Well goodness me, I must not grumble, but my chucks will !!
We have had some terrible weather here, and rain for nearly three weeks solid and lots of wind and gales.
My sweet pekin chickens have really been through the mill a bit, so I thought it would be a good idea to spruce up the ark and move it to a fresh spot.
So I decided first to place the ten wee angels into a dog crate, as you can see Kitty helped out by keeping an eye on them whilst I got on with the work :)
I managed to drag the ark to a better spot and gave it a quick paint of pink to cheer us all up a bit. As you can see Henny Penny and buffy really liked what I had done with the place.
Cocky Locky, gave it a good strutt around too ......
Henny looked dazzled by it all......
Shaggy , was most impressed with his nicer surroundings....
Pepper, wanted to get really close to say thank you.
A meeting was called , and it was agreed....they were very happy indeed !
and to celebrate, they laid me an egg.
they also displayed some acrobatics, for my enjoyment.
I have to say they are the sweetest lil creatures I ever knew, I had them from a few days old and they wont be one till february, but despite this cold and wet spell they still manage to squeeze out the occassional egg or two. Bless their little souls and hopefully now they wont blow off to Oz.
By the way, if you would like to own some lovely Pekin chickens, and are in the uk, then do contact the lovely Josh on 07837185112, and he can post some sweet babies out to you.
I have owned a few different breeds over the years, but I can honestly say that the pekin chicken has the sweetest nature and is so friendly and productive. They are easy to handle and lay small eggs, but have the same size yolk as a large egg.
Here we have the limited edition lino cut christmas card, I have just listed them in my etsy shop now if you fancy taking a closer peep. ( My etsy shop is in the side bar )
I thought it would be nice...........
to show you the process, just in case you fancied making your own cards this Christmas :)
( Also look above, you get to see a glimpse of my cute ancient spoon rack ! )
Well first things first, draw your design on your lino with a fine marker pen,
Then begin to carve out your design, using the larger carving heads first.....
Then later changing to the finer heads, to refine the detail a little.
I like to hold mine up to the light, or on a light box if you have one, if not use your lap top screen---that way you can get a better idea of what your print will print out like...
Now for the messy bit, use a roller, to evenly spread your ink, I like a red base, but you can do what ever you wish..
Then I use a smoothing out tool, but the base of a clean cup would do just fine, and I rub it all around, to make sure that the print is even.
Then you have something like these....then I hang them up till dry.
Then the next day , I like to hand paint the rest of the colours in, as I like the depth that this gives the picture and I think it then makes all the cards, each a tiny bit unique.
This all does take time--but there is no rush, allow yourself a couple of days for the carving, I found myself constantly refining it and then putting it away, so that I could look at it the next day with fresh eyes.
I hope you have enjoyed this post, with christmas approaching I am going to make my blog especially helpful. Tommorrow I will show you how I make my mince pies and freeze them, I make them with a crumble and sliced almond topping--so watch this space...
As the days are getting darker, its time to think about a few projects to do inside. I love working outside in the summer, but equally love snuggling inside the house in winter.
We have had some dark thundery days here, so wet that the colours arent really autumn yet, but still beautiful.
I like to keep the woodburner on , to cheer us all up, and keep the damp at bay too. You cant beat a real fire can you :)
There are lots of wee things , being finished off ,as we speak, ready to go onto my etsy shop--loading will commence on monday and continue for several weeks. But I am working on a lovely larger project too. Its a sculpture for a sensory garden for patients with dementia. I am really happy to be contributing to such a wonderful garden. Below is the chosen design in a rough sketch format and soon I will show you how it is taking shape. I also enjoy gathering the materials, it is a joy in itself.
I will be adding lots of free recipes and free decoration patterns with christmas fastly approaching us.
I am really looking forwards to decorating the house too, but more on that very soon !