Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Hello, my name is Betty

and I lay blue-green eggs. 

 Araucana Betty

Betty's offering in the middle, Lola's snow white egg to the left, and Brenna's big brown on the right. Green eggs and ham anyone?

Betty was late to lay, the others have been laying for about a month now, and I was beginning to worry.  Then she started talking about it, sitting  near the nesting boxes for days and having a little workshop with herself, and yesterday was the day!  Her egg is a deeper green in real life, and makes a lovely rainbow with the others.  Araucanas can lay a variety of colours, from pale blue and lavender, to this deep almost khaki colour. She's rather odd looking, with no comb or wattles, and a funny 'bed hair' tuft of feathers on top of her head.  I've promised this first egg to my neighbour's 3 yr old....I suspect she's going to be disappointed with the colour, although I've tried to tell her Betty's eggs might not be blue like the sky, I think she's still hopeful they will be. She's away on holidays, so I'll hear the verdict on the weekend. 

And an update on the other girl ................

Miss Mirrhi, 4 months old, and all long legs and perky ears. She's a  real sweetie, is just as happy to lay on my feet and nap as she is to chase and bring a ball, she sits, downs and comes on command, waits to let me go first through doors and gates, and waits until I give the ok before she eats.  She also rings a bell with her nose that I tied on the back door knob when she wants to go out..........sometimes it's a false alarm, as she's also partial to chewing on it.

When not collecting eggs and gushing over my puppy, I've been busy stitching and sewing......more on that next time.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Blue Moon: Swimming in Cosmic Tides

was Mary Pat Lynch's description of the full moon, a blue one, as this is the second full moon for August, on her blog Rising Moon Astrology.  I loved the images this conjured, and so I stitched a happily swimming blue moon, with fishy companions, as this full moon is in Pisces. Clouds covered the moon as it rose here, so I've included them across the moon. My moon circle's a bit wonky, as I was distracted as I was watching an excellent  Australian documentary "Go back to where you came from" as I stitched.  Click on the link to watch a preview of this hard hitting, heart wrenching, often confronting story that deals with the human and political side of asylum seekers and the debate currently raging in Australia about "boat people".
Joining with Woman with Wings once again for her Drawing down the Moon series of art inspired by the energy of the full moon.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, I hope you're keeping warm if you're in the eastern states of Australia, where winter is having a last blast at us, and sending temperatures way down.