Friday, 18 February 2011

Folksy Friday- One for sorrow...

One for sorrow, two for mirth,
Three for a wedding, four for a birth,
Five for silver, six for gold,
Seven for a secret not to be told.
Eight for heaven, nine for hell,
And ten for the devil's own sel'.

My theme for Folksy Friday this week is Magpies. I saw 8 of them this morning on a roof top which I've never seen before- they were definitely plotting something. In case you're interested the collective noun for Magpies is a Tidings- which got me thinking about all the other collective nouns for birds. Here are some of my favourite:

aerie of eagles
bevy of doves
conspirancy of ravens
deceit of lapwings
descent of woodpeckers
mob of emus
murder of crows
ostentation of peacocks
parliament of owls
storytelling of crows
unkindness of ravens
wisdom of owls

So here is my selection of lovely Folksy Magpie Items:
Rae Welch Magpie in Snow by Rosehill Nature Trail
Inkmeup Dab and a dash.
Champignons The Reworkd Workshop

From left to right, top to bottom
1 Magpies two for joy by Rae Welch
2 Magpie in Snow by Rosehill Nature Trail
3 Stately Magpie Wonders of Bird Life Limited Edition Book Print by Ink Me Up
4 Two For Joy fabric Journal - Notebook by Dab and a dash
5 Magpies pocket moleskine cahier- red by Champignons
6 Magpie Necklace by The Reworkd Workshop
Thank you to everyone that I've included in this Folksy Friday. I hope you enjoy my selection. Kate x


  1. That's a really interesting blog post. I love your selection of magpie items and have enjoyed reading about what collections of birds are called.

  2. I love your post, its really interesting and have always wondered if the magpie rhyme can go beyond 7! And now I know :-)

  3. Interesting and entertaining! Nice blog...I'm joining! (-;

  4. Great picks, and I love the list of collective nouns for birds. I wonder why so many of them are negative?!

  5. I LOVE magpies..when the light catches their wings they have the most amzing colour in them.
    Great Folksy Friday.
    Thank you for featuring my magpie notebook amongst such a great selection.
    {Dab and a dash.}

  6. Thank you for including my magpies in your blog! Rae