Avery: This year we got a fantastic harvest of Sour Orange, also known as Seville Orange. The fruit itself tastes far more like a lemon, perhaps just a touch sweeter than a regular lemon. As you might imagine it is best used as a lemonade or used in some kind of desert or made into marmalade.
Kai: I just finished my very first non-fiction book! The Art of Florida Birdwatching.
Being a bird watcher all my life, I knew I wanted to create a work of non-fiction themed around my knowledge and experience. In addition to the information, I was still able to utilize my more aesthetic side, using art and photography as the pictures.
This book features over 30 species of birds that can be found right here in Florida, and includes an artistic depiction, fun facts about the bird, and stories about my personal encounters. Many were photographed at Grand Lagoon State Park, Myakka River State Park and Wakulla Springs State Park.
I really hope you enjoy this book, as it is one I am quite proud of. These are the wild birds I know best, many of which are quite dear to me. If you are interested in birds, or are just getting to know them, I hope you’ll take a look at this book and be inspired to continue your birding journey!
It’s that time of year again, to create art and support charity! We’ve finished our cards for Twitter Art Exhibit! What is Twitter Art Exhibit you ask? It is an organization/event founded by David Sandum where artists both amateur and professional from all over the world can submit a post card sized artwork that will be sold at the event to raise money for charity! This year the exhibit is supporting the Encephalitis society curated by Mathew Bose.
Kai: Because of Hades is a rhyming short-story about a young man called Noble whom loses his friend in battle. While Noble lives a civilian life, he tries to cope and find meaning in his everyday strife, which leads to an adventure; out of the shabby side of town, and into the wild, with his remaining friends in tow. When Buttercup perishes at the hand of a lion in the forest, Noble seeks to exterminate it, but he is then hunted down by it’s offspring – three evil kittens!
Each “chapter” of this poetry novel is its’ own poem, with themes of romance, adventure/action, abstract, and even a little crude humor. Although I’m only putting this story out now, I actually wrote it way back in 2014, as a poetic derivative of one of my many novels-in-progress. All of my watercolor artwork for this book was digitally placed and enhanced by Avery.
Please enjoy, as it is one of my more interesting pieces!
Kai: Here is the last book for 2021! January would be our chicken-keeping anniversary, but I thought I’d put this kids book out a little sooner. The book is written by me, and illustrated by Arianna and I. Digital effects were created by Avery.
Our chicken keeping experience has been both fun, challenging, and surprising, especially with the appearance of a neighborhood rooster that showed up not long after we got our first two girls, a Brahma, and a Wyandotte. Later in the year, we felt we could afford to expand, and adopted two other ladies, our beautiful easter egger chickens. Throughout all of this, that little neighborhood rooster stole our hearts, and has kept the girls safe from hawks despite his size. In thanks, we’re keeping him warm this winter, and he has been paid in many treats.
While we’re still mastering even the basics of chicken keeping, I think we’ve learned a lot in just one year. We still hope to expand in this area of permaculture, but for now, we shall take care of our small flock. If you are a bird lover, or just want an interesting addition to your backyard garden, I highly recommend this pleasing, and colorful domestic fowl. I feel like they are a great tool to help children learn about animals, nature, and the “backyard” ecosystem. Be sure to get hens from a crazy chicken lady if you want a sweet bird you can pet and hold!