Wednesday, 14 July 2010

For The Curious Amongst You

These are a couple of the little time wasters that have been keeping me busy, just so's you know they were not a figment of my imagination, used to excuse my absence from Blogland.

If you take a good look at the surface on which the Duckies are standing, you will perhaps realise it is part of my one time Eucalyptus tree, that grew too big for its boots (or roots!) and met its demise in the early part of last year. I did blog about the whole episode, but despite my trolling through old posts, I can't for the life of me find the relevant one. For those newcomers to napple notes who missed it, I kept a couple of large chunks of the bole to use as garden seats. They have weathered as you can see, with large sheets of curved bark now detached to show an interesting striation on the uncovered trunk. How could I not share such a snippet of useless information with my Blogland buddies? Just the ticket for a woeful Wednesday, after my earlier ticket tale...

P.S. I just found the tree felling post here, if any newcomers want a gander (to keep with the birdy theme!)

21 comments:

  1. who of us could resist such a title?? your little ducks are adorable and i can only imagine that they take a lot of time to make!
    the eucalyptus trunk is so cool looking, with the bark laying gently against the main trunk. who would have guessed that the trunk would end up being a favorite site for photography?
    what a wonderful and amusing life you lead, jinksy!

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  2. Oh I love the duckies, but the story of the Eucalyptus tree really intriqued me since I lost my beloved 100 year red oak in our recent ice storm.

    The bark story reminds me of the cork trees Mammora Cork Forest of Morocco. I was fascinated with the harvest and history as Americans marched through them on the African campaign of WW !!.

    I have a pierce of cork bark to this day in my home. It is now 30 years old.

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  3. Hi. I've been seeing you at Fridge Soup, and followed you here today.
    I wonder if you're interested in a search widget for your blog. I see that Blogger has at least one. I don't see my readers using it, but I like it for finding my own old stuff as you were looking for an old post today.

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  4. Your duckies brought a huge smile to my face. They look quite at home on what is left of your Eucalyptus tree. Recycling is good!

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  5. The Duckies are marvelously whimsical (I don't know that there's another sort of whimsical, but I'll go with that.) And the tree - or what's left of it - also so. Or perhaps whimsically marvelous, if you don't mind. Even if you do!

    Sorry for not being around more lately. Very busy at work, and not posting too much new stuff at my place - lots of re-runs and (too some) boring softball posts. Hope all is marvelously whimsically well.

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  6. What cute ducks, and a great use for the eucalyptus tree! Recently we've been working on a bench by using iron wagon wheels.

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  7. In late spring the electric co. took down a tree along the drive, there's now a 6 ft. stump there, the idea if for it to be decorative in nature...maybe a sign post, birdhouse, flower post combination something or other!

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  8. The duckies are so cute....and jinsky I still have a an old tree trunk from over 40 years ago, my husband was going to make an ash tray stand of it but instead he put a coat of shilac on it and it looked wonderful, he didn't want to cut it. (I will post a picture) I use it today to sit magizines on in my powder room. I have only given it one coat of shilac in all these years......:-) Hugs

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  9. Marvelously whimsical will be my new theme for the day. Your ducks are just too cute and seem to enjoy themselves on what's left of your beautiful tree. (I remember the post and how sad it made you feel that it had to go.)

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  10. Isn't blogland great? I can see a post about somebody's tree stumps in Merry Olde.

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  11. Any byte of information you share is always a delight to read. The bark looks to be in bad shape though.. proving the saying that your bark is worse than your byte. ;)

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  12. What excellent garden seats! And perfect for the duckies!

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  13. Eucalyptus trees have a habit of growing far too big. We have had to deal to two in our garden over the years.

    I have just returned from your beautiful country where the weather was perfect for the whole five weeks. What an amazing summer you are having.

    I was even in your neck of the woods - visited Emsworth and Sir Peter Blakes grave at Warblington. Which must be not too far away from Havant?

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  14. You are making so many lovely and cute things. I can see how you would easily get caught up in the fun of creating.

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  15. You are a woman of many talents!
    We have tried four times to nurture a eucalyptus tree here. The nursery people tell us that they should grow well here, but we seem to be the kiss of death to a tree that grows like a weed everywhere else.

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  16. Love a Duck .... love two twice as much ! They're gorgeous , a lovely present .

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  17. They are not time wasters, wish I had some talent like that. The weathered off garden seats look great, I am not sure how comfortable they will be.

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  18. I'm really surprised the eucalyptus trees didn't re-sprout. I cut mine every few years because they constantly outgrow their space.

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  19. jinksy it's always sad to lose a tree but nice to keep its body as a means of remembering it! cute little duckies!!!! steven

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  20. What a good reason to not blog awhile:) They are so cute!! Thanks for stopping by. I can tell I haven't been over here in awhile as you have changed your look here. So pretty!

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