Friday, 20 November 2020

Puffins and a Rubber Chicken

 


After just 2 hours sleep , I met a friend in McDonalds’ car park for a side by side car chat and coffee.
After that I bought a rubber Chicken at Lidl and squeezed it around the aisles like a badly behaved  toddler
When I got home I brandished it at Trendy Carol ( in her muted winter ensemble ) and Animal Helper Pat as they passed the cottage, neither looked unduly impressed or shocked.
Oh it’s nice not to be working 
I’ve lit the fire and the fairy lights.
I’ve squeezed the chicken at a near hysterical Winnie 
And I’ve hung my latest piece of art
Three bespoke made puffins in flight 

The art wall is now complete  



I’m so happy to be home 

114 comments:

  1. What a happy , yet calming look.

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    1. I’m glad it’s finished

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    2. Sigmund11:07 pm

      No it's not. You know that it's not.

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    3. Yes, mr Freud
      You are right

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  2. We are never too old to have fun with toys. I can see a couple more spaces on that wall.

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  3. You can straighten them all out with a dab of Museum Wax at the bottom of each one. Yes, I agree with travel. LOL

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    1. Yes a few need a straighten ,it’s a daily job

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  4. I love those puffins. Did someone make them specially for you? I'd love some! Your wall looks brilliant. Enjoy a cosy night, I bet the chickens squeak is gone soon if my dog is anything to go by!! x

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    1. They are bespoke , I will give you the artists’ details

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    2. https://folksy.com/shops/BlueToucan/collections/297431-plant-pot-decoration

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    3. Thanks John, I've been over for a look and she has some lovely items but I still like the Toucans best. Going to place an order. x

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    4. Tell them Ibigged them up, I want some discount

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  5. I love the puffins. They look a bit aboriginal.

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    1. That’s EXACTLY why I liked them nick

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  6. I love your gallery wall! Yes!
    Very inspiring.
    And doggies are cray about their toys! I know a Frenchie that carries her little ball EVERYWHERE.

    XOXO

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    1. I’ve had to hide the chicken in the fridge

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  7. I dunno John, there's still a little space on that wall. I predict some other charming piece will grab your heart before too long. I'm disappointed in your neighbor's unimpressed response to your rubber chicken antics. The irreverence of a brightly-squozen rubber chicken should bring out the child in everyone!

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    1. I used to drive my husband mad in the supermarket by constantly squeezing any on show

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  8. I love puffins! Squeaky rubber chickens close runners-up of course

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    1. I have a thing for squeezing rubber chickens in public

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    2. I squeeze one every evening John-I know it sounds odd but I have a large one at my front door hanging on a knob.I like to do things in order at the end of each day.Close the door to the sitting room,tinkle the bell,squeeze the chicken and activate the fairy nearby x

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    3. I find squeezing rubber chickens strangely attractive

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    4. Yes,I agree-squeeze inflate,squeeze inflate-very satisfyingly John x

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    5. Stop it!
      Mave tell her

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    6. She's unstoppable I suspect.

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    7. Yes Mave-"ain't no stopping me now"x

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    8. Nor I now I have my new leg and car. X

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  9. Side to side car chat is a great idea for a meet up under current world conditions.

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    1. The coffee is surprisingly good too

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    2. McDonald's coffee is at least equal to any other. And I had a triple cheeseburger off the new Saver menu today, which was £2.19 and nearly 600 kilocalories well spent. Prime British beef, I am assured. There are many McDonalds snobs out there. Not moi.

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  10. Your art wall has become a gallery. I love the puffins... and the rubber chicken. Did the girls love the chicken, as well?

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    1. I’ve had to hide him in the fridge

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    2. Ooh, that would be dangerous around here. I might try to cook it. What am i saying? Not a chance in hell I'd try to cook ANYTHING. It might be safer in our fridge.

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  11. Anonymous6:46 pm

    Out of all the things that catch my eye on your wall. I am most taken with that little plush toy animal sitting on the rad. He has such a 'poor little devil' look about him and l want to give him a cuddle and say there, there, all is well!!
    Yeah, yeah l know and l have def not been drinking .. ...yet!
    p.s. that chicken reminds me of that Spitting Image song "stick a deck chair up your nose "lalala.
    Tess xx

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  12. Rick has a squeaky bunny. We have a supply of replica bunnies so that he doesn't get heartbroken when Mr Bunny eventually disintegrates or becomes so disgusting that he goes in the bin. Love the puffins.

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    1. I had forgotten just how obsessed Winnie gets with squeaky chickens

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  13. The puffins are darling and complete your wall of art perfectly.

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  14. a masterpiece of artwork; the puffins are cool.

    rubber chicken in the fridge; don't try to eat it or use it for soup!

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    1. It’s the only place that it’s safe...Winnie has already opened the cupboards looking for it

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  15. I love the puffins. Did you commission them?

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  16. I want to lay on your couch and look at the wall and maybe take a nap..
    Patty

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    1. That would be hard. The couch is in the living room xxxx

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  17. Your art wall is beautiful!! Wishing you sunshine for your days off :)

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    1. Day off
      I’m back working long day Sunday xx

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  18. Barbara Anne8:11 pm

    Lovely art wall with colorful and special mementos. The puffins in flight are the perfect addition, too.

    When our sons were small, we had an identical rubber chicken. I had no idea that they were international.

    Enjoy your days off and spend them as you wish to.

    Hugs!

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    1. I was hoping to go to the cinema tomorrow but there’s nothing open

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    2. Barbara Anne5:04 am

      Blasted covid! Sorry you cannot go to the cinema. Have you any DVDs and popcorn at home so you can have your own movie time? You could Zoom the movie with some friends.

      Hugs!

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  19. I thought that squeezing the rubber chicken was a euphemism.

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    1. It’s the nearest I’m getting to sex recently

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  20. I love the puffins and the rubber chicken! The art wall is magnificent and I predict there will still be additions from time to time.

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  21. Ah, whimsy! And charm. And...rubber chicken.
    A lovely day.

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    1. I’ve locked him into the fridge to keep him out of winnies gaze

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  22. I love those puffins.

    Some other good news that delights me, and you may find solace in: https://handmadescotcheggs.co.uk/shop-front/

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    1. Oh be still my beating heart

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    2. I've missed my annual trip to their HQ in Herefordshire. We're usually there for the Malvern Autumn show at the end of September. Through the summer, the hold a pizza night the last Saturday of the month in the camping field behind the shop, and the final one of the year in September has coincided with our visit. Lovely, relaxed events where every one is made welcome.
      The following day, before we head home, we make a point of stopping at the nest for one of their buck rarebits, cake & coffee, before a spree in the deli stocking up on extra Scotch eggs & other local Herefordshire fare to keep the mood going for a few more days. A couple of years ago I even bought some bulbs of the local strain of wild daffodil. A branch of my Nan's family lived in the nearby village s in the 1500's, so planting a few hanfuls of Dymock daffodils in my front lawn gives me a bit of Herefordshire in early spring.

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  23. I love that feeling of being off work, even for a day.
    But then, who wouldn't love it, I guess :)

    Was Winnie hysterical because she likes or dislikes the rubber chicken?

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    1. She adores toys
      She was brought up with them and gets very possessive of them

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  24. there's an empty spot top right. maybe a puffin will fly over and fill it. they are awfully cute.

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    1. Thank you pat.... I am still so happy you are back old friend

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  26. That's a very nicely done art wall. The puffins in flight above the art are a nice addition. Buying art is not typical shopping as in having something specific in mind. It seems, somehow the art speaks to the purchaser and the buy is completed. At least this is how I buy art. I predict your collection will grow over time.

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    1. It’s been a real psychological journey
      And a necessary one
      Before I started , there was only only lovely print framed there one of a church and a fox , one that reminded me of the village...
      Chris took it
      And my art wall needed to feel that void

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  27. John, you do decorating so well! I love those puffins. Artwork is a very personal expression of oneself, so creating "your cottage" says such a lot, don't you think. I'll follow your link to the artist.

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    1. The “ art wall “is going to be one of the final chapters in the book

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  28. Winnie's doing well if she still gets excited over a squeaky chicken!

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  29. Your art wall looks great! And Winnie is a dear. Never too old to get hysterical!

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  30. I used to have flying Nuns, nicked by a daughter, flying puffins hmmm.

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  31. Lovely John, just wonderful !
    parsnip xx

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  32. What a wonderful gallery you have.

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  33. My yellow Labrador has a yellow fox squeaky. We call it Baby. She loves that thing. Some pet toys have squeaks that are indestructible. Thankfully Baby fits that.

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  34. Anonymous11:37 pm

    You seem to satisfy a deep need to tell your own story through the art you display. I do that, too. Love the puffins! Sending love and hugs to you, - Mary

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    1. The wall has been a journey of sorts
      One through the grief of a divorce I didn’t want.
      Each piece of art is a step towards acceptance and independence
      Does that make sense?

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    2. A difficult journey but traveled well. I believe.
      Cheaper than my journey as I moved house three times on my journey.

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  35. Luuuuuuuurv the Puffins

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  36. I’m happy you are happy

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  37. I love the wall of art. It says who you are.

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  38. If you ever need a reason to laugh out loud, google 'horse playing with rubber chicken'.

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    1. Thank you, Debby - best laugh in ages! I've sent it on to several people who need cheering up.

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  39. You have to love a rubber chicken!

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  40. Elsie destroyed her rubber chicken in about 5 mins. I told Tesco (where I bought it) and they sent me a £5 voucher.

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  41. Love the wall of art! Is the chicken still in one piece?

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    1. It won’t be.
      I’ve had to ration it
      Presently it’s in the fridge

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    2. I tied mine in a cotton supermarket bag and they last a few more minutes longer with my terror terrier x

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  42. Your art wall is delightful. I'm not surprised that no one raises an eyebrow at your antics ! X

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  43. Love Puffins. Very nice. All on their own. That is quite the gallery. You should feature each in a solo shot, so we get a sense of your taste. I appreciate anyone who appreciates art. And art takes many forms. Love your antics with the rubber chicken. Milton Berle would be proud of you. How nice that you know all your neighbors. Enjoy!

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  44. Sweet...a man who loves his home...can't believe you
    are still running about footloose and fancy free. Tis hard to find a good looking man who makes a nice home,cooks delicious meals, paints furniture,sings in a choir, gardens, squeezes rubber chickens at the neighbours and has a job. Mystified.!

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    1. Wait until his book is published to rave reviews and he has film producers clamoring to buy the rights!!

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    2. Wait until his book is published to rave reviews and he has film producers clamoring to buy the rights!!

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    3. Wait until his book is published to rave reviews and he has film producers clamoring to buy the rights!!

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  45. I want a squeaky toy too.

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  46. I love your colorful art wall! Is Dorothy afraid of the rubber chicken?

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  47. I love your sense of whimsy. I find whimsy helps enliven the days.
    When I worked in the county library we mailed boxes of book requests to our farthest branch. We’d toss a rubber chicken in the box that we’d fill with candies that got stuffed through the hole it its butt. It made us laugh at the disgustingness of filling or emptying it. This chicken was mailed back and forth many times. One day someone put it somewhere in the main library room for patrons to find. He was still being moved about when I retired.
    Our precious Mr. Beasley had a cloth frisbee that I’d cut the cloth center out of. He’d carry it around as a precious treasure. He was able to flip it into the air and catch it. Sometimes he’d put his head through it and wear it like a necklace.
    Toys with squeakers have short life spans at our house, but the rubber rat would appear when you least expected.

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    1. The chicken will feature in many new posts deArheart x

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  48. Love the flying Puffins and with your art wall complete, I hope you have another available surface ready to hold future purchases.

    With your trio of Puffins and my trio of flying Pugs, Hilda's flying ducks will be going out of fashion ;-)

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  49. I love those puffins. Where did you get them from?

    I have a rubber chicken that belonged to my mother. I love the chicken.

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  50. The art wall is delicious as are those puffins. I was astounded one year when looking out at the ocean whilst I was in a b and b by the sea to observe puffins bobbing up and down on he waves. I had never seen one in the flesh so to speak. Love that Winnie gets hysterical over a rubber squeaky chicken. I would love to see her antics.

    Jo in Auckland

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  51. What a cozy sitting area you have John I love all the art each with a story to tell. I'm gland that Winnie still has enough spunk to get so much fun out of a rubber chicken.

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