Thursday, 24 March 2016

The Colour Collaborative: March: Egg

I've been thinking about this month's Colour Collaborative post for a little while now. And suddenly Easter's almost upon us, with the egg hunts and the chocolate and the crazy preschool holiday schedule.

Ordinarily, I think about eggs in terms of eating them. Joe loves them scrambled. I always have them in the kitchen for baking or pancakes. We're fortunate in that a few doors down, there's a farmyard where we can buy eggs laid by the very hens that strut about outside our garden gate. The eggs are huge with orange yolks.

I also think that eggs herald the retreat of winter and signify for me the lengthening days of spring. All that nest-building and birdsong... It's enough to gladden the heart, even on a old and grey day.

We did an egg hunt in the village church on Monday. All those little foil-covered treats hidden in the shadows amongst the pews. The little ones loved it. Pink and blue, yellow and green. And at the end (just in case they hadn't had their fill of chocolate): a big Cadbury's egg each in that unmistakable purple packaging.

Personally, I'd prefer the real thing. Eggs from wild birds with all the marks and spots and subtle shades Nature has given them. I'm fascinated by illustrations from old books of bird's eggs in all shapes, sizes and hues. Those in the photographs are actually quail's eggs which I blew a few years ago. So not quite wild, but pretty nonetheless. And incredibly fragile. I tried painting them pale blue but only have watercolours and it won't adhere. Maybe this Easter's project could be dyeing some instead.

Don't forget to visit the other Colour Collaborative blogs for more of this month's posts, just click on the links below.

What is The Colour Collaborative?

All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff. Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together? Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too. We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a colour related theme, and hoping that in combination our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about colour in new ways.


  1. What pretty eggs. You're right, when eggs are around spring is in the air. The birds are singing their hearts out here, it's lovely. Wishing you a good Easter Sarah. CJ xx

  2. Very very creative :) I hope you have a wonderful Easter!!

  3. How lucky to have hens just up the road and be able to buy their eggs. That really is fresh and free range! Hope you have a lovely Easter x

  4. Such pretty pictures. natures eggs are just beautiful aren't they.
    Have a wonderful Easter x x

  5. Having fresh eggs whenever I want them is by far the best thing about having my own hens. I know exactly where they've been and what they eat, and I think the eggs taste better than store-bought ones. Your eggs are beautiful and so unusual. I have no idea what type of hens lay eggs like that. I would love to know if I can have that kind here. I hope you and your family have a lovely Easter and that Joe doesn't go too bonkers on all that chocolate. :)

  6. Hope you have a good Easter and enjoy the egg hunt! xx

  7. Yep, eggs - chocolate or otherwise - herald spring like nothing else. Have a lovely easter weekend. Xx

  8. Love your photos - they are frame-worthy!

  9. The quail's eggs you photographed are lovely, and unique. Having been reared on research poultry farms sixty years ago, I did not appreciate the beauty of chicken eggs, and now when I am treated to the wonderful eggs raised in free range style with orange yolks as you described I think that they taste better than the eggs I tasted as a child. Eggs did not/don't especially speak of Spring to me although around Easter I enjoyed dying eggs as a child and I enjoy dying eggs now with my grands. As for candy eggs I love plain dark chocolate ones the best now although I enjoyed trying all sorts of sweet ones in the past :) I love the colors and types of eggs you in the collaborative shared this month. The photos of wild bird eggs are especially beautiful and interesting in their variations. Thank you for sharing your perspective in this post, Sarah. xx


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...