Shetland Ponies

Shetland Ponies

The ponies come from the Shetland Islands far to the north-northeast of Scotland. These sturdy, small ponies are perfect for rural island life where grass was often scarce. With their thick hair and strong, stocky bodies, they made excellent carrier animals in a climate on the cool side. The Shetland Islands, being so far north, have an oceanic climate which is still much milder than expected.

Here’s a 1-minute video on Shetland ponies wearing cardigans. For more photos of these sweethearts and what they’re wearing go here! Here’s a 7-minute video on the rescue of 30 unwanted Shetland ponies. Very sweet. Here’s a 2-minute video that introduces ‘Dinky’ to the herd. This video is perhaps more suited for kids, but it’s really cute to watch Dinky race around with the other ponies.

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  • Basic Information, quote: The Shetland pony is a breed of pony originating in the Shetland Isles. Shetlands range in size from a minimum height of approximately 28 inches (7.0 hands; 71 cm) to an official maximum height of 42 inches. Registered stock must not exceed 42 inches (107 cm) 10.2 hands (42 inches, 107 cm) at the withers. Shetland ponies have heavy coats, short legs and are considered quite intelligent. They are a very strong breed of pony, used for riding, driving, and pack purposes. (Source)
  • In the mid-1800s, when women and children were outlawed from working in coal mines, the Shetland pony was put to work in their stead. This was not an easy life for these ponies.
  • Shetland ponies are allowed to roam free in the Shetland Isles but they are not wild. Each pony has an owner.
  • Shetland ponies live an average of 20 years but can live past thirty.
  • Shetland ponies are very strong. They can pull twice their body weight which is more than even the largest horses can do.
  • Shetland ponies were domesticated about 500 BC.
  • Shetland ponies are one of the most popular horses worldwide.
  • Shetland ponies are considered good-natured and highly intelligent.

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Cairo

Cairo

As a megacity, Cairo is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. In 2017, it grew by a half-million people alone. By July 2016, Greater Cairo, which includes Cairo, Giza and Qalyubiya, had a combined population of approximately 22.9 million people. As can be imagined, a city with this kind of size and growth has its share of troubles especially in the areas of traffic congestion and pollution. Worldwide, there are 47 such megacities. But the name, Cairo, as representative of Egypt, will always mean something magical in the Middle East: A ‘cradle of civilization’, a culture of pyramids, and a land of higher learning that has been thriving for five thousand years.

For a kick, take a look at this 1-minute video. Rick Steves is in the heart of Cairo, traveling the streets in a local conveyance and doesn’t know where he is. But it’s a great look at the flavor of the city. This 10-minute video showcases Cairo as a megacity and the problems it’s facing as it continues to grow. This 3-minute video hits just a few highlights of Cairo.

FunFacts about Cairo: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Cairo is the capital of Egypt. The city’s metropolitan area is one of the largest in Africa, the largest in the Middle East and the Arab world, and the 15th-largest in the world, and is associated with ancient Egypt, as the famous Giza pyramid complex and the ancient city of Memphis are located in its geographical area. Located near the Nile Delta, modern Cairo was founded in 969 CE by the Fatimid dynasty. (Source)
  • Cairo is located about 165 km or 100 miles from the Mediterranean Sea.
  • The population of Cairo is about 9 million with another 9 ½ million living in close proximity to the city.
  • The city’s most famous landmark is the Pyramid of Giza built about 4500 years ago. Approximately 2 million massive stone blocks were used to build the pyramid.
  • Cairo boasts the oldest university in the world, the Al-Azhar University, founded in 970 AD.
  • Cairo has heavy traffic with 4 ½ million cars on the streets. Traffic jams are common.
  • Cairo’s metro system serves 1 billion passengers annually. Though it was originally built to relieve Cairo of its transportation problems, it ended up encouraging more people to move into the city.
  • Cairo is located in northern Egypt which is also known as ‘lower Egypt’.
  • Cairo is 120 km (75 miles) west of the Suez Canal.
  • Cairo is located at the point that the Nile River begins to branch into the massive Nile Delta. The Delta is one of the largest in the world and covers 240 km (150 miles) of Mediterranean coastline.
  • Cairo has a hot desert climate with the daytime summer temps averaging in the mid-nineties (F) or 35 C.
  • Most Cairo residents are Sunni Muslim.

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Cauliflower

Cauliflower

Did you know cauliflower, besides white, is also available in purple, orange and green? The orange variety originated in a field of cauliflower, in Canada, as a natural mutant. Its color also means it contains beta-carotene. Green cauliflower has two main versions, one that is similar to white cauliflower but is green, then a rather bizarre cultivar called Romanesco broccoli. This variety has a fractal shape and is pictured among the photos below. You can’t miss it. Purple cauliflower is very purple and contains a pigment similar to red cabbage.

Here’s a 5-minute video on growing cauliflower including the purple and orange varieties. This 4-minute video details the health benefits of cauliflower. Here is Ina Garten’s 3-minute video on making cauliflower gratin using a white sauce with gruyere and parmesan.

FunFacts about Cauliflower: (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • Basic Information, quote: Cauliflower is one of several vegetables in the species Brassica oleracea in the genus Brassica, which is in the family Brassicaceae. It is an annual plant that reproduces by seed. Typically, only the head is eaten – the edible white flesh sometimes called “curd” (with a similar appearance to cheese curd). The cauliflower head is composed of a white inflorescence meristem. Cauliflower heads resemble those in broccoli, which differs in having flower buds as the edible portion. Brassica oleracea also includes broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, and kale, collectively called “cole” crops, though they are of different cultivar groups. (Source)
  • Cauliflower grows best in cool temperatures.
  • Cauliflower has many health benefits including anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • ¼ cup cooked cauliflower has only 15 calories but 45% of your daily vitamin C requirements.
  • Cauliflower comes in white, orange, purple and green though white is the most common.
  • Cauliflower fascinates mathematicians because it has a fractal dimension, quote: …every branch, or “module”, is similar to the entire cauliflower. Another quality, also present in other plant species, is that the angle between “modules,” as they become more distant from the center, is 360 degrees divided by the golden ratio. (Source)
  • The bigger the cauliflower the more flavorful it will be.
  • Cauliflower is an excellent source of fiber.
  • Cauliflower does contain a substance called purines. If you have trouble with gout or kidney stones, cauliflower might be something to limit. As with any medical issue, consult your physician.

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Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea

In my last house here in the Sonoran desert, I had a bougainvillea that performed exactly as expected. I ignored it and it thrived. It bloomed constantly, created huge, overarching fronds of flowers and leaves across my front walkway and was stunning.  I thought I would have the same experience in my new house. But the bougainvillea I planted has never thrived. Of course, this house was built on an ancient riverbed, or so I suspect. It’s possible there just isn’t enough earth in my earth for the plant to be happy. One suggested remedy is to add Epsom salts — 1 tablespoon in a gallon of water — which might give it a boost. Over the past two years, I’ve given it a little water then a lot of water, neither has made it happy. Bougainvillea prefers a well-drained soil and that I do have. But again, I’m beginning to suspect there isn’t enough life in the soil for my plant. This winter, I may try to add some serious soil amendment. We’ll see. One of the videos said sometimes when a bougainvillea plant doesn’t thrive the fault may be in the cultivar. If all my remedies fail, I may have to replace this plant with a different variety. 

Here’s a 4-minute video that introduces the bougainvillea. Here’s a 5-minute video that goes into some of the basics of caring for your bougainvillea. Here’s a 4-minute video full of all kinds of bougainvillea eye-candy.

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  • Basic Information, quote: Bougainvillea is a genus of thorny ornamental vines, bushes, and trees with flower-like spring leaves near its flowers. Different authors accept between four and 18 species in the genus. (Source)
  • Bougainvillea is from the family of plants known as Nyctaginaceae.
  • Bougainvillea is called different things in different countries. Some of the names are buganvilla, bugambilia, bouganvilla, pokok bunga kertas, Napoleón, jahanamiya, and veranera.
  • Bougainvillea plants originated in Brazil.
  • Bougainvillea can grow up to 12 meters or 39 feet.
  • The French Botanist discovered this amazing vine in the 1760s while on an expedition with the explorer, French admiral Louis-Antoine de Bougainville, after whom he named the plant.
  • The actual flower of the bougainvillea is very small and usually white. It’s the colorful ‘bracts’ that surround the flower that give the vine its striking appearance.
  • Bougainvillea need good drainage and are very hardy once established. They prefer warm to hot climates.
  • There are 300 varieties of bougainvillea now available.
  • Bougainvillea are not a clinging vine and will need support as they grow.
  • Hummingbirds and butterflies love bougainvillea.

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Ostriches

Ostriches

Native to Africa, ostriches are the largest living species of bird. They are flightless birds, but can run as fast as 45 mph (72 kph), using their wings to navigate quick turns. Male ostriches enjoy a harem of females and will mate with several. But he will always have his favorite who will be in charge of the nest. His females will lay eggs in what is a communal nest, but the favorite, who tends the eggs, will often sacrifice the eggs of other females to predators, thereby protecting her own offspring. 

Here’s a 1-minute video on how fast ostriches can run. Here’s a 1-minute video featuring adorable ostrich chicks. This 2 1/2- minute video features 22 young ostrich chicks in the wild then several 6-month-old juveniles. Good info. This 3-minute video features egg-laying and strategic egg placement in the communal nest.

FunFacts about Ostriches: (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: The ostrich or common ostrich (Struthio camelus) is either of two species of large flightless birds native to Africa, the only living member(s) of the genus Struthio, which is in the ratite family. In 2014, the Somali ostrich (Struthio molybdophanes) was recognized as a distinct species. The common ostrich shares the order Struthioniformes with the kiwis, emus, rheas, and cassowaries. (Source)
  • Ostriches live in groups of 5 to 50 birds.
  • Ostriches are flightless but can run up to 45 mph or 72 kph. They are the fastest bird on land.
  • The ostrich’s legs are powerful and can be used to attack.
  • Ostriches will hide from predators by lying flat on the ground or they will run away.
  • Ostriches typically weigh 63 to 145 kilograms (139–320 lb).
  • Ostriches range in height, given their long necks, from 5 ½ feet to 9 feet.
  • Ostriches have long eyelashes which protect their eyes.
  • Ostriches live primarily in Africa.
  • Ostriches have acute eyesight and hearing which helps them detect predators long before the predators see or find them.
  • Lacking teeth, ostriches swallow pebbles to help them grind their food. The food travels down the neck to the gizzard where the pebbles reside and begin to work on the food. The gizzard can contain up to 45% of its volume in sand and pebbles.
  • Here’s the fascinating mating ritual, quote: The cock performs with his wings, alternating wing beats, until he attracts a mate. They will go to the mating area and he will maintain privacy by driving away all intruders. They graze until their behaviour is synchronized, then the feeding becomes secondary and the process takes on a ritualistic appearance. The cock will then excitedly flap alternate wings again, and start poking on the ground with his bill. He will then violently flap his wings to symbolically clear out a nest in the soil. Then, while the hen runs a circle around him with lowered wings, he will wind his head in a spiral motion. She will drop to the ground and he will mount for copulation. (Source)
  • Ostriches share a communal nest, with eggs produced by different females sharing the same space. There can be up to 20 eggs in one nest. The dominant female will remove any eggs she deems unacceptable.
  • Both males and females incubate the eggs, the females during the day, the males at night.
  • Incubation lasts 35-45 days.
  • Both males and females help rear the chicks. The males in particular defend the chicks against predators.
  • Some ostriches in captivity have lived over 60 years.

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London

London

I confess I have watched and re-watched THE CROWN several times. Set in the 1930s, 40s and beyond, this ongoing series chronicles Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. I love period pieces anyway and this one is absolutely stunning. Beyond my praises, however, it’s been wonderful to see London in this historical context. I’m grateful to have traveled to London in past years and only wish that time and resources would permit about a dozen revisits. London has a rich history going back two millennia when the Romans founded Londinium. Today, the city boasts the largest number of billionaires who make London their home.

This 26-minute video of Rick Steves’ showcases several London museums and other city attractions. Here’s a quick, 4-minute overview of London’s all-around gorgeousness.

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  • Basic Information, quote: London is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south east of the island of Great Britain, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. It was founded by the Romans, who named it Londinium. London’s ancient core, the City of London, largely retains its 1.12-square-mile (2.9 km2) medieval boundaries. Since at least the 19th century, “London” has also referred to the metropolis around this core, historically split between Middlesex, Essex, Surrey, Kent and Hertfordshire, which today largely makes up Greater London, a region governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly. (Source)
  • Greater London’s population is over 8 ½ million.
  • In the mid-14th century, London lost nearly 1/3 of its population to the Black Death.
  • Even though London’s main transportation system is called the Underground, nearly half of it runs above ground.
  • London has 72 billionaires, more than any other city in the world.
  • London is a highly diverse city where over 300 languages are spoken.
  • In the 1700s, 20% of all the women in London were prostitutes.
  • Half a million mice live in the London Underground.
  • Want to drive one of London’s famous black cabs? You’ll need to know 25,000 roads and 50,000 points of interest. You’ll also have to pass a test called ‘The Knowledge’. (Source)
  • Beneath the streets of London is a storage facility that houses one-fifth of all the gold held by world governments. The estimated amount is $248 billion (US).
  • London has more Indian restaurants than Mumbai or Delhi.
  • Every week, London Underground escalators travel an equivalent distance of twice around the earth.

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Chives

Chives

Do you ever crave chives? There might be a reason since chives come packed with all kinds of health benefits. They have strong anti-cancer properties, they’re good for eye health, and can even have a positive affect on blood pressure. Beyond their ability to supplement the medicine chest, chives can add a lovely flavor to a lot of dishes. I enjoy it especially in my chopped salads and pasta dishes.

Here’s a 4-minute video on making chive-and-egg fried dumplings. This 3-minute video lists 7 powerful health benefits of chives. Here’s a 2-minute video on growing chives.

FunFacts about Chives: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Chives, scientific name Allium schoenoprasum, is an edible species of the genus Allium. Its close relatives include the garlic, shallot, leek, scallion, and Chinese onion. A perennial plant, it is widespread in nature across much of Europe, Asia, and North America. A. schoenoprasum is the only species of Allium native to both the New and the Old Worlds. (Source)
  • Chives are the smallest members of the onion family.
  • Some of the health benefits of chives are: improved sleep, protection from prostate cancer, reducing the risk of stomach cancer, improving eye health, strengthening bones, providing lots of antioxidants, and lowering blood pressure. (Source)
  • Chive plants prefer full sun and rich soil.
  • Shoots with a purple flower emerge in early spring.
  • To keep shoots tender, cut them close to the ground when harvesting.
  • Divide your chive clumps every few years to improve yield.
  • Chives can take over a garden if left to their own devices.
  • Once you plant chives, they will come back year after year.
  • As soon as chives reach six inches tall, they can be harvested.
  • The immature flower buds are often chopped and used in recipes.
  • Chive flowers are a top nectar provider for bees.
  • An old saying promises that dried chives hung around the house will ward off diseases and evil.

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New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Thursday, June 21, 2018! On Friday, June 22nd, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

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Golden Currants

Golden Currants

I was drawn to these beautiful photographs of lush yellow flowers. How fun to find out that golden currants, also known as Ribes Aureum, are wild edibles. Even the lovely yellow flowers are edible, though left alone they will produce a golden berry that can range from very sweet to tart. The flowers can have a spicy scent as well so it’s no surprise that one of the nicknames for the golden currant shrub is ‘clove currant’.

Here’s a 3-minute video that provides a solid profile of golden currants. As a follow up, here’s a 1-minute video featuring the same fella showing the berries that had formed and were ready for harvesting. Here’s a very informative 4-minute video about golden currants in the wild.

FunFacts about Golden Currants also known as Ribes Aureum: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Ribes aureum, known by the common names golden currant, clove currant, pruterberry and buffalo currant, is a species in the genus Ribes. It is native to Canada, most of the United States (except the southeast) and northern Mexico. It belongs to the subgenus Ribes, which contains other currants, such as the blackcurrant and redcurrant (Ribes nigrum and rubrum), and is the sole member of the section Symphocalyx. (Source)
  • The golden currant plant can get up to 8 and 9 feet tall.
  • Golden currants are an early spring bloomer.
  • The plants create big bunches of yellow flowers.
  • The bees love the golden currant flowers.
  • Golden currants are not toxic and are usually very sweet.
  • Golden currant shrubs don’t have spines or thorns.
  • Even the flowers of the golden currant plants are edible.
  • The golden currant plant is considered a ‘wild edible’.
  • Wine and jellies can be made from golden currants.
  • The leaves of the golden currant plant can have 3 to 5 lobes.
  • Golden currant shrubs are drought tolerant and in the fall the leaves turn red.

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For a chance to win this paranormal romance bracelet, scroll to the bottom of the page and read the details for entering. You will be leaving a comment as the entry requirement. Giveaway ends midnight, Arizona time, June 21, 2018.

June winners: Mary P. Suzi D.!

May Winners: Susan S., Sandra L., Mary C., B.N. and Debra G.

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We have a winner! Congratulations: Amy S.!!!

June winners: Mary P. and Suzi D!

May Winners: Susan S., Sandra L., Mary C., B.N. and Debra G.

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on every Caris Roane blog, Monday thru Thursday this week, to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Thursday, June 21, 2018! On Friday, June 22nd, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

*** This Week’s Giveaway is Closed ***

We have a winner! Congratulations: Amy S.!!!

To be entered into the giveaway drawing, please leave a comment about Golden Currants. Have you ever grown these shrubs in your garden? Which photo did you like best? Feel free to share whatever comes to mind and share from the heart.

*** And tell us where you’re from! I’m from Buckeye, Arizona, not far from Phoenix. (That’s the Desert Southwest, USA.) ***

Above all: Live the fang!!!