Pages

Monday, September 15, 2014

Turkeys and Cloth



Comfort is a Circle
We give to others, they in return give to us
The cycle of caring.

I added this circle by merely outlining a circle in the dye pattern.
It's already changed a bit, but i don't have a picture yet.

I also added some of the special green velvet  that you saw on this post, stitched into a pale desert cloth.

I am not sure how I like the look of it here and I was actually going to do another shorter row beneath this one.  But, I'm going to leave it here for a while because I really want the soft feel of it on this cloth.

(As always, click on photos to enlarge)
The dye patterns are different on each side!


I had planned on adding (weaving) some bits of color/texture with this.
We'll see.

Something I have been seeing is more wild turkeys!
It turns out they are everywhere, close by in my neighborhood this summer.
I'm not sure if it is the same ones or if there are just lots...
but they're here and very comfortable!




Driving home one night, I see them at the house on the corner of my street.
All I could think of was:
Oh, their poor paint job on the roof of the car! -and-
I wonder if they sound loud in the house as they walk up the roof?


Do you see the one in the tree?
The next night the guy and I walked up to see them and spoke with the homeowner...
who is not at all charmed by them.
It turns out they've been roosting in the oak in his back yard and have made such a mess with their droppings, that he can't let his 2 year old go back there to play.

I felt bad for him, as he moved into the house not too long ago 
and I bet he wasn't bargaining for this!
Who would have thought to ask their realtor about the wild animals of the neighborhood!





Somehow seeing them against the neatly trimmed lawn speaks volumes to me.  They seem so dinosaur-like and out of place.  
The guy tried his turkey whispering skills, but this is about as close as they got.
I stood back, as in years passed I've had the males puff up and spread their tail feathers heading towards me to protect their females.
I don't want to be the victim in that 'funniest video'!!!

We left a few minutes later when another neighbor (also clearly not enchanted) came out and began yelling at them, herding them down the street.  
Well, maybe it was more like chasing them!

*End Note: Before my internet connection mishap...someone very generously offered to dye one of these cloth diapers in their indigo vat...for the life of me, I can't remember who it was or find the email.  If it was you and your offer stands...please let me know.
Thank you in advance!
 
Thanks for stopping by the trail.
Have a great week!

Photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2014


10 comments:

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

oh those poor turkeys and neighbors, a match made in hell, if only they had chosen a bird loving house and garden....without young kids; our neighbor's chickens used to run wild as well and there was chicken shit all over our garden, very frustrating for me as a mum when the boys were toddlers crawling in the mud and grass!
your cloth looks magical, I love the woven velvet

Els said...

Love your weaving cloth Nancy !
Especially the photo against the light ;-)

Peggy said...

The cloth is coming into itself in such a nice soft way, it is beautiful -- I wish I would've known your desire to have some cloth dipped in indigo because I had two vats going a few weeks ago but now have none. Next time I make one up, I'll let you know...oh those turkeys! xoxo

Deb said...

In the very first picture I wondered "is that an old diaper?" It's so distinctive.

Don't let the turkeys see you in anything turquoise..the big males take it as a challenge and will chase you down.

Deb G said...

Yes, that is true about circles. Turkeys...hmm. Glad you weren't the star of that video. :)

Nancy said...

Saskia~ Chickens. eh? My neighbor has some, but they can not get out of their yard anymore. Thanks for your input on the velvet.

Els~ Thank you. Yes, I like taking those light pictures these days.

Peggy~ Thanks for the indigo offer, maybe another time.

Deb~ Ha. I never knew that about turkeys.

Deb~ Can't go wrong with a circle!

layers said...

In Zen the circle is called Ensor and represents the never ending cycle if life.

handstories said...

I don't think I've ever seen a wild turkey before, or any other turkey, for that matter. Do they behave like geese? We've got lots of those around. I love circles, too. they're comforting- visually & emotionally. I like the soft earth tomes you've got going on.

layers said...

I think I left a comment here earlier today but I was on my iPad and not sure if it went through... the Zen word for circle is Enso and means the never ending cycle of life.

Nancy said...

Layers~ Thank you for this. It's funny but I just began to look through a book today on my lunch break and the start of it is 'circle'! Thank you for stopping by. I love your work and enjoy seeing what you are up to.

Cindy~ The turkeys peck the dirt, generally strut slowly and hang out right next to one another. J. says that is not a good description...but it's all I've got tonight!!