Weekly Photo Challenge-Repurpose

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Repurpose

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Mid to late 2015 we completed a project

out the front of our house.

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Our Miss Saigons were something which we were happy to

have as they complemented the Japanese garden bed

just to right of shot.

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Little did we know that our two young dogs

were using this area as a speedway.

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We think they would charge around the garage, at full speed,

not really looking where they were going,

through the gap shaded in blue.

What ever the case, one day we found one of our Miss Saigons

on its side, head separated and adjacent pots

cracked beyond repair.

The Leucadendron or Protea (surrounded by tiles)

was only planted late last year.

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Replacing the pots was easy.

However, Miss Saigon is no longer on sale.

So this is this morning’s view.

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No Miss Saigon and the old pots being used as a

barricade against the rampaging charges

of a Kelpie and Labrador.

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It did not take them long to find a new path.

Instead of straight ahead as they round the garage…

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I’m sure they have fashioned a new tunnel between these two plants.

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Burial-Mishap

Burial Mishap

Last Friday, January 20, we had the unfortunate task of burying my mother-in-law after a sudden and unexpected death on January 9.

As is the practise with MGW’s family, and I think it a great idea, there was a private burial at one of Geelong’s older cemeteries followed by a memorial service and afternoon tea at the church my in-laws attend.

Like many city cemeteries, it is close to capacity and burial-mishap_4288the trustees are commencing to reclaim graves.  So some poor soul was dug up and told to move on, to make room for Mother-in Law, who was buried alongside two old graves, concrete lids, headstones etc.

 Personally I am not in favour of the practise (of reclaiming graves) but it seems to becoming more popular as cemeteries near capacity in our larger cities.

MGW, her sisters and father had arranged with the undertaker to remove the sheaf of flowers, which was on the casket, and take it back to the church for the memorial service.  As time came to lower the casket the undertaker appeared from the opposite side and retrieved said flowers.  As he returned to his previous spot, a cracking noise was heard.  Undertaker appears to be a bit tipsy and looks like he is over balancing.  Another crack and undertaker begins a sudden descent and does over balance, landing heavily.

However, he does save the flowers, burial-mishap_4290but not his trousers.  They suffered a severe gash.

Moral of this story. 

Don’t walk on concrete graves constructed in the 1940s.  burial-mishap_4291
At least that is what I assume he did.  My line of sight was blocked by minister and casket.

 

burial-mishap_4290aHe told us later at the memorial service that news of his mishap had reached the office before he did. 

Nice to have workmates who are so caring!

So, what became of those flowers?  The family decided that they should be returned to Mother-in-Law’s grave.

Guess who won the job?

I can tell you I was on my tippy toes trying to keep as much weight off the soil next to Mother-in-Law, as possible.

 I should also add that these photos were taken three days later.  Hence flowers looking a bit sad and the broken lid securely contained within its walls.

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Floral Friday17-0127_Schönbrunn Palace-2

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Floral Friday Challenge.

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Some more images taken…vienna_schonbrunn-palace_0034 in the gardens of…

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Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna.

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A ll these are on a side garden before….

vienna_schonbrunn-palace_0030 reaching the back yard, so to speak.

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All I can say is what a gorgeous archway walk.

vienna_schonbrunn-palace_0037And last but not least one of the flowers

growing over the archway.

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Floral Friday

Floral Friday

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