was WAY harder than it ever should have been, ridiculously so. And I
see that I have to re-FTP up some of it that for some reason is not
current, and some of the photo links are broken. To the people who
depend on the site, sorry this took so long but you would not BELIEVE
the hoops we had to jump through!
Phoenix, our 1/2 Barred Rock 1/2 Americaunas rooster, takes after his
father, Jack (Barred Rock) in many ways. Sweet temperment, same build,
He also carries Jack's leanings towards being a weaponized
chicken. Here's his daddy Jack, with a look at Jack's spurs...those KNIVES he
carried on his legs:
Jack was beyond sweet, a very laid-back roo who would never dream of
attacking a human with beak, wing or claw. Or spur, thank God. We
could just walk up to him and pet him or scoop him up and carry him
around at will. Phoenix is just like him. Which is a damned good
thing, because yesterday Phoenix finally molted the end of one of
his spurs (which I had been grabbing and worrying with my hand every so
often over the last month or so, twisting it a wee bit in an effort to
loosen it). Roosters are supposed to molt their spurs every so
often as needed, and Phoenix had hung on to his WAY too long. I'm sure
the hens, come Springtime and the mating season, will appreciate his
shedding the stupid thing more than anyone--he had molted the other one
back over the summer. So here is Phoenix's latest contribution to my
rooster spur collection:
it was straight it would be 6 1/2 inches long. Truly the definition of
'overkill'. This, by the way, is the cap--Phoenix still has a spur
that is about 2 inches long on the shank of his leg.
Got some angel fish made using the paper from the old children's books!
of the paper is fairly brittle, so I doubt if it will take kindly to
being folded into anything terribly complicated and requiring loads of
handling. The angel fish model uses a lot fewer folds than something
like a crane, so it worked out OK. Here's a close-up of some of them:
books were a Hans Christian Andersen collection with lovely
illustrations in both sepia tone and full color. The color
illustrations are gorgeous, having that 'old book' deep
pigmentation that has mellowed with age. Also in this shot is paper
from a collection of fairy tales--this paper is even MORE brittle and
threatened to crumble & flake if not coaxed into shape VERY gently.
A third book was an odd little book from the New York opera telling the
story of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'.
I am glad I was able to save the paper from the ruined books, it was just too gorgeous to throw away--yay for origami!
Argh, my stupid site provider has taken down my chicken info site with
no explanation and won't respond to our repeated emails. I KNOW it's all
paid up and there are no problems with the site content, so I don't
know what the heck is going on--but I suspect the provider is going
under. We're working on moving my site to another provider, for now if
anyone needs my help with anything chicken just let me know here.
Bloody frustrating though!
Head Hen, Bear, who is turning 9 years old this year has been under the
weather. I'm not sure what her issue is but I'm treating for for a few
likely causes (God, my kingdom for a microscope so I can do fecal
smears--!)...but it may simply be her age. Phoenix the Head Roo is
fretting for her and staying close by her side. We had her in for a few
nights this last week when the temps got really cold overnight and
learned after the first night to bring Phoenix in, too. He was
SO worried about her the morning after that first night and was
overjoyed to see her the next morning, he danced and danced around her
for several minutes, chuckling and talking to her. I felt really bad, I
didn't realize he'd think the worst the next morning!
to watch them both closely, I still remember when my first Head Hen,
Wild Child, died from old age--my Head Roo, Jack, died about 24 hours
later, out of the blue--I'm convinced of a broken heart. Phoenix is
Jack's son, and has the same personality. But Bear is looking better
the last two days, and the weather is FINALLY cutting us some slack on
all the damned rain.
Was browsing some diagrams and tried a few new ones to incorporate into
my repetoire! These are first folds so the models are pretty 'meh', but
with practice and maybe a change in a fold or two they'll work. I'll
also add detail with eyes or other such things.
Clockwise left to right: a cute inflatable model of a winged box, a yacht, a tom turkey and a snail.
are, clockwise: a Christmas tree, a cicada, an angelfish, a seahorse, a
swan, two different owls, a pheasant and a Scottie dog. The Scottie
dog is cool because with only one change to a fold it becomes a regular
dog. The pheasant needs another leg and the angelfish a complete tail
and a change to offset the lower fin--I think it'll look more realistic
that way. Also the turkey and the swan really need the heads to be sink
folded instaead of a pair of pureland folds to look their best.
think my favorites are the winged box, the cicada, the purple owl and
the snail. The purple owl is interesting because it uses 1/2 a sheet of
square paper--not too many folds call for a rectangular piece of paper!
I also found some dollar bill folds I want to learn: the ever-popular
ring and an inflatable snail that is TOO cute!