My pottery creations on and off the wheel.

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I’m in love again!


I brought home the completed pottery beagle and grumpy pig from the pottery club today. I am in love with them, Baxter took a bit longer.

I couldn’t resist getting the camera out for the introductions to his new pack 🙂




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Pottery Workshop Sculptures

Just went to another fabulous workshop at the pottery club this weekend. Handbuilding animals with Fiona Tunnicliffe. It was such a pleasure (though a bit daunting) to watch an experienced potter working on pieces when they are in the zone!

Day One was inspired by my Baxter Baby, i thought it was time he had another dog to keep him company, so this was the perfect chance, and with a lot of help he even looks like a Beagle! Then again i might be biased 🙂

Day Two we were lucky enough to have the company of the most georgous chihuahua, very handy indeed when a few of us were sculpting dogs, to have a live model. Attached the head and beautiful floppy beagle ears and then got inspired to make a pig to keep Baxter and the chooks company, but i am reserving judgement on my effort there.



Baxter posing for his sculpture 🙂




Almost finished the sculpting part, here is Grumpy Piglet.



Grumpy Bum.


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Chooks and Beagle

dandelion copyright

Someone’s been eating dandelions 🙂

baxter following chook

First Baxter follows the chook……

chook following Baxter

……then the chook follows Baxter!

chook hiding

Meanwhile in the grapefruit tree.


A little bit done on the nesting box and top storey, while they played.

Update: Trying to pick myself up and re-focus and what do I see? A little bit of a chook comb poking into the right hand side of the picture above…the chook was checking up on my progress 🙂

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Chook Dilemma



I’m having a bit of a dilemma with my chooks.

Three of them are determined to free range, hanging out in the fruit trees and the vege garden, the one that can’t fly just yet stays home and poops in the nesting boxes! They have stopped galavanting around town now, which is a positive, they even have an understanding with the beagle who just noses and sniffs them as long as they don’t run, then he rounds them all back to the pen.  They swan in twice a day for food and water,  fly back into the pen, play with the lonely chook for half an hour, then pop out again.


Baxter the Beagle brought an egg into the kitchen for me yesterday and the day before, he did well with the first one which was only slightly cracked, the second didn’t fare so well, plus he neglected to tell me where he got them :-).

The thing is they haven’t layed for a long time, they insisted on roosting and pooping in their nice straw filled nests  instead and I want the eggs, but I want all four of the chooks happy as well!

I am hoping that building my own chook house where the nesting boxes are lower than the roosting bars will stop that. Maybe a ladder so they can come and go without letting the Baxter Beagle in too, or enclose it so none of them can roam, but that would be a bit sad?!

How I will accomplish it,  I don’t know yet but today I started by making a hinged door on my old DIY bath stand.


The door to nowhere 🙂

Update: today’s little bit, now it’s a door to half a nesting box with a board to stop the eggs rolling out the door.  Optimistic I know!