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Everything’s better with googly eyes

So this village church — the one with the cool tomb — was having its flower festival. That’s why we were there. I’ve posted about flower festivals before — I just love these things. They are so unspeakably weird.

What happens is, the congregation agrees on a theme, and people do flower arrangements based on the theme. Then they place them around the church — including supposedly sacred spaces. Going in, you’re given a program that describes the tableaux by the numbers. Then, at the end, there’s cake and tea.

If that doesn’t sound too weird to you, read on.

The theme of this show was Ladybird Books. Ladybird is a children’s book publisher going back to the Nineteenth C, much like our Little Golden Books. As we rounded the corner, the very first display was a giant decapitated Barbie head on a plinth. You know, like those big doll heads for girls to play with hairstyles. Only, this one didn’t have a neck, and instead of hair, it had long, long tendrils of raw wool hanging down over the drapery. And flowers.

I’m thinking, holy shit it’s the ISIS flower arrangement. I consult my program: Rapunzel. Huh.

There was the Pied Piper, which was a leather hat, flowers and many rubber rats. These googly-eyed vegetables (I have no idea). One old boy had done a large display of plastic dinosaurs and convincingly Jurassic-looking plants. Seriously, there were like thirty of these things all over the church.

Somebody played the organ and we all had tea and cake in the pews.

It’s not all women, but it is all old people. I’ve decided I like old people. Which is just as well, really.


Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: August 20, 2014, 11:16 pm


You should get a Flickr account, or some such, so that you can provide us with more photos of the stuff you describe.

I need some harmless weirdness to counter all the horrific weirdness going on.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: August 21, 2014, 12:18 am

Yes, flickr still hasn’t been overrun with Teh Stupids® (yet), so you can actually post pictures to it that people can look at. Weird.

Comment from Nina
Time: August 21, 2014, 1:07 am

You should enter next year, Stoaty!

Comment from gromulin
Time: August 21, 2014, 1:58 am

I agree RE: Oldsters. Vast majority are genial, polite and filled with stories. Even the cranky ones are usually colorfully cranky, not just mean. Dad was 64 when I was born so I grew up with leathery, hardscrabble old construction folk, so I’m probably more conditioned than most. Looking forward to the Statler and Waldorf phase of life.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: August 21, 2014, 9:52 pm

I’ll hold out for the parasite festival. Leech and lamprey tableaux, anyone?

Comment from bastiches
Time: August 24, 2014, 3:33 am

“These googly-eyed vegetables (I have no idea)”

Err, SNL skit?

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