Sunday 21 October 2018


If the video won’t open try the link below, but do come back here! All photos except the first one are copyright Runningonempty.

Say g’day to Enypniastes eximia , the “headless chicken monster” discovered by scientists 3 km below the sea surface. 

Australian Antarctic Department. 

Now this is one of our chickens this evening. She’s a Light Sussex.

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Are you seeing the resemblance? I’m not really. It certainly is amazing though. There’s a link at the end of this post where you can look at the short video and make up your own mind. 

It was a warm Spring Sunday evening here, so we ate outside:

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The grey lace tablecover is a long length of dressmaking material (though one could make curtains from it) just doubled. 

The vintage lady figurine playing the harpsichord (she’s a wind up music box and plays Für Elise,) was purchased years ago to add to my “dolls that play musical instruments” collection. I started it when I was a music teacher. She was made in Japan.

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The jug and large bowl set were purchased second hand and are reproduction pink and cream transferware. They can be used as a decorative basin and ewer set on a dresser in a period style bedroom, or as a jug and salad bowl at the table. 

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Our Spring garden goes mad with flowers in October and November. In the jug, looking from top to bottom, are tall blue dianella flower buds just starting to come out, creamy yellow ixia spikes, lavender, creamy yellow roses, wisteria, and tiny blue forget-me -nots that self seed wherever they please in lovely drifts. The bluebells shown in my Oktoberfest post are now finished. 

After this meal we gave the flowers to a neighbour. 

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The reproduction blue and white transferware bowls are by Robert Gordon.

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The fleurs de lys glass tankards were the only things on the table purchased new, (except for the forks), at the start of our marriage years ago. Everything else pictured is second hand. All the bowls and the jug came from a monthly market here. 

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Anyway, I’m proud that so much on this table was sourced second hand and taken home wrapped in newspaper and reused supermarket bags. We even reused the garden waste and poultry poop to make compost for the flowers. That’s less greenhouse gases from mining and manufacturing , and less plastic packaging to end up in the ocean to poison our purple “headless chicken” friend, isn’t it?

Remember, a vote for a conservative party is not a vote for the environment.

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Rina said...

Lovely. Your table was the quintessence of spring.

And the chicken monster is a wondrous thing. Looks a bit like a headless chook from one angle, but oh so cute when its stirring up the sand having lunch. No spring table, alas.

Running on empty said...

Thankyou Rina. It was another lovely day today so I did another table for the next post.