Monday, March 28, 2011

Clever (Not)

Clever Bird.



Amongst the bustle of the school Thursday Market there was an exuberant WHOAR! from the Middle as he rushed to rescue an abandoned nest the wind gusted to the ground.

Lucky kid.



Holding this crafted work in the palm of my hand makes my heart skip beats. This birdie-builder is all about quality – none of that polyester stuffing business – it’s lined entirely in 100% wool with smudges of accent colour decorating the edges.



Lucky eggs.



In less clever news, this is the only photographic evidence of a weekend away with dearest friends.



What a luxury as our partners held the respective forts and for the first time in twenty years it was just us high school pals. The not-clever bit, is that involving the over-consumption of tangy margheritas. This One Pot Screamer* from way back, is still cobbling together fragments of lost memory and recovering from the vestiges of the World’s Worst Hangover.

Silly bird.

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* A Two Pot Screamer is Australian slang for a person with a low tolerance to alcohol (and when clever, practises some form of restraint).

39 comments:

mother of purl said...

Wow- how beautiful is that nest. The blue bit is just wonderful.

I love the look of your drinks- hope you didn't have too bad a headache x

mel @ loved said...

FUN! Sounds like a great night was had, those margheritas look delicious, it's not fair that they go hand in hand with a hangover...
How magnificent is that nest, a bird with style that's for sure! x

Cathy {tinniegirl} said...

Oh that nest. That nest. All we need to do to be truly inspired as artists and craftspeople is look to nature. She is the greatest maker of them all.

On the other matter, it's a travesty that margaritas go down so well but make you pay so dearly the next day. Hope the recovery is coming along well.

teddybearswednesday said...

the nest is so beautiful. I've felt the same thing when i've found one, and all that work, beautiful work, and then well they just leave it.
And deepest sympathies on the other matter from one Pot screamer to another xo

**Anne** said...

It's a shame we have to pay so heavily for a night of fun with the girls. I hope your hangover has gone now.
The birds nest is beautiful. We had a magpie come three years in a row at nest building time to thieve hessian from the dog mat outside. The fourth year he was disappointed because we had thrown it out, it was totally ruined by magpie and labrador abuse. :)
Have a lovely week,
Anne xx

Kylie said...

That nest is truly divine. Hope you've got some lovely padding in your nest too ;) Kx

Bree said...

a two pot screamer - also known as a cadbury - it only takes a glass and a half :)

so nice to have a weekend away with the girls

Cindy said...

I suggest one recoils away in said nest until feeling better again. Once in 20 years sounds worth it though

Lola Nova said...

I love a nest!

Certainly there were a few others there that have vague recollections, and if brought together, the pieces of the night might become more clear.
Plenty of fluids dear.

Ooh, and Colin is quite the multifaceted model!

Stomper Girl said...

Fellow one-pot screamer here too. If you could manage cocktails then I think you may have a harder head than I! Glad you had a lovely weekend away, a girl needs her chick time.

Christina said...

Damn those delicious drinks. Though I'm sure once the hangover passes it will have felt worth it to let down your hair and also be reminded of moderation.

What a clever nest builder indeed. Since trimming back the bamboo hedge we can now see clearly the pigeons nest they built last year. I was disappointed to discover that it really is a most ugly and uncomfortable looking nest. Nothing at all like yours.

Tas said...

As far as photographic evidence goes, that is as good as it gets. Love margaritas. Now I know we were separated at birth lol. Gorgeous nest. My finds are usually sad- little broken eggs- but I excelled myself last year when I found a chick skeleton in a nest. Put me off nature there and then. Don't think that a photo of mine on the blog header would look as beautiful somehow lol.

Leonie said...

Oh...I love the nest and the new header!!!

NessaKnits said...

What a lovely nest ... and good luck with the hangover!

june at noon said...

That nest is just amazing! What a creative little bird. Hope you're feeling better. I'm a half-pot screamer, if I'm understanding the slang. :)

Shannon said...

Ahh we went to a party on the weekend and avoided those salt edged drinks...my beloved did not! (and Sunday is MY sleep in day he he)

the textured leaf said...

lovely lovely shots. that nest is a work of a grand master. it always comes to my mind, when i see nests, that as humans we wouldnt have a hope of trying to build one as beautiful. not even by a half.
youve described it perfectly :)

Fer said...

That bird shows real class... despite the margaritas!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I'll just whisper a few words of sympathy for you and tip-toe away quietly , shall I ?
I hope the KETTLE DRUM noises in your head will go away soon .....

Cat from Raspberry Rainbow said...

That nest is sublime.
So is your new header.
I hope you are drinking lots of water, and the hand over is well, over, soon.

grrl + dog said...

I am always amazed at the softy softness of the inner lining of nests.. watching them fly back and forth endlessly when building.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

Oooh I love nests too- we have a little collection- it always amazes me that they can make something like that without having fingers!!! birds are just so clever.

Claire Gale said...

i know what you mean about hearts skipping beats with bird nests, they're pretty special hey? sounds like a great weekend all round really, especially the margheritas!

Di said...

Sublime. (hangover aside).
Any suggestions what to do with such nests once admiring is done? We have one hanging about in a box on top of the fridge and it's bugging me for some reason, but I can't bring myself to throw it out.

m.e (Cathie) said...

ooh, i love the nest, so warm & beautiful.
i quickly read your post earlier & giggled to myself because..I know what you mean, i am as they would say.."a cheap date" also.

hope the hangover has passed and you are back to your witty self tomorrow ♥

Anonymous said...

Hi my darling I just love reading your blog. I have just seen that amazing nest and can imagine how excited that young man is. Colin was a fantastic model for all your beautiful work, you will have to ask him again. Picnic rug looks great and I can see another sculptor on the way, great dragon. Love you dearly Mum X

Suse said...

We have a collection of nests on a shelf in the lounge room. Always amazes me that they create that with only a BEAK. I couldn't recreate those masterpieces with ten fingers!

(Your mum sounds lovely).

Sarah said...

The nest is beautiful, leaves me quite breathless and in absolute awe of that clever beaky builder and I'm guessing that he didn't stop to have countless cups of tea and tut and suck his breath with a "that, bit of blue? It'll cost ya" before leaving the job half done to go off to the pub.....{I'm of course not tarnishing all builders with this brush - just the ones I have known!!!}.
Hooray for the boozy night! The best ones are the ones you can't remember and thankfully the ones you forget to take pictures of!!! x

Sarah Slaven said...

Oh what a smart little nest. We have doves that nest in our yard but they just throw twigs at a tree and hope for the best, I don't think they have had a successful hatching yet silly things...maybe they married early....maybe they're young and inexperienced.....maybe next spring.

the textured leaf said...

Hello (again)
I couldnt stop thinking about this nest last night and came back this morning for another look!

Hmmm might have to take the dog for an extended walk to see what i can find....

Tanya said...

very clever bird. beautiful nest.
and so fun for you having a girly weekend.

Umatji said...

oh I am so terribly out of date! Colin has done so much and the nests are perfect and the picnic rug oh so not quite perfectly perfect and I can't go on as I just WISH I was one of your high school pals! haaa, two pot screamer - I can't wait for my opportunity to be one!
xx

heather said...

so fun. i'm a definite pot screamer. the thought of even two drinks makes me queazy. it didn't used to be quite this bad. the thought of drinks with my high school girlfriends sounds so so nice though. we're almost to twenty. maybe i will start planning it for us. if i start planning three years ahead, we might pull it off. i was thinking there may be nests on our ground after all this wind we've had lately. the animals we share this planet with are way cooler than we often give them credit for.

Sandrine said...

OH I did not know that expression :)Oh well, it is just good to have fun and awake that girl within:)Hope you feel better soon thought!lol
I used to find some of my wool (from felting) in nest around the house, as the fibres escaped with the wind :)I never found one as nice as this one!
Sandrine x

Madeline said...

I am totally envious of that nest. Lucky boy! Such a beauty!
Glad you got some gal time!

Julie said...

Beautiful cozy nest. We too collect fallen nests - such treasure. Great to get away and let the hair down.

Tam said...

That nest is AMAZING... the photography even more so:)

silverpebble said...

Seriously? A bird made that? It should create some in-tree installations immediately.

GUGAW said...

what a beautiful nest, the clever little bean