At least they are good for something until the critters attack you for not keeping them full all the time or else you discover there is a design flaw and you find their little shrivelled bodies with their beak stuck in the hole.
I, on the other hand, bought a fake security camera for 5 euros that I have to install in our building entrance. I have to admit that for such a low price, it looks a lot more realistic than you would imagine because you can see the "camera lens" a little bit through the dark dome and it has a motion detector that makes a red light blink when there is movement.
I wish we had hummingbirds here, but I don't think there are any in Europe -- they are such lovely colours.
Unfortunately it is true that hummingbirds are "New World" birds. Apparently the only similar birds around the world are certain small 'sunbirds' in Australia and Africa. Reading up on the subject, I did discover that hummingbirds are actually nasty little bastards since they can starve to death so easily due to their metabolism. They will viciously attack other birds who try to use their feeder. Lizzy is going to have to buy a little basket to pile up all of the cadavers or the territorial losers.
Yes, we've noticed the territorial activity around the one feeder we already have. We had a little Anna's hummingbird sitting on the tarp line next to the feeder. The resident rufous male flew smack into her and knocked her off her perch. You could hear the body slam!
This is the best shot I have of the little bastard:
I imagine it is a place to put her knees tomorrow.
However, anybody who has taken a miniature bus from Vientiane to Luang Prabang full of miniature Laotians with giant luggage for 10 hours and survived can survive anything. There were however a few moments when I thought I might go amok (and very much understood the meaning of the term amok for the first time in my life).
Memories again, Kerouac. Was there a goat tied to the roof rack of the minibus, and inside an old man with 2 roosters on his lap and a woman who handed her one year old baby to you to hold while she breast fed a newborn she produced out of the folds of her clothes? Granted it wasn't 10 hours but public transport is full of surprises in some places.
And Luang Prabang is worth it, isn't it?
Travel! Set out and head for pastures new[br] Life tastes the richer when you’ve road worn feet.[br]Ibn Battuta[br]
I think it just dribbles down on top of you (for example if you are cleaning the kitchen ceiling, which is one of things I want to do the most). I have already planned to drape old sheets over the floor. In any case, I will report back on my opinion of it.
Okay, I picked up the steam cleaner today and naturally had to test it immediately. It does not dribble nearly as much as I feared, but it is also not a magic wand that cleans things like the White Tornado. However, it was easy to use, not at all exhausting, and was a marked improvement over elbow grease. You cannot add any sort of cleaning product to the water that becomes steam, but tomorrow I plan to experiment with spraying the area to be cleaned with one of those miracle cleaning products and then steaming the surface with the machine. Yes, there is certain to be a bit more dribble.
I recently decided I must get rid of stuff. To that end, I ordered one of these to photograph things I want to sell on eBay, mainly beads and jewelry:
Just the tent part. I ordered the smaller size. Well, it's way more huge than I thought it would be. Yes, I did read the dimensions. No, I didn't actually look at how that would translate in real-life space. I don't even have a surface big enough to operate as an eBay-seller-with-photo-tent, unless I put my laptop and TV in the bathroom. Maybe it would be a good outdoor shade tent for my cat in the summer.
If I ever get around to this, I was thinking I'd make do with some lamps I used when I was still painting. It will involve some rigging. We'll see how those go - the light might not be intense enough, but there's always photo-editing!
Really, really, I must get around to this. When I find a place to do it...
Have they changed the law in France? Not so long ago I tried ordering the kit through myheritage.com and was told it was not possible to do so in France. Looking further, I learned that DNA tests have to be court ordered, like paternity tests.