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Apr 29, 2023Liked by Rebecca Holden

What a lovely childhood picture you paint. I would expect nothing less of your parents than having a secret Easter egg laying chicken. โค๏ธ x

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๐Ÿคฃ Aww, thanks, Elly! ๐Ÿ˜˜

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Always love these posts infused with your art, and the hen stories are a beautiful bonus xx

(I tried to help my brother-in-law with feeding his hens one time, and they all escaped the coop as soon as finished pouring the grain and tried to go back outside. They KNEW I was rookie, and my BIL watched from the patio as he heard me squeal, โ€œNoooooo chickensโ€.)

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Thank you so much, Bryn! ๐Ÿ˜Š SUCH a great story about your BIL's chickens - they'd certainly got the measure of you! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿคฃ

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A delightful post, lovely art, and so educational: I thought eggs came in boxes in the supermarket. Who knew? Loved the recording. They sounded very happy.๐Ÿ˜

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Ps thanks for the mention ๐Ÿ˜€

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Always a pleasure! Looking forward to replying to your latest letter on Wednesday. Brace yourself...! ๐Ÿคฃ

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Why? I am so nice to you. My letters to you are always paragon of kindness. Ok, all I can say is, like the duke of wellington, publish and be damned, woman! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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๐Ÿคฃ

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Thanks, Terry! That recording needing some editing for traffic noise - which doesn't seem to bother the hens, thankfully! And yes, they're very happy - they're spoiled rotten. ๐Ÿ˜

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I'm sure! You all seem like a very happy family ๐Ÿ˜

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We are! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Apr 29, 2023Liked by Rebecca Holden

Your posts leave me so warm and happy!! Superb. I love chooks too. We tended to have big black Australorps that went broody at the drop of a hat. These days itโ€™s Isa Browns that pop up everywhere - good dependable layers that will happily chortle away like every happy chook. I adore the Easter egg thread throughout the whole piece. Happy, happy sigh. Thanks so much for sharing your life, your memories and your art with us. Itโ€™s very much appreciated.

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Oh, how lovely, Beth - thank you so much! I love that they're called 'chooks' Down Under - I'd forgotten that! And yes, they do chortle, don't they? I could kid myself that I can actually converse with them - they always answer! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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This is so sweet:) Iโ€™ve never seen an egg that fresh!

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Thanks, Camille! And yes, that egg was CRAZY FRESH - just the perfect shape! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Rebecca, I love everything about this post: the art, the words, the intent. You are a gift! Thank you for sharing your life here. :-)

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You're ever so kind to say so, Mary - thank you so much for reading! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Loved this post and all the chicken pictures. I just bought a Cadbury egg in a post-Easter sale. How oh how shall I eat it? Considering a combo I will call โ€œsoldier takes a bath.โ€

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ROFL!!! 'Soldier takes a bath'! Reckon you should call Cadbury's head office immediately to ask them to add that to their list of recommended ways of eating!

(If you're over ten years old I reckon you don't need to be made to eat it in the bath!)

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Gorgeous art!

During my childhood I lived on a farm as well. Because we moved back into town for the school year we only had part time animals that we borrowed or looked after for other farmers. I remember the goat that would live with us and the adventures we would have with it! No hens though.

Pretty sure the goat ate the chocolate Easter eggs!

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Thanks so much, Donna! Goats are such delightful creatures too, aren't they? We had two - Annie and Polly - who were gorgeous, and when Polly had twin kids my brother and I felt as if we each had a new best friend (no disrespect to my other friends the hens, of course). They were SUCH fun to play with, those two - bounding all over the place and keeping us entertained for hours!

And gosh, they would eat anything - your goat eating the Easter eggs doesn't surprise me in the slightest! ๐Ÿคฃ

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Excellent job as always. I learned lots about chickens. Good job weaving the words and photos together.

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You're very kind - thanks, Scott! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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That was lovely. As is so often the case, you take a quotidian subject and infuse it with a soft glowing magic. And to do that with chickens! We had chickens growing up. My relationship with them was nothing like this! Clearly a failure of my empathy or imagination ... but as I say this I realize, a failure on the part of my parents.

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That's so kind, Tom - 'soft glowing magic' is such a lovely compliment! Thank you.

Well, it could have been a failure on the part of the chickens not to have been trained to lay a foil-wrapped chocolate egg for you to find every Easter Sunday morning? Or perhaps you had actual fellow children as friends and didn't have to rely on the feathered variety! ๐Ÿคฃ

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I love what you did with the Cadbury eggs in your journal. But the bath? Not so much ๐Ÿ˜†

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Thanks, Amie - and LOL! Pretty gross, right?!! ๐Ÿคฃ Still, at least the stickiness was taken care of immediately!

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1. Wait. You speak chicken? Is that like parseltongue?

2. New candidate for most decadent move ever: Eating an crรจme egg in the bath.

3. I โค๏ธ your mix of illustrations and text. But then, I would.

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1. I fear I might be kidding myself slightly on this point, Peter - BUT they do seem to reply vocally to any verbal attention they're given, so I'm sticking with it! And chickenese is a much less sinister-sounding language than parseltongue - far less use of all those hisssssssssy sssssssibilants.

2. I'm not sure it would hold the same magic now that it did when I was little. Probably better to leave such decadence in the past (mind you, chillin' with a creme egg in the bath sounds much more tempting than pampering with bath salts or a scented candle)! ๐Ÿคฃ

3. That's ever so kind, thank you - and coming from you that means such a lot! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ

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Fun read and lovely art, Rebecca! The art book is a treasure!

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Once again the best thing Iโ€™ve read/ experienced/ connected to on the internet this week! Thankyou for your generosity of spirit and for the beautiful insight into your families Easter traditions. I think if Iโ€™d had gena as a child I would have spent a lot of time with them too. Right here and now we have 8, 3 bantams with bloomers , 1 black rock and four all white ladies. None are ex battery hens but we might have room for some more in the future. โ™ฅ๏ธโœจ ๐Ÿ“โœจ๐Ÿ’

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*bloomers ๐Ÿ˜†

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Awwwwwww, wow, amazing!!! That's such a lovely load of things for you to say, Claire - I really appreciate you!

Yay to your hens! I bet L & L adore them - collecting the eggs is a magical thing for children (whether chocolate or ordinary!). When I moved to the village where I still live now (different house, and now with a husband in tow!) I was really keen to adopt a trio of bantams of my own in an effort to relive that smallholding magic. In fact I didn't do that in the end, but I'm living my poultry-husbandry life thanks to Dad's girls, and I DO actually chat to next door's hens through the hedge (but don't ever tell next door that I said so....)! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Aww I love that. Never too far away from the ๐Ÿ“. I love your art journal pages - my book binding pal has just joined Substack - Yvette Ja. Think youโ€™d really connect. โœจ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ—’๏ธ

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This whole idea of honouring past selves and art is so so great! Iโ€™m in love with your newsletter Rebecca ๐Ÿ˜

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Awwwwww, that's really lovely of you, Jessica - thank you so much! I'm so grateful - it was you who got me started on the whole altered book idea with this fabulous post of yours back in January! ๐Ÿ˜Š

https://jessicamaybury.substack.com/p/making-art-in-books-you-already-own

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Iโ€™m thinking of returning the favour and inspiration and making my own altered book of revisited art! Although to be honest with me it would be poetryโ€ฆ cringe

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Sounds absolutely great, Jessica! ๐Ÿ™Œ

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Love this.

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Oh Mary, thank you! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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