Thursday, July 24, 2008

Now you know where to buy your walrus

The time has come, the Walrus said... oops, wrong walrus. This gaudily gilded pinniped is obviously a female, unlike Mr. Carroll's critter. Where, you might ask, did I happen across a walrus mother and young? She was at the back with the bedding and linens at Tuesday Morning, not up front with all the pricey lawn kitsch. I wouldn't mind owning her; she might well find a home in my living room or possibly the kitchen, which is where I spend most of my non-keyboard, non-gardening time.

Correction: Apparently what we have above is a manatee or dugong, also called a sea cow, a native to Florida and the West Indies. I've heard from a couple of readers who know their sea mammals a lot better than I do. Now, I'm truly amazed at this garden sculpt showing up in an Arizona shop, of all places. Thanks to Lewis Carroll and/or the Beatles, folks know about the walrus. But the manatee????

8 comments:

Lucy said...

What an extraordinary thing - Perhaps you should introduce a 'Golden Walrus Award' for the oddest bit of kitsch on a blog this week!

Gorgeous birds and mushrooms earlier, btw.

Anonymous said...

Lucy has a great idea! :-)

"I am the walrus, coo-coo ca-choo." (Beatles)

~Anon in AV

k said...

It's beautiful! And entirely unexpected, which is always nice.

JuliaR said...

I don't usually go for things I have to dust but she speaks to me too.

Granny J said...

lucy -- now that is a great idea, except that it is W-O-R-K.

anon av -- so you want me to W-O-R-K, too?

k -- as you can imagine, I was blown away when I saw it the first time. And I don't think it has found a buyer yet.

juliar -- no dusting needed -- just put him out in the garden, where he's supposed to reside.

worldphotos4 said...

Hey, that's a neat conversation piece.

worldphotos4 said...

I know it's a walrus, but it could pass for a Manatee.

Granny J said...

steve -- a dugong, yet? who would have guessed...

 
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