28 Mar 2013
Of twigs, of mud, of straw and reeds. Lined with feathers, fibres, and fur. Strong enough to provide shelter from the harsh elements; to protect it's inhabitants. Warm and soft edged enough to cocoon those inside in comfort, warmth and peace.
The nest; a retreat or refuge; a resting place; home.
We made a twine nest in the morning sun. A bowl was lined with cling film and splodged with PVA glue. Twine was wound snail shell like to begin and pressed down into the bowl with the glue brush. Slowly the twine was wound around using the brush to guide and glue liberally in place. My honey girl's patience held for a remarkable time but the Autumn breeze soon got the better of her and she became leaf like twirling around the back yard. She later landed and decided to create her own version with leaves. When the tops had dried we turned them over and used scissors to gently make an opening in the middle on the cling film enabling us to peel it off carefully (the glue still looked white and was fairly tacky). The nests were left to dry overnight. Our casualties from our egg blowing soon had a new home.