Saturday, 25 February 2017

A New BFF for Treasure

Hello Friends,

About 4 weeks ago I took in 3 ring-neck doves from a less than favorable situation. My intent was to see if my 15-year-old dove, Treasure would accept one of them as a companion. Then I would likely re-home the other two as it would be a bit too crowded in my aviary for 4 doves.


Treasure had been retreating to a corner of the aviary and trying to incubate her infertile eggs for several months. She did not even interact with me very much, seeming sad and withdrawn. I was hoping that the presence of other doves would help her.

I soon figured out (you have to go by their behaviour) that the new doves were two males and one female. That would seem ideal, but both males were fighting over the same female. Treasure rejected attentions from both of them. After 3 weeks, I found an excellent home for the males, where they would each have their own mates.

Once the males were gone, Treasure started coming out more and I hoped she would make friends with the remaining female. She did not. In fact, she pecked fiercely at the other dove, and seemed to prefer the company of my cockatiels.




But the poor little darling kept cooing, desperately wanting to bond with another dove. Treasure had rejected her. If it were only for my sake, I would love to have kept the new dove, as she is very sweet and super pretty. But I didn't think she would be happy until she bonded with another dove. I contacted a fellow dove enthusiast and was expecting her to come this weekend for the bird. But this morning, as I was loading my washer with clothes, this is what I saw.
Treasure and the new dove were cuddling and cooing to one another. Then Treasure started giving her new BFF little dove kisses. Of course, there is Sassafrass, who thinks he is an honorary member of the ring-neck dove society.

My friend was very understanding and happy that, after nearly a month, Treasure finally decided to accept a new dove-mate. She has not had the company of another dove in about 13 years.

Thanks for stopping by. Here is a video I took of Treasure and her new BFF.

Blessing hugs,
Teresa



Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The Bee Singer Queen - Chapter 18

Hello Friends,

Today I have chapter 18 for you. I also wrote and recorded Chapter 19. It will appear here next Tuesday or, if you can't wait, you can always view it on my You Tube channel.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are enjoying my novel.

Blessing hugs,
Teresa

Friday, 17 February 2017

Faux Encaustic Play

Hello Friends,

Since the beginning of 2017 I have been teaching art to a home-school student, the daughter of a friend. Our last lesson was all about technique, which is important, but I believe it is just as important to simply play with art as well. I have seen some very good artists lose the joy of creating because they are so focused on technique and results that they forget to toss out the rules sometimes and just play. I want to instill in my student the importance of both.

So today I got out my crayons, pancake griddle, heat gun and other encaustic tools and encouraged her to play. There was some technique involved, such as fusing the layers and how to clean the brushes, but basically I gave her free reign. It was fun to watch her smile the whole time she created and then she turned out this beautiful abstract painting as a result. I love the bloom she achieved in the bottom right corner with a bit of white and the heat gun.

Thanks for popping by. I hope you take time to play in some way today.

Blessing hugs,
Teresa