Sunday, September 12, 2010

Coney Island

Good Sunday Morning to you all. We kick the week off here at OPOD with this picture of children riding ponies on Coney Island. The picture was taken in 1904. I know Coney Island was a big deal for a long time, but don't know what they have going on there now. This is a great picture, and I like looking at all the people and clothes.

Domestic Update:

It was a rough week out in Chickie Town. First, on Tuesday morning, I noticed one of Mis Kitty's baby peacocks was missing. We could not find any sign of it. I did remember hearing an owl that night, so I am afraid that the owl got the baby. Then on Thursday one of our favorite chickies, Miss Nelly, died. It looks like she got egg bound. This sometimes happens when they do not get enough calcium. The feed we give them is a "complete" mix, so should have the calcium that they need. I admit we give them lots of treats, so perhaps they have been eating too many treats and not enough of the real feed. Anyway, I have put some crushed oyster shells out for them, and that should give them plenty of calcium. While we hate to lose the birds, the flock continues.

OK, now I am going to give you a heads up that there will be a major domestic update in the next week. I can not tell you what it is, but can say that at any time I might interrupt normally scheduled programming to bring you a MAJOR news flash. Stay tuned!

15 comments:

  1. Sorry for your loses.
    Have you ever tried to feed then the used up egg shells. I heard it works real good.
    I save mine and use them in my tomato garden. When tomatoes get black spots on the bottom, they are lacking calcium. Instead od buying plant calcium at the store, I just grind up egg shells and work them into the ground before I plant in the spring and then add some though out the season. I have not had tomato rot since I started to use egg shells. I also hear that egg shells are great for raising worms or night crawlers.

    Do we get to guess on your big upcoming news?
    My first guess is that you have got your green house plants started.
    Second guess, there is going to be an addition to your family. Like a green or red Tractor.

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  2. I wonder you got the job of following around after the ponies and cleaning up after them?

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  3. I have a vague but wonderful recollection of going to Coney Island with my cousins and riding some kind of mechancial horses called a SteepleChase. Early 1950s. Perhaps someone else can tell me about such a thing.

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  4. Great theme and I'm eager to hear the domestic update!

    For those who are interested, Edison Studios shot some great silent footage of Coney Island in 1903. Just go to YouTube and see the turn of the century comedy, "Rube and Mandy Visit Coney Island." Great stuff!

    See: http://tiny.cc/auz44

    I also think the Blowhole Theater is fascinating. Kind of a strange forerunner to reality TV.

    See: http://tiny.cc/c2iw2

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  5. I remember my Grandmother tossing egg shells out for the chickens to eat. Said it helped make their eggs have a thicker shell.

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  6. Luna Park has been resurrected. I haven't been there but I'll bet it's more lawsuit-proof than the original.
    http://www.lunaparknyc.com/

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  7. I'm sorry about your losses. I'm a city gal, so I couldn't offer you any advice about feeding chicks.

    I often take bike rides to Coney Island, as I live in Queens. I grew up in Brooklyn at a time when it was in decline: by 1980 or thereabouts, the place had become simply dangerous--a slum by the sea. But it has been turning around during the last ten years or so. A new Luna Park opened this year, and other attractions are replacing ones that fell into disrepair and outright ruin during the "white flight" from the area during the late 1960's and 1970's.

    By the way, I really enjoy your site.

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  8. I give all the used shells back to the chickens. It's instinctive for hens to eat the shells, so it's guaranteed they'll get plenty. I don't give eggs away, so the hens have to chance to recycle all their shells.
    Those are nice ponies in the photo. The rental ponies in my area behave well of course but are all over the place conformation wise. Watch the wonderful cinema verité movie "The Little Fugitive" about a little boy who runs away to Coney Island after his brother tricks him into thinking he killed him. As a child bullied by an older brother I know just how that little kid felt.

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  9. I wish I was there. Those look like great times.

    My husband grew up in NYC and went to Coney Island as a kid (in the '50s).

    I hope it expericences a Renaissance.

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  10. PS - I forgot - sorry about the chickies - they're all so cute.

    Keep us posted - I hope you're getting your tractor!!

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  11. We have an barn owl (no barns around close for several years) who delights in sitting on a light that is not burning and scoping out and killing the rabbits and bunnies in our yard. I am sure he gets some of the mice and other vermin, but he likes to eat his prey on the light he sits on. This makes quite a mess but I don't want to kill him (her?)because he has become a legend due to the fact that no one has seen him for more than a few seconds...far to short a time to aim and shoot. Besides, he is pretty cute.

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  12. are you going to be a granddad

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  13. Oh, no, Chickie Town! The loss of Miss Nelly and one of Miss Kitty's babies is sad news indeed.

    I hope and trust there is a tractor in your Gentleman Farmer near future.

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  14. I used to have a barn owl who sat in a tree next to my house to eat dead mice then regurgitated all over my front porch, which I pushed off every morning. I amassed a collection of little rodent skulls from the dried castings. Nowadays, one of my pet rabbits runs around the yard when I am home. I put him away at dusk when the owl starts on a recon. Buck Bunny is too large to carry away, but it wouldn't be very unpleasant for him if there was an encounter.

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  15. I was raised in New York and went to Coney Island numerous times. It was a great place. My parents took me there when I was a child and I went many times afterwards as an adult and always enjoyed myself. Unfortunately, I moved to California in the late 80's and have only returned to New York once since the 80's; but didn't venture to Coney Island. I heard that it closed down. That's too bad. It wasn't huge and glamorous like Disney land or anything, but it was a nice amusement place. Comment by: Marie, Long Beach, CA

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