As we continued our mini journey, I found myself (as I often do) looking at the decorations people put up in front of their houses. Today, I was struck by the notion that many people like to decorate their homes with things that look handmade, but are actually factory-made. How sad that we seem to value the handmade look but often don't take the time to seek out the real thing.
We've walked through this neighborhood many times, but until today I'd never noticed this interesting flower arrangement in front of one of the houses along our route. I wonder what this type of gardening is called... faux gardening? Fauxdening? Are there classes you can take for this – classes like Plastic Planting 101?
I suppose there are benefits to "planting" fake tulips out in front of your house. No watering. No fertilizing. No bugs chewing up your plants.
But no matter how you dress them up, they always look lifeless and fake... and maybe a little sad.
The end of our walk brought a smile to my face as I spotted a few birds' nests among the branches of several trees. What could be more handmade (or birdmade, I suppose), more authentic than a bird's nest?