This week the topic is Feathers.
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I had seen peacocks in a zoo but hadn’t seen them up close roaming freely until my trip to Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden in Arcadia. The local historian traced back to a few peacocks Elias J. Baldwin picked up on a trip to India around 1880. He brought them back to his 8,000 acres of land then known as Rancho Santa Anita in Los Angeles.
After Baldwin’s death in 1909 at age 81, his daughter Anita sold off parcels of the ranch. In 1947, the state and the County of Los Angeles jointly purchased 111 acres to create an arboretum around the heart of the old ranch. Later the county purchased additional parcels, bringing the Arboretum’s total acreage to today’s 127.
In the 1880s, there were some 50 of the peacocks on the ranch. In the early 1960s, there were around 350. The Arboretum got tired of having so many and auctioned off down to 200. The peacocks could find food and plenty of places to lay eggs and continue to multiply. Since the Arboretum isn’t totally fenced in, today, they are a regular sight on city streets. – Source
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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is: Eyes
I have fun doing things in my garden. I do gardening and feeding the birds. This afternoon, I spent a couple hours pulling weeds on the slope in my backyard, the last area of the garden needed attention.
By 4:00 p.m., there are about a dozen mourning doves perching on the telephone wires above the garden waiting for me to put the seeds out to feed them. I don’t have a bird seed feeder, I just put the seeds on the patio every day. The house finches are also regular visitors.
There are squirrels in the backyard. They like to eat the bird seeds. We don’t have trees with big nuts so they settle with bird seeds. There were several times when one squirrel came, I tried to scare him away. He looked right at me. Then he went to the corner of the wooden fence. But as soon as I went into the house, he came back. The birds didn’t like to be around him so they all flew away. The birds only stay until almost sunset. When the sun starts going down, they fly away. I had to make sure the squirrel went away and let the birds eat.
There are several stray cats in the backyard. The mourning doves like to stand on the cinder block retaining wall. They are not as alert as my other birds such as the house finches. This black and white cat is smart. He stayed low and ambled until he was behind the cinder block wall and right under the mourning dove, then he jumped up and snatched the bird and dashed up the slope to be out of my sight. I was so mad at him and tried many ways to block the cat from coming close to where the birds like to hang out.
My husband and I go on walks around Laguna Lake by our home. There are several turtles coming out of the water frequently. This turtle is the most colorful and handsome among them.
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Eyes
Cee says, “This series I call Photo Ops In Your Own House. This week the topic is Dishes, Pots, Pans, Silverware. I know your first question is, do I have to take all photos in my home and the answer is no your photos can be taken anywhere. I just need to see Dishes, silverware or pots and pans.”
The first photo is the dishes that go with the cups and saucers from last week’s Fun Foto. The second photo shows our everyday use dishes.
I am hosting the Thanksgiving dinner this year. If all the family members show up, we’ll have 28 people. Mercy and Will are coming with their new baby. We’ll have fun. Everyone will meet the baby!
I use wok for stir frying. I find it easy to cook large dishes with wok. For smaller portion of cooking, we use stainless steel pots and pans. We have used other types of pans, but they are easy to get scratched. The broken pieces may get into the food. After much research, we find that either stainless steel pans or cast iron skillets are safer for cooking. The last photo is self explanatory!
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Dishes, Pots, Pans, Silverware
“This is the first week for the series I call Photo Ops In Your Own House. This week the topic is Glasses, Cups, Saucers. I know your first question is, do I have to take all photos in my home and the answer is no your photos can be taken anywhere.” Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.
Well, I took photos at home anyway. When we first started traveling, I loved to collect mugs (cups), but eventually I ran out of space to display all the cups. I changed to collect magnets. Here shows my early collection of cups.
Before I had cancer, I loved to entertain and had formal dinners. There are two sets of nicer China. One is Old Country Roses by Royal Albert. The other is a Chinese set. When I first came to Portland, Oregon as a student forty years ago, my older sister gave me one place setting. I wrapped up the pieces and hand carried in my carry-on bag. The following trips back to Hong Kong, I purchased a few sets at a time, enough to put in the carry-on bag. Eventually I completed ten place settings. The Chinese words on the dishes are 萬壽無疆 (Ten thousand ages without boundary), means longevity.
For glasses, we have different wine glasses, water goblets, shot glasses, and champagne flutes.
As for everyday use, I have different set of dishes, cups, and glasses.
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Glass, Cups, Sauces