Friday, July 20, 2012

New Arrivals and updates

Another "surprise" arrived this week when I found two baby geese had hatched under the tender care of the Austrolorp hens. The adult female goose had no interest in sitting on her nest so I took the last four eggs and put them under a hen! About 4 weeks later.....ta daa! They are doing well and have had the protection of the coop. As the days have passed they are now getting bolder and have been out wandering with Mama keeping guard. The hen shows them how to scratch and look for seeds, but they just aren't catching on! The adult geese are getting more curious each day, and I had to intervene when they were trying to herd Mama and babies to the woods today. That wouldn't end well.

As it didn't end well for the #3 chick hatchling. Butterfluff turned out to be a rooster and Spotty is a hen. The third pure white chick turned up missing last week. An owl? Hawk?.....who knows, but it was sad to have her disappear. These two are learning their way about the place and the adults have been leaving them alone. Soon they will be as big as they are but they will always have their distinctive colors to distinguish themselves as the firstborn chicks of Catfish Corner.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

GRRVC Show Tomorrow!

It's been another busy week getting ready for the solo show at Great River Road Visitor Center in Prescott, WI. I went up on Friday in the blistering heat and managed to get 20 paintings hung, the print rack stocked and a jewelry display set up in and hour and 15 minutes!

The Visitor Center is beautiful! Right on the river with beautiful gardens, paths, picnic areas and large shade trees. Inside are great exhibits of eagles, logging, wildlife and other natural and historic features of the area. There were many people passing through while I was setting spite of the horrific temperatures and humidity.

The 101 degrees on the way home was scorching and I was relieved to have gotten there and back. I ran out of lemonade and thought it was silly of me not to have had a GALLON of water with me.

The artist reception is tomorrow and it should be a much cooler trip this time!