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!