Sunday, August 1, 2021

Friday, July 30, 2021

Weekend Steam: Fish In A Locomotive?

 Only if someone puts them in the tender. I can understand that engine crews might have time to fish, and store their catch, but that is the only way fish could get there. The suction line that is used to draw from surface water sources has a strainer because you don't want chunks going through the check valves when drawing water. The line from the tender to the engine likewise has to have a strainer for the same reason. Stick a check valve with rocks, dirt, or fish bones, and the engine can be quickly disabled.  Thanks for the pick, Merle!


Thursday, July 29, 2021

'Maters!


 Susan is canning tomatoes! Also salsa, ajvar, green beans, and freezing eggplant and berries.

Crankin' It Up: January Fitness Edition With Our Svelte Schipperke



Originally published January 2, 2014, this post with our little Skipper dog attracted a commenter selling boxing gloves. Might be legit, I don't know. If you need boxing gloves, check it out and let us know. I can think of better places to sell fitness equipment than the blog of an old overweight dude! 
The slicks in the newspapers are featuring fitness equipment, just like they always do in January.  We weighed Skipper recently, and he has his weight down to thirteen pounds, which is five pounds under his weight when he moved in a little over a year ago.  He didn't eat farina, but he loves to snack on carrots.  Skip is a bit nervous when he is up on the Brunny, and he was glad to get back on the floor.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

More Baby Buzzards When You Need Them!

 They are growing day by day. I sneaked in and had a few looks at them today and they are very shy. You get a glimpse and then they dart into their cubby hole. Mama feeds them in this short collection. 


Brassman Bart: Alexandar's Ragtime Band

The Last Gladiolus



 Gotta celebrate the Glads with good old Joshua Rifkin!

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The Baby Buzzards Are Stretching Their Wings!

 These two little guys are quite active and I can see them growing day by day.  You will see the Mama in a couple of the clips in this video.


Monday, July 26, 2021

Tuesday Torque: Big 4 30 HP Tractor Pulling The Sled

 I am glad the operator quit before the motor pulled all the way down. Parts are hard to come by for these old beasts. Thanks for the link, Merle!


Susan's Potatoes


 Susan has been digging potatoes for a few mornings, and today I helped her finish out the patch. All of them are down in the basement, along with zucchinis, peppers, onions, and tomatoes.

Did You Sow Your Turnips?

 Days are growing shorter, you better plant them soon!


We Are Loving Our Baby Buzzards!

 It is great fun to sneak into the barn and have a peek at these little guys!


Sunday, July 25, 2021

Cut it, Chop It, Grind It!

 If you think you are rough and tough, see if you can match the guys on the wagons stacking corn off that one row machine.

Back To The Old Grind!

Weekend Steam II: Steam Powered Brick Works!

 Last week we looked a gravity powered conveyor system that delivered raw material to a brick works.  Here is a steam powered brick works to show what happens next! Thank You, Bursledon Blogger for the information!


Friday, July 23, 2021

Weekend Steam: Big Boy On Tour In August!

 Study the schedule and map and try to see it in person! It would be worth a recon to scope out vantage points in advance.  Thanks, Merle!


Boonville, Indiana Show, This Weekend!

 It's always a good time, with a sawmill, threshing, and lots of tractors and gas engines! Facebook Link


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

I Found Work...

.

...So I had to write something...If you drive an old truck you always have something to do. The left rear brake cylinder was dripping a wee, or a bit more than that. We also just changed the master cylinder again. Gotta change the other side, too, then do the front wheel bearings and brake pads.


 I gotta say that I really don't enjoy doing drum brakes. The last bit where you hook up the springs is always a challenge. This time I ran a strap around the new shoes and that was a great help in holding things still while I wrestled.

The best brake job I ever did was on a 41 Willys Americar. I bought it in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and drove it 30 miles to home. The brakes were weak. You had to plan your stops well in advance. I popped the drums off before driving it again and found that all but one of the pistons in the brake cylinders  were stuck. One brake shoe was doing all the work. I rebuilt those cylinders and the master cylinder and had good brakes again. 


I let that beauty go when I was going to college. A guy in St. Louis bought it and he was tickled to get it. It's a crime to take one of these Willys bodies and put it on a dragster.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Make Ajvar?

 That would be a logical thing to do!

                                                                  Back To The Old Grind!

Weekend Steam II: We Don't Need No Stinking Steam Engine!

 This is one of the neatest things I've seen!


Friday, July 16, 2021

Weekend Steam: Move A Cold Loco

 Hesston Steam Museum, LaPorte, Indiana. Every steam railroad has little Diesels like this one for moving the rolling stock.  Thanks, Merle!

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Buzzard Cam!

 I checked the camera and we have more than an hour of baby buzzards in 10 second segments! Here's a few minutes of the joy for all of you!


Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Prepping Corn For The Freezer

 

Our friends George and Sally brought a bunch of corn over this morning, and Susan has been working hard to get it put up in freezer bags. I shucked and silked it, and Susan is doing the hard part. The electric knife makes the process go faster.

Brassman Bart: Fairest Of The Fair

 

This week's music is a Sousa march, The Fairest of the Fair, composed in 1908. Producing the audio for this video required me to use all 18 tracks available with Audacity, including the metronome track. Most parts were played using my 1912 York vintage euphonium, which you see in the video. Tuba part was played on my 1924 vintage Climax brand American made tuba, and percussion was covered with cowbell, tambourine, triangle, and cymbal.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Forty-Six Years!

Our rings still look pretty good, because we haven't worn them often. We've kept them tucked away because of the risk of degloving a finger, plus not wanting to damage them when working. We can put them on, but getting them off again is a challenge.


 

Sunday, July 11, 2021

One More Load For The Splitter

 Then another, and etc. This load has cherry, black locust, ash, and shingle oak.



Back To The Old Grind!

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Weekend Steam II: Kory Anderson's Case 150 Pulling 36 Bottoms

 This was the debut of Kory's big project in 2018. Thank You, Merle, for sending the link! Surely there is someone who wants to build one of their own. One Case 150 in the World is not enough! Follow Anderson Industries on Facebook to keep up with the 150.


Friday, July 9, 2021

Weekend Steam: Hillcrest Lumber Shay Locomotive

 It does my heart good to see that Shay locos are still operating. They never got important roles in movies and TV, but they are great for tourist railroads.  Thanks for the pick, Merle!


Thursday, July 8, 2021

Heli-Crop Dusting

 I got lucky today and enjoyed a bit of an air show. The pilot wasn't happy with the nurse truck being parked on the road next to the distribution line, and he had the driver move down the road. There still was a lot of flying close to the lines.


Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Cobbler Comin' Up Soon!


 Blackberries from the garden, plums courtesy of Sally, and Lazy Wife Greasy Beans. Those were the third most popular bean in 1907. They also can be used as a shelly bean. 

Yum! That didn't last long.


Monday, July 5, 2021

Tuesday Torque: Ottawa Log Saws

 One of the neat machines you will see at engine shows is the log saw. These were made way back in B.C., Before Chainsaws! They are fun to watch, and are a bit more exciting than an engine that is not doing any work. The attachment  for a tractor is a new one for me. I will be sticking to my chainsaws, I think.


Sunday, July 4, 2021

Independence Day Weiner Roast Extravaganza!

Susan and I go hog-wild, burn a brush pile, and put mustard plus ketchup on  our hot dogs. Soft tortillas are great for eating a hot dog. They wrap up neat and don't dribble the trimmings all over you! We hope your Fourth was Glorious, too! Kroger All Beef Hot Dogs! Susan's homemade relish from her garden!

Jefferson And Liberty


Make It A Double!


B-B-Baby-B-B-

Buzzards!


You must be very careful. Do Not Alarm the Mama! I don't know how far they can project vomit, and have no intention of learning!

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Weekend Steam II: Marshall Portable and Rock Crusher

 You will have a great time watching this! I love the sound of a rock crusher munching cobbles into gravel. The old tractor and loader is a treat, too!  Thanks, Merle!


Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Daily Visit

This mama and her baby are out here just about every day. I also see another fawn, but its mama is more secretive. We have NO day lilies this year, because the deer like to eat the tops. Oh Well, they are staying out of the garden. Peter Rabbit is the little troublemaker there. 


 

How Bad Is It?

 The guy behind us said our brakes smoked them Bam! We killed a deer last night, and are fine. The radiator leaks and tomorrow the adjuster will inspect it with our body man. The air bags did not deploy. That's a good thing.  Adrenaline is almost back to normal.  UPDATE: Almost $3200. 



We got it back July 21 and it looks better than new! They even gave us a new litter bag! Fender Mender in McLeansboro, IL is great!

Brassman Bart: Liberty Bell March

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Home Is Where The Heat Is

 We are working on restocking the woodpile. It's going pretty well.



Tuesday Torque II: Scandinavian Drama! New Chainsaws In A Thrilling Video!

 I like the auto-tune of the 90, but my 385 XP is still running like a youngster at ten years old. I'd like to have one of each, but an old man needs a lighter saw to pack around. Plus, I have a new jug and piston to put in the 359, and then it will be like new again. Nothing wrong with kicking the tires, though!


Monday, June 28, 2021

Tuesday Torque: Stickney 5 HP Engine

 This nice looking Stickney was over at Evansville during the SIAM show. The fuel pump is unusual by modern standards.


Sunday, June 27, 2021

Will Handle Corn, Cob, And All


                                                             Back To The Old Grind!

Weekend Steam II: Take A Ride On The Cass Scenic Railroad!

 Merle, this is a great place. We went many years ago and I remember a lot of twisty roads getting there, but totally worth the drive! Thank You!  


Friday, June 25, 2021

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Timber Inventory Basics, Gathering Information For Management


Here are some of the basics for figuring out what you have in your timber stands, so you can figure out what you need to do. Things you need are a map or aerial photo, a layout of how you will be arranging your plots, compass for navigation, plus your pacing skills, Biltmore Stick, diameter tape, and a prism and/or angle gauge. Spray your ankles to keep the chiggers off. A tick lifter may be needed, too.

Racism Is Now Being Advanced Throughout The Country...

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Brassman Bart: Washington Post March, by John Philip Sousa,


"Hello! This week's number is the Washington Post March, written by John Phillip Sousa, performed by me, Brassman Bart, using Audacity multi track virtual recording system. All parts are performed by me , and yes, I used all 18 tracks this week. This was written in 1889, copyright renewed in 1917, and yes, it is public domain and the written music is available free of charge at bandmusicpdf.org. Parts covered in this performance: solo cornet, 2nd cornet, 3rd cornet, 1st trombone, 2nd trombone, 3rd trombone, and euphonium; these parts were performed with my classic York euphonium; tuba, using my Eb Climax Brand American made tuba; bass drum, covered using cowbell; drums, covered using tambourine, and cymbal. This is a very popular American march. Please like, please share, and please subscribe to my channel. This week's trivia questions are at the start of the video, and the answers to last week's trivia are at the end. Thank you for viewing and listening. Brassman Bart "

Monday, June 21, 2021

Tuesday Torque: Falk 5 HP On Display At Evansville

 Our friend Gary took the Falk engine over to the SIAM show at Evansville. When you get the Falk dialed in you can walk away and let it run out the fuel tank. 


Saturday, June 19, 2021

Weekend Steam II: Keck Gonnerman On The Sawmill At Evansville


The SIAM (Southern Indiana Antique Machinery) show was back this year at Evansville! The Keck was doing the honors on the sawmill, and the Huber was steamed up and waiting for its chance. Andy Glines told us that he had just finished installing new flues in his Huber, including the main flue, which is 22" diameter on one end and 23" on the other. Beading that big flue just about did Andy in. It's tough, noisy work.


Friday, June 18, 2021

Weekend Steam: 1910 Erie Engine Works Restoration

 Merle, this is a good one. The catalog pages included with this video are really great for study. It would be nice if an original flywheel and base could be found, but at least another old engine is saved from the scrapheap. Thanks, Merle, for spotting!


Thursday, June 17, 2021

Can You Run Out From Under Your Hat When You Need To?

 Nuts319 sure can. In this video he is cutting a big red oak, and at the 3:22 mark, the tree pulls fiber all the way down a root that Mr. Nuts319 is standing over. He makes an impressive escape. I will never stand over a tree root again when I am dropping a tree.


Brassman Bart: Dixie Doodle Dandy by George Rosenkrans

Poor Ways?


 We have fence all the way around the garden, but most of it is low, just to keep the rabbits out. Well, a mama deer is raising a baby on the edges of the yard, and she has discovered our garden. She likes bush beans, and luckily, the dogs saw her and alerted us today. We ran her off, but of course she will come back. We added taller fencing around another side of the garden and hung cans and ribbons around the rest to discourage her. I'm not making any bets.

Two Pets In Less Than 24 Hours


 Here we are digging a grave for Yellow Cat. He showed up as an adult 16 years ago, and his body was totally worn out. That was expected. The strange thing is that the day before, Lottie, our little gray cat who came in two years ago, was healthy and hungry in the morning, and dead in the afternoon. She was curled up like she was sleeping. No idea why.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Pushing Over Small Trees

 You can handle small trees like these with a come-along and a rope, but having a tractor with a loader makes life easier. Wear your hard hat at all times so you don't bust your head on the bucket. Keep it high enough to walk under or low enough you won't bonk your head. Watch out for overhead hazards. Don't work in close proximity to energized conductors. Be methodical and plan every tree before you start. The ideal push is straight against lean, with no side lean. Don't push the limits on side lean if a tree can do damage.


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Wheat Harvest 2021

 We always take some time to watch the wheat come out every year. Susan got to ride several rounds in the combine. This is one of those things that makes us think of Patti. She was always excited at wheat harvest.


Monday, June 14, 2021

Tuesday Torque: Rumely 30-60 Oil Pull Joyriding At Evansville!

 

This good-as-new 30-60 Rumely Oil Pull was out for a joy ride at the Southern Indiana Antique Machinery show at Evansville, Indiana on June 12, 2021. It was great getting out to a show and seeing old friends and familiar faces.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

There Is Always Work If You Want It


                                                             Back To The Old Grind!

Weekend Steam II: Western Maryland Shay #6

Merle sent a link for a good one! The Western Maryland Shay, #6 used to be at the locomotive museum in Baltimore, but you can see it at Cass Scenic Railroad now. Read about it HERE and Also Here and then watch the video to see it do a run-by. It is the last, and second largest Shay built by Lima. Thank You, Merle!


Friday, June 11, 2021

Weekend Steam: Illinois Railroad Museum, Frisco 1630 Return To Steam

 Great Pick, Merle! You gotta come to Illinois sometime and we will go have a look at this one!  Many Thanks!


Thursday, June 10, 2021

Crash Site?

 Looks like he really piled in! The things we see out in the country!



Wednesday, June 9, 2021

SUV RVing, A Hike In The Red Rock Desert

Brassman Bart: Entry Of The Gladiators

 


"Hello again! This week's performance is Entry of the Gladiators, also known as Thunder and Blazes, written by Julius Fucik, first published in 1897, and all parts in this low brass version are performed by Brassman Bart. If you have ever been to a circus, you have probably heard this, as it has been associated with circuses for over a hundred years. This number presented some unique challenges, such as phrasing and breathing on a low brass instrument, and covering the clarinet cues, and all 18 tracks were used in the final production. If you want to perform this number with your own local band, the printed band music is available free of charge as a download at bandmusicpdf.org, as this is public domain. Please like my video, please share, and please subscribe to my channel. Thank you. Brassman Bart"

Monday, June 7, 2021

Tuesday Torque: Massey Engines And Tractors At Evansville!

 The SIAM (Southern Indiana Antique Machinery) show is coming right up on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Featured machines are anything Massey, engines, tractors, garden tractors.


Here is a Massey gas engine we saw at Pinckneyville back in 2010.



Inspect Your Air Conditioner Before Hot Weather Arrives!

 The fins on your air conditioner condenser are out-of-sight-out-of-mind, but you can save yourself some money and trouble if you inspect and clean them yourself. Turn Off The Breaker! Don't use any sharp objects. Use very soft brushes so you don't damage the fins. Use 1/4" drive sockets to run the screws, not a screwdriver! Remember to turn off the breaker! Maybe tape it in position while you are working. Watch out for wasps. You got this!


Friday, June 4, 2021

Weekend Steam: Steam Trains Galore 8


“Steam Trains Galore 8 is finally here! In the next installment of the Steam Trains Galore series, we once again travel around the country to see a wide variety of steam locomotives pulling passenger and recreated freight trains. We will see large steam locomotives like the Pere Marquette 1225 and the Union Pacific 844 as well as smaller locomotives like the Alaska Railroad 152 in Michigan and Shay type logging locomotives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. Brand new intro music recorded by The Mysterious Mr. Shoe is also featured. CoasterFan2105 is the home of all sorts of train and railroad related video content. Stop by every Friday at 9 AM Pacific time for an all new railroading adventure and be sure to check out all of my social media pages @coasterfan2105 for even more great railroad content. Thanks, and I'll see you down the line!"

Merle found another great one! Thank You, Merle!


CoasterFan2105

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Another Old Engine Saved!

 Our friend Gary has found an Otto engine, something that he has wanted for a long time. He brought it home from an auction, and it had come here from Argentina! It is important to note that the engine was seized, but Gary has had a great deal of experience with engines that have sat in disuse. The time from unloading to running in the video is five weeks and a day, and Gary worked on it only in his spare time!  Amazing!

                                                  Photo used with permission of Gary Bahre.

The Otto four stroke cycle is the system that we use in most internal combustion engines to this day. It is interesting to note that the Otto hit-and-miss governing system coasted against compression with both valves closed. Most American hit-and-miss engines coast with the exhaust valve open. Slow Gary's video down with the Settings feature at the bottom right corner and you can see the top of the pushrod toggle over to miss the rocker arm when the engine is coasting. 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Brassman Bart: Bell Cow Novelty March, by George Rosenkrans


 "Hello! The month of June is National Dairy month, so this is dedicated to anyone who has ever milked a cow. This week's number is The Bell Cow Novelty March, written by George Rosenkrans, originally published in 1914. Listen and you will know why it is called a novelty march, as it uses some unusual instrumentation. Many of the parts were performed on my vintage 1912 York euphonium; those parts are solo cornet, cornet 1,2, and 3; trombone 1,2, and 3, and the euphonium part. Tuba part was played on my Eb tuba, and percussion was performed using tambourine, cowbell, cymbal, and a steel bucket. If you have ever milked a cow, you will know the significance of the steel bucket. All parts were performed by me. Hope this makes you smile. Please like, please share, and please subscribe to my channel, Brassman Bart.

Thank you very much. Brassman Bart"

Monday, May 31, 2021

I'd Probably Just Go To A Tool Rental...

 ...but here's how you can make your own! Thanks for the link, Zeke!


Back To The Old Grind!


Saturday, May 29, 2021

Weekend Steam II: Rollag, 2004

 Here's a  good reminder from Merle that Rollag is only a few months away. You better be making your reservations!  Thanks, Merle!


Thursday, May 27, 2021

Keeping Sunka Dry


 Old Sunka takes some time to take care of business, and we had thunderstorms this evening. You have to keep that umbrella over him!

Monday, May 24, 2021

A Couch Is Not A Holster!


 Your firearms need to be under your control at all times. When you have company come, do not leave guns loose in the house where an unauthorized person may come in contact with them. These little safes are inexpensive and can be staged conveniently in your home. If a gun is out of your primary safe, it should be on your body or in a staging safe for safety's sake. 


Sunday, May 23, 2021

Take Time To Enjoy Spring

 



Watch the birds and wildlife, smell the flowers! Back To The Old Grind!

What Can Instagram Do For You?

 We have been traveling vicariously with Tristan and his bride all over the West. They are good at taking us to remote, lonely places with incredible views. In this video, he shows us how social media has changed the dynamics in popular places. Follow SUV Rving on YouTube for some real wilderness thrills.


Saturday, May 22, 2021

Weekend Steam II: Case Hill Climbing

 The J.I. Case Company used hill climbs to promote their engines a century ago.  It is something that not many engines or operators can do. Watching the engine back down with the front wheels coming off the ramp makes me jumpy. As you start down you change the engine over to Reverse, and use the throttle to stop. It would be easy to screw that up and have a runaway, or do a somersault.   Thanks for the pick, Merle!


Friday, May 21, 2021

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Garden Is Looking Good


 The garden is doing well, but we have rabbits or chipmunks eating the sweet potatoes.

Nasty Cherrybark Oak

The shooting club where we hang out had a nasty removal problem. The good part was there are no high value or dangerous targets, so I took a couple saws and attacked it. The tree that is still standing has a widowmaker hanging, and a contractor with a bucket truck will be needed for that. Don't go looking for takedowns like this one. Run the other way if you see one!

Monday, May 17, 2021

Tuesday Torque: Bam-Bam-Bamford!

 I love seeing engines from around the world and seeing how they start and run. It seems that engine enthusiasts seek the same thrills no matter where they live. Thanks for the pick, Merle!


Sunday, May 16, 2021

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Weekend Steam II: Humble And Sons Portable Engine

 About twenty of these were built around the turn of the Twentieth Century, and three remain. This is a break-in run of a newly restored engine.  Thanks, Merle!


Friday, May 14, 2021

Weekend Steam: Steam At Speed!

 Check your blood pressure before you watch this on a big screen! Many Thanks To Merle!


Bore Cut Basics


 We have a video uploading now. It will be up early afternoon, so check back.  And here you go!


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The Joy Of Big Radial Engines!

 I had a brief free airshow thrill! Most of the crop dusters in recent years are turboprop powered, but a Pratt and Whitney radial was pulling this Ag Cat biplane yesterday. You gotta love the sound of these great engines.


Sunday, May 9, 2021

Poppies Need Disturbance

 Our poppies have been dwindling the last few years. Iris, daylilies, peonies and euonymus vines have been getting thicker in our flower beds, crowding out our poppies. We are thinking over our options, but it looks like digging out a bunch of plants and herbiciding some of the unwanted plants is in our near future.


                                         Back To The Old Grind!  We miss you, Scooter!

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Friday, May 7, 2021

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Speaking Of Big Birds....

 Our resident geese are having fun flying up on the house and then taking a running go, gliding out to the pond like kids going down a water slide. The dogs do not appreciate the feet flapping overhead.




Three For Three, And Now Turkey Season 2021 Is Done

 Three good friends asked if they could hunt this Spring, and all three have now bagged a gobbler. One needed two days to coax one in, the other two were brief one-morning hunts. I'm impressed, especially with Susan who now calls in owls. It's fun and just a little spooky.



Monday, May 3, 2021

In Flanders Fields, 106 Years Ago Today

Tuesday Torque: 1904 Waterous Fire Engine

 It's good to note that steam powered pumpers continued to be made and used for many more years. This must have been one of the very first uses of a gas engine in fire fighting equipment.  Many Thanks, Merle!


Sunday, May 2, 2021

Pumpkin Patch 2021

 Susan is running a great garden this year. Yesterday and today we worked on pole beans, and today we sprayed the weeds that have come up in the pumpkin patch. Susan has made her hills and has about half of it planted already. 



Back To The Old Grind!

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Tom Got His Turkey!

 Our friends Tom and Ray both hunted for a gobbler this spring.  Ray got one in the first season, and Tom got his today, in the final turkey season for Spring 2021 in Illinois. The birds were taciturn yesterday and would not even talk to Tom, but this morning they were all chatterboxes, and Tom had his choice of three good birds.  Well Done, Tom!



Women On Target 2021 Is In The Books

 We had a good time at Carmi today. Women On Target was canceled last year because of the vid, but we forged ahead this year with a good turnout. There was even more interest this year in pistol use, especially ones suitable for home defense and concealed carry. Our members were glad to help, and we ran more than an hour longer than we usually do at these events. There was lots of comparison in shooting .380s, 9mm, .38s, and .45 in pocket pistols, compacts, and full size pistols. The target you see, shot on the indoor .22 range scored 100 with 8 Xs. Another lady, new to shooting, shot a 100 with 3 Xs. Folks are serious about their shooting!





Weekend Steam II: 1943 Locomotive. A Comment....

 ...tells us this is a German locomotive taken by the Russians after the war. The scenery is incredible. Thanks, Merle!


Friday, April 30, 2021

Thursday, April 29, 2021

"Just Put A Thumb In It" Kentucky Ballistics


SLAP is an abbreviation for Sabot Light Armor Penetrating. The penetrator is held in a polymer sabot in the cartridge. It is possible that part of the sabot was lodged in the bore while the penetrator went on. That happens occasionally with WWII era armor piercing .30-06 rounds, just in case you come across some of those. If you use those bullets you should check your bore after every shot so you don't blow up your M1 Garand.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

We Saw A New Critter!


 We think this is a Broad Head Skink. It was up in a hollow hickory tree that is frequented by gray squirrels. We read up on it a bit, and they supposedly have a strong bite if you bother them. 

Proud Parents


We have two pairs of goose parents this year, and both of them brought out their goslings for a first outing yesterday. One family has three, and the other, four babies. We are keeping an eye out for coyotes.