shine!

 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:

Fuzzy green moss on a rock:

Neighbor working her mare, Bella:

So pretty!

Want some?????


Monday, May 3, 2021

"Hi Yo, Silver, Away!"

 A really big H/T to Donna for sending this!!!!

In the 1960s, Glen Campbell's brilliant guitar playing was known only by a select few top recording studios and artists.
Long before Glen became known nationally as an outstanding vocalist, actor and TV personality, he was one of the most in-demand recording studio guitarists in the world. 
He could have earned a 7-figure annual income as a high-end, asked-for studio guitarist for years on end if that had been all he cared to do.  
Take a look at this video, one you may have never seen before. "Hi Yo, Silver, Away!"
It doesn’t get much better than this. "The William Tell Overture" by Giaochino Rossini.
Many of us grew up watching the Lone Ranger and Tonto on black and white television. Years later, many of us watched the Glen Campbell show on TV as well.  
This video is a clip of a younger Glen Campbell playing the William Tell Overture (with symphony orchestra) and dedicating it to Clayton Moore, who played the Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels, who played Tonto.  
You may never have seen Glen play like this before. This is world-class guitar playing and Campbell makes it look easy; note he is playing a 12 string!  The sounds of Glen Campbell on guitar and the symphony orchestra playing Rossini's "William Tell Overture" will take you back to those golden days of yesteryear, when the strains of Rossini's masterpiece coming over the radio meant the Lone Ranger show was about to begin.


Today's funny :o)


I   JUST discovered my age group! I am a Seenager (Senior teenager). 
I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 63 years later!  I don't have to go to school or work.  I get an allowance every month. I have my own iPad.  I don't have a curfew.  I have a driver's license and my own car.  I have ID that gets me into bars and the wine store. I like the wine store best.
 The people I hang around with are not scared of getting pregnant, they aren't scared of anything, they have been blessed to live this long, why be scared?  And I don't have acne.  Life is Good! Also, you will feel much more intelligent after reading this, if you are a Seenager.
 Brains of older people are slow because they know so much.
People do not decline mentally with age; it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains.
Scientists believe this also makes you hard of hearing as it puts pressure on your inner ear.

Also, older people often go to another room to get something and when they get there, they stand there wondering what they came for. It is NOT a memory problem; it is nature's way of making older people do more exercise.



 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!


'Hope everyone had a great weekend, too!




Friday, April 30, 2021

 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 William.
The 1901 patent refers only to a means of bearing adjustment, but the 1902 patent explicitly covers a steam mower and has a drawing very like the actual machine as shown here.



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.



The Leyland mower could be operated by one person, and removed the need to house and feed a draught animal that might have no other work to do. However, that one person needed to be skilled in the operation of steam machinery, which can be lethally unforgiving of incapacity or inattention, and would have expected appropriate wages. The boiler would have required a regular supply of water. It was also inevitably expensive to buy, and required careful maintenance, like any machine that included a steam boiler. 


Sumner renamed his company the Leyland Steam Motor Company in 1895, and the business in time went on to become the motor-car manufacturer British Leyland.

Competing steam mowers were marketed shortly after the Leyland, by Alexander Shanks of Arbroath, and Thomas Green of Leeds; none of the machines was a commercial success. The introduction of internal-combustion engines at the end of the 19th century gave a much more practical prime mover; Ransomes of Ipswich produced its first petrol engined mower in 1902, and there was clearly no future for steam mowing.

Examples of steam lawnmowers are in very short supply; apart from the example at the University of Reading, no others are known. There is a modern replica of the Leyland steam mower in a museum in Coventry, made by British Leyland apprentices some years ago.


Today's funny :o)






Not much....

 .... 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 peonies are getting little buds on them:

The planters are almost ready to get painted:

Baby lilacs!

The azaleas are starting to bloom, too!

The gang just chillin'

Just the simple beauty of a perfect dandelion:


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Snip! Snip!

So many different ones!