Lemon and lime

Presenting Budgie number 2. This is the colour of the wild Budgerigars in Australia that fly freely in flocks in dry and arid areas (of which we have much of). They like to nest in small cavities and hollow tree trunks, especially in Eucalyptus trees near dried up rivers and billabongs.

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Hello my Pretty 2, from my series of 50.

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Hello my Pretty 2 is available here: Winter Owls Shop

26 thoughts on “Lemon and lime

    • A billabong is an isolated lake that’s left behind when a river changes course. It can be dry for part of the year. It features a lot in our unofficial national anthem! You’ll now be wondering about some other words in Banjo Patterson’s bush ballad. A jumbuck is a sheep and a swagman is like a drifter or hobo I suppose. A coolibah is a eucalyptus tree and a billy is like a pot of water you boil over a campfire. A squatter is a wealthy landowner and a trooper is a policeman. A matilda, I think, is like a blanket roll you slung over your shoulder.

      Waltzing Matilda

      Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
      Under the shade of a coolibah tree,
      And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled:
      “Who’ll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me?”

      Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda
      You’ll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me
      And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled:
      “You’ll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me.”

      Down came a jumbuck to drink at that billabong.
      Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee.
      And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag:
      “You’ll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me.”

      Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda
      “You’ll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me”,
      And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag:
      “You’ll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me.”

      Up rode the squatter, mounted on his thoroughbred.
      Down came the troopers, one, two, and three.
      “Whose[N 1] is that [N 2] jumbuck you’ve got in your tucker bag?
      You’ll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me.”

      Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda
      “You’ll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me”,
      “Whose is that jumbuck you’ve got in your tucker bag?
      You’ll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me.”

      Up jumped the swagman and sprang into the billabong.
      “You’ll never take me alive!” said he
      And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong:
      “Who’ll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me?”

      Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda
      “You’ll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me”,
      And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong:
      “Who’ll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me?”

      • Why, thank you, Jen! As much as I’ve heard that song, I didn’t puzzle it out: the only two of the words I knew (from your list) were billy and trooper! I think I assumed a jumbuck was a kangaroo 🙂

  1. You are making my decision even harder with this lovely budgie. After letting my granddaughter tell me how she would like her bedroom decorated in my new home she said she wanted pictures like the owl I bought from you. So the art work in the girls room will feature your art pieces when I get to work on that room next summer. 😉

  2. I’m totally smitten with your budgie series. Can’t wait to see the complete set. Why not sell prints instead of the originals? That way you can share these delightful birds with more than one buyer at a time?

    • I’ve thought about doing prints for these but my print sales have been slow lately so I thought I’d try something different. Having said that, I’m hoping to do a market soon and prints do better there. Have you been doing any new paintings lately? Thank you for liking my budgies 🙂

  3. What a lovely owl!– er, I mean budgie!! And I like how it was speaking directly to me: “Hello, my pretty!” Yup, no doubt about it… : )

    Always liked Waltzing Matilda, tho it took me many years to figure out what the heck was going on!! My favorite version is by The Seekers, a group from Down Under– wherever that is… : )

    Lovely work, Jen, and thanks for the song recap!

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