the nest

The Titmice are not coming as often as they used to. But I have seen them grabbing stuff from the little suet cage with sheep wool that I hung in the yard. They must be building somewhere near.

Alabama, the Bluebird lady, has laid her fifth egg yesterday. We will see if another one comes up. Otherwise, I think they are perfectly set for incubation time. Clarence is bringing her snacks to the nestbox all the time and they seem to be a pretty good team :)

Super relatable moments in ACOWAR ❗️ SPOILERS

- Rhys taking away Tamlins ability to speak basically because he literally wouldn’t shut up
- Azriel shrinking into shadows to avoid an uncomfortable conversation
- “You sent the bogge after them!”
- Mor putting a bottle of wine in front of Feyre when she’s stressed and telling her to drink straight from it
- Everyone being super uncomfortable when Varian and Amren were making out
- “Jurian rolled his eyes and went back to his bacon.”
- Helion just wanting a foursome with Mor, Cassian and Azriel

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The male jacana chosen to parent the chicks, called the receiver, is a devoted father.  He will construct a floating nest by uprooting aquatic plants and stamping or shoving them together to create a dense and tough platform.  He may create several of these nests at several different sites before the female is satisfied with one.  After she has laid the eggs, parenting falls almost entirely on him; the female may shade the eggs from strong sunlight, defend the nest from predators, or incubate the eggs if the male is having a hard time finding food, but otherwise she is uninvolved.  Incubating the eggs is the male’s responsibility; he will even move the eggs to a different site if he feels the nest is unsafe.

 After the chicks are born, they rarely leave their father’s side; he will guide them to food, keep them warm, and violently chase rivals away.  The male African jacana (last three images) goes one step further; should danger present itself, the male can literally tuck his chicks under his wings and carry them away.

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Anna’s hummingbird nest and eggs (scale is obviously exaggerated because those nests are untattooably small!)

Super happy with how this one came out. Thank you, Casey!

“Tell That Devil” Curse

A revenge spell for someone who hurt you to the point of breaking your soul and draining your light. Inspired by the song “Tell That Devil” by the Nashville Cast/Jill Andrews. This was designed with a specific person in mind, change it however you see fit.


Items needed:

  • 3 black candles
  • 1 lighter/matches
  • A pinch of pepper seeds (hot peppers preferably)
  • A piece of a fallen hornet’s nest (can usually be found on the ground in autumn)
  • 1 rusty nail
  • 1 piece of paper
  • 1 writing utensil
  • 1 small vial
  • Something to place burning paper safely
  • A spot of ground that the sunlight doesn’t touch

Instructions:

1. Write the victim’s name on the piece of paper. Place the seeds and hornet’s nest on the paper and fold it up as best you can. Light the three candles.

2. Begin reciting the incantation:

“You broke my soul, you poisoned my light, you blackened my heart. Now you will pay. [Victim’s name], I curse you and send you back to hell. I ask of the devil that he receive you. Feel the pain you have forced upon me tenfold. You will suffer for your evil-doings…”

3. Thrust the rusty nail into the folded paper as many times as you like, just make sure nothing falls out.

“… Feel the coffin nails pierce you…”

4. Light the folded paper on fire with the flames of the candles.

“… Feel the hellfire on your skin…”

5. Place the burning paper in the holder and wait until it is ash. Collect the ashes into the vial. Seal the vial and bury it in the spot of ground you’ve chosen that is never touched by sunlight.

“… And now I bury you in the ground, see you in hell.”

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J E A N  M O R E A U .

There’s no surrender
And there’s no escape
This is a wild game of survival.