Who would have guessed?

In a post earlier today I mentioned that things are not always what they appear to be.

There is a house in my street that has a polished metal yard door and polished metal yard walls.

On the door there is a sign in Georgian that says “There is a ferocious dog in the yard!”

The sign is written in red and I have often wondered if it was written with the blood of a poor unfortunate visitor.

I had always thought that the dog must be extremely formidible, especially as it needs to be contained by a metal door and walls.

Well……….

……..when I was waiting for the school bus with the little person we happened to see this mighty canine!

Who would have guessed?

He is so small I almost tripped over him! Needless to say, he took one look at me and retreated to the safety of his polished metal door.

Hmm, it would appear that the use of an exclamation mark at the end of the warning sign is meant to be ironic.

Oh my gourd!

On my walk this morning I came across a giant gourd!

The owner had very thoughtfully placed a step next to it so that passersby can look inside this magnificent member of the family Cucurbitaceae.

I pointed it out to the tall person and he said it does look a little like a gourd but is actually a hollow tree trunk.

Oh. It was another case of mistaken identity. Hmm, another reminder that things are not always what they appear to be.

Tall person smiled and told me that throughout history gourds have been used for many purposes, including storage containers, powder horns for gun powder and canteens for carrying spare water. He said that in Japan, decorated bottle gourds are placed in the house to bring good fortune.

Hmm, perhaps the people in this house couldn’t find a real gourd so they placed this gourd-like tree trunk outside their house to bring good fortune.

I hope it brings them luck!

I met Jack today

I saw Jack on my walk to the bread shop this morning. He was sitting by the kerb enjoying the lovely warm sunshine.

Jack works for the tire man and is very strong. Tall person told me that he can lift 1.5 tons. I’m not surprised, he spends most of the day ‘pumping iron’.

I wonder if this is how Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger began his career?

Hmm, perhaps Jack will also become a Hollywood action film icon and politician.

Jack’s boss was not in his tire shop but with Jack guarding the tires I knew everything would be safe.

Enjoy the sunshine Jack and daydream about Hollywood!