Sunday, May 31, 2009

Dunafon Castle Wedding

_MG_4206, originally uploaded by Lone Tree Images.

Wedding at Dunafon Castle. Low angle to use foreground of wild flowers to set mood for wedding.

Flickr Photostream

Well, I finally opened a Flickr photostream with a few pictures...

Will continue to add to it as time goes by.

Monday, May 25, 2009

UP Round House

The remaining 7 stalls of the Cheyenne round house. Union Pacific still uses it to store and service their steam engines. Home of No. 844 and No. 3985. For more info on UP's steam operations goto:

UPRR Rotary Plow #900082

UPRR Rotary Plow #900082 in the Cheyenne Round House. 05/25/2009

UP 5511 Steam Engine

One of the steam engines stored in Cheyenne's round house. UP 5511 is a 2-10-2 "Santa Fe" Type Locomotive. It's neighbor to the left in the photo is a operational rotary plow. And the other engine that was in the engine shop yesterday was 838 a "parts" engine for the famous 844 (both 4-8-4 "Northern" Type Locomotives).

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Around the House

Lemons from our tree in AZ. Made the trip to Cheyenne.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Around the house

A friend shoots a picture a day of things around his house. Here is my shot for today.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Lilacs in Bloom

My wife was driving by the hospital a day ago and noticed how many lilac bushes were in full bloom.
I went down today and captured a few of them. May 20, 2009 a much better year for Lilacs than we've seen in a long time.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

JAlbum for Blogs

Notice the "Slideshows" on the right. This is a new feature of (free slideshow software and hosting). I've been using this as a "beta" user for several months. It works just fine!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Life in England in the 1500s

The next time you are washing your hands and complaining because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be Here are some facts about the1500s:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water.

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying . It's raining cats and dogs.

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, Dirt poor. The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying a thresh hold = threshold.

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, bring home the bacon. They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leak onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey.. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

And that's the truth...Now, whoever said History was boring ! ! !

Friday, May 8, 2009

Baby Composite

Now offering "Composite" prints. Compositions can be 'formal' like this 2x2 square or more 'free-form' like a modern wedding album. I can mix sizes, formats and color, sepia, B&W or special treatments for even more impact. These prints provide another way of displaying several images on your walls. Frames and Canvas prints are also avaible.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

St. Anthony's Monastery

Visited St. Anythony's Greek Orthodox Monastery near Florence AZ. Click on title to see the slide show.