Saturday, 10 April 2010

Raiders of the last guava

Fruit-stealing thrushes inspired William Morris to create a print that became one of his most successful fabric designs, the Strawberry Thief. Had Morris faced a brace of coppery brushtails raiding his cherry guava trees instead of speckled songbirds, I'd imagine the resulting design would have been even more popular and enduring.

Note the accomplice hidden in the leaves


Looks like there'll be no cherry guavas left for me

8 comments:

Mosura said...

Between your guavas and my apples there are a whole lot of well fed possums up and down the east coast.

Snail said...

They could at least have the grace to look embarrassed when caught in the spotlight!

Susan said...

Oh to have a guava stealing from my garden! But we do get raccoons, and they are very precocious as well.

Lynda said...

Oh no, I'm getting nostalgic for possums! This can't be a good sign.

mick said...

Sorry you won't get your guavas but they are very cute raiders!

swampythings said...

Well perhaps they need to learn about sharing ..... with you! but how could you get cross with such a sweet face that is not the slightest bit embarrassed at being caught in the spotlight!

Tyto Tony said...

But recent steamy look at Rosetti and Co suggests Morris more in danger from thrush than thrushes!

Snail said...

Susan, I'll pack them up and send them to you! They're very adaptable and will eat all sorts of fruit, flowers and leaves.

Lynda, I bet you don't miss the footsteps on the roof at 3 a.m.

Mick, they do manage to combine cuteness with pure cheek.

Swampythings, I think they're the mum and son combo that I photographed not long after I arrived here. She's certainly not teaching him good manners.

Tony, indeed! It's a wonder that they painted anything. I am appalled that the series didn't make a star of Rosetti's pet wombat. (Although Rosetti seems to have been a bit of a wombat himself.)