http://manoswelt.blogspot.ca/ . Years ago, when we lived on Vancouver Island and spent a good deal of our time on the beach, we commonly dragged home piles of driftwood and built our garden furniture and fences from this abundant (not to mention free) resource. I also found planks of wood worn down by the sea and I enjoyed painting sort of folkish art on the rough, knotty surfaces. I kept this one of crows.
Now, although we still live close to the ocean, the beaches are oddly bereft of driftwood and I found nothing to inspire me there. So, I looked to see what I had on hand in my stash of stuff that serves no purpose except to remind me of all the lovely beaches it has been my pleasure to explore.
I dug out a couple of bits and poked at them. I thought about something Grant Leier once said about dragging driftwood home to your garden, "paint it orange or something, make it your own". So I contemplated painting them in honour of the late, great, Barton/Leier garden but "orange"? I came to a less permanent compromise.
But, just as I was about to walk away from this week's challenge I thought wait, this is Mano's challenge! To honour her I had to find a way to box these bits and so this is my official entry to this week's challenge. Visit Mano's blog http://manoswelt.blogspot.ca/ for a list of participants this week.