Here is the little desk I wrote about in a prior post. I love the white drawer pulls, which are the perfect accent to the vibrant yellow.
Right now, it’s early morning here in Redlands; the day’s heat hasn’t come on yet. Luckily the forecast says it’ll be cooler than the 100+ it’s been lately. We came in late last night from the city, where it was also incredibly hot, and we had to stay inside because of smoke blowing our way from a brush fire in the Sepulveda Pass.
Sophia, my daughter, is already out helping Fran, our renter and caretaker extraordinaire, feed the horses and the two Buff Orpington pullets. Here she is with the two of them when they were smaller.
Sophia w/Buff Orpington Chick
I hadn’t heard of this breed until Fran and her husband Bill brought two chicks to add to the little flock (which is now back down to just these two).
Bill bought them solely because of the name! As a poet, I can absolutely relate to that! He told us he’d always remembered the name from when he was a boy listening to the Dagwood radio show, which ran from 1939 – 1950. The show was adapted from the comic strip. On the show, “Buff Orpington” was the name for two characters, a stereotypical fat-cat rich man and his wife.
“Mr. Buff Orpington” does sound rather preppy and pretentious, but Orpington is actually the name of a town in England after which the breed was named. And how snobby, really, can anyone be whose name is the name of a chicken breed? Obviously the Dagwood & Blondie crew we’re getting in their satirical digs!
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I found this great post about these chickens, “Buff Orpington: Our Favorite Backyard Chicken Breed.” It’s a blog called “The Tangled Nest” (http://thetanglednest.com/2011/03/buff-Orpington-our-favorite-bakcyard-chicken-breed/ ).
Check out this lovely site, subtitled “Cultivating an Urban-earthen Household,” for more info and photos of the Orpingtons, and so much more.
The blog author (and nature writer) Lyanda Lynn Haupt describes the Buff Orpington as “the classic Beatrix Potter chicken, the round barnyard beauty with the many-toed socks that Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, the hedgehog laundress, found so troublesome to wash.”
I’m all for a chicken with a good cultural pedigree!