Archive for May, 2010

Milking Horses? For Real Ya'll

Milk . . . does a body good.
Okay so I was watching an old Gordon Ramsey and was shocked to see a little blurb on one of his shows about Horse Dairy farms in Belgium. Seriously?

The show had several people having a taste and most squidging up their faces in disgust. I’m like “Eeeeeuw”

Turns out the disgust was not taste related as it was the extremely low fat content. “It tastes like skim milk” was the common statement.

I’m like “Oh . . . okay well that’s not so bad.” After all skim milk is all I’ve ever drank since I was six” (seriously when watching people drink whole milk, or even 2% all that fat sticking to the side of a glass just totally grosses me out.)

The other big plus to milking horses is the Brabant Horse is primarily the milking horse of choice and this could very well save the breed. Registration of the breed is up considerably since the milking operations began.

Investigative reporter that I am I immediately started the quest for more info (i.e. google) and here’s what I found. From The Draft Horse Journal

Why equine milk? (Is beneficial ) . . . especially for metabolical, gastrointestinal and liver problems, but also for recovering after surgery and severe illness, cholesterol problems, allergy to cows’ milk, stress, skin problems, stiff joints or just to keep fit and well. Horse milk strengthens the body, boosts the immune system and increases a person’s energy and vitality. In the case of metabolic disorders, it stimulates internal cleansing. A word of caution–people having allergies to horses should, of course, be very careful before drinking horse milk. Allergies to horses, horse hair and horse milk is an unfortunate reality for some.

Horse milk is very close in composition to human milk except in fat and calories. Cows’ milk consists of 3.7% fat, while human milk is 3.5%. Horse milk, however, is just 1.25% fat, most of which is polyunsaturated (the “good” kind). Furthermore, horse milk contains just 44 calories per 100 grams (or 3.5273 oz.), compared to 64 for cows’ and 70 for human. Additionally, lactose (milk sugar) is higher in horse milk than in cow and human milk, as is albumin, the latter of which is very beneficial for improving digestibility.

Late Breaking News . . . really, really late.
I should say this is not necessarily breaking news. The Ramsey show as kinda old and the article quoted here was from 2002. I couldn’t find anything more current though honestly I didn’t work that hard at it. Still an interesting idea. I wonder how well they are doing now. Anybody know?

photo credit link I do actually have some Brabant photos but none of my horses were the beefy loveliness of this big-un.

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Remarks On Remarques: The Lens

Yay I have photo upload capabilities again. (whoohoo!) I am still tweaking those darn giraffes so you may be getting another wip of it after all.

I finally launched the Remarques lens which was inspired by a post I wrote on the subject of Remarques a few weeks back. In the Remarques Lens I also a talked a little about how to draw remarques as well as why.

So the good news about launching this lens is that I now have done a little art in the past week or so. It has been forever since I sat down and did a couple of pencil sketches so I really enjoyed doing some of the illustration for the latest squidoo lens. I plan to add more as soon as time allows. The gallery is shockingly busy (Another Yay!) but it makes for long days and very little creative juju is left. Still it’s good (and incredibly scary) that my first art fair is less than a month away. Thaaaat’s right.

Please Note: These drawings are actually displayed larger than life. They were quick 5 minute sketches about 2″ square or so. No erasing was allowed.

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So I never realized how much I like to illustrate my blog post until now that I can’t. Sigh.

So I decided to pull out a post that I had been saving for the art fair season. But since I just published a lens with very much the same information to be used as a resource and checklist for packing for the upcoming art fair season I’ll go ahead and post this now. If you want to check out my new lens Art Fair Equipment essentials click here.

Indoor Events
1. Lights This has to do with the “S Rule” (Shiny Stuff Sells) The more light the better.
2. Extension cords
3. Tables with cloths and covers
4. A rug for the floor is a really nice touch.

Outdoor events
1.Weights and stakes
2 Tie downs
4. Ice and something cold to drink
5. Snacks
6. Hats
7. Clip on umbrellas
8. Sunscreen

For Either
1 Calculators (at least 2 preferably 3) Heat and cold will fry them.
2. Change this includes bills. I usually take around $400 worth of 1, 5’s and 10’s.
3. Totes (for storage)
4. Pens, receipt books and bags.
5. Comfortable chairs
6. Guest book to collect names for mailing list.
7. Breath mints
8. Comfortable Shoes
9. Display Units, baskets etc.
10. Shop Towels
11. Plenty of Inventory. Nothing torks me off more than running out of something.

A Few Things That Are Nice To Have But Are Not Essential
1.Small broom for sweeping outdoor booth space
2. Blankets
3. Extra tarps
4.Tool Kit complete with zip ties
5. Shims for uneven or not level surfaces

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