Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Seeing is Believing !

I IS FOR ?



ILLUSIONS !

"I've looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose and still somehow
It's life's illusions I recall
I really don't know life at all."

- Joni Mitchell

I nudged himself in disbelief - was that the Queen Mother beckoning us to imbibe a cup of afternoon tea with her in a garden in Grange-Over- Sands, Cumbria ?

Now was this really Laurel and Hardy indulging in a spot
of fishing ?




Morever what were they doing in the close company of the cast of that long running television comedy 'Last of the Summer Wine'?



We stumbled upon this garden accidentally one June day as we went for an afternoon stroll out of the town. It certainly grabs the attention of any passers by being full of brightly planted containers, baskets and all sorts of kitsch garden ornaments. Nestling amongst the flowers are tableux of statues depicting a medley of characters - some real and some fictional from the worlds of literature and television. A plaque on the wall advises invites visitors to take photos and to show their appreciation of the garden by giving a donation to a charity box.

This is my post for this week's ABC Wednesday created by Denise Nesbitt. I have an inkling that if you amble over there now that you will find many more illustrious posts illustrating the
letter I.

P.S. Stan Laurel was born in Ulverston on the other side of Morecambe Bay to Grange-Over-Sands.

30 comments:

  1. That was both a highly original post and a highly original garden.

    Must be fun to visit.

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  2. Love you post and your choice Anna. My goodness! Seriously, does anyone have those 'ornaments' in their gardens?

    I remember that JM song very well :-)

    Tyra

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  3. This reminded me of a photo I found the other day taken when I was about 8. We had visited Blackgang Chin on the Isle of Wight and they have lots of those sorts of statues (well they did then0. I have a photo of me and my Dad sitting either side of a very pious looking vicar - it obviously amused us at the time!!!

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  4. Your photos are really funny. Illussions are always so interesting to see.

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  5. Fantastic post and photos! Not to mention that it is also fun to read! Thanks for the giggles!

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  6. Amazing photos, looks like an interessting garden :)

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  7. Anna - you seem to stumble across lots of unusual and interesting gardens! :)

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  8. Those were amazing illusions. At first I thought you were doing some trick photography! Fun post.

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  9. Great post! And a very original garden :-)

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  10. Love your dramatic illusions. Very clever place.

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  11. what a great place to visit! thank you for sharing.

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  12. This is so funny. I love things like that - I have a particular weakness for model villages...

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  13. Thanks for the delightful post, Anna. It made my day :)

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  14. I loved taking a stroll through this garden...would love to see it in person. Thanks for showing us.

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  15. Incredible! It looks like a most enjoyable place to spend time. Good post!!

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  16. :D loved this .. very original .. very innovative !!

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  17. I love it, especially the one with Queen mother, it captured her expression so well. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. What a fun garden to visit--you must have done a doubletake at first:) I agree I like the Queen Mother the best; besides she seems to be the most likely one to be at home in the garden.

    Judy Collins' version of this Joni Mitchell song was played over and over on my stereo back in my college days:)

    I missed your bloom day post--so lovely! We are still waiting here for blooms like yours.

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  19. Fantastic !!!!!!!A clever choice !
    The poem is very interesting !

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  20. LOL they even have the corgies! And at least the plants are real (um, right?).

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  21. LoL...I'm with Monica; it makes you doubt your own perceptions, and wonder if even the greenery is real! What a great "I" post! Thanks for sharin' these, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  22. Delightful!! Someone has a lot of "I"magination, too!

    I am a devoted fan of Last of the Summer Wine and immediately recognized Foggy Dewhurst, Compo and Clegg, but can't decide who the woman is -- Nora?

    Fantastic "I" post, Anna.

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  23. Thank you for walking with us in this beautiful garden! The illusions are terrific!

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  24. That's great! I'd love to go there and take pictures! How lovely!

    I don't suppose they have Johnny Depp? :D

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  25. What a strange sight! I should think the people involved have many visitors to their garden.

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Namasté

- Anna.