Sunday, January 20, 2013

Of flightless birds...

Recently a friend of mine wrote to me and said he had an "extra" ostrich egg (long story, he's a slightly eccentric fellow), and did I want it. Um, yeah! I've always been intrigued by these enormous eggs of flightless birds, which I coveted for a piece of unusual home decor. You can see in this photo how huge the ostrich egg is, with its beautiful off-white color and slightly bumpy texture, lying next to regular chicken eggs! The shell is about an eighth of an inch thick, so I needed to use a power drill to poke the holes on each end to blow it out—no small feat, by the way. It's now sitting elegantly in an old metal urn. Thanks JC!

photos, Diane Carnevale

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