November 23, 2013 – Today was the day we had our family portrait taken. We’re giving it to Mom for Christmas, so we wanted to make sure the photographer had plenty of time. We waited until Mom and the family left for their Saturday activities and then quickly changed into our holiday best. Some of the ladies decided to go with a more natural look, wearing eucalyptus and holly berry wreaths on their heads. Wilma wore a tiara, Bo and Tim, the red turtleneck sweaters with snowflake patterns that Charlotte knitted them for this special occasion. The pullets wore cute reindeer antlers and Peaches, a wedding gown. I tried to tell her it was a Christmas portrait, but how much influence does a white hen with strawberry juiced head feathers have? (It seemed like such a good idea yesterday.)
The photographer showed up shortly after noon. Her name is Dumpling Longfeather. She’s from Canada. It cost a little more to get her here because she had to take the train from Antigonish, but I’m sure it will be well worth the price. Dumpling’s photographs have appeared in National Geographic! When I told Violet and Emaline this, they started to remove their beautiful holiday blouses.
“NO!” I exclaimed. “It’s not THAT kind of National Geographic photo!” That’s when I remembered that chickens don’t usually wear clothes anyway, and I let them decide for themselves. They went with the blouses.
The portrait was taken outside in front of the smelly bush. It’s November, so you can hardly notice the stink. Everyone sported a gorgeous smile. Mom is going to LOVE this present! We’re ordering 4 copies – one to hang in each of the coops and one to give to Mom. I can’t wait for her to open it on Christmas Day!
Dumpling stayed for dinner before the cab picked her up for the train ride home. She invited us to visit her next summer in Nova Scotia. We just may do that!