Saturday, June 13, 2015

Two birds, three hares.and a garden

"That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,
Lest you should think he never could recapture
The first fine careless rapture!"   
(From Robert Brownings  poem 'Home thoughts from abroad')
'There on the grey stone in the grass was an enormous thrush, nearly coal black, its pale yellow breast freckled (with) dark spots. Crack! It had caught a snail and was knocking it on the stone. Crack! Crack!
“Leave him alone!” said Thorin. “The thrushes are good and friendly-this is a very old bird indeed, and is maybe the last left of the ancient breed that used to live about here, tame to the hands of my father and grandfather. They were a long-lived and magical race, and this might even be one of those that were alive then, a couple of hundreds years or more ago."
(From the Hobbit by JRR Tolkien)

This song thrush is on my garden path,  going about it's business, keeping the garden snails in check, tap tapping and cracking them on the stone.  Busy, with a mouth filled with food for a fledgling, that chirped in the overgrown flower bed near the hedge. I followed the precious sound, discovered the baby, then quickly snapped a photograph. It turned out a little out of focus because I tried to hurry, I didn't want to delay it's snack that was eagerly waiting to be delivered. Hopefully this one will survive to adult hood and bless us with it's sweet song. 
The foxgloves are in full bloom now standing tall. They remind me of glowing lanterns with the evening light behind them.   
The bees are enjoying them, buzzing in and out of the bells so fast I managed to capture a bottom.
And a leg. :-) 

Latest work to show, are three pieces on wood, which will be heading over to the 'The Names of the Hare' exhibition at New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, Gloucestershire this July.
'Following the song for evermore'
'Magic in the spaces between'
 'The Geminids call'
If you are in the area, please do visit, I'm sure it will be a fantastic exhibition. :-)
Going back to The Hobbit, that was mentioned at the beginning, I will end with this wonderful song from the last film. I only just caught up with the final instalment in the film trilogy, just last week, so do forgive me for being 'late to the party' so to speak. I just love this song and had to share. I feel quite sad now that it's all done and that I won't be seeing the familiar characters anymore.

Enjoy your weekend. x


  1. Beautiful photos and paintings.

  2. I see and hear a lot of thrushes in the woods but rarely in my garden. Oddly enough I'm watching the first Hobbit film at the moment, like you I'm sad that there won't be any more. I wish I was near enough to visit the exhibition, I love all of your hare pieces especially the first one.

  3. The thrush is so beautiful and the photos you took of it are amazing! It's lovely that you were able to see the baby too. I feel the need to paint birds again afer seeing this!
    The exhibition sounds good, I hope to be able to get up there to see it over the summer.
    Jess xx

  4. We hardly ever see one now, beautiful photos especially
    the baby............hope to get to the exhibition.
    Maura Xx

  5. i love to visit. always lovely and varied magicals.

    wishing you a blessed week.

  6. Karen, who knew a bee's bottom could be so cute! As always, I feel enchanted when I visit your beautiful blog. Have a wonderful July. :)


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