Friday, December 9, 2016

The Traveling Chicken visits NYC (Part 2)

'Gregarious Friends '
11 x 14 inches
Oil on Gessobord

What a group of chatty animals! After their initial introductions, Mr Jersey and Friesia the cows, TC, Mama Chick and her babies, Señor Gallo Azul and the three turkeys Bernard, Matthew and Cranberry all became great friends over the next few days.

Mr Jersey and Señor Gallo Azul just could not stop talking! At one point, I caught these four ^ laughing and having some great joke about something.

It had been raining all week in New York but on their last day, the rain finally stopped, so Ms Chick and Señor Azul decided to take the opportunity to go to see some of what they had heard about The Big Apple. Mama Chicken is not as outgoing as Señor Azul and TC, so she decided to stay home with the turkeys and her baby chicks. Besides, she was a bit daunted about all the noise and the traffic.

So the two intrepid friends set out and their first stop was Grand Central Station.

They were astounded at seeing so many people rushing about. Everybody seemed to be so busy and on their way somewhere.

There was an enormous gold clock in the middle of the station, which lots of people looked at while they checked their timetables.

It was all quite overwhelming at first, but these two fearless buddies soon adapted to the hustle and bustle and went to look outside.

Not far down the street, the two friends gasped at all the very tall buildings.

One of the buildings near the station was very shiny. A passer by told them it was called the Chrysler Building. The birds thought it was funny that it looked like there were two Chrysler buildings, but they realized that one of the buildings was just a reflection in a shop window.
A bit further on and the friends came across another building which had 'RADIO CITY' written in large letters on the outside.
Señor Azul and Ms Chick are not very tall and had to stand on a brass fire-hydrant in order to view it.

It was at this point that the intrepid travelers noticed that they were getting a lot of funny looks from passers-by.

I guess even in New York, it's not often that you will see a little yellow chicken and a blue rooster out sight-seeing.

By now the friends were very tired anyway and it was time to go home.

TC, Señor Azul and Mama Chicken had such a great time meeting the cows and the turkeys.

They are heading back to Pandalana (our marvelous 'Travelling Chicken' blog administrator) for a few days to rest before they set off again.

 'The Traveling Chicken visits NYC' - see: Part 1.

Read more about the Traveling Chicken in my blog:

Thanks for following TC and friends on their NYC adventure!

The Traveling Chicken visits NYC (Part 1)

A few days ago, a long, narrow package arrived. I had ordered some new brushes so that's what I expected to see, but as I opened the package I realised it was something far better.

  I caught this glimpse... "AHHHH!"
"What is it, what is it?" asked my kids as they gathered around.

I said they had to be patient because some very special guests had arrived. I carefully unwrapped the package. Out came Ms Chick (or TC, the traveling yellow chicken, as she is otherwise known), Mama Chick and her babies and Señor Gallo Azul - the rooster.
The birds were all very happy to be out of their box to stretch their wings.

Just then, two ceramic cows appeared, to see what all the fuss was about.

Well in no time at all everyone had made their introductions.

Mr Jersey the blue cow and Friesia the spotted cow (who looks after the butter), welcomed the traveling friends and they were all soon chatting away.

Mr Jersey is quite the talker. He and Señor Gallo Azul really hit it off. Mr Jersey told them all about the bright lights of NYC (which is 40 minutes from here) and Señor Azul talked all about their visits to distant lands and about their adventures and mishaps.

The 3 wingèd friends have traveled far and wide. Ms Chick regretted once partying too hard in her younger day and Señor Azul at one point had to be fixed up from a head injury. Sad to say that Ms Chick is also starting to show some wear and tear but neither of these two are prepared to grow old gracefully; they are still up for adventure and both said that New York City sounds great and they can't wait to see it.

Listening into the conversation were three turkeys who, for reasons known only to themselves live amongst the hydrangeas in the corner of the kitchen. A new turkey has appeared there at Thanksgiving, every year for the last 3 years.

The turkeys, Bernard, Matthew and Cranberry were also very curious to meet these new birds that had arrived, so they made a rare excursion out of the hydrangeas and came down to introduce themselves to the group.

Well for the next hour there was much squawking and clucking.

The turkeys are quite wise old birds and gave the three friends lots of advice on how to get around New York City, should they decide to visit during their stay.

One of the turkeys noticed his picture was being taken and kept his eye on me. Turkeys can live perilous lives. I think that's why they keep a low profile in the hydrangeas.

'The Traveling Chicken visits NYC' - the story continues in: Part 2.

And read more about the Traveling Chicken in my blog:

Monday, November 7, 2016

Miss Chick Visits A Yooper!

Miss Chick and her entourage arrived in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and I couldn't wait to show them around! For those of you who don't know what a "Yooper" is, it's someone who lives in the U.P. (Upper Peninsula) of Michigan... get it? U.P. -- Yooper. Many people mistakenly believe that the U.P. is part of Canada. Not that that would be a bad thing ... but it's actually part of the State of Michigan.
The first things we had to see were the Littoral Combat ships being built across the river at Marinette Marine. Mr. Rooster was suitably impressed, but Miss Chick held her cool while pondering the potential of these massive creations.
Next we went to view the work being done on the lighthouse, an iconic emblem of our community. We chose not to take time to walk out on the breakwall to the structure since there was so much more to see and time was limited.
Mr. Rooster marveled at the vastness of the waters of Green Bay, a large bay that connects to Lake Michigan. How could so many seagulls live in one location?

Miss Chick was amazed that there was still so much color to be seen in the leaves this late in the season. I explained to her that the weather had been unusually warm throughout the autumn this year, and that living near the water keeps the climate a bit more temperate than farther inland.

We went to visit some friends, who were very excited to hear about Miss Chick's travels. They happily agreed to help me document her visit with some creations of their own. Here are their finished works of art.

We all had a joyous time creating with Miss Chick and her friends! But I'm sure the one who will miss her the most is my own darling Sadie, who was most interested to hear as much as she could about Miss Chick's travels. She has been so many places in the world! Here is Sadie The Yooper Dog, recorded forever in a painting, saying goodbye to Miss Chick and Mr. Rooster. Bon voyage, friends!
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