I’m glad I’m not alone in being enthused by weird snippets and that I can share a few of them here as food for the imagination.
I think that this was a quirky garden gate, made from recycled wood, although at the time I thought it was a section of fence. It may or may not be to your taste, but it’s certainly a one-off.
It didn’t seem to be on sale, but was set slightly apart, leaning against a wooden pillar. So, a piece of garden art, perhaps? Or made as a sample of what could be done around a garden by someone with the time, materials and skill.
I tried to persuade my sweetheart to do something like this when he decided to rework his fence, but after a short consideration of feasibility, received the southern uh-uh of dissent it takes northerners some time to distinguish from their uh-huh of assent. At least we have hope for longer.
If this gate had a previous, functional life in a garden, I’d have loved the chance to explore its surroundings. What else would a person with a gate like this have chosen or invented?
Those of us who see faces in everyday objects will find some here; those who don’t might prefer this wooden alligator.
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It’s a handsome wee beastie. Part garden tools – part totem in the making. And I can assure you that mine would simply have looked at me askance. You want one? You make it, knowing that wouldn’t happen 😔💗
I wish I was a bit more crafts-minded. I once spent a term making a slightly rounded wooden block in woodwork. I dare say my mind wasn’t in it. If I had paid more attention, who knows what I could be making now?
Wood really lends itself to quirkiness. Perhaps because following the contours of the wood itself suggests encourages it?
Perhaps, and it has a nice balance between firm and yielding.
I love quirky! About the ah-ah and uh-uh. My late husband, a native Texan, had the extraordinary ability to make no and yes sound exactly the same. Not sure how, but I’d often have to ask him to clarify.
A nod or shake of the head really helps! I had to double check and it seems I should have put uh-uh and uh-huh, so I corrected it. I can just about say the dissenting version now, but not the affirmative.
I think quirky wood can sometimes successfully combine practicality with character. And in this instance, I too wonder what laid just past this in its prior life?
It would have to be something worth our attention, surely.
I like this oddly shaped garden gate.
It would spice things up.
So cool!!! 😍
That gate is so fabulous. a-ah……I’d make it for you 🙂
That’s so sweet!
Of course there are faces! Much as I admire the pelican and alligator/crocodile, I favor finding faces in quirk. What a great word “quirky” is, and certainly invented for this bit of carving. With you, I have to wonder where this used to live and what else was there.
It’s funny what you can see in something when you look without a fixed agenda. For example, the post on the right is looking like a cup-holder this morning. I can’t think why!
Do you know that line from Gilbert & Sullivan? I’ve got it going through my head now! I can’t think why either!
I don’t. You may remember my musical taste is dodgy. You’ll need to enlighten me.
I can’t remember which work it’s from but it’s a song by someone who boasts of his kindnesses to other by pointing out their faults and the refrain goes something like “And everyone says I’m such a disagreeable man, and I can’t think why.” And the chorus echoes, “He can’t think why.”
That got sent off before I was ready. Please excuse mistakes.
You got up too early too. We can thank your lucky stars your mistake didn’t involve out-manoeuvring a fridge freezer.
ps It’s from Princess Ida.
I like the North/South divide on assent/dissent. I found myself reciting the options
The ‘no’ version has a falling sound and emphasises the last syllable, like the natural way to say up-down. The ‘yes’ version I can offer no help with!
Fascinating! Also loved the pelican/alligator and shared a link to that post on twitter. Provides such a great sense of place!
I’m glad you liked it enough to share. Wood is so often used to make straight, measured things, but the creatures especially seem like things a tree might approve of.
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