Tuesday, February 27, 2018

House Guests

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I'm sill around, I have house guests so posting is light.

I used the picture above to illustrate my visitors. Well, except my visitor isn't Putin, and I don't much look like the much beloved President of Turkmanistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Come to think of it, I also don't have a giant statue in my house nor is their an audience watching our visit. Other than that is nearly a 100% accurate representation of my house guests.

Regardless, I'll be back on line  eventually.
 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Riding the rails



Take a trip on an English private railroad. The description says it is the "largest ...  railway of its size" which seems like an odd wording. Could referring to myself as the "largest person of my size" make any sense?

Anyway, that quibble aside, it is an amazing toy. Chugging around on it looks like a hoot and the grounds are quite beautiful.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Bestiary Beasts

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A bestiary was a medieval book describing animals, both real and mythological. They weren't scientific descriptions. Rather, they were allegorical, often times having a moral to the animals description. What entertained my about the illustrations from bestiaries was the expressions on the animals faces. Many of them are quite ridiculous.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Defeat and Victory

A damsel mourning a dead knight
“Son, a real battlefield lacks dignity and honor. When lives are being spent—actual human lives—those high-minded concepts lose their meaning. All that matters is victory. If you have blades, you’ll use blades. If you have rocks, you’ll use rocks. If there’s nothing but sand, you’ll throw the damn sand. A true war is only waged when men don’t want to live to see what failure looks like. You do what it takes to win. You go wherever necessity takes you.” ― B. Justin Shier
 

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Link added


Just a little bit of housekeeping to report -- I've added a link to Ace of Spades HQ.  It is a site I go to on a daily basis. I don't know why it was never on the blogroll.


Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Old caravans

The first caravan the Wanderer (click any image to enlarge)
Caravans are what the English call what we call campers. They call them caravans because the first camper ... er ... caravan that is, was inspired by the seemingly romantic lifestyle of gypsy caravans. in the 1860s Dr. Gordon Stables, retired from the Navy, commissioned a gypsy-style caravan to be built. He named it the Wanderer and travelled in comfort, even bringing a servant along who slept in a tent.

Soon other wealthy, and generally eccentric people took up caravanning. From the website of the Period and Classic Caravan Club:
Most of the rich early caravanners took their servants with them. Having the same experience as the gypsies, but with the comforts of home. Beds, stoves, plus storage and writing cabinets were found in these new, horse drawn caravans. This new style of holidaying was seen by some as very odd and beneath a gentleman. These early caravan users were often shunned and it took many years before they would become accepted.
Of course eventually cars replaced the horses, and mass production brought the caravans within the price range of the middle class.

These pictures, and the ones after the jump, are from the club's website linked above. There are more pictures there, as well as more historical information.


Friday, February 02, 2018

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Making charcoal in Malaysia



Following up on the previous rural cooking post, I looked for a video about making jute stick charcoal so we could see the work day part of their lives. I couldn't find a good one, so the above video from Malaysia showing the making of charcoal from mangrove wood will have to act as a stand-in.

It is sub-titled, so you get a good explanation of the process from the charcoal factory's owner. It is also very nicely filmed. It looks like it is a very tiring and dirty job. Tough way to make a living.