February 25, 2017

Photos of My Farm Using a Mavic Pro Drone from DJI

Many of you often comment on how much you enjoy seeing photos of my Bedford, New York farm - I know you'll love these beautiful aerial views.

Recently, a wonderful team from DJI, a market leader in easy-to-fly drones and aerial photography systems, came to the farm with a new model drone called the Mavic Pro. I have flown several different drones over the years, but none as cutting-edge as this one. During the visit, I learned how to take off, navigate, record video, shoot photos and land the device. It was so much fun to fly and so easy to control despite the day's windy winter weather. I can't wait to take it out again and fly it with my grandchildren. 

Here are some of the photos I took with the Mavic Pro, and a glimpse at another fun DJI instrument - the Osmo Mobile, which enables you to take still images and motion timelapse videos using a simple hand-held recording stick. For more information, go to DJI's web site by clicking on this highlighted link, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter

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February 24, 2017

A New Peacock Arrives at the Farm

My gorgeous flock of peafowl continues to expand.
 
As many of you know, I've grown quite fond of peafowl. I have two adult peacocks, three adult peahens, and their offspring - several fast growing peachicks. Last weekend, I added another bird to my group - a two-year old Bronze male - I shared a glimpse of him in a blog earlier this week. This new peacock came from Pedda Reddy, a very knowledgeable and passionate peafowl breeder and raiser. Pedda is also where I got my other beautiful male peacocks - a Black Shoulder Pied and a Black Shoulder Silver Pied.
 
This new young bird won’t be fully mature until three years of age, when he grows his first train of upper tail covert feathers. But for now, he is happy, healthy and seems to be enjoying his first week here at Cantitoe Corners. Enjoy these photos.

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February 23, 2017

Cleaning the Ducts at the Farm

We’re getting a head start on spring cleaning around the farm.

One of the responsibilities of being a homeowner is to make sure all the major appliances are always in good, working order. Keeping household equipment clean and well-functioning not only extends their lives, but can actually help reduce the risk of fire.

Recently, we called in a team from The Butlers & Air Quality to service all the ductwork. According to The National Air Duct Cleaners Association, it is a good idea to have air ducts professionally examined and cleaned every three to five years - vents, and the air ducts behind them, attract dust, pet dander and a host of other particles that can affect the air quality in the home. This process can take several hours depending on the size of the structure, but it's a very important and necessary task. Here are some photos.

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