Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Life and Death.

The deer above was discovered by the Dawn Patroller.  It had been hit by a car.  The car had not stopped.  

Deer do get hit by cars.  They jump over fences and walls, from trees. No road sense at all.  But this one was found with fields on either side.  Surely the driver would have seen it coming.  Not if he/she was driving like a maniac. 

One of the farmers, on his way to feed his cattle, stopped and tied up the deer's forelegs so it wouldn't do any more damage to itself, the back leg is broken.  And the DP sat with it.  Meanwhile I was phoning for someone to come out to it.  What a farce.  I phoned 101.  Scottish Police.  Where in Scotland?  They sent someone out from the other side of Aberdeen, 40 miles plus and two hours later..... the deer was put out of its misery.  Next time I will phone our vet and pay...

Then there is life.

 How joyously funny are these Whooper Swans?  The first photo is cropped so I can do a painting.

Now my moment of panic, and worrying about death.

The Three Musketeers.  Mum, son, and friend.  They are across the big barley field in their own grass field.  This afternoon I noticed 'friend' was not in the field.  He/she (not on intimate terms) was wandering around the owners garden. 

I phoned.  No reply.  I was just about to get in the car and drive round and ..... well not sure!  I am used to horses from years back.  But.  

Fortunately they returned home and I breathed a big sigh of relief.  (They later phoned to say they had our missed call and to explain said horse was tethered!)  (Could have told me I had visions of it ending up like the deer.)


So.  Back to fun.  This is a painting I did using just the brush and paints.  Loose painting its called.  Great fun.  I needed it after trying to please the person who has commissioned a painting.  No pressure, oh yes there is, and this painting relieved it quite a lot.

The one below is the finished commissioned painting.  But I have another one on the go, just in case.

Living in the countryside one is constantly reminded of death - and life. 


Anonymous said...

I'm so so sorry about the deer, such an upsetting thing for you and gosh the poor deer, many are hit here as well, moose too, its a ssad sad fact of life, the painting is wonderful, I love it!

Anonymous said...

Poor wee deer. :( Thank goodness you got some help for it though. Others might have just left it to suffer.

Love those whooper swans, and your paintings are fab, as always. xx

Marjorie said...

Thank you for tending to the deer. I am surprised there is no game warden there to call. I love the loose painting of the hares.

BadPenny said...

Sad little deer.
I spent the morning helping a wobbly old lady get home.

justjill said...

BadPenny you have just described me!