I'm in a rush and so the photo's are not the best....

 same print above and below with more or less reflections, boy how hard is it making photographs of a piece behind glass! remember next time to make a pic before framing; as always these days 'round christmas I am rushing to get presents finished and usually manage in the nick of time; it does mean it never feels like a relaxing time for me, although foodwise I have now worries. Yesterday evening we had christmas dinner at my sister-in-law's whose hobby is cooking and we were not disappointed! have you ever tasted a white chocolate cake? well since yesterday I have and let me tell you it was scrummy, the entire table was silent for a few white chocolate moments, we were all savouring the rich flavours......and off somewhere else.......
Today we'll be visiting my sister and my husband prepared the main meat dish: hazenpeper (hare's pepper) which will be our contribution to the food (as mentioned the presents are my dept.)
40x50cm mono print 2013 'if I were a hare I'ld be out in a field just like that'
 well seeing as we are going to eat hare how appropriate the hare pops up in these prints I made and framed for our family members

 here's yet another take on the Bird cards: both birds printed facing each other on an oblong piece of paper and folded round and held together with a bit of string

'a hare for all seasons'
 each print varies slightly, so one could say they are both unique; they measure 27x27 cm (30x30 cm incl the frame)

I wish you all well loyal readers and hope to have a little more time tomorrow to go and read what you have been up to these past days, plus I will announce a give-away soon, so stay tuned


Marti said…
Lovely presents you made for your family Saskia. I'm more of a savory than a sweet person so your husband's hare dish sounds delicious and takes me back to my childhood. My parents raised rabbits for eating when I was a little girl and one of my favorite meals was rabbit stew. Coming from Spain, my parents would add loads of peppers, garlic, onions,tomatoes and red wine to their stew and we would sop it all up with good rustic French bread. Thanks for taking me back to these happy times. May the rest of this year and the new one to come, continue to give us good memories and continued joys, large and small.
Nancy said…
How clever of you to hold the paper so these two lovely birds could have a conversation!
The prints are amazing...whole worlds of imagination under glass.
However, the eating of hare is not something I am familiar with. It's funny when a cultural practice lets us know how differently we've really grown up! Otherwise it just feels like, "yes, yes, yes"...as in being on the same wavelength and understanding. I'm sure I've not stated this well, but maybe you'll understand what I mean :)

I really look forward to continuing with you.
Saskia said…
aha Marti, Spanish roots! You sure do get around.....my husband comes from farming stock, apart from a couple of years studying and later on working in towns/cities, he has lived his entire life in our countryside; he always knew he wanted to move back to the countryside and after we had met (me the townie with 'outdoorsy' dreams) we decided to take the plunge and moved here almost 18 years ago, where both our sons are born and they are now also 'men-of-clay'.....preparing food, shooting, cleaning the animals is all part of his life and has become mine as well - I hasten to add I enjoy the eating and cooking, not the rather gory part of slaughtering etc., I do admire his and our eldest son's way of dealing with it all - living here has taught me more than I could have hoped for; I now see the countryside in a less romantic, more earthy way and love every moment of it!
Your rabbit' stew sounds delicious, it just so happens we have a fresh rabbit waiting to be cooked, I will turn it into a Spanish dish! Comfort food in the depths of winter.
Hello Nancy, thank you, I am glad to report the family members were very happy with their prints; you know before I met my husband I had never eaten hare either.
As to the continuing: hey ho, off we go, it is an adventure;-)
beautiful gifts. beautiful work.
i am looking forward to seeing
all your work for the Show soon.
i remember last year...how really
good it was to see it all. hope
you take many photographs again...
even more...

and i just thought about an
interesting thing...
here in New Mexico, you only
hunt rabbits in the R months....
the tradition.
this would be then September through
April. and that leaves summer
months. i have always wondered
if it had something to do with
the quality of the meat in the
very hot months of the year..????
and also, i meant to ask a long
time ago...the percentage of your
family's meat that comes from
your husband's hunting...
Saskia said…
hello Grace, I am on to it: the making of a special exhibition page, plus titles etc

I don't know about rabbit hunting season as we don't in the Netherlands, for two very good reasons: there are two types of disease VHS and myxomatosis which kills them off very efficiently and it is therefore considered not done to be hunting these animals, and has become illegal.

the percentage of the meat that comes from my husband's hunting varies according to the seasons plus we don't eat meat every day, on average I think it's about 50 to 60 percent
that is so good. 50%....that's
great. it's as it should be, to
and i'm thinking maybe in the
warm months there is a possibility
of something like you have there...
or maybe a parasite or something???
when i have asked people why, they
kind of shrug...don't question it.
just how they were raised.



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