wings and things

Feathers and figs

on February 13, 2015

Well the whole lawn is strewn here and there with the feathers shed by our peacocks. Periodically I go around picking them up and last week Dina (my decluttering expert) tied them into bunches to be sold and she bought 20 herself, so I made $20!


Don’t worry. I don’t keep a display like this on top of the stove ordinarily; I just put them there for the picture.


As you can see, peacock feathers are varied. The above picture shows the underneath feathers.

The lawn underneath the two ancient fig trees is also strewn – with dead figs. Tip: never step on a dead fig and, if you do, clean the sole of your shoe immediately. Dead figs are like superglue!

I have been picking and giving away as many figs as I can because the heat is killing them off fast. This morning was a bit cooler so I picked heaps and they are now in a sink full of water to drown the ants. I’m taking them into the guys at the restaurant Ming works at. They go very well with blue cheese.


Picking figs always reminds me of Gar, Anthony’s mother. She would always want me to try to pick the topmost fig by hook or by crook and, yes, we usually used her walking stick to do so.


So, with the figs and feathers, I am feeling quite rich!

61 responses to “Feathers and figs

  1. Yvonne says:

    Sun kissed figs, what could be better, especially with blue cheese.

    (Oh, wait, apropos my last blog post, sun kissed knockers are good, too!) 🙂

  2. cecilia says:

    Love the feathers! c

  3. I didn’t know ants liked figs.

  4. Terry says:

    Those are beautiful feathers. I have never had a fig before

  5. “Figs and Feathers’… kind of poetic… Diane

  6. Judy says:

    I love the beauty found within a peacock’s feather! I “fig”ure this new pursuit sounds like fun. You can’t get “down” when you’re picking up feathers.

    • jmgoyder says:

      Judy, you are cleverer with words than I will ever be and you always make us laugh!

      • Judy says:

        Well, I think laughter is a wonderful thing. It always makes me feel better so I’m glad if I do that for you. I don’t know if clever is the word – maybe silly? My kids roll their eyes at most of my puns. Instead of being a weirdo – I’m a “wordo!” (Okay, that was bad)

  7. Vicki says:

    Massive amount of peacock feathers, Julie.
    Fig are very expensive in the market (or s/mkt) here, so I’m sure you could sell them and make some pocket money 😀

    Were you following my old blog when I uploaded this post

    (if you go through the slideshow, you will see a good pic of those under feathers).

    • jmgoyder says:

      Just did go back to see your post! I wish I could send you some figs! I can’t sell them because they only have a 24 hour life once picked alas.

      • Vicki says:

        Thanks for the thought (about the figs), Julie, but I can’t eat them. Same with corn on the cob (which I used to love). They are 2 food items that cause excruciating IBS symptoms. My friends have a massive fig tree and its loaded every year, but I can’t make use of their offers either.

  8. Life’s rich leavings.

  9. janeslog says:

    The feathers are lovely. When I was out cycling I saw some peacocks in the garden of a house near Lanark. They are lovely birds.

    Figs are nice but expensive here.

  10. susanpoozan says:

    Glad you are reaping a reward from your property, very satisfactory.

    • jmgoyder says:

      Yes! Last year I was so down in the dumps that I just let all of the figs fall of the trees and die. This year I am picking masses and giving away to figlovers!

  11. Industrious ! I wonder how many creations have been inspired by the colors of those feathers????

  12. I am glad that you spent some time gathering feathers and figs.
    It took me back to you posts when I was drawn in by the peace and contentment of your lifestyle there.

  13. Lovely feathers. And oh I how I was closer to relieve you of some figs! Divine!

  14. Amy says:

    Wow, I want to be there right night instead of the freezing cold in Ohio!

  15. Love figs and miss our fig tree which blew over a couple of years ago. Do you have any problem with your dogs eating them? My two LOVE figs and would make a bee line to the fig tree and snatch any on the ground.

  16. Brilliant! One of my favorite preserves to put on toast is fig. The peacoc feathers are so striking in a vase, you are indeed steeped in riches Jules. 😀

  17. Wow, those features are gorgeous and your harvest looks divine. Nature’s best.

  18. how very exotic it is to a Canadian to have figs growing in your yard and beautiful feathers to decorate with

  19. What a rich and colourful and bountiful life you have Julie! thank you for sharing. Lovely.

  20. I have a non-fruit-producing fig tree in my living room. It’s one of my favourite house plants. I was just saying to someone the other day, I wonder what figs look like before they’re dried or put into fig newtons and now I know Julie!

    The feathers also look beautiful – good way to make some extra cash! ❤
    Diana xo

  21. ksbeth says:

    a plethora of riches )

  22. Tiny says:

    Oh, I’d love some fresh figs with blue cheese! I can almost taste that combination….

  23. My Heartsong says:

    I like feathers, as a kid I would stroke them , and observe how you separate one strand from another then put them back again.quite beautiful and like the variety-nice that you can get money for them, too.

  24. You ARE rich, and talented, and amazing.

    From now on, whenever I see a peacock feather, I’ll think of you. I’ve never known anyone else who had peacocks.

  25. lensgirl53 says:

    Love figs….we make fig preserves….yummy with buttermilk biscuits! I am highly allergic to the leaves but, thankfully not the fruit!

  26. love figs! they are so good for you. i love peacock feathers even more so!! one of the schools i taught at years ago actually had a couple of pea’s and sometimes they were so loud we had to adapt our lecture time around them:)

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