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Manhole covers and garlic!

We stayed near Tours while we were on holiday and while DH looked at the old houses I spotted some manhole covers.

manhole cover

manhole cover

manhole cover

I like this wavy design.

But the best by far was this one which we saw in the old town in Le Mans.

manhole cover in Le Mans

Truly a king among manhole covers.

My kids thought I was mad.  Taking photographs of manhole covers and garlic! 

On the Thursday there was a garlic and basil fair/market.  I had never seen so much garlic and basil in one place!

market stall with strings of garlic

garlic, garlic and more garlic!

There was white garlic, purple garlic and pink garlic.  With some onions and shallots thrown in for good measure.

pots of basil

These are all pots of basil.

green and purple basil

Not just green, but purple as well.

I like French markets.

another garlic stall

What are these – the answers!

Here we go with the answers. I’ll repost the photos to remind you of what they are:

Number 1: The kids have got a turtle-shaped Little Tykes sandpit in the garden. They have grown out of it, really, but they still won’t let me get rid of it! The lid keeps blowing off and when it rains it fills with water. This is the lid with sand in the indentations in the turtle pattern, and filled with rainwater. Sorry, that was a bit difficult… Elizabet’s answer was the closest, I think! Good texture though, eh?

puzzle number 1

This is the lid rightside up!

green sandpit lid

And this is what the base of the sandpit looks like now! Yukky, isn’t it? Maybe I should dig a hole in the garden and use it as the base of a pond….

turtle shaped sandpit with water and all sorts of rubbish in it

Number 2: This is the mould growing on the top of my dyepot after it has been soaking and forgotten for a few weeks! So, Fiona, you guessed this one more or less correctly, though it was in the back garden rather than the fridge….

puzzle number 2

Number 3: This is an enamel plate on which baked sausages have been cooked and then soaked in water. I thought the colours and patterns were interesting.

puzzle number 3

Number 4: A Pyrex bowl with jelly and raspberries in it, viewed from above. Well done, Elizabet and Mags!

puzzle number 4

Number 5: The lid of my dyeing stockpot sitting in my studio with the reflection of the plastic crates in which I store my fabric. Again, top marks Elizabet and Mags!

puzzle 5

Finally, number 6. This one has been on my blog but a long time ago so let’s see if anyone finds or guesses it! Well done, Mags, you guessed it – London from the London Eye.

puzzle 6

And just to prove to Fiona that she is not the only one with interesting things growing in her fridge, here is a photo of something I threw out just before going on holiday!

baked beans of an interesting colour

I thought the range of colours in the mould was quite intriguing! DS2 was the culprit here – he had to draw the contents of a can of food spilling on to a plate, for his art homework. He chose baked beans, put said baked beans into a tupperware instead of eating them for his lunch, left them in the fridge and forgot them!

An amazing tree trunk

While we were at Avon Valley Country Park, I saw this amazing tree trunk:

knarled tree trunk

As you can see, it’s the one the obliging angora goat was hiding in:

plaited tree trunk

Here is a photo of the whole thing:

old tree

I wonder if it had been coppiced in the past. What an inspiration!

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