Tapping into gravity fed systems - Porto Flavia was considered an engineering feat when it became operative in 1924 as it slashed ore production costs by up to 70 percent, allowing Veille Montaigne to gain a strong market share in a short time. The construction of Porto Flavia paid for itself in under two years, and was considered a technical marvel.
Porto Flavia is a UNESCO-protected site, and is one of the suggested destinations for tours of minerary and industrial archeology sites in the region. Daily tours are held in the tunnel, guided by former workers or mining technicians of IGEA
The bottom photo is the picture that inspired me to start raising chickens many years ago. I had never seen a fancy breed before and I just loved the way this bird looks.
The first go-around I bought leftover chicks from a feed store - Barred Rocks, a Cochin, Seabrights, and Cornishes. I still have most of them. Over time I ordered other breeds but Polish never fit into the plan.
Ideal Hatchery offered baby chicks at $1 apiece and I bought the minimum. They are all “Top Hat” breeds. Polish, Houdan, Crevecoeur, Sultans. Really pretty birds.
Their prominent crest is caused by a protuberance, or knob, atop the bird’s skull, from which the feathers grow.
The bottom chick photo is a white Crested Black Polish, and a Sultan. The Sultan will be solid white as an adult. It have all of the poultry bells and whistles - crest, beard, muff, extra toes, V-comb, blue ears (I think),
The bottom hen is an adult White Crested Black Polish Chicken. Fashionable!
EASTSIDE COMMUNITY GARDEN Gate and Mosaic East San Jose, CA
This is a detail of the mosaic and ornamental ironwork gate at the really cool Eastside Mayfair community garden in the middle of the ‘dangerous’ part of East San Jose. There is a lot of gang activity here, combined with not much opportunity and an abundance of poor people — many of whom are immigrants.
The garden is in full swing going into summer and is quite large. The plots are tidy and well-maintained, and each is full of vegetables and fruit trees. It feels hopeful.
A Coupla Roosters
I don’t post my boys very often. Here are two of the three main roosters I have caring for the established flock. BTW, both of them were sold to me as hens. o_O
Earlier this afternoon, my older Great Pyr puppy was barking and when I went out to see what was going on, I spotted the big, beautiful bobcat on the hill that had set her off. By the time I grabbed the camera, it had ambled off. A few minutes ago, she barked again, and thinking the bobcat was back, I rushed out with my camera to discover this beauty hunting for gophers on the hill about 100 feet from my fence.
BIG WHITE PULLET* - Cross Easter Egger Roo and Light Brahma Hen
I’m very pleased with this little lady. She’s from my first hatch this year, she’s a wonderful cross of Ameracauna muff and beard, willow green legs, and Light Brahma size and patterning. Hopefully she’ll starting laying in the next week or two, and maybe, if I’m lucky her eggs will be olive green - fingers crossed.
*Pullet is a female chicken that has not begun laying eggs yet. Once she lays, she’ll become a hen. There will be a “flying up” ceremony, like we had in Brownies. :)
P.S. The butt, front-left is a Blue Cochin pullet, in case you were curious.
A while back In inherited a small covey of quail. They are beautiful animals but there isn’t much of a market for eggs, and / or meat locally, and they are such gentle animals, I couldn’t kill them even if there were. The main problem was that the males are hardier than the females and I was down to one female to 6 males. Not good. I posted them on the rehoming page of a chicken list, and the first responder was a guy grabbing all the “free” stock he could get his hands on. God, I hate people like that. Mostly they are looking for free food, stock to resell, or animals to fight. I declined his offer and sent them off with a friend this morning.
Though this was my decision, I still feel like a failure.
The feral peafowl are back in my hood. This guy was sitting on my car when I looked out the window. I happen to love them in the canyon, a lot of people consider them a nuisance as they are loud and messy.
I brought him some grain and water then got my camera with the big lens. Didn’t need it but could have used better light. Oh well. He stopped by on Friday with his mate. Today he was solo. Hopefully they will both be back soon.
Allly is 9, “…almost 10” she tells me. She’s a smart, quick, athletic girl with a graceful ease about her. We ran around with the dogs, threw snowballs climbed around on rocks and things. I found her to be utterly charming and surprisingly good company.
Here’s she bored waiting for her ski lesson to start and her mom to get her bindings adjusted. By the time the class starts she’s already mastering the snow plow on her own.
I wanted a photo of her with the goggles in place but I liked this shot better.
The piercing and stretching of earlobes is common among the Maasai. Various materials have been used to both pierce and stretch the lobes, including thorns for piercing, twigs, bundles of twigs, stones, the cross section of elephant tusks and empty film canisters. Fewer and fewer Maasai, particularly boys, follow this custom. Women wear various forms of beaded ornaments in both the ear lobe, and smaller piercings at the top of the ear. More