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#408201 - Mon Feb 04 2008 01:40 AM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2008
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Who would name their car, engine, and license plate "Nightmare"?




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#408202 - Mon Feb 04 2008 01:57 AM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2008
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In case you were not aware, CNY is nearly here. Dont worry folks nearly finished the pics!
Here is the famous CNY Kumquat tree, bringing lots of luck to all (and gorgeous marmalade!)
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#408203 - Mon Feb 04 2008 10:48 AM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2008
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Took this about 5 minutes ago. It's at a bit of an angle as I was leaning out of my roof window which slammed down on my head! Also, I was quite excited to see that there should be a pot of gold in my son's living room.

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#408204 - Mon Feb 04 2008 12:43 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2008
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'Jimmy Figgs', a Tudor building in Thame, Oxfordshire, now used as a pub - and having a rather poor reputation with local residents. Nice looking building though!


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#408205 - Mon Feb 04 2008 11:00 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2008
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No new photo today, so here is a photo of a watercolor done by my great-great grandfather.

"Philadelphia from Hestonville, September 1889"

Hestonville, now part of Philadelphia, is now almost lost within a densely built urban area. The foreground road is possibly Lancaster Avenue, also known as Route 30.



Link to larger picture

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#408206 - Mon Feb 04 2008 11:07 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2008
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Winston was very comfortable curled up on my sister's dining room rug the other day. He was so comfy that he didn't bother to uncurl himself to eat his ice cream!


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#408207 - Mon Feb 04 2008 11:40 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2008
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Ren, when we lived in Pasadena, California, we had a Kumquat tree hanging over the roof. It was huge! It looked nothing like the tidy little one in your pic. Do you know if Lowquat is the same thing?


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#408208 - Tue Feb 05 2008 05:12 AM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2008
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Veronika, cumquats and loquats are not the same and despite the similarity in name, they aren't even related.

Cumquats are small citrus fruits. I am not sure how loquats are classified but they are definitely not citrus. They have a large central seed but I don't think they are classified as stone fruit either.
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#408209 - Tue Feb 05 2008 06:34 AM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2008
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veronikkamarrz,

Found this interesting link about the loquat. Hope this helps.

http://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/loquat.html
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#408210 - Tue Feb 05 2008 08:24 AM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2008
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The kumquat trees get to be so neat and tidy after a huge amount of work by local farmers. They seem to start about September , grafting and training the trees. I was looking today in the office building I was at and all the trees were the same size , covered in fruit and then there were lucky packets tied on. Beautiful.
That was an interesting link about loqats, it was one of those things I always meant to find out about.
Anyway it looks as if most of the trees are sold and it was a good year , inspite of the freezing weather we have had lately (11 degrees C lol). Here is the farm last week


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#408211 - Tue Feb 05 2008 12:08 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2008
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No new photo today, so here is a photo of a watercolor done by my great-great grandfather.

"Philadelphia from Hestonville, September 1889"



Your ancestor was quite an artist, and his paintings must be very collectable! Thanks for the link to the larger image, which I've downloaded

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#408212 - Tue Feb 05 2008 04:26 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2008
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Kapuskasing ~ what a beautiful painting from your great-great-grandfather. Amazing what that area used to look like. You got me thinking about great-great-grandfathers in general, and what their "time" was like - so here is a photo of some of my ancestors (this hangs in my hallway), including my great-grandfather (second from left top row) and great-great-grandfather (middle row with the beard.) Aren't they a jolly bunch?

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#408213 - Tue Feb 05 2008 06:10 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2008
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Ozzz, on a smaller scale you aren't as far off as it seems, I remember the Datsun 120 (before they were called Nissan) over here with the 1200cc engine, which was pretty slow, and in America it was the 210. Same car, 2100cc engine. I never got to drive their version but must have almost taken off like a rocket.

Here is a block in Finchley where my friend used to live but looks quite photogenic as well.

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#408214 - Tue Feb 05 2008 08:32 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2008
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On a drive on the outskirts of town I spotted this prickly pear covered in fruit.

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#408215 - Tue Feb 05 2008 11:07 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2008
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It was very foggy this morning.



You'll see just how foggy it was if you look at this photo .

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#408216 - Tue Feb 05 2008 11:45 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2008
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Thanks for the link, JTJ. Very interesting!

In fact, I now believe the huge tree in our yard was probably a Lowquat! The description of the fruit was more like it. Live and learn!
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#408217 - Wed Feb 06 2008 03:20 AM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2008
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Mmmmm! wigwam those prickly pears look delicious. Have you ever eaten them?
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#408218 - Wed Feb 06 2008 11:05 AM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2008
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A lovely day today; I walked along the South Bank of the Thames from Westminster to Tower Bridge. This is the view of Canary Wharf, with St. Paul's Cathedral on the left, and the unusual building nicknamed 'The Gherkin' on the right.

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#408219 - Wed Feb 06 2008 11:24 AM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2008
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That brings back some memories picqero, they'd just put that up when I went to see David Blaine by Tower Bridge in 2004 and got some similar photos as well. I also looked up at the London Eye and got vertigo just from the bottom. No big wheel experience for me!

Here's another unusual house I found yesterday in Finchley.

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#408220 - Wed Feb 06 2008 12:39 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2008
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I should say it was foggy, Liz! What a difference between the two photos.

It rained for us on Sunday, but the mountains got lots of snow. Apparently a foot and a half in a town just north of us.

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#408221 - Wed Feb 06 2008 08:29 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2008
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lady1 I've never eaten prickly pear fruit. What do they taste like? I took a close up of the fruit though:

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#408222 - Wed Feb 06 2008 10:46 PM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2008
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Once again, it is snowing. Took this about 45 minutes ago, at 11 p.m., using available light. The sky is bright white with the clouds and snow.


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#408223 - Thu Feb 07 2008 02:49 AM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2008
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wigwam the closest fruit I can think of would be a kiwi fruit. You have to remove the skin, then place them in the fridge to get nice and cold. mmmm...

djsgal those mountains look amazing.

liz are you tired of all the snow yet?
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#408224 - Thu Feb 07 2008 06:51 AM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2008
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Here is another flower that is very lucky at CNY , Peach Blossom. It is very expensive , and usually only bought by companies and big shopping malls.
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#408225 - Thu Feb 07 2008 07:12 AM Re: Photo-a-day - February 2008
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lady1 I've never eaten prickly pear fruit. What do they taste like?



I've often eaten them, and would say the closest fruit is pomegranite, both taste and seeds. No doubt like the pomegranite they are full of anti-oxidants, and very beneficial!

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