Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Wonder of English Topiary 
at its Fantastic, Endearing Best
As if we needed any direct evidence that the proprietors 
of Stately Homes and fine Manor Houses 
were all Republicans at heart!
We knew it all along.


  1. Bea Fowler said

    Charming ... beautiful ... and funny. Just wonderful.

  2. With practice, pruning topiary isn't as hard as it looks. I've been doing it for years, I have a great book called How to Trim a Topiary, you can't really go wring if you follow it.

    I'd make one of Obama getting kicked by a Jack ass, that would be very fitting... I think....
    Keep up the great blog.

  3. Aren't they magnificent?

    Asian Elephants such as these topiary creations depict are quite something to ride as a mode of transportation. I briefly rode an Asian Elephant at the Knoxville Zoo. I can't imagine riding an Asian elephant for more than a mile!

    Don't let Stephen King find out about these elephants! He'd create a novel with a Leftist plot involving killer GOP Elephants.

  4. Phil,
    I'd make one of Obama getting kicked by a Jack ass...

    I got a good chuckle out of that image.

  5. I wonder how long it took to prune these marvels out of -- what would it be -- boxwood?

    I always thought it was the AFRICAN elephants who had the big ears. Probably, I've been wrong (it does happen ;-), but I am going to look it up.

    That crack about Stephen King is a hoot, AOW. Funny! The first time I saw him interviewed on TV --- years and years ago -- I knew immediately he was a leftist.

  6. Thanks Bea and Phil for dropping by. We appreciate being appreciated, believe me.

    Sooner or later I'll probably annoy you, but please don't let that stop you from future visits.


  7. Hold.



    I took another look at those topiary elephants. They ARE African Elephants, an aggressive species.

    I must need to apply eyed drops!

    Stephen King is a Leftist, but, as you know, FT, I do enjoy some of what he writes. He definitely knows the craft. His wife, Tabitha King, is an excellent poet, BTW.

  8. Few can beat, FT, -- even you, AOW. That guy really knows his onions.

    Happy New Year to everyone.

    Helen Highwater

    1. He also knows his enemies are those in the lefy

  9. Good Lord, Thersites! I can't help but wonder what A.A. Milne would make of THATt?

    It made me think of Babar and Celeste for the first time in decades after seeing that. Babar was another childhood friend I loved. The illustrations were a big part of all the children's literature I enjoyed -- and still reread occasionally with great pleasure.

    I've kept all the books given to me from age three on in a large antique Japanned secretary imported from England -- my best piece of furniture and an important focal point in the living room -- second only to the fireplace with its colonial-style cabinetry on either side.

  10. Trivial bourgeois amusement.

    Playtime for class collaborators.

  11. Honi soit qui mal y pense, Canardo.

    DId you have a good Christmas, or was the idea of it simply too "Bourgeois" for your on-so elevated tastes?

    Best wishes for a good New Year to you, anyway, you picklepuss, you!!

  12. It sure beats certain examples of the moralizing Interpassive Playtime exhibitions for civilization's discontents. :P

  13. I hope you enjoyed Christmas, FT.

    It was simple, people know I don't want them spending much on gifts.

    I had dinner with friends and I received a really nice wool stocking cap (the old on was getting pretty ratty), a DVD of Jacques Rivette's "Le Pont Nord" and an art book on cave painting.

    Then I went on line and talked to my grand niece who was a little jacked up to say the least.

    Life goes on.

  14. I always enjoy Christmas, Ducky, mostly because -- for me it begins at Advent and continues straight through to Epiphany, and represents an opportunity to renew and affirm faith in God who I see as the embodiment and perfect expression of qualities that seem truthful, uplifting and vastly entertaining and absorbing.

    Today, it's not a matter of getting (or giving) "things," but much more a matter of rekindled zest for religious-intellectual convictions and a long string of (mostly) pleasant memories. Definitely a time of Affirmation. At this point I gratefully leave "Inquisition" and Agitation to others less serene, less confident, and less settled in their views.

    This year, on the Day, itself, I gave nothing but the pleasure of my company to kind neighbors across the way, and an invitation to treat them to breakfast ASAP, and have received only two gifts via the mail services -- one especially thoughtful and good-hearted, the other a fatal temptation to depart from my proper diet.

    Perhaps it may seem odd in the fractious atmosphere of the blogosphere, but I consider the postings of the past month My Gift to the World at Large. They represent a great deal of thought and research in my part, because I choose very carefully what I want to present here in the way of cultural enrichment and excellent achievement.

    As with an gift, what recipients choose to make of it –– or do with it –– is strictly up to them. Being ignored, rejected and scorned is expected, appreciation (always rare) is welcome, of course.

    I hope you feel like responding to the (rather lengthy) answer we published today (Friday, 12/27/13) to a question you posed about Bach the other day. You see I really do my best to answer you when you express interest in anything I consider worthwhile.




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