Peta Boyce was born in Australia, spent her childhood in Papua New Guinea and then moved to Queensland as a young adult. Peta for many years cared for injured and orphaned Australian native marsupials and birds, in particular some of the smaller species of birds. And this is where her interest in them as subjects for her paintings transpired. html
Peta is a self-taught artist working mainly in Gouache. She has also co-authored and illustrated the book "Wild About You-Friends With Feathers", a collection of short stories about some of the birds Peta had cared for during her years as a wildlife foster carer. Peta has spent many hours at local schools educating the children of the flora and fauna in Australia. She is by all counts a keen gardener, planting most of the acreage that she lives on with Australian native plants. She is also a big supporter of conservation and back in 2009 she fostered an orphaned baby elephant from the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Kenya.
Beavertown Brewery 8 Ball Rye IPA
I pour the 8 ball straight out into the glass, not sure I should have tipped it all up as there looked like some yeast sediment floating around, it had been laid sideways in the fridge for sometime.
Didn't really wait for the sediment to settle, I got stuck in straight away. I tasted Pea shoots or freshly grown sugar snap peas straight from the vine. Recently I've tasted some of ours beers with this fresh pea taste and I wonder, were pellets add to the FV after fermentation? If you've had this taste before, or, know why I taste this please tell me. Or do I I have a strange pallet? I do like that taste though! There is also a little dryness which I don't mind either as it prepares me for another slurp.
I bought the plant from the Orange DIY store that frequents all the UK Retail Parks for a steal at £5 - in full bloom. So this year is the first year it has probably survived being outside in the winter. I loved watching it grow because every day I looked at it, it had grown considerably as though it had been stood in Miracle Grow, or, the fairies had been sprinkling it with growing dust of an evening (wish they'd sprinkled it over me when I was a kid).
I'm quite pleased with myself as my “Is it dead yet” corner is starting to become a thing of the past (hopefully). In fact I've moved it and put alive plants on it giving it a positive mental attitude.
Lots of things are starting to come to life and over the last two days my Dahlia's (which never ever get dug up and wrapped up in a cosy shed over the winter) has sprung into life. Not sure on the other two yet as I'm pretty sure one dried up and died and the other – well only fate can tell what will happen.
The RSPCA was called later that day and my Boss who has Chickens and used to have Ducks took them home to look after them till the RSPCA guy could pick them up. They came the following morning and after a ten minute hunt in the boot of the Bosses car for the fifth duckling I found him nestled right at the end of the nose of an Orang-utan hand puppet, off they went to their new home to then be released back in to the wild.
Tunes of the week
The Monkees - Pleasant Valley Sunday
These were one of my favourite bands when I was smaller than I am now. I'd occasionally catch their show on a Saturday/Sunday. I had a small crush on Davy Jones too. Apt that David Jones was actually David Bowie's real name. May they both RIP.
The Animals - House of the Rising Sun Anyone would think I was born in the early sixties looking back on some of the tunes I like. But I'm a seventies kid who was born and grew up around lots of musical influences.
This next one is for my friend.
The Beatles -Norwegian Wood This one was in my mum's record collection - the only Beatles album (aside from a gatefold greatest hit)
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My nickname has nothing to do with any alcoholic measure. Thank you to a friend deciding one day whilst my hair was in plaits that I looked like Laura Ingalls in 'The Little House on the Prairie'.
Places to visit
Robin Hoods Bay
Sweetheart Abbey (Scotland)
Isle of Wight P1
Isle of Wight P2
HoleHird Gardens (Cumbria)
Brougham Hall (Cumbria)
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