Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Garden Treasure - 100th post
I promised Margaret Pangert that I would dig out one of my coffee jars that I have filled over the years with fragments of china and clay pipe stems unearthed while digging in my garden. She suggested that I consider making a framed mosaic from them. Not sure how to - do I press them into modelling clay? Perhaps one of you out there knows how it is done and could share their knowledge with us?
About half-a-mile from my house are two rows of Victorian miners' cottages with 300 foot long allotment gardens. The earlier inhabitants must have chucked their rubbish to the east of the properties. How do I know this? Well, every year the next door farmer ploughs the field and the edge of it is blue with china shards. This is the cue for Laurie to turn up with carrier bags to collect the fragments - must have a couple of bucketfuls filled by now!
I seem to spend most of my time looking down and last year, on the edge of the bridleway, council workmen strimmed the grass edges. To my astonishment, I notices an ornate embossed cannon, minus its wooden gun carriage. Before everyone gets too excited, it is only two inches long, but very heavy. How on earth did it get there? Heaven knows.
Four years ago, I received a metal detector for a birthday present. I have used it once in the field next to the footpath to the rear of my property. There was a loud warning beep, followed by a quick scraping of the trowel, and in my hands was a sinister looking doorknocker in the shape of the devil. How do I know it was the devil? The word was inscribed at the bottom. I have to admit that I was quite spooked by this until I remember that a small pig sty stood there in the early 1900s. A few weeks before, I had read how superstitious pig farmers would put frightening devil door knockers at the entrances to the sty to ward off evil spirits. What a relief!