We’ve had one of our hens, Frex, sitting on 10 multi-coloured eggs for the past three weeks and yesterday nine of them hatched into the cutest mixed-bag of chicks! I have to keep going out every half-hour to have another look at them… Aren’t they just adorable!
The eggs came from one of our two flocks (known as the ‘Gate Chooks’ because they live hear our front gate). The Gate Chooks’ rooster is a very handsome Lavender Araucana-Black Orpington cross called Cuckoo, and his six hens are also araucana-crosses of various descriptions. Most of these hens lay blue and green eggs, but there are a couple of peachy-fawn egg-layers too. We’re very curious to see how the genes sort themselves out in the chicks.
Frex is such a great mummy hen. Fiercely protective of her chicks, she’s in a constant state of puffed-up-ness so all her chicks can snuggle underneath her (she’s actually a very petite little bantam hen), and she purrs to them in the most endearing way.
There are three black chicks (with very cute yellow under-bottoms); one charcoal; one all-over pale yellow; one gold with a dot on its head; one gold with polka dots all over its head; one all-over stripy; and one boofer fat headed one that has a bold mohawk stripe down its head and back, and at one point yesterday was dangling off ‘his’ mother’s ear by his beak! We’re hoping they’re all girls because we don’t need anymore roosters, but I have a funny feeling out this Boofer Mohawk guy…
I’m helping my talented friend Josie Skipper, of Love Ideas Ink, celebrate the first birthday of her beautiful, sweet, papery business, with a special giveaway of my products.
Click here to go to the page where you can ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
Seeing as Love Ideas Ink is all about the joy of paper (plus paper is the gift for first anniversaries), I decided to put together a prize pack made up of some of my own paper goodies. Here’s what you could win:
A pack of my Kimono Paper Craft.
Two packs of Kimono Paper Tape (one in the ‘hot‘ colours, and one ‘cool‘).
All three of my matryoshka postcards.
And my three vintage kimono postcards.
And have a great weekend!
A collection of blue photos from my trip to Vietnam earlier this year.
Lanterns in Hoi An and Spring blossom in the northern mountains.
A kite flying high over the Mekong; an old man sitting on a bridge in the imperial city of Hue; a broken pottery wall in Hue; and more lanterns in Hoi An (surely the unofficial lantern capital of the world!).
Boats on the Mekong (a home, a floating banana stall and water taxis); An Bang Beach near Hoi An; seating and bowls at a street cafe in Hanoi; the Turtle Temple in the centre of Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem lake.
On Sunday I had my first ever stall at the Titirangi Village Market. It was a great day: good turn out, beautiful Spring weather… I enjoyed myself!
Above is a box of matryoshka cushions and sock toys ready to be unpacked. Sock Donkey, Sock Horse and Sock Zebra are display examples for my new Sock Horse and Friends kit. I will have them available from my Etsy store shortly!
A shoe box of mini matryoshkas and matryoshka keyrings ready to be unpacked.
This Sunday I’ll have my regular stall at the Devonport Craft Market.
I love my little collection of traditional Chinese-style scissors. Each one tells it’s own story.
The cane-handled pair belonged to a friend’s mother who died suddenly. The mother had been a hoarder her whole life and I helped my friend sort through her belongings, giving many things away to charity and selling others at a garage sale. I never met my friend’s mother, but I think of her every time I use these scissors. The silver ones with the engraved bird come from Wah Lee, one of my favourite shops here in Auckland. It’s an old-school treasure trove of a shop, piled high with all sorts of curious and enticing things.
I bought both the pairs of mint handled scissors (small in the top photo, big below) when I was in Vietnam. I’d become irrationally obsessed by a similar, very well-worn old pair I’d seen belonging to a shopkeeper. I even fantasized about offering to swap her scissors for my Swiss Army knife, I’d fallen so hopelessly in love with them! Fortunately soon afterwards I found my own pair in a market in Hanoi.
I can’t make out what is engraved on the handle – even whether it is letters or some kind of symbol or logo. What do you think?
I love the handcrafted feel of each of these pairs of scissors. They have beautifully sharp and efficient blades too.