Nature is a wondrous thing
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.
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.
Put them in a bucket and kept them as close to the nest as I could for the mother to come and fetch them. She was seen half an hour before it rained ducks waddling off down the road, and never re emerged.
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.
As ever thanks for dropping by. Have a great week, feel free to leave a comment, or, share. Hope the sun shines where ever you are this weekend.
Places to visit
Robin Hoods Bay
Sweetheart Abbey (Scotland)
Isle of Wight P1
Isle of Wight P2
HoleHird Gardens (Cumbria)
Brougham Hall (Cumbria)
My Journey to Cumbria and brewing beer!
Part One -
Friends, Neighbours and Countymen
Life's Sliding Door Moment
Brewer - That's not a Job Title I Expected!