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Sunday, 11 October 2020

Sunday Selections #502

 




Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.

Huge thanks to Cie who gave me this wonderful Sunday Selections image.
  
The meme was then continued by River at Drifting through life.  Sadly she has now stepped aside (though she will join us some weeks), and I have accepted the mantle. 
 
The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to me. Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen. 
I usually run with a theme. Sometimes I repeat those themes.  Again and again.
 
So, just for a change I am revisiting Floriade Reimagined (which finishes today) and our own garden.  Today I taking you back to the Erindale Centre's take on Floriade.  Flowers will take a back seat though.  Concurrent with the display of spring blooms they held a scarecrow festival.  The scarecrows were made by community groups, by schools, by individuals.  And there is ALWAYS room for quirky fun in my world.

 













I spotted some more beauty and fun on my walk down to the scarecrow festival as well.
 

 
The bear in this car was simply huge - and apologies for the reflections in the car window.


I love these magpies sitting on a log.  If I find out where they came from I will buy them for our garden.
 
Speaking of our garden, I have (of course) also included a few shots from home.






 








Have a safe, happy and wonderful week.  And all the weeks to come.
 
 
 


 


118 comments:

  1. Some funky scarecrows.
    Funny someone put a bear in the passenger seat. One of our baseball teams put bears like that one all over the stadium so it looked like people were there. The best play was one of the bears getting popped in the head by a foul ball.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: The bear is in the drivers seat. I don't think that car is going anywhere anytime soon. I would have loved to have seen the bear popped in the head by a foul (poor bear).

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  2. I love those scarecrows. I see every now and then, when catching cats for people, scarecrows they've made out of tin cans. They are so creative. So I like those brightly painted "small bucket" scare crows a lot and am thinking I might make one, now that the rains have hit here, for fun. There's something about a dandelion seed head too, that is intricate and beautiful! Also, I love the magpies too. I hope you find some for your garden.

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    1. Strayer: You are right about the dandelion head. Even when I 'think' I have weeded, one always escapes me. I hope to find those magpies as well. Next time I walk that way I might have to knock on the door and ask.

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  3. I liked the scarecrows. Most of them did not forget their masks. : )
    Your flowers are doing very well.
    : )

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    1. Caterina: I liked the scarecrows too. There were some very different takes on the theme. We had rain at just the right time and my garden is loving it. The weeds are too.

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  4. My favorites are the bucket scarecrow and the one with all the scarves that look like feathers. Yes, I love lots of color. ;)
    Adore the bear driving like he's going off on an adventure! It's fantastic that people are willing to be playful for others' benefit.
    I hope you find a few magpies of your very own. They are certainly beautiful and would fit right into your garden.

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    1. River Fairchild: The bear was great wasn't he. I hope he gets his adventure. I was fond of the scarecrows you mentioned too - and glad to see them all.
      I might have tracked down some similar magpies on line. I will keep looking because you are right, they WOULD fit in to our garden.

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  5. Your garden is the very best Floriade, thanks for those quirky scarecrows, they are wonderful to see.

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    1. Charlotte (MotherOwl): Thank you. The official Floriade closes to day, but my garden is still going gang-busters. Which I am loving.

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    2. I hope your garden continues to delight you - and us - a long time yet. I've tried to join the Sunday Selection as well. No fake paintings this time though.

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    3. Charlotte (MotherOwl): I am looking forward to seeing your Sunday Selections, and will be over to check them out very soon.

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  6. I love the scarecrows. I once made a scarecrow, dressed her up and sat her in the corner with her legs crossed in a chair on my front porch. She wore a pair of my long boots. She startled everyone who came to the front door as she was partly hidden. It was so worth it to listen to their comments afterword.

    Here most of the pretty flowers have died down and it's noice seeing spring flowers again.
    Have a great weekend. We celebrate Thanksgiving on Monday.

    Stay safe and well.
    Hugs, Julia

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    1. Julia: I would have loved to have seen your scarecrow - and heard the comments.
      A very Happy Thanksgiving to you. A festival which makes a heap of sense to me.

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  7. To fight this virus
    Fighting spirit is needed
    Some scarecorona

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    1. Sean Jeating: Fighting spirit or endurance. My jury is still out on that one - though I thoroughly enjoyed your comment.

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  8. The magpies look like they are guarding an egg.

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    1. Mike: They do don't they? Which is entirely appropriate. Our magpies (particularly the males) are very protective parents.

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  9. The scarecrow are without doubt the winner EC.

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    1. Bob Bushell: There was a scarecrow festival last year too - and I do hope it becomes an annual event.

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  10. Dear EC
    There are some very creative people there. We all need a bit of joy and a laugh, especially at the moment. I too like the magpies.
    Have a happy week
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: Joy never, ever goes astray. Despite my aim to buy less I really want those magpies and if I find them I will succumb.

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  11. Some pretty creative scarecrows there, Sue. They should have a Trump replica. That would scare anything away!

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    1. David M. Gascoigne: It they had a Trump defiling the community garden it would certainly scare me. Badly.

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  12. The Scarecrow Festival was held up here on the mountain in September...lasting a couple of weeks. Reportedly, throughout this rather small area that is Tamborine Mountain, there were over 300 scarecrows smiling at those passing by.

    I hope the week ahead brings you much happiness, EC....cuddles to Jazz. :)

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    1. Lee: I would like to see 300 scarecrows. We need good wishes this week. Jazz's pancreatitis is acting up again.

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  13. I Love love love all these scarecrows, especially the one hanging on the fence, sort of looks like a colorful tin man, a very hippie tin man. Love them all!!! But the magpies...oh my. Super special!! Thanks for sharing this delight.

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    1. J C: Aren't the magpies wonderful. The garden they reside in is very simple, but the magpies filled with me joy. And lust.

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  14. Oh I do love those scarecrows. Some of them made me laugh right out loud. And of course your flowers are lovely jewels that take my breath away! :-)

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    1. DJan: I was a grinning loon as I wandered from scarecrow to scarecrow clutching my camera. And am reveling in our garden at the moment. Despite the sulphur crested vandals.

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  15. I love that the scarecrows wore masks. I heard today that Australia had only two deaths last week from COVID. Wish we could say that here in the US. I smiled all through you blog post and it made me feel good.

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    1. Glenda Beall: We do (fingers crossed) seem to be getting on top of our second wave. There are still people infected, and sadly some who die, but the numbers are declining again. I am very, very glad that you found happiness in this post.

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  16. I can see at least one scarecrow being irresponsible by not wearing a mask.
    The magpies are great.
    You can even make a dandelion seed head look great.

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    1. Andrew: Thank you. I was impressed that most of the scarecrows wore masks. I really, really want one (or two) of those magpies.

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  17. I smile at the scarecrows. They are an autumn thing here. Love those magpies.
    I am glad to be finished with the dandelion seeds for another year.

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    1. Marie Smith: I had never thought of scarecrows as a seasonal thing - and now you have me wondering. Our climate is so mild that dandelions bloom all year.

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  18. And the winner is the colorful scarecrow, and the flower garden.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: Thank you - though I do want to add the magpie to our flower garden.

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  19. I love seeing through your observant eyes, Sis

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    1. Cloudia: I wish I was. I do wonder just how often I wandered past the magpies for example without seeing them. I am glad to have your company though.

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  20. The scarecrows were fun and I loved the Magpies too. You have got some beautiful flowers.

    Dandelions were called white man's footprint in North America. The early colonist brought the seeds to plant in their gardens.

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    1. Ann Bennett: People bought the seeds to plant? You surprise me. I have rarely heard a kind word about them here - though as a children I grew blowing the clocks - and spreading the seeds with gay abandon. And thank you.

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  21. Those scarecrows are rather awesome, people certainly did a good job.
    Flowers are lovely and nice to see the orchid.

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    1. Margaret D: That orchid has six or seven flowers spikes and we are thrilled with it. We have obviously found just the right spot for it.

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  22. Scarecrows are wonderful, it's one thing where you can let your imagination loose, my favourite is the one made of flowerpots. I wonder if the teddy is driving to the teddy bear's picnic?
    What are the ruffly pink flowers and the yellow&white ones under that>

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    1. River: Of course the teddy was going to the teddy bear's picnic. Why didn't I think of that.
      The ruffly pink flowers are blossom from the ornamental cherry tree in our back yard - and the yellow and white flowers are dutch iris. A similar patch of deep blue and white is coming out near them.

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  23. It's all lovely. And I like the nod to Pandemic Facemasks. And those metal maggies!
    Thank you.

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    1. dinahmow: I knew you would like the metal maggies. I have had a thought about a nearby store where they might be available too...

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  24. I like those magpies too! Love the scarecrows and the beautiful flowers. Stay safe!

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    1. Bill: Thank you. We are pretty safe here - and I hope you are too.

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  25. Hi EC - wonderful scarecrows ... they are a reflection of humanity: upright, lopsideed, humpback, tummy-heavy, skinny ... ex beauties and handsome oldies.
    Your garden must be lovely to see - the daffs, narcissi, jonquils, cherry blossom, irises, tulips et al while the magpies are quite delightful ... but the funniest one is the bear at the wheel: Brilliant ... gorgeous - thanks for this excellent interlude ... all the best Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: I so nearly missed the bear at the wheel. I didn't see it on my trip down and was very lucky to see him (for some reason I am sure it is a him) on my way home. I hope he is a fixture - and will look next time I walk that way.
      Take care - and I hope autumn is being gentle.

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  26. Your post has taken me on a trip down memory lane! The scarecrows remind me of bonfire night and of Worzel Gummidge. The large teddy reminds me of being a teenager and buying my little sister a very large teddy. When I took it on the bus the conductor smiled that I'd have to pay half fare for it. He smiled even more, along with others on the bus, when I said that teddy was under three and therefore free. Your garden is absolutely beautiful.

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    1. Kim: I love your feisty teenage self. I am pretty sure that I would have meekly tried to pay the teddy's fare. And thank you for the image of you and bear on the bus as well.

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  27. Oh how I adore these scarecrows!! Aren't they wonderful?!
    I'm glad to see they are all wearing their masks too!! Lol
    Love the teddy bear...and the flowers too...you have such a beautiful garden! It brings a real cheer to my day to see all those stunning flowers...a stark contrast to my rather sad and decaying autumn garden!šŸ˜‰

    Do hope you are having a lovely weekend, dearest Sue!

    Sending you warmest hugs and much love across the miles
    ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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    1. Ygraine: I really loved the imagination and the variety that went into the scarecrows - and that people made room for fun in these trying times. My weekend was pretty good. It is the start (though early still) of a new weekend and I have physio appointments later.
      I am thinking of you and Spot with love and concern. Hugs.

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  28. Those are some interesting and unique scarecrows! I wonder where the bear might have gone, if he'd had the keys? LOL! Thanks for a bit of happiness!

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    1. Dragonquillica: River knew. The bear would be heading off to the teddy bear's picnic if only he had the keys.

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  29. Your garden is beautiful. Love the scarecrows. Just a great way to have some fun. Have a great and safe week my friend.

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    1. Mason Canyon: We all NEED to have fun. Now more than ever. Thank you - and you stay safe too please. And keep tempting me with yet more books.

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  30. Oh those scarecrows and I do love those magpies too. And always, your flowers.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. Wisewebwoman: Some of the scarecrows have disappeared now, but others remain in the community garden. I hope they will join those that remain there all year round. And thank you.

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  31. I just love those stuffed humans with their clothing. Especially the one with the pot belly. Hilarious!

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    1. gigi-havaii: Some days I feel that gravity has pulled my tummy down in the same way as the scarecrow... And hooray for fun.

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  32. The scarecrows are fantastic. And so many of them wear masks, of course!

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    1. Olga Godim: I really liked the masks too - and that despite the necessity, the scarecrows were out and about - and having fun.

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  33. Love all your photos. This post with scarecrows, flowers and bears feels like the equivalent of feasting on an exquisite meal.
    Have a happy week.

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    1. Myrna R.: What a lovely thing to say. This meal is also calorie free.

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  34. What fun to see all those scarecrows! You can see people’s imaginations how they dressed them. I would love to add a beautiful bear like that to my collection but alas there is only so much space left around her for teddy bears :) I like those bird silhouettes and have seen them advertised on Instagram. I have thought of purchasing one or two. I do love your garden flowers including the ones in the pretty vase. They certainly bring a lot of joy.

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    1. DeniseinVA: I smiled to see that giant bear - but there would be no room for him here either. The daffodils and jonquils in the vase were ones I picked after wind had snapped their stalks. I was blown away by the variety. Yes, I know that I planted them, but seeing the variety somehow still surprised me.

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  35. How fun! Love the teddy bear and all the flowers.

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    1. Mary Kirkland: It was a lovely interlude - and I am very glad to read that you enjoyed it with me.

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  36. Gorgeous blooms as usual, E.C. Question: is that Teddy Bear old enough to operate a motor vehicle?

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    1. Bea: I doubt that the Teddy is any more dangerous on the road than some of the humans I see 'legally' operating those very dangerous vehicles. And he is cuter too.

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  37. I love the scarecrows althought the girl guide (?) with the person dressed in a scarf could be worrisome!

    My favourite is the one in scrubs, obviously worn out from taking care of Canberrans :)

    I googled "magpie garden sculpture" and found a few possibilities. I'd love to have some, too but they'd get lost in the mess that passes for our garden

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    1. kylie: I really liked the tribute to our essential workers, and thoroughly enjoyed the scarecrows. There are several 'close' approximations of the magpie sculpture. I may have to knock on the owner's door and ask where they got them. And yes, they are in danger of disappearing in the jungle here. I lust after them just the same.

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  38. I enjoyed this very much. The scarecrows made me want to go down the yellow brick road and the flowers are so lovely, I hope you have a wonderful new week.

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    1. RasmaSandra: I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed it. Thank you - and a wonderful week to you too.

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  39. dear EC i enjoyed scarecrows look a lot :)

    they are amusing and cute
    Oh your flowers brightened my day ,delightful blooms and nicely captured
    wishing you much happiness in days ahead my friend !

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    1. baili: Thank you so much. I hope that life is treating you and yours kindly.

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  40. Your spring garden flowers are lovely colours, the pinks and yellows and blues, so soft and gentle contrasting with the bold reds and golds and purples that we have here in autumn. The scarecrows are delightful. My dad always put up a scarecrow in his veg garden but I don't think it scared anyone, least of all any crows.

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    1. Shammickite: I am really enjoying the vibrancy of our spring - but love autumn too. We never had scarecrows when I was growing up. They were things found in fairy tales and story books...

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  41. What fun those scarecrows are! I love the imagination and the humor of each of them. Your flowers are so lovely and I hope you are enjoying all the joy of spring. Gardening is so good for the soul.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: My soul NEEDS gardens. My own and other people. Like you I delighted in the scarecrows - and was super impressed at the variety.

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  42. Those are some very fun scarecrows! Your garden is a delight as always. I'm afraid autumn has taken hold here and it is getting chillier by the day!

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    1. mshatch: Spring is rapidly being pushed out of the way by her big sister Summer here. I suspect that all too soon I will be looking at photos from your side of the world for cool relief.

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  43. Hi EC,

    Those scarecrows are a little disturbing. You do know that they are in league with gnomes to rid the world of humanity, don't you?

    ;o)

    Cheers

    PM

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    1. Plastic Mancunian: Could the gnomes and the scarecrows do a worse job than we do?

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  44. Your flowers are so beautiful. :) I love all of the scarecrows! I was hoping to find some kind of fall fair around here, but there isn't much this year boo hoo. The teddy bear is great, reminds me of my dogs. They always sneak into the front seat if I bring them out with me and fight over who gets to sit in the driver's seat while I'm in the store lol!

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    1. Rain: While my city has a LOT of spring celebrations we don't do anything to welcome in Autumn. I wonder why not? I am smiling at the image of your front seat driving dogs...

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  45. Cuando era pequeƱa, recuerdo haber visto algunos espantapƔjaros en pequeƱas salidas por el campo. Ahora ya, llevo ya tiempo que no veo ninguno por aaquƭ. Pienso que la costumbre se ha perdido y que el agricultor no utiliza ya ese truco para espantar a las aves

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    1. VENANA DE FOTO: I don't think I have ever seen a scarecrow in the fields here. I know of them through books, but other than this festival I don't see them. I wonder whether any country still uses them.

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  46. Interesting collection of scarecrows. I like the one that is multi-colored and has flowers on it. What is that made out of? Plastic cups or pails?

    Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Truedessa: That one is made from plant pots - which is entirely appropriate since its permanent home is the the community gardens. It is fun isn't it?

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    2. Thanks for the explanation, such a clever idea and appropriate for the garden theme. A flower pot girl to plant dreams.

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    3. Truedessa: I hope her dreams grow. I hope all of our dreams grow.

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  47. That was fun! Sorry it is taking me so long to catch up on blog reading.

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    1. messymimi: I am glad you liked it - and given your very, very busy life I am blown away that you comment in so many places. And grateful.

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  48. Your garden is just popping with beauty and vibrancy.
    I love your blue vase and the scarecrows with masks:)
    Hope your day is purrfect.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Thank you. We had rain at just the right time this spring (which is rare) and the garden is going gang-busters.
      I have a busy day ahead, but hope that it will be productive. I hope yours is lovely.

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  49. Quirky never looked so fun and Halloween-y at the same time.

    Cheers.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: Quirky is ALWAYS fun in my eyes. I hadn't considered the Halloween concept - but you have a point. Stay well, stay safe.

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  50. I like how your town has dressed the scarecrows with masks and goggles. It shows that people do take this pandemic seriously. I especially like the man/woman in yellow waiting by the road. I relate to him/her as with our partial lock down again, I feel like him/her just waiting and waiting for something but I don't know what.

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    1. kestrel: My city is the nation's capital but I really like the small town community feel it has. And yes, we do take the pandemic seriously - but leave room for fun. I hope your partial lockdown is effective and soon over.

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  51. Your flowers are beautiful! And I got a giggle from all the whimsical scarecrows. I particularly liked the plant-pot scarecrow - now I know what to do with those bazillion pots out in the shed... ;-)

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    1. Diane Henders: I hear you on the bazillion pots in the shed. Perhaps we could both create a dancing troupe of scarecrows...

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  52. The scarecrows are fantastic, never seen any like these.
    And the flowers - they are beautiful.
    A big hug.

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    1. orvokki: Thank you. I have never seen scarecrows like these either - and wonder what next year's will look like.

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  53. Those scarecrows are brilliant, although some of them are a touch creepy.

    My younger daughter has a large teddy bear just like that.

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    1. LL Cool Joe: Which scarecrows did you find creepy? And does your daughter allow her bear to hog the driver's seat in her car?

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  54. So much fun! I love the tin one and the one with the painted face. Love the big teddy bear and those metal magpies. Thanks for the flowers too EC! Big Hugs!

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    1. Magic Love Crow: We all need fun don't we? I am glad you enjoyed it - and huge hugs to you too. I hope your gall bladder is behaving. So much I hope it.

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    1. Lady Fi: They were great weren't they? Going past this week I noticed that most of them have gone, but a few remain to make me smile.

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