Nature’s Garden Accent

There is a spot in our garden that has needed something to spice it up. There are flowers and a few small shrubs, but otherwise it’s simply a dark mulched patch next to the house. This morning, Lake Champlain provided me with a new garden ornament, which inspired me from the moment I set eyes on it.

I’ve been house-sitting for Ace’s dad, who lives on the beach. When I was walking the dog this morning, there was a lot of driftwood along the shore. The Winooski River has thawed, and all the wood trapped by ice jams has come down to the lake.


One of these pieces had a cool shape, although most of it’s potential was hidden under the mud. I pulled it up on the bank, and saw this:


I realized that I wanted this piece for something, although I wasn’t quite sure how to use it. So, I loaded it onto a cart (I tried dragging it but I couldn’t budge it).


Once I got it back to the house, ten minutes with a chainsaw and a quick hose-down produced this marvelous piece!


At this point, I’m in full-on zen mode. That something so beautiful can come from so little labour is a wonderful thing. For reference, this block of wood stands four and a half feet off the ground. Those of you who know me well realize I’m wishing I had an aquarium big enough for this beauty. Unfortunately, it floats and I don’t have a tank, so it will go in the garden next week!

And now, a quote!

“Fools fold their hands, and ruin themselves; Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 4:5-6 NIV)

~The Homesteading Hippy




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