Diggory gets a date by Bridget Beth

Behind my parents’ house there is a very steep hill. In this hill are a series of small holes in which live a curious little creature. The mountain beaver. They look a bit like marmots or very large rodents. They build little apartment complexes like hobbits in the dirt, equipped with vents for their bathrooms! A sophisticated animal, I should think. I have never actually seen one, can you believe it? So I like to imagine that they are very private and ornate!

Here is a sketch I did of my parents’ house I did a couple days ago. Can you imagine a colony of sweet little mountain beavers dining on ferns behind it? (They really do eat ferns. I looked it up and it said they eat bracken and fiddleheads and sword ferns. How darling can you be??)

disclaimer: The diggory painting is quite long and I had to splice three pieces of it together. My next purchase will be a scanner because none of my work is getting captured very sharp or crisp. And the shadows! Eep! I also forgot to outline the table top so I’ll do that and scan it, and repost it someday. Hopefully soon :)

Oh and I got the idea for Diggory’s name from an episode of Cat in the Hat. An earthworm was named diggory. Such a perfect name for an animal who digs!!

8 thoughts on “

  1. Very sweet! Have you ever read the "Tum Tum and Nutmeg" books? Oh, you would love them!(This painting reminds me of them) I read them to my two oldest children last winter and they got so excited at the stories they would jump up and down as I read! Now that is saying a lot for a 8 and 10 year old! lolHere is the link to the book on Amazon (has a collection of 3 or 4 stories) http://www.amazon.com/Tumtum-Nutmeg-Adventures-Beyond-Nutmouse/dp/0316075744/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1316237640&sr=1-2

  2. Very sweet! Have you ever read the "Tum Tum and Nutmeg" books? Oh, you would love them!(This painting reminds me of them) I read them to my two oldest children last winter and they got so excited at the stories they would jump up and down as I read! Now that is saying a lot for a 8 and 10 year old! lolHere is the link to the book on Amazon (has a collection of 3 or 4 stories) http://www.amazon.com/Tumtum-Nutmeg-Adventures-Beyond-Nutmouse/dp/0316075744/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1316237640&sr=1-2

  3. I love the little underground animal house! Quite Naria.Also, I think it's wonderful that you painted your parents' house. We have a few paintings of previous houses that my grandparents lived in near Lake Washington, and those are pretty special to have around. It's a sense of place, history, and roots for me.

  4. I love the little underground animal house! Quite Naria.Also, I think it's wonderful that you painted your parents' house. We have a few paintings of previous houses that my grandparents lived in near Lake Washington, and those are pretty special to have around. It's a sense of place, history, and roots for me.

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