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Arrrr, matey!

Now, before you go thinking this is a crap photo, it was actually so far away I could barely see it with the naked eye. Only one of Uncle B’s fancy cameras could capture it at all.

I think it looks neat and heat-wavy.

No idea what it’s about. It was just tootling around the English Channel, in and around the container ships.

Changing the subject, I just chased a fox out of the garden. The chickens were kicking up more of a fuss than usual and I looked out the kitchen window to see a gray fox standing a dozen feet from them, just staring. I let out a whoop, but it’s a long way from the kitchen to the front door.

He was still standing in the same spot when I got out there and didn’t run until I gave chase. Goodness knows why he hesitated, but I’m grateful. All chikkens present and accounted for.

Have a good weekend, everyone!


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: August 7, 2020, 8:53 pm

TALLY HO !!!!!


Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: August 7, 2020, 9:52 pm

One encounters old sailing ships by surprise. The last time I was in Seattle [last both in the sense of latest and in the sense that I will never, ever go back] we were at Pike Market and tied up there at the pier was the LADY WASHINGTON, the replica of the original Revolutionary War 90 ton brig used as the holodeck model of the brig of war ENTERPRISE in “Star Trek Generations”. They were not taking tourists aboard, but I spent a lot of time drooling at her on the pier.

If you ever find out what that ship you have the picture of is, would you mention it. She looks like a replica of maybe a naval frigate.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: August 7, 2020, 10:17 pm

Could that be the Mayflower II or III or whatever number sailing “Home”.

She’s scheduled to arrive in Merry Olde on the 10th. I guess that would not be her then because it’s probably too soon.

Her stern ‘castle’ doesn’t look high enough to be the Mayflower though.

Not enough masts, so we know she’s not the Irish Rover.

That leaves the possibility she’s a 48 gun 2 decker from the Chicken universe come to wreck her vengeance on the British Whalechicken fleet .

Comment from Stephen Falken
Time: August 8, 2020, 12:28 am

“I think it looks neat and heat-wavy.”

Or maybe that apparition is the Flying Dutchman.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: August 8, 2020, 10:46 am

I have but one word for’e: Pirates!


Comment from durnedyankee
Time: August 8, 2020, 2:19 pm

Xavier Hollander?

Comment from BJM
Time: August 8, 2020, 4:00 pm

@durned…you must have been one heck of a kid.

@Stoaty We have red foxes…a family, pack, coven or whatever they are called who patrols our property nightly. I’ve seen foxes do that with ground squirrels. I don’t know nuttin’ about no chikkens as you can tell…but don’t chikkens sort of go into a trance when stared down? That would make catching one easier with less fuss, and less noise…ergo less chance of buckshot in the butt…or maybe it was trying to decide which chikken it fancied?

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: August 8, 2020, 5:54 pm

@BJM – errr whut? No no no!

Are you questioning my youthful lietmotiv’s?

That was Vandervecken’s first name, right? Right? No?

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: August 8, 2020, 10:10 pm

Well I don’t know about chickens going into a trance, but there was a time when the neighbor lady, before she moved away, kept chickens, until she didn’t. Guinea hens I think they were. And the nice lady let her chickens range free. They were in my front yard the day the coyotes came. By chance, I noticed one coyote sneaking around the corner of the house in sight of the chickens who let out a loud, and I mean LOUD, warning. The coyote looked like he was laughing as he herded the chickens toward the other end of my house where there was a second coyote waiting to intercept the flock as they tried to get back home again.

I have never seen a chicken run that fast before or since. They had on seven league boots, taking seven foot strides, and looked like the cartoon road runner while more chickens hiding in the treeline yelled encouragement.

I lost sight of the coyotes, and didn’t really see more than just the few in my front yard, so I don’t know if the coyotes scored or not.

Comment from Drew458
Time: August 10, 2020, 3:09 pm

I’m guessing your ship is the Götheborg III, which was supposed to be sailing again this year. There aren’t many ships of that 1740s design – tall hull, 3 masts but few yardarms – around, merchant or military, new or restored. At some point in the later 19th Century, most ships of this genre gained more yardarms and more, but smaller sails, along with sleeker hulls. Tootling as pictured, yours has engines too.

Comment from BJM
Time: August 10, 2020, 5:08 pm

@durned…me thinks a clarification is in order…what I meant was that with your fertile imagination you must have been an interesting child.

Hmmm…which Vandervecken? Capt of the Flying Dutchman, or Cryus’ ship? Mebbe I’m mixing my tropes.

Comment from BJM
Time: August 10, 2020, 6:09 pm

Vanderleun is LIT today.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: August 11, 2020, 6:30 pm

Heh – you left out the Vendervecken from the Known Space universe of Larry Niven.

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