A full hull model of the Phoebe (1795), a 36-gun frigate. The model is decked, equipped and rigged. This model represents the new, large types of frigate which were built in large numbers in the 1790s.It is fully rigged and shows the seamen’s hammocks stowed around the decks. It also shows the Nelson chequer, or black and white painting of the hull. This style was not common until about 1815, which may date the model to this time. The Phoebe was built on the Thames in Dudman’s yard at Deptford. It served off the Irish coast in 1796–1800 and captured many enemy ships. In 1805 it was present at the Battle of Trafalgar captained by Thomas Bladen Capel, one of Nelson’s original ‘band of brothers’. It became a depot ship at Plymouth in 1822 and was finally broken up in 1840.

Date made: Circa 1815


The season for blueberries used to be short. You’d find fresh berries in the store just during a couple of months in the middle of summer.

Now, though, it’s always blueberry season somewhere. Blueberry production is booming. The berries are grown in Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, Michigan and the Pacific Northwest — not to mention the southern hemisphere.

But in any one location, the season is still short. And this means that workers follow the blueberry harvest, never staying in one place for long.

Blueberry farming has a long tradition in Bladen County, N.C., in the southeastern corner of the state. Chris Barnhill, the owner of Blueberry Hill Farms, showed me around his farm. He’s the fourth Barnhill to grow blueberries here.

A couple of hundred workers move slowly down the rows of bushes. Their fingers move quickly, stripping the bushes clean. “They pick by the pound, in buckets,” Barnhill explains. He gestures toward one of the worker. “She already has got six buckets.”

When the buckets are full, workers carry them to a collection station to be weighed. They get a little paper slip that they can turn in once a week for cash.

For Pickers, Blueberries Mean Easier Labor But More Upheaval

Photos: Morgan McCloy/NPR

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These are the bonsai that are currently on display at Longwood Gardens. This is always my favorite exhibit because I’ve been coming to see them for so long, and they are always the same, the steady continuity of them is somehow comforting. The oldest tree is the Ginkgo which began training in 1909, and the Pomegranate following closely at 1910. Which makes the oldest tree over 106 years old, and about two feet tall. The year noted as “began training” is not the year they sprouted, it just means that was the first year they were pruned and wire trained for bonsai. In incredible that even though the Pomegranate tree is so small it produces several full sized pomegranates every season (see below taken October ‘14).

My favorite is the Bald Cypress; which is a species renowned for its longevity and height, some growing well over 100ft tall. The oldest known Bald Cypress, located in Bladen County, North Carolina, is over 1,620 years old, making that individual one of the oldest living plants in eastern North America. To think that this tree is a perfect miniature of a full sized tree shows the incredible patience and discipline that is put into training these plants over, in some cases, generations.

Below is the info on each tree, going from left to right and downward in case you cannot read the tags below each tree:

  • Loose-Flower Hornbeam (Carpinus laxiflora) - Japan & Korea; Birch Family; Training began in 1991.
  • Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii ‘Kotobuki’) - Japan; Pine Family; Training began in 1975.
  • Azalea (Rhododendron) - Garden Origin; Heath Family; Training began in the 1970′s.
  • Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) - China; Ginkgo Family; Training began in 1909.
  • Pomegranate (Punica granatum) - SW Asia; Loosestrife Family; Training began in 1910.
  • Bald-Cypress (Taxodium distichum) - SE United States; Cypress Family; Training began in 1988.
  • Crape-Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) - S & E Asia; Loosestrife Family; Training began in 1994.
  • Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii) - Japan; Pine Family; Training began in 1949.
  • Hinoki False Cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa) - Japan; Cypress Family; Training began in 1930.
  • Trident Maple (Acer buergerianum) - China; Maple Family; Training began in 1990.

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My First Mistake Prologue/?

Pairings: St Berry, Kurtbastian, Blaine/OC, minor Klaine and one-sided Rachel/OC

Rating: Eventual NC-17

Summary: When Rachel and her friends Sebastian, Jaden, Kurt and Blaine begin high school at Carmel, Rachel is surprised to find that senior Jesse St James, the lead soloist of Vocal Adrenaline seems to have a special interest in her. He can make her rise to the top of Vocal Adrenaline, but what could be the cost? The world of Vocal Adrenaline is a very different world and the five friends realize that they need to stick together if they’re going to survive this.

Harpy Eagle (Juvenile) In Bladen Nature Reserve

A Harpy Eagle chick was discovered 10 months ago in Bladen Nature Reserve, the furthest north that a breeding pair of harpy eagles have ever been confirmed. In May a group, including Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE) bird team, satellite tagged the chick.

The team was led by Angel Muela, a seasoned harpy eagle tagger, and William Garcia (BFREE). Ya’axché rangers Victor Bonilla, Pastor Ayala and protected areas manager Lee Mcloughlin were present in an observational capacity. The whole expedition was filmed by internationally renowned wildlife film maker Richard Foster.

The adult female and male had not returned to the nest to feed or nurture the chick for some time resulting in a malnourished and weak chick. It made a few failed attempts to fly; it fell to the forest floor risking being attacked by predators and an instance had a close run in with a troop of spider monkeys. The team returned the chick to the nest to prevent predation of the weak chick. BFREE’s bird team also took the unusual step of providing dead chickens and later bringing live chickens for two months to train to kill prey.

 In early July, BREE team sighted the adult male with the chick on a tree near the nest where he was seen feeding the chick and standing watch over the chick as it attempted to fly. The bird team withdrew their support for the chick and monitored the situation before being forced to leave the site because of the advent of the famous heavy rains of Toledo’s wet season.

Monitoring continued via the satellite tag, which had been attached to the back of the chick, the bird team could continue to determine its movements. They were able to confirm that the chick, now a juvenile, had left the site of the nest and moved to a nearby valley where she stayed for 5 days. It seems she is doing well as it is unlikely such movements would be occurring in ill health. It also suggests she is becoming more comfortable and skilled at flying.

This is by no means the end of the story; the chick will depend on the support of her parents for the first TWO years of her life. BFREE are working on GIS mapping to produce interpretive maps to keep the public informed and particularly for use for educational and scientific purposes.