Tuesday, August 18, 2015

VACATION TREASURES

What's a vacation if you don't bring back a little treat for the garden. This time I was fortunate to find some suns and moons. Perfect for my sun and moon archway.


I already have a small collection mounted on the archway between the English garden and the sunken garden. Now I have three more for the other side.


 The new ones all came from different places.
The crescent moon, scalloped sun and the lady with flowers in her hair came from the town of Monterosso, Italy. We had to go there to buy the tickets for our train ride to Rome. Happy day!
The small sun came from the Greek Island of Cephalonia. When our ship docked there we rented a car for the day and drove around the island. When we passed this pot shop we stopped the car and went in to look what they had. Mindful of how the luggage would only take little things I picked the little sun..


There were all kinds of nautical and island reminders but I am now wondering why I didn't buy the moon?


But then I found this delightful bird's nest with house martin in Split.



They had an artisan fair and much as I was taken with all the lovely fish and crabs when I saw the nest I knew that was the one I wanted.



"How are you going to get it home?" David asked. "They will never allow it on the plane" I carefully wrapped avery piece of metal and buried it in my suitcase. It made it home in one piece.
The suns and moon are now mounted on the wall .


and the nest under the patio. I wonder what the odds are on that nest being filled in the spring. A wren is surely to take a fancy to it.




9 comments:

  1. What wonderful mementoes of your trip! They're all very handsome but I love that nest.

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  2. I'm with Kris, that nest is so very striking. And I'm with you as well, your resident wrens are sure to be flitting in and out of your mounted artwork as soon as they forget it is new. We're talking about what, two, three weeks at most? Even before they nest again I'm betting they'll be checking the nest interior for treats.

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  3. I love every piece you brought home! :D

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  4. Oh how fun! What great momentos of your trip. Love that nest! Our beach vacation this year revolved around the kids, so not much garden shopping was done :) I guess I could put all those collected seashells and beach rocks out there!

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    1. You could do what I did. Get a large plant pot, cut a piece of strong cardboard or wood to fit inside about 3" or 4" down. Paint it black or color of your choice add your collection. Get a piece of glass or perspex for the top. Makes a nice little table.

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  5. A very nice haul. When I saw your artful nest and your remark about the wrens i thought of my garden this year as I have had a family of wrens flying around and singing their artful chatter. Thank you.

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  6. Those are wonderful pieces for your garden and charming souvenirs from your travels. May I ask how you mount art to your stucco wall? Now that I have one I wonder how you put a nail in without cracking the finish.

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    1. Drill into the wall using a masonry bit starting with a small one and increasing to the right size. Then put in a plug with some sealant around it to keep it firm and keep out moisture. The add the screw. It helps to have a hammer drill.

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    2. Thanks for the tips, Rock Rose!

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