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May discoveries

Some of you may remember my entry this time last year, about the nettle man I built. I tried to repeat it this year, and far from being the green glory of 2008, I seem to have created a huge spinach hippy.

His arms wouldn't stay attached, even after tethering with laddered stocking fabric. I tried adding some bones from a small beast to make him look shamanic, and he turned into a nightmare creation. He has not met the gentle fate of the original nettle man, but was scattered to the four winds before he could come to life and lumber through the woods with a gigantic axe and the heads of valiant knights tethered to his belt of Tesco tights.

Instead I created a little almost-shrine with a feather, a tiny bouquet of wild flowers and an old shell full of milk for any passing fey. Himself was symbolised by the hip bone of some little beast found in the garden, a rat or bird I think. Turned upside down the shape of it looks like a butterfly mask. Pretty.

In our neighbour's garden, they've discovered the remnants of an air raid shelter under the earth, and it looks as though we may have the same. Theirs is filling up with water and looks like pick-axe work for the boys. Ours isn't even a sure thing, but there's a lot of rubble and concrete there and the land tips upward at the same angle. Not that it matters, I can't imagine us digging it out. Of more interest to me was the random stack of crates on which I placed my nettle man last year, to lie under the blossoms and gently fade.

They're not crates. It's a bee-hive.

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cat_that_walks
May. 3rd, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
With bees in or without?
smokingboot
May. 5th, 2009 07:56 am (UTC)
No bees alas, but we have to take it apart to see if it's complete...not that I know what a complete beehive has or doesn't have. It's going to be depressing if its full of dead bees. But if there are no problems, sticking bees in it seems to be an obvious move. Training needed I suspect!
ravenrigan
May. 4th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
I know the Bee Lady of Haringey (vagueley) if without.
smokingboot
May. 5th, 2009 07:58 am (UTC)
Thank you, depending on the state of the hive etc, I may very well be asking you for help contacting the Lady of Swarms xxx
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