Showing posts with label birds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label birds. Show all posts

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Soaking Up Summer

I've been very lucky to have enjoyed the past few weeks away from work to spend time at home with the Sonofaguns, the weather and the garden.

Our tomatoes are producing quite well. The Diggers Heritage breeds do much better than the standard ones. 
Tomato 'Black Cherry' (and a few blackberries)
And this Lebanese zucchini (also from Diggers Seeds co) is pumping out heaps of produce.

The strawberries are growing in a large patch but despite bird netting, the cheeky buggers are still finding their way in the devour most of our delicious strawberries! Any leftover strawberry carcasses go straight to the guinea pigs!
I absolutely love my blackberry plant. The real fight here has been with the weather.We have had an occasional horrid hot day where the temperature flies up over 40c and a hot wind blasts through turning almost ripe fruit into desiccated lumps.
At some point the Bear threw some seed potatoes in. I kind of ignored them. They didn't seem to do much apart from a bit of green above ground. But the other day he did a bit of prodding around in the soil and filled a bowl with these wonderous treasures!
The Mariposa Plum tree put on a lovely show of flowers in Spring followed by a profusion of baby plums. But most of them dropped off leaving just 3 to keep growing. Every couple of days I would check to see if they were still there. I watched them grow.

And grew they did! A few days ago I finally thought, "YES! It's plum picking time!" Which would last only a few seconds because there was only 3 but it would be 3 GLORIOUS SECONDS of PLUM PICKING!

Some little bastard bird had already destroyed one plum leaving the mashed remains on the ground. The other 2 looked ok. 
I picked them and discovered to my horror that little bastard bird had a go at both remaining plums on the other side!
Now I know it sounds a bit gross but I cut them up anyway, threw away the picked at bits and we sampled the 'good' leftover bits. They were delicious and sweet! 
Our pergola outside is now mostly finished. It's lovely out there now. The Bear found a 2nd hand projector and screen as well as a proper pool table. I been reliving a youth well spent in pubs playing games of pool, and curling up on cushion filled chairs watching movies on the big screen.
I have been making Amazona Parrots, Stevie Birds and Pearly Hummingbirds using the Scheepjes Catona which I was gifted for Christmas. They are much larger than the originals but look gorgeous in the bright variety of colours!
This morning I took a little drive with a very dear friend and her daughter to The Garden at St Erth in Blackwood, just 55 mins out of Melbourne. 

 Would you like to come for a little walk with us?

 This beautiful Clematis was near the cafe where we had coffee, Elderflower Sodas and scones.
 I love this gate made out of garden tools.


 Lots of New Holland Honeyeaters and this pretty Eastern Spinebill drank nectar from the flowers.
I loved this beautiful Copper Beech tree. It wasn't as 'coppery' as you expect.
A magnificent Copper Beech
 Check out the bark!



Tromboncino squash
Too. Much. Pollen. Can't. FLY!
Hellebores growing under apple, pear and quince trees.
Lichen on the apple and pear trees
Apparently these are a type of sunflower!

If you know what these are, let me know. They didn't have a label...

Echinacea
 So that's what I've been up to lately. What's been happening in your part of the world?


Louise
Red Haired Amazona

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Amazona Parrot


You all know I am obsessed with birds. I just adore them, don't you? 

Quite a few months ago I started creating a little bird.
First he looked like this...

 His beak is kind of knobbly and he was small and sweet but not quite what I wanted.
 So I tried using a 4ply cotton, but he was kind of clunky.

 Over lots of cups of tea...
 This adorable creature emerged...
 But he still wasn't quite right.

Then this one popped off my hook. Better! But for months I played around with body shapes.
 I was probably being too fussy but I didn't like any of these bodies. They didn't feel 'birdlike'.
 My little Willow TV tray table became a bird production line...
Chuck was getting feed up with me. I must admit I probably wasn't giving him enough attention (nevermind there are 4 other people in the house he was ignoring) 
 And finally I made this one...
 He was perfect!
But Chuck was trying to take matters into his own paws by stealing my workspace!


But at last I'm happy with the result!

 

I'd like to introduce you to my newest addition:

This is a crochet pattern for a sweet little Amazona Parrot.

The body is made in the amigurumi style with the wings and tails feathers crocheted separately, then stitched on.




Amazona Parrot is approximately 20 cm from the top of her head to the tip of her tail and is made using five different colours. 

The little parrots have been cheekily perching in my blackberry bush!
 


The preferred yarn is Scheepjes Maxi Sweet Treat or any other compatible 2ply crochet cotton and a 2mm crochet hook.
You will also need a darning needle, scissors, thread for sewing the pieces together, a little clip (if you'd like to make it into a clip on), 6mm safety eyes, and polyfill stuffing.





As you can see from the photos, you can choose whatever Amazona Parrots colourways for your own colour choices you want. He can be monotone, tonal or you can make ones like mine: little feathery rainbow explosions!


You can attach a ribbon and hang her from wherever (she makes a perfect Christmas decoration!!), stick a skewer up her butt and plant her in a pot or vase with some flowers or sew an alligator clip below her tail and clip her onto ALL OF THE THINGS!
 
So does this mean you'll take me to the park now??

You want to make one, don't you! 

The pattern is available for digital download in my Etsy and Ravelry stores for the wee price of USD$5 (exclusive of any sales tax, GST or VAT that applies in your country).