Looks like I've been absent for a while. I'm 16 pages behind and don't know what I missed.
I have chicks due to hatch in 7 hours. I went to check on it a bit ago and the temp was 95.5 on the crappy LG. I raised it a bit and have to go down to make sure it didn't shoot up too high.
I've heard a faint peep or two.
I have a lone month old cockerel that needs friends badly.
I set a couple more yesterday and may set more today just because they're getting a bit old and I don't want to wait.
I'll be setting more early on the 4th for my zodiac HAL. I'm shooting for setting at 1AM.
Then I'm collecting eggs to send to Bama.
I haven't bragged about our fair city in a long time so here is the latest installment.
Soulard market, a farmers market open year round and continuously operating since 1779.
Here's some cool videos of the market.
Not to be missed are the street side bluegrass musicians at the 2:18 minute mark in the next.
We have a lot of farmer's markets scattered about but this is the biggest, oldest and the only one open year round. Actually, one of the oldest and largest in the US and the oldest west of the Mississippi.
My daughter lives in the Soulard neighborhood just a couple blocks from the market.
It's in the middle of the city and oldest residential neighborhood in St. Louis which was more farmland in the 1700s.
Soulard is a historic French neighborhood, originally designated by the city as communal grazing area and was developed by Antoine Soulard, a surveyor for the Spanish government and a refugee of the French revolution in the late 1700s.
After the Spanish and French, immigrants from all over the world came through the neighborhood along their journey to assimilation into American culture.
in the 1800s it was settled by immigrants from Germany, Serbia, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. They brought beer making to the neighborhood. It was a magnet because of the vast underground caverns along the river that provided natural refrigeration during the hot summer months.
Home to dozens of breweries at the time including Excelsior, Arsenal, Anthony and Kuhn, English, Green Tree and Eberhard Anheuser's Bavarian Brewery (later Anheuser Busch), Adam Lemp's (later became Falstaff). The Lemp family mansion is still in the midst of the original brew houses and is now a gourmet restaurant and one of the scariest real haunted houses in the area. Most of the family committed suicide in various rooms in the mansion.
Anheuser Busch is the only survivor of the early 1800s beer boom in soulard. Their world headquarters and their original brew house is still there.
Several micro breweries are springing up now.
Besides beer, other industries prospered there.
Factors´ and Brokers´ Cotton Compressing Company, St. Louis Cotton Factory, Helmbarker Forge and Rolling Mill, and the St. Louis Woodenware Works.
The iron industry was probably Soulard´s most important. A number of firms in Soulard created cast iron fences, gates, balconies, and storefronts, and much of New Orleans´ famous cast iron work actually originated in St. Louis.
Perhaps due to the long relationship between New Orleans and St. Louis, Soulard Mardi Gras is the second largest in the US after N'awlins.
For dog lovers, Soulard is home to the world's largest parade of pets in costume. Largest dog parade of any kind in the US complete with the annual wiener dog race.
The Beggin' Pet Parade held Sunday during Mardi Gras in Soulard appears to have smashed the Guinness World Record for "most dogs in costumed attire gathered in a single location." With a count of 1,326 dogs, the parade more than doubled the record of 603 set in Japan the previous May.
Edited by ChickenCanoe - 12/1/15 at 3:26am