E. DESMOND LEE TRAIN COLLECTION – Museum of Transportation

 

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December  23, 2015

For  all of the young at heart or  who simply  love trains  and/or  miniatures  – the E.  Desmond Lee Train Collection is currently on dispaly at the Museum of Transportation until   Dec. 30, 2015.

Here’s a sampling of what you will see….

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Must have been a cookie overdose…

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King Kong made an appearance also …….

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1870 St. Louis Streetcar   was pulled by mules.  Fare was a nickel per ride  and the driver was paid 9 cents an hour.

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Oldest original  railroad passenger car  from 1843 – first pulled by horses, then later by steam locomotives.

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Last but not least – 2 of Santa’s reindeer resting up before the big night….

Thanks for reading!

Merry Christmas!!

 

 

 

 

GARDENLAND EXPRESS 2015 at Missouri Botanical Gardens – Always My Favorite!

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December 19, 2015

Every Christmas season the Missouri Botanical Gardens presents the Gardenland Express exhibit -a festive mixture of trains, miniature displays,  beautiful flowers and plants.   Conifers of the World,  paired with  “nostalgic Germany ” ,  is the 2015 theme.  Hope you enjoy  my introduction,   but remember,  it is best seen in person where you can smell the flowers and the pines.

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These 2  photos are  dedicated to my 2nd daughter Corriinneey who lives and flourishes in Munich, Germany.

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tasty kuchen

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The Christmas tree originated in 15th / 16th century  Germany

Thanks for reading and …

Merry Christmas!!!

 

Backyard Birding Fall 2015

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Finch in  her  muted winter colors.

December  2015

As winter approaches the backyard buffet changes to black oiled sunflowers seeds and suet for energy and added fat for warmth.  Water is always  is needed but it is time to put the heater in it so my feathered friends can enjoy their “hot tub” once again.

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Always love this House Finches with the little hint of pink near their bottom.

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The Nuthatch  comes to dine  daily now as the days are cooler.  I  discovered the  nuthatch loves peanuts and will keep making continuous trips to the feeder until she has taken them all!

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The Tufted Titmouse  bath time.

chickadee at take off

The Black Capped Chickadee  is so fast that it is difficult to photograph.   This was a lucky shot as she gracefully flees with her snack.

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This Flicker Woodpecker enjoyed a hearty meal of suet….

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So much so that……

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with his full belly,  the need for a nap came creeping in…..

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and he fell asleep for a good 10 minutes before he was interrupted.

Backyard birding is always free entertainment just outside my window!

Thanks for reading, please  feed the birds, if you can,  as food and water become scarce this winter.

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