Porch progress at Nina’s House! We recently took the initiative to enclose Nina’s open air back porch since we had access to an abundance of free scrap lumber. Most of the framing was done with leftover materials from the farm, but the project also involved pouring concrete to expand the concrete slab, which did not extend the entire area under the existing roof. As of now the porch is completely screened and we are designing a lighting element that will enclose the spaces between the rafters. LED strips will rest on the beam and be threaded through small holes drilled through the rafters. Sanded plexiglass mounted within the spaces between rafters will act as diffusers for the LEDs.
One big reason for building the screen porch is for our two cats, Business and Huck. We plan to erect a small structure connected to the porch to house the cat box—pictures coming soon.
Check out the awesomely long tails on these roosters! These regal specimens are Onagadori or “Long-tailed” chickens. They’re a breed of chicken from the Kōchi Prefecture of Japan who evolved from common domestic chickens who mated with Green Junglefowl. Also known as the ‘most honorable fowl’ in Japan, they’ve been carefully bred over the centuries to achieve their spectacular tails, which grow to lengths of 12 to 27 feet. It takes these chickens at least three years to molt. Onagadori breeders take tremendous pride in their chickens and provide special hutches with perches well above the ground, which helps keep their tails clean and in good condition.
If Rapunzel had been a chicken, she probably would’ve looked a lot like one of these awesome birds. These extraordinarily fancy fowl have Special Natural Monument status in Japan, which means they’re considered to be living monuments of Japanese culture and, as a protected breed, it’s illegal to take their eggs out of the country.
Fantasized - Discarded Fans Become Lighting
Politician and environmentalist Hon. Nida Cabrera set up a challenge for Belgian product designer Sep Verboom to create a new product out of waste found in Cebu, Philippines. Verboom packed his bags and headed to the city and discovered that waste was a massive issue, causing both health and flooding problems. With Cebu being well-known for its weaving industry, it was a logical choice when it came to Verboom’s product design. Old fans were purchased in local junkshops and the base of the Fantasized project was born.
Taking the old fans and weaving industrial waste strips through the frames in colorful patterns makes for the perfect lampshade. The project not only raises awareness when it comes to environmental issues, it supports the city residents working for their livelihood.
Amazing insects, vibrant wildflowers, delicate roses, majestic American Elms, trees appearing as sculptures and dramatic clouds over the city skyline and The Lake experienced during my lovely and peaceful walks through Central Park in the last few days. By agh212
fitch bay cabin ~ jean longpré photographer