Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Good evening!

 Had 5inches of new snow yesterday and another inch today. I am totally snowed out! Just sick so tired of the snow, sick of the ice, the snow cleats, the de-melter pellets all over the house, bulky winter coats, boots and gloves!!!! Grrrrrr!

I'm sure you are sick of seeing nothing but snow in Coopville, too!

Going to take a few days off and think of green things......


.... lots and lots of green things.....

Monday, February 22, 2021

Have you ever seen....

........ a rainbow tree? 

Well. they ARE real!



What Is The Rainbow Eucalyptus?

The naturally occurring, multi-colored bark of the aptly named Rainbow Eucalyptus.

Physical Description

The rainbow eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta), also known as the Mindanao gum or rainbow gum, is a tall, broad-leaved evergreen tree which grows up to a height of around 200 feet in its native habitats. The trunk of the tree, possessing a diameter of around 6 feet, is noted for its multi hued appearance in summer. The smooth, orange tinted trunk bark peels off in summer, revealing a plethora of colors in the new bark layer, symbolizing the colors of the rainbow. Rows of rainbow eucalyptus trees growing in tandem with their vibrant barks with streaks of green, yellow, red, and orange colors, offers a spectacular sight in summer. However, outside their native range, the rainbow eucalyptus grows to a smaller height and displays less colors. The tree possesses 6-inch long lancet leaves which yield an aromatic powder when crushed and produces small, white flowers during the blooming season.

Related Species

The rainbow eucalyptus belongs to the Eucalyptus genus of plants which comprises an array of flowering trees and shrubs belonging to the myrtle family. The name eucalyptus is derived from the Greek word “eu” meaning “well” and kalýpto meaning “to cover”, referring to the operculum that covers the flower buds of these trees before the blooming of the flower. Blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus), Yellow Gum (Eucalyptus leucoxylon), Rose Gum (Eucalyptus grandis), and River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) are some of the related species of rainbow eucalyptus. More than 700 species of eucalyptus are found of which only 15 species occur outside of Australia. However, many eucalyptus species are cultivated in various parts of the world though they need to be protected from frost conditions. Many eucalyptus species like the rainbow gum, are known as gum trees by virtue of their gum kino, which is exuded from all points of break in the bark of such trees.

Habitat and Range

Though all species of the Eucalyptus genus grow exclusively in the countries of the Southern Hemisphere, the rainbow eucalyptus is the only known eucalyptus species that extends its range to the Northern Hemisphere. The rainbow eucalyptus grows in tropical forests with high rainfall and are found in New Britain and New Guinea of Papua New Guinea, Sulawesi and Seram of Indonesia, and Mindanao of Philippines. For the purpose of cultivation, the tree has been introduced into many other countries like the United States where it is grown in frost free climates like Hawaii, and those in the southern parts of Texas, Florida, and California.


The rainbow eucalyptus is cultivated in many parts of the world for its wood and for ornamental purposes. The tree requires a frost-free, warm and wet climate and grows quite fast, reaching a height of up to 5 feet within a single growing season. It is usually grown in places where its vibrant bark is on full display to admirers. The rainbow eucalyptus must always be well watered and protected from frost. Although it can survive an overnight frost, extended periods of frost will kill the plant.

Use As An Ornamental Plant

Due to its vibrant appearance and aesthetic quality, the rainbow eucalyptus has high ornamental significance and is used extensively to decorate home grounds, ornamental gardens, parks, and fields. The tree also provides excellent shade under the summer sun and emanates aromatic fragrance that soothes the mind.

Use In The Pulpwood Industry

The rainbow eucalyptus is widely used for preparing wood pulp by the pulpwood industry and infrequently used as sources of lumber. Paper, furniture and veneer are some of the products generated from the wood of the rainbow eucalyptus tree. Pulpwood companies in the Philippines often use these trees as the dominant plant species in their commercial plantations.

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  • Today's funny :o)

     H/T to Glenn H. !!





    The weekend....






     It was cold:


     Couldn't figure out what the kitty-kat was so fascinated by:

    (water bubbles under the ice)!




     And....It snowed in the evening:




     The sun!!!!!  Yay!

                                                                                 But still cold:

     Benji is so happy to see sunshine!

    The snow looked like it had been sprinkled with diamonds!

                                                                      Mr. Bunny left footprints:



     The gang enjoying a stroll:


     Hubby enjoying knocking down the icicles!


     More snow, 3-5 inches -  forecast for this afternoon and evening. 





    Friday, February 19, 2021

    Friday Night Steam

     We're off to Norway tonight!

     Let's go for a wonderful ride on a super nifty little train!

    The 19. century vintage train of the Norwegian Railway Museum Welcome to a ride with the unique vintage train, pulled by locomotive no. 17 «Caroline». The engine was built by R. Stephenson & Co. of Newcastle in 1861. The carriages no. 448, 311 and 358 are built by Skabo of Norway in 1884, 1883 and 1878. No. 265 was built by Scandia in Denmark in 1878. They represent the earliest stage of development on Norwegian railways, when technology was imported from Britain to open up this vast, mountainous and sparsely populated country. The train was restored in the period of 1989 to 1996. The locomotive is permitted to run at 50 km/h. Our journey today is between Hamar and Elverum and return., a total distance of about 60 km. The Norwegian Railway Museum is a public museum operating in accordance with ICOM statutes. Since 1896, it has been the museum’s responsibility to document Norway’s railway history and its role in the Norwegian society over the years. The museum was established by former railway workers as a private museum. The museum is located in Hamar – a town rich in railway history and essential in the development of the country’s national railway. The museum is one of the oldest railway museums in the world. The initial modest collection of artefacts included photographs, illustrations and technical drawings. From 1896 to 1912, the collection was housed on the second floor of the Hamar Railway Station. The museum was, however, not open to the public from 1912 to 1930, and everything placed in storage. In 1930 the museum was rebuilt along the lines of a typical Scandinavian open-air-museum in the eastern part of Hamar, with some older station buildings, a pair of sheds and a short section of track with signal masts. However, the site was located far from an operational railway line, and moving heavy exhibits there proved expensive and difficult. The museum’s collection steadily expanded and toward the end of the 1940s the authorities had to start searching for a new location. The museum was moved to its current, beautiful location in the museum park at Martodden by Mjøsa, and the opening coincided with the museum’s 60th anniversary in 1956. The museum comprised a new main building with and exhibiltion hall and an open-air park containing tracks, signals and authentically furnished station buildings. From 1962 the museum has been offering visitors a short journey with a narrow gauge steam train. Towards the end of the 1980s, the museum had once again outgrown its premises and was on the lookout for a new location or additional space. As a result, the Norwegian State Railways (NSB) purchased more land to the north of the current museum park. On some of this land, a new building comprising exhibitions, offices, library and workshops opened in 2003. https://harrikolan.com


    Today's funny :o)


    #1 - Talk to yourself. There are times you need expert advice
    #2 - “In Style” are the clothes that still fit
    #3 - You don't need anger management. You need people to stop pissing you off.
    #4 - Your people skills are just fine. It's your tolerance for idiots that needs work.
    #5 - The biggest lie you tell yourself is, “I don't need to write that down. I'll remember it.”
    #6 - “On time” is when you get there.
    #7 - Even duct tape can't fix stupid - but it sure does muffle the sound.
    #8 - It would be wonderful if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes, then come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller?
    #9 - Lately, You've noticed people your age are so much older than you.
    #10 - Growing old should have taken longer.
    #11 - Aging has slowed you down, but it hasn't shut you up.
    #12 - You still haven't learned to act your age, and hope you never will.


    And one more:
    “One for the road” means peeing before you leave the house.





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    Yup - again!



     Snow in the pen:


      Hubby shoveling the snow off the deck:


     The path he made for the gang to walk on is now all gone:


     Only the damn deer are enjoying the new snow:




     There were 12 of  'em earlier!



     Only 30 more days until Spring......



    Wednesday, February 17, 2021

    Snow people!!!

     H/T to Donna!

         Snow people!!!!
    After all the new snow that we are gonna get, I'll have to build some of these!!