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adiantum

Nice pics Clint.  They suggest your coping with retirement very nicely.

 

Is that an asparagus fern on the lantern at the corner of a building?

I love that plant & it has so many memories of grandmothers garden.

A friend has one growing over a lattice wall & its trunks diameter must be 6inches .

A magnificent plant & ideal for floral displays.

 

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adiantum

This trainee pilot should top the class at flying school.

His first flight lesson had his instructor pass out & the student had to push him off him & land  the plane with instructions from the radio.

I know it wouldve been panic stations as I never miss an opportunity to panic , but I cracked up laughing when I heard him say he had no intentions of paying for this lesson.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-01/trainee-pilot-makes-emergency-landing-jandakot/11468580

 

kudos to the student & air traffic control

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adiantum

A spinach farmer has more challenges then a potato grower.

Ive been buying baby spinach leaves & often wondered  how they harvested it.

 

It has to be harvested at night to stop the leaf becoming too big for the supermarkets size requirement.

It is like moving  grass  with precision blades avoiding soil contact.

I found this an interesting read...

 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-09-02/spinach-growers-increase-production-and-eye-asian-markets/11463974

 

Two harvest machines in a field at Lindenow in Gippsland harvesting spinach.
 

 

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dowling gram
On 8/30/2019 at 6:16 PM, meyery2k said:

I received my lock for testing.  I opened the box and, wow!  I feel like I am sponsored!  There was easily $200 worth of kit in the box!

Hey Mike--good for you. It may seem like a lot but $200 is cheap for advertising and it probably cost the company half that to make. For their money they get feedback from a long distance rider and their logo splashed all over the island. You will be a walking( or should I say riding) advertisement for them. For them it's simply part of the cost of doing business and they wouldn't do it if there was no benefit to them.

 

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meyery2k

Had my scalp biopsy yesterday.  Not going to fret it.  Done that rodeo before lol...

 

Another great day riding.  I warmed up with 50K and joined the group.  I was in the lead to the first rest stop.  That never happens.  I just had this incredible amount of energy this morning.  Breakfast was as much peanut butter as I could fit on a spoon (a ridiculous amount), a handful of macadamia nuts, cheese, and Atkins shake, and some Nuun hydration drink with caffeine.  I have found drinking electrolyte replacement before a ride helps a lot.  We went climbing up one of our hill routes and between the eight of us there was a front group and a back group.  I managed to stay in the front group and was trading the lead with the other.  I lost in the last quarter mile to the riders that weighed less and had lighter equipment but I was very pleased with my performance today.  I then cruised down the hill and just had a nice casual ride to finish.

 

At the end of the ride, we went to a rider's house where he brewed homemade espressos for us.  Steamed milk and the works.  His wife had homemade biscotti which was divine.  I had to try some.  I met Cleo, a mini greyhound aka Italian greyhound and made friends with her.

 

Chad at the bike store gave me some racing themed clothing.  Castelli is the brand.  I always loved the scorpion logo but could never afford the kit.  He used to give it to Goodwill but now he knows someone that will wear it out riding it lol..

 

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I didn't get a picture of Cleo but this is close enough...

 

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adiantum

Good luck for the biopsy !!'

 

Great links Mike.

I see spectacular sunsets here when Indonesia's volcanoes send up  plumes of ash.

 

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adiantum

This is park litter I bought home to put the steel canisters  in my recycle bin .

I'm hoping someone will identify the tablet. I usually see pink ones in the park but Ive not seen this one before .

Its half white & half green &  I'd hate it if a dog ate it.

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OneEye

Image tells me nothing, too blurred. Any tablet like that should have markings on one side or both. With those...I can probably tell you what it is.

 

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adiantum

Sorry about the blurring & not sure if its me or the camera.

Theres no markings on this  pill, the pink one had a heart stamped in it.

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OneEye

No markings, it's generic over-the-counter something. Two colors could mean several things. The pink pill... Aspirin Enteric Coated 81 mg.

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adiantum

Watching tv  customs shows often has confiscated  pink pills like those.

 

 

I took the two toned pill to the local  pharmacist but he couldnt identify it.

He said he has a list of two toned tablets & that one isnt included.

 

I'm not being judgmental as I dont walk in their shoes,  but I wish they'd not leave their items in the park.

Littering is not acceptable especially when it could be dangerous to dogs and children..

I pick up dog poo so the park is always clean . 

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adiantum

yes, theyre the best doggy bags Ive seen.

the local county  provides us with bio degradable bags for dog waste ( & food scraps ) to be disposed of in their green waste collection bins. 

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Hammer

Okay, I've just seen something that I have never seen before, although maybe many of you have.  I went outside to check my mailbox (I forgot to check it yesterday, so I decided to check it today, Sunday).  My driveway is 140 feet long (42.6 meters), and as I walked outside, I was in the middle of dragonflies swarming all around my driveway, and part of my front yard.  There were dozens of them swarming, and it looked really cool.  They didn't bother me as I walked down to my mailbox, but it just seemed strange that they kept swarming my driveway and part of my front lawn, while not moving anywhere else.  I grabbed the cell phone that my daughter had lent me, and tried to figure out how to video record the dragonflies.  I was finally able to figure it out, and I recorded them flying around for maybe 8-10 seconds, then I stopped recording.  Apparently the video file is too large to e-mail to myself, but the camera apparently decided to zip it, then send it to me, but it's still too large to post anywhere.  All you can see in the video are these little white things flying all around, so the video isn't all that great.  I was going to grab my camcorder, but I thought that it might not autofocus in on the tiny dragonflies. plus the camcorder was buried under a bunch of stuff, so I opted for the cell phone.  This is the type of dragonfly that I saw...

 

Has anyone ever seen dragonflies swarming before?  If so, does anyone know why they do that?  I've seen bees swarming before, but that's because they are following their queen bee to where ever the queen bee is going, but I have never seen dragonflies swarm.

 

Hmmm, while typing this, I Googled dragonflies, and read that they are swarming in a number of states.  I checked out this link, and this is exactly what they looked like at my house.  If I didn't know better, I would have thought that this video was taken at my house.

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buddy7
On 4/24/2018 at 8:32 AM, buddy7 said:

My honey-do list gets greater every day, have no problem with handling the indoor chores, but with the brilliant hot weather we’ve been having of late. Had to say no to working in that heat. A few jobs which becomes painful for me to tackle this summer, one, the gardening, so I hired a gardener yesterday to do this for me, once every fortnight. Secondly, my roof guttering, at my age can’t be climbing ladders, so I’ve got a guy coming around sometime next week to give me a quote, on having it repaired.

Can only say it’s not brilliant at all being retired.

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Had the quote done for my guttering: 4 beds semidetached, had 3 quotes in, went for the best, not the cheapest £1.200. The roofer on his own took 3 days, got a 5-year guarantee, maintenance-free hopefully until I die.

 

No thought of getting back up on ladders, with my vertigo, just scares the s**ts out of me.

Very happy with the job.

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Kit

I got a new order of tea recently and it came with a sample packet on one I've not tried before called PTA or Premium Taiwanese Assam and I decided to give it a try this morning.

 

OMG.  I kept wondering who had brought in french toast while it was steeping.  Somehow it gives the impression of sweetness without being sweet.  And the flavors are amazing.  Kind of like the burnt sugar layer on a creme brulee with a bunch of other flavors I don't have the vocab to describe.  It reminded me of a french pastry I had tried once where the sweetness was muted, but the spices and flavors really stood out.

 

Oh, and this is a plain unflavored black tea.  Nothing has been added.

 

So I immediately head to the website to order a few ounces for myself.  They are out of stock.  I has a serious sad.  :( I don't believe I've ever tried tea from Taiwan before (Assam is usually of Indian origin).  I'm going to have to keep an eye out for others. 

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