Cheeky Bird- Black and White #32

susan sheldon's garden bird


I have to confess I’m not a big fan of garden ornaments be they toadstools, or realistic plastic animals, but I did fall in love with this little garden support with its cheeky little bird. Is this the slippery slope down hill? What next? A spotted red mushroom bird house in the city garden?  Or a Gnome holding a little digging spade? These little figures came from our German friends in the 19th century and were known as Gartenzwerge ( Garden Drawfs.) But Gobbi were around during the Italian Renaissance. So who was first? Doesn’t really matter in the long run, our garden centre gnome land’s fates were sealed when Sir Charles Isham brought 21 terracotta figures back from a trip to Germany and placed them as ornaments in the gardens of his home. Twenty- One!  That was it. Is this the route to gnome land that I might disappear into? Gosh…I hope this cheeky little bird hasn’t started a little village of Gobbis in my city garden. Help! Just one little bird’s okay…isn’t it?



Photo from Wiki with thanks!

Photo from Wiki with thanks!



About susan sheldon

I am an explorer. It's taken me awhile to realise this. But I love capturing bits of our wonderful world with my camera, travelling through time and history, always returning to write, or paint what I've discovered. I use my Leica and my iPhone to capture images, and with those images I try to hold on to a feeling, a moment in our busy lives. Sometimes those moments bring me into the past, others into the studio to paint, or back to the old typewriter to try to use words to capture what the camera has done for me already. One of my goals in my blog is to have a space to take a breath away from our frantic world. I hope you enjoy your time here. It’s such a privilege to have readers.
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7 Responses to Cheeky Bird- Black and White #32

  1. Oh my goodness, you made me laugh out loud. Watch that slippery slope, I’ve heard rumors of traveling garden gnomes, you might actually invite one in. 🙂

  2. Hi Fannie! Many thanks…you might be laughing…but I’m checking in the shadows of the garden. I swear I heard something move! 🙂

  3. prior says:

    laughing still – thanks for the smile – and if you get a gnome (huge IF) – well of course yours would be holding a tea cup – but then again the lounging one wight he pipe has some sass too – oh and I like the “thanks” to wikipedia – reminds of the first time I asked Siri on my phone to open an app – I ended it with please and everyone was laughing…
    have a great week and cheeky bird is really sweet

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