Monday, June 7, 2010

Playground


Today's picture is from 1915, and it shows a playground in Boston, Massachusetts. When I was a kid, playgrounds still had cool things like seesaws,  monkey bars, and jungle gyms. I have noticed over the years, safety concerns have led to wimpy playgrounds that no longer feature some of the more fun items. As a kid, the playground was the safest place I played. We used to play in barns a lot. The barns were often two or more stories high, and used to store hay or cottonseed. We would make a pile of hay, then crawl up on the hay bales in the barn, and jump into the hay. If it did not hurt too bad landing, we would then climb up a little higher, and jump again. We would add more hay to the pile if necessary. After a while we would be making what would amount to a jump of several stories down into the hay. Cotton seed made an even better landing zone that hay, as it absorbed the fall much better than a stack of loose hay. I think today we overprotect our kids. We had a lot of fun, and no one ever got hurt.

Domestic Update:


OK, no one guessed what was in the semi that I showed yesterday, so I will have to give you another clue. Here is my garage after they unloaded. Some stuff was unloaded outside, and some stuff was put in the garage. There were actually 3 semis that came and unloaded. Not because the material would not fit in one semi, but because the material came from three different places. So, the contest continues, what is going on at the old PJM household?

19 comments:

  1. Wow! You go away for a weekend and you miss a lot! Are you building a greenhouse?

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  2. Foiled by Nate again. Apparently his deductive skills transcend old pictures.

    Yes, the summer project is to build a hydroponic greenhouse. The greenhouse will be 20X28, and will be set up to grow a variety of vegetables.

    I feel confident that the sure path to proving myself a gentleman farmer is to produce more food. However, given that we have no soil at my house, I found that it would be more affordable to build a hydroponic greenhouse than to haul in topsoil.

    The adventure begins!

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  3. Indy,
    Yes indeed, the greenhouse will have a modine thermal management system, allowing year round production.
    PJM

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  4. This one was easy, I just sent the photo to Tintype and it sent me the answer.

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  5. Ha! I don't think tintype would know this one.

    I have played around with tintype. Interesting what a powerful research tool that is. Makes you wonder what they will come up with next.

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  6. So, I was thinking with this new greenhouse, your homestead has really progressed past the place where it should be called by an address or something generic like the "The McWhorter Place." Have you considered giving special a name to your spread?

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  7. Nate,
    The neighbors call it, "The Compound". We need something better than that perhaps incorporating the peacock, bluebonnet or chickie town themes.
    PJM

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  8. How about "Chickie Town Compound?" This incorporates the name already used, but is more descriptive. Plus--it rhymes! My dad called his first ranch "El Cuernito Verde", which translates to "Little Greenhorn" (which he was at the time, vis a vis ranching). Soooo--why don't you have a contest, and may the best name win!

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  9. McWhorter - ?Scots? - ?Irish? You could try something in Gaelic:
    A friend called his place "Ben Dun" for both the English pun value and that it was in the Mountains. Ben=Mountain, Dun=Castle/fortress;
    Another called his "Dun Glebheag" because his street was "Castle"wood and it was very cozy. Dun=Castle, Gle=very, Beg=small.

    One of my favorite words from "the old country" is croft. It is usually applied to a farmholding, but it really means a place where a living cannot be made doing any one thing. A B&B run by weavers, one of whom is a ferry pilot qualifies. An avian paradise with a hydroponic greenhouse run by teachers certainly qualifies.

    Croft McWhorter? Texas Hill Croft?

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  10. Interesting that Mrs. PJM's dream has always been to have a Bed and Breakfast. She has the gift of hospitality, and always thought it would be fun to have a B&B.

    Me, I am not sure I want strangers in the house, as you really don't know who might come calling.
    PJM

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  11. Re: the B&B - you'd have your virtual friends visiting, for sure!

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  12. A question about the greenhouse - Did you have to get a permit for it?

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  13. Permit? I don't need no stinken permit!
    PJM

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  14. Here is a website dedicated to returning to free range kids
    http://freerangekids.wordpress.com/

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  15. I see that people have their funny bones working overtime today

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  16. Sorry for the double post. The darn thing told me it wasn't working.

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  17. Work late, and missed the whole thing.

    After looking at the off-load in your garage, I was going to surmise you will be building a way to staunch the Gulf oil spew.

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