"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

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Donna Baker

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Weenie Patrol


This is a picture of the 'poor man's stained glass' at the front of the barn.  I have always loved the way the morning light shines through the bottles and knew I'd have to replicate it somehow at the city house.


So, morning, though a tad foggy, brought my bottle tree out. The geese and ducks and even the sparrows on top of their house looked at the new bottle tree.


Unfortunately, the ducks did more than look and decided to have a look around the yard.


Except, the weenies weren't having it.  They quickly ran the ducks back to where they came from.


Sister made sure they were gone, until a certain goose that has taken a liking to me opted for a facedown. 


Such a beautiful day even the fish were swimming about, thick as thieves and waiting for a morsel. Sister is just daring that goose to come ashore.  The goose would win in the water, but Sister could take her on land.  But, in Oklahoma, don't blink as the weather will change in a heartbeat. 


A storm passed through and dumped quite a lot of hail. Some boys were fishing at the other end of the lake.  I hope they didn't have far to run. The lightning made us jump so we quickly went indoors. The geese and ducks looked upward; their heads raised to the skies.  Guess they knew what they were doing but I would have ducked my head.

34 comments:

  1. LOVE your bottle tree. Watching the light shining through must be mesmerising. When there is light of course.

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    1. Me too. It fits my small little back yard.

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  2. I love a good bottle tree. Nice

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    1. Yes, I hope the neighbors like it as much as I do. If it were up to me, I'd probably cover the columns on the back porch with them.

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  3. Someday I'll have another bottle tree--they're like jewels on your lawn. Have you seen Felder Rushing's take on them?

    http://www.felderrushing.net/BottleTreeImagess.htm

    He's from where I am, though I did not know him then.

    r

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    1. No Rachel, I never saw that. I'll have to go look.

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    2. Donna,

      I wish you'd come look at the comments under the post PULLEY BONE. One of my LONG-time friends is CHESAPEAKE (indeed, Mr. Chesapeake was Best Man at our wedding, and they come visit us every Summer). She addressed the note to you, and commented on a doll she'd made. They live and travel in a motor-home, and Winter in Texas, so you might find them out your way sometime.

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  4. I don't have a bottle tree but do put the cobalt blue bottles on rebar throughout the gardens. Where did you the purple and red bottles?

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    1. Doc, there is a catalog called Gardener's Supply. They sell the kit and caboodle.

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  5. Love the photos especially of your guard gud dug.
    Love the bottle tree but I want the square lime/olive green bottle with the ribs. What came in that one ?
    Olive oil ?

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. No, I bought the whole thing from the Gardener's Supply catalog. But, I do buy a California olive oil that comes in a green square bottle. Yes, the weenies like to protect their perimeter.

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  6. The bottle tree is fantastic! I do like the 'poor man's stained glass' very much also. I'm just a sucker for colored glass of any variety.

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    1. It makes me feel bad to throw away glass. One can only recycle so much on a farm far and away with no garbage collectors.

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  7. The bottle tree is fantastic! I do like the 'poor man's stained glass' very much also. I'm just a sucker for colored glass of any variety.

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  8. What a splendid idea that bottle tree is Donna.

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    1. Just had to have something to hang bottles on at the city house. I looked on this site suggested above and was awed what they do around the world with bottles.

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  9. Donna, I loved the story telling contained in your photographs, with the beautiful sun-lit colored glass linking the different scenes. The Stare Down by the edge of the pond really made me smile. What a surprise to see that hail!

    xo

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    1. It is really starting to bloom in the city but I am trying to find out which things are perennials or weeds. Love the colored glass bottles. Look up the suggested site above to read about poor man's stained glass versus the haint catchers. Very interesting article and amazing what people have done around the world with bottles. That standoff was funny. The goose wasn't intimidated in the least and Sister was about to pounce. We were surprised about the hail too.

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    2. Donna, thanks for your reply. I have had a long look at the link you indicated, and now know even more about bottle trees. Yes, they are beautiful, but perhaps they have more to their credit.

      Just heard two very loud cracks of thunder, but no rain before or after. Spring wears many cloaks.

      xo

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  10. I love the bottles..the artist in you must adore the light..I would.
    I think I would like one:)

    Even if I only find cobalt and green:)
    Love pooch befriending:)

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    1. Love the bottles too. Sister would jump in the water so I'll have to watch her. She is an ornery girl.

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  11. Dear Donna your bottles look wonderful. Seems like it is a good way to meet the neighbors too: )! Thanks for stopping by to visit me today. Hope you have a great week. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you Debbie and hope your week is a good one too.

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  12. Your bottles are great, but do they work?! Aren't they supposed to ward off bad vibes, decimate hexes, trap abusive pixies?

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    1. Gesbi, you are more informed than me. After I read the article mentioned above, I see they've been protecting against meanies for a long time. Hadn't a clue.

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  13. nice colors in your bottle tree. did you paint them? I've been thinking about getting one of those metal frames. we started saving bottle with the idea that we would build a bottle wall one day. they are piling up and still no wall.

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    1. Gardener's Supply catalog Ellen. Thank goodness they aren't painted so I don't have to keep it up. As a glass artist, I bet you would make an incredible one. Look up the site above. The things they've done with bottles is pretty incredible.

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  14. I love your bottle tree the colours you have choosen are wonderful! With the high winds we get it wouldn't survive here! Hope you don't suffer with any of those tornadoes. Sarah x

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    1. Well thank you. We have brisk winds here also and I put bricks on top of the base that stuck in the ground. I do hope the bottles won't break or a tornado doesn't blow them in the lake.

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  15. I've never heard that description of bottle trees - poor man's stained glass - brilliant!

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    1. And I had never heard the lore Amanda.

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  16. What a nice story of the dog and the goose LOL

    I always wanted a bottle tree and have collected cobalt blue wine bottle and have 2 windows full. If I find a bottle tree this year I may just have to buy it

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    1. One reader said he put them on sticks in his garden. Do go look at the website in Rachel's comment. I was agog at what has been done with bottles.

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  17. ''Poor man' stained glass", I never heard it referred to that way, but how quaint! I like bottle trees, but have as yet, not found the appropriate setting for one here. I love the size of that pond and it's inhabitants will certainly keep Sister on her toes!

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