Tuesday, November 1, 2011

ONE MAN'S ASH TRAY IS ANOTHER MAN'S...........

One morning I was out watering and water collected in a depression in one of our rocks. A little bird came to drink from the water. It wasn't at all shy about my presence.


We have multiple bird baths and a bubbling water feature but there is always room for more. Driving into the neighborhood on Friday I saw a sign to an estate sale. I pulled in to see if they had anything garden wise. Nothing of interest except half buried in the ground outside I saw this stone with water in it.  When I asked about this forgotten piece of stone they told me $1. I'll take it. As I walked away the man said, "I think it was an ash tray" Then I saw the two places on the side to put a cigarette. Oh well, the birds won't mind I'm sure. I scrubbed it out and half buried it in the gravel.

15 comments:

  1. It's great! What a wonderful find. So smart of you to spot it and ask about it.

    Barbara H.

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  2. Oh, I love stones and other things with indentations sufficient to hold a little water! I found a small concrete cupped toadstool that I also keep filled for lizards and bugs. They get thirsty, too! I love your new rock. It is a beautiful addition. You seem to find the best stuff at sales and I enjoy hearing and seeing your great finds. Thanks.

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  3. Brilliant! Rock ash tray = $1; same rock as a garden ornament = >$50. Good design is also resourceful!

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  4. I wonder if you would have noticed the indentations had you not heard their comment? Funny. And DD is right!

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  5. What a wonderful find. Great idea to repurpose it. It looks nice in your garden.

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  6. Cool. Apparently I need to stop at garage sales occasionally!

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  7. Good eye!! It looks great and I am sure the birds are very appreciative.

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  8. A positive use for something that was not so positive. Great find and I'm sure the birds thank you.

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  9. I love your photo, especially seeing the reflection of the flowers in the water.

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  10. Great idea! Love the reflection - so pretty...

    Thanks for the info on the sweet potato vine. I'll pull up the tubers to save for next spring. I really like these this year. Now another plant is flowering...
    Also, would definitely be interested in the purple gomphrena. The seeds Robin gave me are red. Thanks, Jenny!

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  11. Perfect choice! I love it! It is so unique.

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  12. I don't miss all the smoking, but I did like all the cool ashtrays from the 50's and 60's that my parents friends had on their glass coffee tables. Yours was a great find, especially for the price.

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  13. Pretty picture with the daisies reflected in the water. You must have gotten on your belly for that shot!

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  14. Oh it's wonderful. What a great use for it! I never see useful stuff like that when I go to garage sales!

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