Monday, August 22, 2011

where did you sleep last night?

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

Dorothy Parker (22 august 1893 - 1967)

it is curious how humans get into routines and patterns. as the scribe for my bookgroup i just finished updating the master list for our years of reading in preparation for september's annual book selection meeting. while making the list i noticed that for the last eight years we have had our august meeting at jane's home. perhaps it isn't really that curious why our group has developed this annual routine, jane is a master gardener and in august her yard is a riot of color and bounty.

last year i shared an image of one of jane's bottle trees - above is a snap of this year's curious crop. the practice of bottle trees in gardens is an old one - it is believed that the bottles will capture the evil spirits that are lurking about and thus only good spirits will remain.

kurt cobain and nirvana (unplugged) performing the traditional folk song where did you sleep last night? also known as in the pines - a bit different rendition that leadbelly's version. don't know about you, but i like them both! the history of the song is crazy - according to the portal, its roots go back to the 1870s and it has been covered by an amazingly eclectic collection of artists - curious? click on link above to read more!

photos: top - tsuki, august 2011; bottom - oberlin, august 2011


Betsy Brock said...

oh that cat looks hilarious! :)

I've seen a few of those bottle to me this year!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

betsy - i think tsuki is looking to see if the front porch chipmunk is outside!
cracks me up when he stands like that!

California Girl said...

the cat is awesome.

i could definitely throw together a bottle tree with my empty wine bottles!

what books are you critiquing?

Watson said...

I've never heard of a bottle tree before this. To think I've been taking bottles to the recycling depot! I could have been catching evil spirits!

Megan said...

You have given me an idea...

Tom said...

the bottle tree is a little like my knickknack garden shelf...a bit hillbilly