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The Ball Bird fabric by anniedeb on Spoonflower - custom fabric

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By Deborah Astley

My designs are inspired by nature, words, music, personal experiences & memories. Please message me if you have any questions or requests.

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Description:

The Ball Bird. See notes.

Once upon a time, long long ago, when tennis nets were woven of bulrushes and tennis was called “jeu de palm” because the hand, instead of a racket, was used to bat back and forth a ball made of a pig’s bladder . . . once upon a time there were . . . ball birds. Though they resembled medieval jesters with their clownish colors, they were very grumpy birds. No one really enjoyed having them around, but they did provide a much needed service. Ball birds typically perched on the back of the chair umpire’s roost. Often, the birds became bored perching through what seemed like endless games that went on and on. Occasionally they would go after balls that had gone awry. Because of their boredom, though, they began pecking on the heads of the chair umpires, then those of the players. Once the ball birds began venturing into the viewing audience and pecking them on their heads, it was decided to start using human beings as ball boys (or girls).

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anniedeb

anniedeb says: Rhonda, thanks so much for taking a look at my grumpy Bird. Appreciate so much your comments. Thank you!

Posted over 2 years ago.

anniedeb

anniedeb says: Thanks so much for reading the story, Magenta Rose. I appreciate your comments. Thank you. :-)

Posted over 2 years ago.

magenta...

magentarosedesigns says: I love your story about the ball birds Deb, what fun and such a cheerful happy design too! :-)

Posted over 2 years ago.

rhondad...

rhondadesigns says: The ball bird has such a disgruntled expression on his face that you can't help but feel that the boredom of his set task was what drove him to participate in his pate-pecking actions! Your design is an amusing and imaginative take on the theme, Deborah!

Posted over 2 years ago.

anniedeb

anniedeb says: Thanks so much, Penny. I'm happy you read the notes. The only part that is actually true is that tennis began as "jeu de palm." The rest I made up in my bird brain. :-) Thanks so much for your comments. I appreciate it.

Posted over 2 years ago.

bluevelvet

bluevelvet says: What an interesting story Deborah and your bird is so adorable

Posted over 2 years ago.