56. A Chainsaw, Barry Weiss and Spooky Garden Sights

DSC_9625 (700x468)Nothing says Halloween quite like a chainsaw.

AHHH!HH!!!!

AHHH!HH!!!!

Except maybe a chainsaw and a Jason mask.

DSC_9603 (700x469)And a monster.

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Dexie looks scared!

Dexie looks scared!

If a tree falls in out of the forest, into your yard and you happen to catch the moment from your kitchen window on a foggy October morning, does is make a sound is that spooky or what?!

Tiiiimmmber

Tiiiimmmber

We didn’t cut this tree down, it just fell. Right here:

Right next to the fire pit!

Right next to the fire pit!

Not the picture of health:

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AHHGGHHH!

AHHGGHHH!

Wait...

Wait…

What’s spooky about a ferris wheel?

Well maybe not spooky but the Spy definitely looks concerned.

Well maybe not spooky but the Spy definitely looks concerned.

Cautious

Cautious

AHHHHGGGHH!!

AHHHHGGGHH!!

AHHH!

AHHH!

Creepy looking frog!

Creepy looking frog!

Friday night while were watching the Cardinals win (woo! Hello World Series!), during the commercials we switched over to Storage Wars. The show is an ideal example of gloriously bad reality television. I don’t like any of the other storage/treasure hunter/trash picker type shows, but I do like Storage Wars. For one reason: Barry Weiss. As we were watching the show the Spy (he’s eight) suddenly blurted out,

“Barry can get along with everyone.”

Yes, yes he can! The guy is always silly and hilarious in a manner that never abandons respect for others. So what on earth does Barry Weiss have to do with Halloween, much less gardening? He always wears skeleton gloves! Ooo spooky! But what does Barry Weiss have to do with Spy Garden?

Spy Garden is all about learning new things, investigating the unknown. Taking a closer look at things. Which Barry always does. Unique tools, strange musical instruments, striking sculptures, vibrant art. Barry always investigates the people and stories behind the coolest “treasures” from his storage lockers. The real treasure isn’t about the objects at all but the quest in learning new things. Which is what this site is all about. That, and an appreciation for a witty (and/or silly!) one-liner.

The moss ball is turning into a pumpkin!

The moss ball is turning into a pumpkin!

Our garden is simply “the garden”. We don’t actually call it Spy Garden in real life. Spy Garden is the website our garden would create if it had opposable thumbs and was able to get up and go explore the world from time to time. Is an anthropomorphic garden spooky?

Gourds at our grocery store:

Serpents! Behind you!

Serpents! Behind you!

The same variety, Serpente di Sicilia gourd, we grew in our garden: seen here at our grocery!

The same variety, Serpente di Sicilia gourd, that we grew in our garden: seen here at our grocery!

October Tomato

October Tomato

Onions! Jaune Paille des Vertus

Onions! Jaune Paille des Vertus

Teepee (can you spot the serpent gourds?)

Teepee (can you spot the serpent gourds?)

October is the best!

October is the best!

7 thoughts on “56. A Chainsaw, Barry Weiss and Spooky Garden Sights

  1. narf77

    Gotta love Barry, he has made it all the way over to Tasmania and we have our own little loungeroom fan club ;). Garden looks gorgeous and we had 2 trees fall in our garden recently a combination of incessant rains and soil that just gave up holding the roots. Next years firewood. At least your tree had the consideration to fall near your fire pit ;)

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  2. Eliza Waters

    I liked the October tomato with water droplets on it. It feels melancholy, those last green ones that will never reach vine-ripened redness. Do you pick them before frost to bring inside to ripen? Mine all got hit with late blight; in years past, we’ve enjoyed tomatoes until Thanksgiving. Not this year, alas. Have you ever tried fried green tomatoes? I’ve never ventured to cook them, but I sure did love the movie. :-)

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      I have made fried green tomatoes once before. Though they were more like pan-sauteed, they were good. Kind of like zucchini. But I’d like to make some tempura-fried green tomatoes with the rest of my melancholy October tomatoes ;) Maybe this weekend. I will be sure to share when I do! I need to go pick all of them first (as the first frost is coming soon!)

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  3. Mominthegarden

    How fun a visit to your blog is! You grew ALL of those gourds??? Were they all growing up the tee-pee? I’m really hoping to grow my pumpkins vertically next year. I saw a lovely picture of an arbor (or something like it) with pumpkins and squash all hanging down – it was so pretty! (I realize I didn’t describe that very well, sorry.) How lucky for you that the tree fell when no one was near it. And that it is right next to the fire pit! No need to haul wood! Great expressions on your eight year old spy, too! Dana

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Thanks! No that picture with all the heirloom gourds was taken at my grocery store. The only sizable gourds we grew were the serpent gourds and we did get about 15 of those, about 7 were big ones.

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