Sunday, November 11, 2012
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.
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.