Barnevelder chicks that is...
And I guess there wasn't actually a bar...
But ain't they cute? :-)
Ah, the pitter patter of little chicken feet again....
Meet Bella the Barnevelder hen and her new babies.
My latest reading efforts...
House of the Lost by Sarah Rayne
Theo Kendall inherits a spooky old house from his murdered cousin, decides to move in with the objective of finishing his long overdue novel and solving the mystery of his cousin's death. Sarah Rayne is once again at her best with this novel. It is unexpected and unpredictable, and in true Rayne tradition, seamlessly weaves together the past and present into a cohesive and compelling whole. Great mystery thriller.
Beware Invisible Cows: My Search for the Soul of the Universe by Andy Martin
As the title suggests, this entertaining popular science book follows the author on his quest to answer the fundamental questions - where did the universe come from, and how and when did it come into being? As part of his quest, Martin visits research sites such as the Keck observatory in Hawaii, and the LIGO gravitational wave observatory. He discusses the history of astronomy and physics, from Galileo to Newton to Einstein and Hawkings and everyone in between. Interspersed are personal anecdotes and plenty of humour. Good light but still educational reading. Martin's philosophy is also thought provoking.
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
Poignant, tragic tale of Jay Gatsby, who is single-mindedly devoted to his dream of reunion with his beloved Daisy, who has married another in the five years since he last saw her. Gatsby is a deeply flawed character, yet it is difficult not to be moved by his selfless devotion, which ultimately leads to his demise. The majority of the other characters which populate this novel are vain, selfish and concerned only with wealth and appearances, including Gatsby's beloved Daisy, reflecting a sense of disillusionment with society's young 'elite' from the 1920s. A little long-winded in sections, and the narrator jumps backwards and forward along the narrative timeline, which, although giving the disjointed sense of personal memory, is also annoying at stages.
I think I'll attempt the 50 book challenge again this year. I probably get through that many books in a year easily enough anyway, I just never remember to record them. So, I am starting a new year right now, and pledge to read at least 50 books before the 30th of November 2011. Somewhere in between studying for my Masters degree... I'd better get a head start. Here are the ones I've read over the past week or so.
The Chamber of Death by Sarah Rayne
A typical Sarah Rayne novel which seamlessly interweaves the past and present into a thrilling mystery. I did not find this novel as compelling as Rayne's previous books however. Perhaps the familiar formula is growing a little predictable to me, but the characters and action also seemed to lack the spark of earlier novels such as Roots of Evil . Still an enjoyable read with likeable characters.
Ghost Song by Sarah Rayne
Once again Rayne has interwoven two storylines from the past and present, weaving together a compelling mystery. I found Ghost Song more enjoyable than Chamber of Death - though the familiar formula definately seems to have lost a little of it's spark for me, I found the characters and action far more gripping and thoroughly enjoyable.
Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs
The continued adventures of Dr Temperence Brennan - need I say more? I am a longtime fan of these books, and Reichs never seems to miss a beat. Reading about Brennan is like catching up with an old friend, and the storyline is as exciting as ever, with enough twists to keep it fresh, though the ultimate conclusion was a tiny bit of a let down.
Heartsick by Chelsea Cain
Edgy psychological thriller with plenty of twists and turns. A truly evil psychopath, a troubled police detective and a reporter with serious issues round out the important players. actually, eveyone in this book has enough baggage to sink a cruise ship, and the narrative is a little jarring in places, but it is good, light entertainment if evil psychopaths, torture and murder are your idea of light entertainment.
Sacrifice by S J Bolton
“There will be a rain dance Friday night, weather permitting”
“We will never be an advanced civilization as long as rain showers can delay the launching of a space rocket”
"If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is "God is crying." And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is "Probably because of something you did."
“Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the fault-finding business. Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it. Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the menial forces of hate, jealously, and envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. Only God can shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces.”
And it's not rain related, but just for entertainment value, here are some more from George Carlin...
“The very existence of flame-throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done.”
“The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live”
And some of the babies exploring by themselves...
All six of them are growing very well. In these pics they are at about 3 1/2 weeks of age.
Mama chook still keeps a very close eye on them.
But they are all getting more adventurous now, and love foraging out in the yard.
Thought I'd post some pics of the actual parents of the chickens pictured with my white Pekin broody hen below.
Meet my Barnevelder rooster...
My Barnie girls...
One of the girls sun baking...
And the whole crew together
Decided to aim the camera at something other than chickens today. Here are some of the results.