One day I may get to do a post about my actual gardening exploits, as it seems this summer has been taken over by some amazing projects.

So here I go again…

Last year we went to a garden open where the owners had a huge pond/small lake and beside it was a gorgeous wire heron. Well that was a ‘Red rag to a bull’. I decided there and then that I would, at some point, make another wire sculpture. After much thought and rummaging on the allotment I managed to find enough pieces of chicken wire and two long metal rods for the legs, I think they may be the things that go into concrete to strengthen it.

As I’d now made four different birds previously, I sort of knew how I would start. The hardest part was making sure I could somehow attach the legs without them pushing right though the body. With a bit of trial and error and secretly swearing to myself I managed it. Then for a couple of months I did lose a bit of momentum and it lay looking a bit like nothing would become of it, until a couple of weeks ago while clearing around the dustbins and garden storage where I’d left it, it suddenly clicked. I knew what I was doing next. Mr Malc  got me the workbench out on the yard and I was able to support it better. More and more layers went on until I was happy with the result. Another couple of weeks have gone by with the finished heron laying in the shed as every time we wanted to install it, it was windy. At long last the heron is now happily poised over the top pond and I am quietly pleased with the result.

So maybe the next post I do will involve plants …..till next time Sue.


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18 responses to “Poised

  1. Wonderful, looks very at home!

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  2. annedegruchy

    Oh dear, you might just have set me off on another project…. (I made a hanging wire ball after seeing a similar one in an open garden – inspiration is everywhere! )

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  3. What a handsome gent standing guard over your pond. I applaud your creativity and your skills to complete it. 🙂

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  4. The Heron is great! It looks perfect by the pond. You must have very muscly hands now after manipulating all that chicken wire. Amelia

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    • Hi Amelia.Thank you. My neighbour came round the day I’d made him and said ‘Blimey your hands must be Kn****d’, but no not really. I’ve got skinny hands and I wore gloves for most of it. I suffer for my art !!!! Sue

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  5. Congratulations on your success! It looks wonderful.

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    • Thank you. I think I’m starting ‘Bird Land’ here. I’ve now got two chickens, a goose, a parrot and now the heron….I really think that’s enough. The trouble is I see something and I just like to prove to myself that I can do it. Some things do get given away though…. !!!!! Sue.

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  6. Hi Sue, I just love the attitude you have ” trouble is I see something and I just like to prove to myself that I can do it”. I am also like that and actually do quite a lot of sculpture too alongside the garden. Currently working on a large bronze to go in the garden but that will be a few weeks yet.

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    • Thanks Steve…I can’t wait to see the bronze. I’m in awe of anyone who does something that I can’t. Also the trouble is I can’t sit still, I want to make things all the while. Even watching the tv at night I need to do things …draw or fiddle with paper folding, anything,life’s too short….Sue.

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  7. And pleased, indeed, you should be. Very creative and quite lovely addtion to your garden.

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  8. Wonderful result Sue!

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  9. Lucinda Skinner

    Hi Sue, I’m from Woottens Plants nursery and I just have an enquiry about the blog and some links in it. Would you mind emailing me on info@woottensplants.co.uk, I would be very grateful. Many thanks Luci.


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