Monday, March 31, 2014

What the Heck is a Guinea Hen?

My husband came in Saturday afternoon from an errand stating there was a turkey in the yard.  We live in the city, so I grabbed my camera and went out looking for Mr. Tom.  Strolling along the front yard I saw a bird which looked a little like a turkey, but didn't have many feathers.  And it was white.  He let me get relatively close to him and snap a few photos before he made a beeline across the street to another neighbor's yard.  Hopefully he found somewhere safe to go and didn't run into any loose dogs!

I posted the photo on Twitter with the hash tag #turkey and someone tweeted back it was a guinea hen.  A guinea hen is native to Africa.  I googled and found that guinea hens are kept domestically and perhaps this one got loose. They are a great natural insect killer and I read they are great for tick control.  I am not sure where this one came from, but it was pretty neat to see. 

It just goes to show you never know what you'll see in the city!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Poking Fun at Potholes

Let's face it, it's winter.  There's been snow.  Lots of it.  Snow, more snow, then plowing, sand and salt which in turn causes potholes.  It can't really be helped, and even some of the newly paved roads have developed the dreaded potholes.  

It's been pretty challenging driving around and dodging some of these monster craters.  A few days ago, I came across a wonderful blog post highlighting photos taken by professional photographers who repurposed potholes.  

I decided to try my hand at this and the following were the results (with the assistance of my sons).

Gone Fishing.

Looks like something may be swimming in there!

The Fishing Hole.
Sending out a message in a bottle.
Rubber Ducky you're the one, you make bath time lots of fun....
Candles, a good book, a bottle of wine and a nice warm bath?   

Drive carefully!  You never know what's lurking in that pothole!