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This image is from one of my favorite FaceBook pages: Strange Things Found in Churches. Caption is: “Probably my favourite roof boss. Early 16th century, Tawstock, Devon.”

Sadly, this is the very last image ever posted to the group. Without warning or explanation, the owner of the page shut it down. I hate it when people nuke sites like that.

Oh, right. You need to see the whole thing to make sense of it. Scratch that — it makes even less sense when you can see the whole thing.

I know what you’re thinking, but I would just like to point out that there are four hands in the picture, and two of them can’t belong to any visible body. NOW what do you think you’re looking at?

I leave you to ponder. Good weekend!

November 2, 2018 — 6:44 pm
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Day 19: scorched

Because they’re sunbathing.

One of the happiest sights for a chicken keeper is watching a pair of birds dust-bath together in the sun.

Sadly, it’s completely unpaintable. Because a bird with its eyes closed and its wings spread blissing out in warm soil in the sun is visually indistinguishable from a dead chicken flung on a dirt heap.

October 19, 2018 — 7:44 pm
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Day 18: bottle

Yes, I suppose a chicken would stick her beak in a bottle, if she thought there was something worth eating in there.

I think she’d be much more likely to peck it for the tink sound. I’m not the first to notice that chooks will peck things they cannot possibly mistake for food, over and over, because they appear to like interesting sounds.

October 18, 2018 — 8:00 pm
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Day 15: weak

Not sure who’s weak here, the chicken or the worm.

Sidenote: one of the funniest chicken moments ever, the first time I gave a hen a strand of spaghetti. She must’ve thought it was the awesomest worm EVAR. She held her beak in the air and did a victory lap all around the garden, the other chickens running after her grabbing at it.

Later that Summer, she fluttered up and landed with a ripe splat in the middle of my plate of spaghetti, dumping my lunch in the grass. Loved her pasta, did Lucia.

October 15, 2018 — 8:00 pm
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Day 12: whale

In truth, chickens do really badly in water. They’ve been known to drown in a bucket or even their own water bowl. They’ve been pulled alive out of a dip in the pond only to die anyway out of pique.

I have occasionally bathed a chicken, but they are not fond of it. “Mad as a wet hen” is a real thing.

October 12, 2018 — 9:00 pm
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Day 9: Precious

D’awwww.

October 9, 2018 — 7:37 pm
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Day 4: Spell

Yeah, no. I wasn’t about to draw a chicken wizard.

I tried to register chikkens.com once. It’s took. So is chooks.com and all the variants I could think of.

Not entirely sure why I wanted it. Some people get addicted to owning domain names. I know I get a little thrill when I register a good one, like I’ve just planted my flag on the surface of the internet.

I have let most of my unused ones lapse, though (a couple by accident, to be honest).

October 4, 2018 — 7:55 pm
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Day 3: Roasted

Well, what else could it be?

This puts me in mind of the little frilly socks my mother would put over the ends of the leg bones on the Thanksgiving turkey, because…ew. Bones.

In stark contrast to here. Prepared poultry around these parts, they leave the lower legs on, snap off the feet and jam the stumps up the bird’s butt.

Barbarians.

October 3, 2018 — 9:11 pm
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Day 2: Tranquil

Geez, I’m rusty at this. I confess I had to do a little touch up in P’shop since I ran my stupid hand through the stupid wet ink. Twice.

Phun Phact: when a chicken closes her eyes, the lower lid comes up more than the upper lid comes down. It’s a little creepy looking until you get used to it.

October 2, 2018 — 7:41 pm
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It’s Inktober!

Inktober has snuck up on me once again — here’s your annual chance to watch me fail quickly and in realtime! I think I made it three days last year.

I don’t take directions well.

The prompt for Day 1 is “poisonous”. It’s a cinch I can’t use the official prompt list if I want to stick to a chicken theme throughout, though. For example, the prompt for Day 12 is “whale”.

I await your preposterous suggestions.

October 1, 2018 — 9:06 pm
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