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    Anything you think might be suitable for Rfnk, or Lee's estate. Cos they love this stuff.
    I give you.....
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    Bonus suggestion, the one that kicked it off...
    The surfin' chicken.
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    I tort I was out but dey pulled me back in ....
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    We just found the gnome at me mothers old house, it's been let since she passed away in 9.
    When she bought the place it had a concrete seal and quasi/fake fountain and that bloody gnome. It became a family running joke. I'm thinking I'll present it to my sister on some special occasion.
    But I'm keeping the surfin' chook.

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    The Algorithm Is Watching

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    Have you ever watched the great French film Amelie? If not, you must!!
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    We have no statuary as yet. It's a de-nuded landscape.

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    I wish I had a pic, but it was years ago. Friends who lived in the woods had a mirror ball - something like this:



    They then added 4 or 5 plastic pink flamingos in a circle around it staring raptly...

    But then, something like this is always tasteful & understated:

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    ^ I love the VW flower sculpture in post # 8 - but I am quite sure my local HOA will not !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Have you ever watched the great French film Amelie? If not, you must!!
    No I haven't. Is it about gnomes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bow;6248297[IMG
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    That is truly horrible, yet that is what they're supposed to be, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    We have no statuary as yet. It's a de-nuded landscape.
    The potential!
    Imagine a giant ferro cement pumpkin..or, or, wait....a beetroot. Yasss.


    No, no... an albacore....
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    Meanwhile, in France....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    I wish I had a pic, but it was years ago. Friends who lived in the woods had a mirror ball - something like this:



    They then added 4 or 5 plastic pink flamingos in a circle around it staring raptly...

    But then, something like this is always tasteful & understated:

    I found a pedestal like that at the new place , no ball but I did have a spare boid bath.
    I don't need the ball anyway, for my new name is Cassandra, able to fortell the future yet doomed to disbelief. Maybe if I had one my kids would listen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    I found a pedestal like that at the new place , no ball but I did have a spare boid bath.
    I don't need the ball anyway, for my new name is Cassandra, able to fortell the future yet doomed to disbelief. Maybe if I had one my kids would listen.
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    Cursed to be marginalised.

    We've got one of those planters made from an old clinker dinghy, been there so long you have to look hard to see it. I don't like that but it's done, I either leave it or dig it up, leaving it and living with it is the passive solution.

    There are anchors and some misc steel artifacts like chainplates picked up somewhere sometime. The ply pelican/ stork thing with no legs, picked up off a beach one boaty christmas day. If Rick ever comes and visits I'll be hiding that away fer sure.

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    Found a quizzical garden trowel based thingummy.
    Plus the bonus angel/ sentinal/ anchor buddy that safed us up for so many years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    No I haven't. Is it about gnomes?
    Partly. You must see it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    Cursed to be marginalised.

    We've got one of those planters made from an old clinker dinghy, been there so long you have to look hard to see it. I don't like that but it's done, I either leave it or dig it up, leaving it and living with it is the passive solution.

    There are anchors and some misc steel artifacts like chainplates picked up somewhere sometime. The ply pelican/ stork thing with no legs, picked up off a beach one boaty christmas day. If Rick ever comes and visits I'll be hiding that away fer sure.
    The NZ Heritage Committee wouldn't let me take it out of Godzone anyway so don't worry!

    I'm ashamed to admit that we have none of the garden art that features in threads like this one. The closest thing we have is our semi-per m anent installation of a Folkboat in the front yard, although that's soon to be obscured by a semi-permanent shelter/shed for the next semi-permanent restoration project.

    Should we ever decide to install any, I have many ideas gleaned from the front garden heroes of my youth. These include: rampant dolphins, tyre swans, glossy black Aborigines, various cement Australian fauna, cement dinosaurs, petrol pumps and railway signals, water buffaloes guided by people with conical hats, cement horses, cement statues obviously stolen from ancient Rome, Florence, Greece or the local tip, other items that must have been stolen from the local tip, giant butterflies, dozing Mexicans with cactii. To name a few. Luckily I grew up in a very inspirational time and place.

    JB, your collection needs a rampant fish!
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    Oh I see, just got aced by a boat in the garden eh.
    Got no butterfly. Or fish.
    What to do?
    I had a couple of skulls picked off a beach... a boar and a a ,a , cow I think. That wuz muh wild west phase.

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    Butterflies are easy. All you need are the following ingredients:

    1. Plywood
    2. Coping saw
    3. Samples of bright paint
    4. Brush
    5. A particular sensibility

    Fish are more difficult ..... Here I have an admission to make. I do have one bit of garden art and, it's a fish. A photo will follow but it'll have to wait until next week when I'm no longer in Sydney doing parental support things. But, to whet (weta) your appetite, it makes your surfing chook look refined. A butterfly would have been easier but less functional.
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    Bottle trees are fairly common around here.


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    does it have to be permanent decor? we might carve beets instead of pumpkins this fall, if trends continue.

    our daughter, up for the weekend:

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    does it have to be permanent decor? we might carve beets instead of pumpkins this fall, if trends continue.

    our daughter, up for the weekend:

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    Does that make you beetniks?
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    unbeetable

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    (Canned laughter)

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    My wife says to me ' why are you photographing that trowel bird thing, is someone talking about garden art?'


    'Yes.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy W View Post
    Bottle trees are fairly common around here.

    I have been known to pave a section with bottles, don't think I'm a gonna do the tree thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    does it have to be permanent decor? we might carve beets instead of pumpkins this fall, if trends continue.

    our daughter, up for the weekend:

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    I wish my missing daughter could visit , I'm envious. Ours is trapped in London, at the mercy of corporate theft in the form of Singapore airlines. They takes your money and cancels the flight , and they won't give your money back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Z View Post
    Yes! Mrs Z and I loved it (and most of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's other films). I get the gnome reference.
    This was my avatar here for a few years, and would make a nice garden ornament:

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    Gnomes are always a bit creepy eh, it'd be interesting to understand where they fit in the demographic of mythical creatures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Butterflies are easy. All you need are the following ingredients:

    1. Plywood
    2. Coping saw
    3. Samples of bright paint
    4. Brush
    5. A particular sensibility

    Fish are more difficult ..... Here I have an admission to make. I do have one bit of garden art and, it's a fish. A photo will follow but it'll have to wait until next week when I'm no longer in Sydney doing parental support things. But, to whet (weta) your appetite, it makes your surfing chook look refined. A butterfly would have been easier but less functional.
    Broke my coping saw, ....there... can't be done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    ........

    ... But then, something like this is always tasteful & understated:


    I had to download this picture. Do you mind if I use it sometimes to wish someone a happy birthday?
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    I love everybody’s yard art here. Thanks for showing. I’ll put my little yard art somewhere here when I find a picture
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    We have the front half of an old Mirror dinghy and a 'make-up' from the remains of an old clinker boat liberated from the tip. Both arranged tastefully in the bush on the bank of our occasional creek complete with anchor and glass float. Actually garden seats above the gully which is full of ferns and the habitat of small birds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    My wife says to me ' why are you photographing that trowel bird thing, is someone talking about garden art?'


    'Yes.'
    I hope you're suitably impressed that an association was made between 'the trowel bird thing' and 'art'! Have you considered a plinth?
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