Clover

Clover

We’ve all hunted for four-leaf clovers, haven’t we? I know I have. I was also intrigued to learn that for every 10,000 three-leaf clovers, there is only 1 four-leaf. No wonder I enjoyed looking for them. Being rare, they were special.

I was inspired to have clover on the blog today, as I have for many of my subjects, because the photos of the clover flowers were so pretty. 

Clover is a highly nutritious pasture plant and is pollinated by bumblebees and honeybees. These plants can suffer from ‘clover sickness’, however, which is prompted by infrequent crop rotations, insect pests, soil imbalance and the decline of pollinators.

FunFacts about Clover (Source) (Source)

  • The four leaves stand for faith, hope, love, and luck.
  • Four-leaf clovers are said to offer magical protection and ward of bad luck.
  • One of the myths about four-leaf clovers is that if you carry them in your pocket you’ll be able to see the fairies.
  • Four-leaf clovers are found among three-leaf clovers at a rate of 1 in 10,000.
  • Giving someone a four-leaf clover that you’ve found is said to double your luck.
  • The leaves of clover are trifoliate and rarely quatrefoiled, cinquefoil, or septfoil.
  • The flowers can be red, purple, white or yellow.
  • The phrase ‘to live in clover’ means to enjoy a life of ease, comfort and prosperity.

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Stonecrops aka Sedum

Stonecrops aka Sedum

I hadn’t heard of the terms ‘Stonecrops’ or ‘Sedum’ until I found these lovely photos. Then I discovered I was familiar with at least a couple of the plants in the Sedum family. One of these plants is the Jade Plant, which is featured in photo #3 below. Sedum are flowering plants and are succulents. The leaves are thick and fleshy, many of which store water. Other parts of these plants can store water as well. They’re well-suited to dry, arid climates and are found mostly in the Northern Hemisphere although some are found in the dryer southern regions of both Africa and South America. 

My first introduction to Sedum was watching my mother and grandmother share and propagate one of their favorite Stonecrops, a plant called Hen-and-Chicks. This photo is closest to my memory of these particular succulents.

*** Note: ‘Various species formerly classified as Sedum are now in the segregate genera Hylotelephium and Rhodiola.’ (Source) Some of the photos below may feature the latter. I’m really not sure. For more information about Stonecrops from this separate genera, check out this blog

Video: How to propagate

Video: Autumn Joy

FunFacts about Stonecrops and Sedum (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • Sedum flowers usually have five petals. Not four, not six.
  • There are over 600 different plants in the Stonecrop family.
  • Sedum requires low maintenance and makes a great border plant.
  • Stonecrops require lots of sun.
  • Sedum plants are succulents. (Source)
  • The family name for Sedum is Crassulaceae. (Source)
  • Jade plant is one of the most familiar of all Sedum.

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Valais Blacknose Sheep

Valais Blacknose Sheep

Prepare for a cuteness attack. These sheep are adorable, especially the lambs. I have a fondness for sheep since they were part of life in Annapolis, California where I spent part of my childhood. A neighbor raised sheep and he let us enjoy the company of his lamb named Shmoo.

When I saw photos of the Valais Blacknose sheep, I knew I wanted to share them here just for the pleasure of looking at them. Worse, when I Googled ‘blacknose sheep’, an Amazon link came up and I almost bought a toy stuffed sheep. I restrained myself, lol, though I might indulge by buying one for my granddaughter!

These sheep have been a recorded part of history going back to the 1400s and lived primarily in the Valais region of Switzerland. They’re a strong, rugged sheep well-suited to the tough, Alpine terrain. Their long coats reflect their ability to withstand frigid temperatures. 

There is even a Facebook U.S. Fan Club in case you’re interested in liking their page. To see even more adorable photos of these sheep, go here! For videos: Video. Video. Video – Lambs.

FunFacts about the Valais Blacknose Sheep (Source) (Source

  • Valais Blacknose sheep are large, sturdy sheep. Adults weigh anywhere from 176 to 220 lbs.
  • They come from the Alpine region of Switzerland and are well-suited to climbing steep, rocky hillsides.
  • They are documented as far back as the 1400s but became a recognized breed in 1962.
  • Both rams and ewes have unique, spiral-shaped horns.
  • Their hooves and ears are black.
  • The black color on the face covers the nose and goes up to the eyes which are also rimmed with black. ‘Black-faced’ sheep is probably a more accurate term.
  • Black spots can often be found on their knees and ankles.
  • Blacknose sheep have a gentle disposition.

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Napa Valley

Napa Valley

I’m somewhat familiar with the Napa Valley area of northern California. I have a brother who lives in a nearby town and I grew up in a logging town a couple of hours north. The photos below are perfect representations of the Napa area. It is a place of gently rolling hills many of which are now graced with long rows of grape vines. The climate is temperate. 

Napa Valley is considered one of the premier wine regions in the world and gained a solid reputation in the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 when in a blind taste test, Napa wines scored better than some of the established French wines. Napa has a Mediterranean-like climate, geography and soil structure that lends itself to growing wine grapes. The first commercial winery was established in 1858, so the history of wine-making goes back a long way.

Some of the main towns of the Napa Valley are: Yountville, Calistoga, St. Helena, Rutherford, Oakville, Napa and American Canyon. (Source) Not surprising, early pioneers bear the names of the towns. George Yount was one of the first to grow grapes for wine-making. His granddaughter married Thomas Rutherford who also took up the trade. By the end of the 19th Century there were more than 140 wineries in the valley. Some of the most recognizable names are: Beaulieu, Beringer, and Charles Krug. (Source)

Today, there are over 450 wineries in the region producing Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot and Zinfandel. I’ll admit Beringer White Zinfandel is one of my favorite wines.

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Anvils

Anvils

Some of you are probably scratching your head about why I would choose a subject like ‘anvils’ for a blog. But I’m fascinated by tools of any kind and the anvil could be considered one of the finest tools ever made. Because we live in an age where just about anything we desire is manufactured by someone somewhere in the world, the age of the mechanical artisan is now mostly in the past. 

The anvil is a large, physical reminder of how we used to live in the normal course of everyday life when horses ruled the world. Every village needed it’s local blacksmith, especially before the era of welding. A good blacksmith could work with all kinds of metal and make important repairs or even create things like gates, wheels, farming tools, etc. But the anvil and the forge was where it all began.

Here’s a description of a typical anvil: “The anvil is used in metalwork, and usually has a flat top, called the face. The most common design, which became common in the 1800s, is called the “London Pattern.” In that case, there’s a pointed horn at the front, a step up to the face, and a flat back or heel on the other side, with a couple of holes toward the back.” (Source) An illustration can be found here.

FunFacts about Anvils (Source) (Source

  • Anvils have been in use since about 6000 BC. The earliest anvils have been documented in the areas of the world now known as Turkey and Iran. Anvils were also found in the histories of Egypt, Greece and Mongolia.
  • Some of the earliest anvils were actually made from meteorites because they were mostly composed of iron, a very hard material.
  • Some of the first anvils were made of stone. The evolution of anvils was stone to bronze then wrought iron with a steel face. Modern anvils are mostly made of steel.
  • The blacksmith’s anvil – composition: “The common blacksmith’s anvil is made of either forged or cast steel, forged wrought iron with a hard steel face or cast iron with a hard steel face. Cast iron anvils are not used for forging as they are incapable of standing up to the impact and will crack and dent. Also, cast iron anvils without a hard steel face do not have the rebound that a harder anvil would and will tire out the smith.” (Source)
  • Smithies want an anvil with excellent rebound or what is termed ‘lively’. When the hammer strikes the worked object on a good anvil, there is a rebound effect which actually helps the blacksmith do his work. An anvil without good rebound wears the smithy out much sooner. ***To see a series of old cartoons about anvils, and which starts with an anvil with a good rebound effect, go here.
    • Here’s a quote within a quote about the concept of ‘rebound’: In his book A History of Anvils, Sam Moore says the best test of an anvil is “to drop a one-inch ball bearing on the face from a height of 18 inches. If the bearing bounces right back into your hand the anvil is one of the better ones and will be easy to use.” (Source) ***Note: ‘The Face’ is the hard, flat top surface of the anvil. Most ‘faces’ were made of steel.
  • It’s important not to strike the face directly with a hammer or any other tool which could cause indentations. Any indentation on the face will result in the same indentation on the worked metal.
  • Because anvils are meant to be mobile, it’s important that they are strapped, chained or bolted to an immovable object while in use.
  • Anvils were generally kept no more than one step away from the forge to prevent heat loss on the heated-up metal piece.

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Otters

Otters

I first saw a sea otter when I was staying in Cambria which is on the California coast. DH and I had breakfast at a restaurant that overlooked a small cove where a few sea otters had taken up residence. They would dive to the bottom of the ocean, pluck an abalone from the seabed, then bring it to the surface. They would then float on their backs, put the abalone on their stomachs and using small rocks they’d break the shell apart. They were so much fun to watch. I felt honored to get to see them in the wild and doing what they do.

Otters are adorable creatures. Their features, the shapes of their bodies and the way they move remind me of ferrets, without the fur, of course. It wasn’t surprising to find out they’re part of the weasel family. Here’s a link to a video of an otter eating an abalone, though we didn’t get to see him bust it open. And here’s a super sweet PBS video about how mother otters care for their pups. 

*** Note: I found so much fascinating information about both river and sea otters, but at one point I had to force myself to stop reading. I’ve included the links if you’d like to investigate further.

FunFacts about Otters (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • There are 13 identified species of otters. They are members of the weasel family.
  • River otters are small creatures with an average length of 4 feet and a weight of 30 pounds.
  • Sea otters can weigh between 31 and 99 pounds.
  • River otters live mostly on land near large bodies of water.
  • Sea otters live mostly in the ocean.
  • Mother river otters give birth in dens on land and can have from 1 to 6 pups.
  • Mother sea otters work hard to take care of and feed a single pup. Twins are rare and the demands of raising two often result in one of the pups being abandoned.
  • Otters eat fish, shellfish and small animals, such as reptiles, on land.
  • They eat a lot and can consume up to 20% of their body weight daily.
  • They tend to leave humans alone but they can bite and also fight with their tails.
  • Sea otters are the smallest of the marine mammals.
  • The sea otter has no blubber but relies on its thick fur to stay warm. It has the densest fur of any animal with nearly 1 million strands of hair per square inch. (Okay, mind-boggling.) (Source)
  • Otters can stay under water up to four minutes at a time.
  • Sea otters rest and sleep in social, same-sex groups called ‘rafts’. Quote: Although each adult and independent juvenile forages alone, sea otters tend to rest together in single-sex groups called rafts. A raft typically contains 10 to 100 animals, with male rafts being larger than female ones. The largest raft ever seen contained over 2000 sea otters. (Source)

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Reflections

Reflections

Years ago, after a rain, I was looking at a small puddle that held a perfect reflection of the sky overhead and I had the oddest thought: I’m looking down into the sky. It felt magical, strange and made me smile. Reflections, however they come, can be profound.

In a recent newsletter, I’d included a few similar images of reflections. Because I loved them so much, I knew I wanted to add more photos here. However, I didn’t include any scientific revelations, or even a few funfacts, about how a reflection is created on the surface of water. My purpose here is strictly aesthetic. I want poetry today, not science.

I did read a couple of attempts to formulate the reflection process and immediately moved on. I remember my sister once had a similar experience with her husband, a scientist. They were sitting on the beach as the sun was setting and she commented, “Isn’t the sunset beautiful?” He immediately launched into the scientific cause of a beautiful sunset, often using words like smog, dirt, and debris in the air. Talk about a mood-kill. She encouraged him to just look. And he did, bless him.

So, today, it’s just about looking and enjoying the beauty of each reflection. Just for fun, go here to read a few really short poems on reflections. I would have loved to include one here, but I was afraid of a copyright breach. But if poetry is you’re thing, you might enjoy reading one or two of these.

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Regensburg Bavaria

Regensburg Bavaria, Germany

I’m a fan of stone bridges as many of you know. Like the wooden doors we looked at in the previous blog, stone bridges always share a wealth of history because of the boots, the wheels, the armies, the families, the animals, the laborers, the politicians, and the merchants who once-upon-a-time crossed the bridge. Stone also suggests permanence and that’s exactly what we have in Regensburg.

Between 1135 and 1146, Regensburg built a stone bridge across the Danube that altered its fortunes forever. Once opened for traffic, this bridge became a major international artery that connected northern Europe with Venice. Wealth arrived and Regensburg became a cultural center celebrated for its gold-work and fabrics. You can read more of its history here.

There were Stone Age settlements in this area and the Celts called it Radisbona. The Romans built a fort here in 179 A.D. called Castra Regina, which means ‘fortress by the River Regen’ and there are Roman structures to be see today in this city. Regensburg is situated at the confluence of the River Danube and the River Regen. To read more about the latter, go here

Despite bombing in WWII, most of the medieval part of the city survived the war and is now a UNESCO World Heritage SiteHere’s a quote from Wiki-travel: The main attraction of Regensburg is its excellently preserved medieval city centre with the cathedral and the stone bridge being the highlights. As one of the few cities in Germany largely undamaged during the Second World War, Regensburg boasts the largest preserved medieval city centre in Germany. It is sometimes called “the northernmost city of Italy” due to the lively places and streets with lovely outdoor cafes during summer, as well as the large number of Italian-style medieval merchant houses and towers. The historic centre lies next to the river Danube (Donau), and crossing the medieval stone bridge into the town provides a perfect entrance to the city.

Anyone ready to do some traveling?

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The winner is: Betty O.! Congrats!

August Winners: Kim S., Dianne K.C., Pansy P., Tamara K., Marie S.

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, September 7, 2017! On Friday, September 8th, 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! *** To be entered into the giveaway drawing, please leave a comment about Regensburg. Have you ever traveled in this part of Germany? Would you like to? 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!!!