Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Of wings and horseboxes...



V. excited to discover that the Hermes horse box is on its way to Port Eliot. Also enjoying the winged horseman flying through the aether at Herm├Ęs online; and much looking forward to Matt Sewell's custom-made bird-hide down by the river at Port Eliot. Have already been bird-spotting here, as well.
Now, if only I could find a camellia in bloom to take with me to the flower show...

8 comments:

kairu said...

Those birds are enchanting! One of my coworkers loves birds (in fact I always think she looks a bit like one as well) and whenever I see something bird-themed I think of her.

(Personally I love owls and while I know you think peacocks are unlucky, they remind me of being in India and the enchantment of a forest filled with fleet-footed deer and brilliantly-plumed birds...).

Have a lovely time. (Perhaps a Chanel camellia for your lapel? Of silk or leather or velvet or diamonds...).

Justine Picardie said...

I love owls, too. Have you read Alan Garner's 'The Owl Service'? One of my favourite books as a girl; prompted by your message, I have just found my childhood copy, and must reread it again.

Stephen Pope said...

I get the feeling Alan Garner is kind of out of favour as a children's writer these days. Something dated about handling gender maybe, I don't know? I adored the Garner canon, especially The Owl Service. I never knew where Alderley Edge was until discovering his books - I still can't hear anything about Cheshire on the news without thinking of his wonderful stories. Oddly, the word verification randomisations we have to type when posting to your blog always remind me of mythic Garner character names - 'Enortwin' would be perfect.

Do you know Strandloper, his 1996 aborigine-themed novel for adults? Never heard of anybody else besides me who admits to liking it...

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Stephen Pope said...

The Waterstone's in Hastings, where I failed to find a copy of Daphne when I needed one in a hurry, has a rotating shift of real live owls outside that take it in turns to scare away the pigeons. The entrance to the bookshop is inside a glass atrium, so attractive to the town birds that the shopping centre originally tried installing a ridiculous animatronic plastic owl, complete with revolving head and moving wings. But as the habituated pigeons aren't fooled any more by the replica, the shopping centre has escalated its harassment to deploying the real thing - very bored-looking Short Eared Owls that even scare the pit-bull muscle dogs.

Justine Picardie said...

Very taken with the idea of owls on vigilante duty.

kairu said...

I think I bought The Owl Service on your recommendation, Justine, but haven't read it yet - I will soon!

I love the idea of guard owls, too. I have heard of employing ducks - or perhaps it was geese - as guard birds, but never owls.

Knitting Out Loud said...

Another owl-lover, I have just reserved a copy of The Owl Service from the library.