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Colly. ('Four colly birds'...) The 'Twelve days of Christmas'. by Elizabeth Moore Golding

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Colly. ('Four colly birds'...) The 'Twelve days of Christmas'. by 

2013 Xmas card collection. From the ‘Twelve days of Christmas’. My take on that poem.

I have always thought that the song said ‘four calling birds…’, and plenty of others have too, but ‘colly’ is an old popular name for a blackbird. ‘Colly’ is the black grime of coal.

Pen and ink and watercolour on Dessin 220 paper.

I work in different forms of media e.g. oil, acrylic (on canvas), pen and wash, pen sketch, hand-painted ceramics. You can see many of these converted into high quality cards, prints, throw pillows and tote bags which are for sale through

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  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanover 1 year ago

    All my life I have been singing Twelve Calling birds!! Now, approaching my 70th birthday, I find out they are Colly birds!… Better late than never! LOL!

  • Yes, same with me Heather! I found out researching for these cards!

    – Elizabeth Moore Golding

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 1 year ago

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  • Hello Mary and thank you for featuring one of my Xmas card birdies!

    – Elizabeth Moore Golding

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 1 year ago

    Happy to see the correct ‘colly’! Another beauty. The ‘Twelve Days’ never had it so good!

  • Hi artwhiz47 again! Yes, I am so pleased that I have found the correct description for that blackbird! A colly one! Thanks again.

    – Elizabeth Moore Golding

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