Sunday, November 11, 2012

Cowboy Hat



Hat Week continues here at OPOD with this picture of Buffalo Bill. Say what you will, the man had a nice collection of hats. The thing about Buffalo Bill, he wore both facial hair and hats many men would aspire to, but do not have the courage to take on. In this picture I admire both the hat and the distinctive beard and mustache.

DOMESTIC UPDATE:

You asked for it, so here it is . . . an official Chickie Town Update. For those of you who are new followers of the Blog, Chickie Town is the area behind our house where we have chickens. We have chickens because I once dreamed of being a Gentleman Farmer, and it was felt that chickens around the house would help to create that Gentleman Farmer ambiance. So, we have had a flock of chickens for several years. The initial flock of chickens dwindled down over time. Chickens don't live a real long time, and periodically you lose one to one thing or another. Our initial dozen chickens got down to being a flock of about five, so last spring we ordered another dozen chickens. We lost a couple of those when they were small, so now we have 5 of the old group and 10 new ones. They are all laying eggs, and we are getting spectacluar amounts of delicious farm fresh eggs every day.

You will also recall we had peacocks in Chickie Town. Initially Handsome Jack and Lovie moved into Chickie Town. They really hit it off well, and sparks flew, and before you knew it, our peacock herd had grown to number 22. It was about at that time that the neighbors started to complain. To be more specific "A" neighbor singular began to complain. The peacocks do scream at night, sometimes every ten minutes or so all night long. The neighbor said it was disturbing her sleep. The other neighbors enjoyed having the peacocks, and they were something of a local attraction, with people coming from all over to come and show their kids and take pictures of the birds. I felt the neighbor was not being reasonable, as the peacocks combined made less noise than her donkeys, hound dogs, and goats, but I believe in being a good neighbor, and so made alternative arrangements for Handsome, Lovie and their brood. The flock was relocated to the Sonora Caverns. This is a tourist attraction visited by hundreds of people a day. The peacocks live in the park where the caverns are. The lady takes good care of them and gives them lots of treats, and the tourists love them. So, things ended up happy, but we do miss our birds. I will say that during the relocation process, there were two peacocks we could not catch, so Jacob and Esau still live in Chickie Town. They miss their famliy, but have become part of the chicken family.

14 comments:

  1. I have to side with your neighbor. If your properties are close enough to hear, then 22 screaming peacocks is too much. I learned to ask if the inn kept cockerels before booking a room in the 3rd world. Contrary to children's literature, roosters do NOT crow in the morning. They do it all night long.

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  2. Thank you for the chickie town update.
    I sure that ALL 22 peacocks don't scream all night long.
    Are your neighbor animals quite at night, or do they make noises at night also?
    I'm glad you found a good home for them and they are well cared for.
    So did yopu not plant a garden this year? I know you were gone for awhile this summer, but did you start one up when you came home?

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    1. DADD,
      Thats the thing . . . have you ever heard howling hound dogs? They howl and bark constantly all night. They are nocturnal creatures wanting to hunt. Also, Donkeys are very loud and bray throughout the night.

      Greenhouse update next week. We have to meter this stuff out.
      PJM

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  3. Awww I'm sorry to hear that the chickie town families had to break up and happy to hear that you found a good home for them. Thank you for the update!

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  4. Yaaayyyy! A domestic update!

    Glad to read the D.U. this morning. I've been checking back from time to time since 7 AM local, waiting for it to be posted.

    I wish I had some farm fresh eggs... or any eggs for that matter. I was going to scramble some eggs for breakfast, but we didn't have any.

    Graham in St. John's

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  5. Thanks for the update on Chickie Town and for the picture of William F. The picture made me a little homesick as I grew up in Cody, WY where it is all things "Buffalo Bill". I worked at the BBHC for many years, great memories!

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  6. Those hens sure look nice and plump. All their feathers are neatly preened. And they have great colors

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    1. Dadd, the hens get uncomfortable when you describe them as "plump".

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  7. We have peacocks (6) and they only sound off on occasion and never at night. Although they are active during the day and near impossible to catch, at night they are very passive and you can walk right up to them and pick them up. Maybe Texas peafowl at different.
    They will sound off if they are frightened or warning the other peafowl of an approaching danger. Last time that happened about 3 weeks ago, I looked up and seen a hawk circling overhead.
    I think they will like the Caverns (I looked it up on the Web) and the people visiting will find their colours an added addition to the atmosphere.

    Hound dogs are another matter all together. I’ve had red bone coonhounds and when one lets out a howl they become the Mormon Tabernacle choir. Thankfully our closest neighbour is a half-mile away and he’s half deaf.

    As for hats, I have always worn one and always black, which up in this area are hard to find. When I was a kid my mother sold millinery for about 20 years. For the uninitiated millinery are ladies hats. There was a time that a man or a woman did not feel dressed if they left the house without a hat and that may be what I picked up on. I always have the front brim turned down and you can actually see through the straw with a bit of practice. That came in handy during my days working in bars and I could keep an eye on what was going on around me and no one knew I was looking. Same reason I never sit with my back to a door.
    Although I wear western hats I would like to see hats in general come back more into fashion eg: fedoras with the broad brims. When I was a kid there was a Greek family who had a shoe repair and shine shop and they also ‘blocked’ hats, meaning they put felt hats back into shape after a lot of wear. I remember the old Greek grandmother working with wooden moulds and a steam machine as she formed the felt brims and creases and cleaned the hats. Another art that is long gone.

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  8. The photo is a handsome one. I like the hat but not the facial hair.


    The chickens are beautiful. I used to have a small flock, maybe again someday. Eggs around here are close to $2.00 a dozen, and the government says that inflation is not a problem.

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    1. Thats $.33 for breakfast, $.50 if you're really hungry.....that's still pretty reasonable if youi ask me....the farmer needs to make a living too.

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  9. Buffalo Bill is my relative, I have a lot of things on him from his early days. Very interesting man. He's on the Guss side of the family.

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  10. so are you not going to become a gentleman farmer after all??
    k

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  11. Thanks for this update, I've missed them all. Good to hear that you found a great place to take the peacocks. They do raise a bit of a ruckus at times (usually when folks are trying to sleep, not as bad as donkeys, but enough).

    MT C

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