Archives for the month of: December, 2015

seven dedes drinking

…my true love brought to me Seven Dedes drinking, six punters paying, five golden things, four thrown-off frocks, three strange friends, two purple gloves and a chicken in a dead tree.

No surprises today, after all it is New Year’s Eve and some of the Dedes like to party :). HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our friends. May 2016 be full of fun and laughter and all your wishes become true!

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six punters paying

…my true love brought to me six punters paying, five golden things, four thrown-off frocks, three strange friends, two purple gloves and a chicken in a dead tree.

In the original carol, the true love had send presents up till now. Strangely after day 5 it changes to activities that can be watched or joined. On the sixth day “Six geese a laying” were sent. Having backyard chickens I definitely would value the laying fowls. My present of course was different: Six Dedes showed up with bundles of money. Maybe they had found the geese from the original song and they were of the kind that laid golden eggs. Or maybe the Dedes adopted the Chinese custom to repay debts before the New Year so they can start with a clean slate. Pity only that it was some sort of monopoly money, God knows where they found that.

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five golden things

…my true love brought to me five goldend things, four thrown-off frocks, three strange friends, two purple gloves and a chicken in a dead tree.

This time I get it! This is soooo typical Dede, they always come up with a cheap, homemade solution. In the original carol, the true love sends five golden rings. And what does L’Artiste do? He rummages through the recycle box in his studio, finds five odd things and spray paints them gold. Ah well, I guess it is the thought that counts!

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discarded frocks2

…my true love brought to me Four thrown-off frocks, three strange friends, two purple gloves and a chicken in a dread tree.

These four chums threw away their beautiful and very useful black robes, sorry Rae! (Rae made the frocks for the Dedes, so they got bodies). And now they are sitting once again heads only on their sticks, just as  they were invented. Three of them seem to be very happy to be No bodies again. Only Bad Conscience, the one in the front, looks uncomfortable. But why do they bring me their frocks? Does this mean they want to slip back into oblivion. Do I push them too hard?

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3strange_friends

…my true love brought to me three strange friends, two purple gloves and a chicken in a dead tree.

Three strange friends? What is this about? Aren’t all friends strange to some degree? One of this crowd is obviously severely depressed and they found the skeleton in my closet. Maybe they want to remind me of one of the Dede’s mottoes: Embrace Diversity! Or maybe it is a hint I should appreciate my friends more!

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boxing gloves2 copy

…of Christmas my true love brought to me Two Purple Gloves and a Chicken in a Dead Tree.

Now I am even more bamboozled. They obviously didn’t put much thought into their selection of presents or who is going to deliver them. Isn’t the bunny totally out of season? Also, in the original song, the second present was “two turtle doves”. Doves are the symbol of peace. The gloves and the rabbit’s posture looks more like fighting stance to me. He looks very determined, too.

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firstdayofxmas

Chicken in a dread tree

 

firstdayofxmas

…my true love brought to me A chicken in a dead tree. Now this should make you think. In the original song of Twelve Days of Christmas, a partridge in a pear tree was given. First of all, I am happy it is not a dead chicken in a tree. But what could the Dedes mean by giving me a chicken in a dead tree? What are they trying to tell me?

 

alien readingprayer book

Many people will say Merry Christmas today. I prefer it to Season Greetings or Happy Holidays or whatever the current political correct greeting is. Even though I am not religious. It certainly doesn’t hurt to stop and think about what formed our culture.  Here Alien is reading in one of my priced heirlooms: a prayer book that was given to my grandmother by her grandmother in 1909. Good on him.

potatoes growing

Last year around this time the Dedes got serious about their Artist’s Survival Cookbook. As it is published now, they are searching for a theme for their next book. Devil for example would love to write an anti-bullying book called The Revenge of the Nobodies. Remember the Dedes were originally conceived as heads only, as “No bodies”. Devil is chuffed with the title he thought up, but that is as far as he got. Others picked up on Pig’s idea. He was sick of flour-and-water half way through the last book and suggested 101 ways with potatoes. The longer the Dedes worked on the Artitst’s Survival Cookbook the more puppets sided with Pig. As a precaution, Foxy Lady planted a potato patch a few weeks back and is dilligently tending it. You never know the potato book might be the winning idea.

Does anyone else have any ideas what the Dedes could do?

crumpets and chamber maid

Sometimes I have the feeling the Dedes are the only ones that use their cookbook. But then I got this really lovely email yesterday about the launch event

Thanks for iniviting me to the launch of the Artist’s Survival Cookbook. It was a fantastic idea to have guests try making the recipes and my 8yr old son had a ball. Being of Italian descent it was great to have my son making and then eating his own pasta. The experience was so successful that I understand Santa is bringing him a pasta maker this year.

So we have at least one young convert. I would say that was a mission accomplished :)