Sunday, April 27, 2008

Pygmalion Auditions, This Way

Some Gardeners Are So Pig-Headed

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


On Wednesday I was driving down Princes Highway when I spotted an unusual sight on a grass verge to my left. It was a lifesize figure (probably fibreglass) of a pig and a lawnmower. But even though I had my camera with me, as I always do, I was in the wrong lane to pull over.

So on Thursday I made sure to slow down and pull over at the right place. To my delight, the pig sported a few additional details, obviously provided by the garden care centre nearby. As you can see, he was wearing a carefully crafted "jacket" made of fake turf. In addition, this being the Australian Rules football season, someone had wrapped a St Kilda Football Club scarf around the animal's neck.

And if you look carefully at his hindquarters, you'll be able to see how good his jacket is. Now look at his hind hooves and you'll see another intriguing detail - good, sturdy, trusty brown boots like those worn by thousands of tradesmen in this country.

I wonder if the lawn-mowing pig is really a subtle advertisement for a sequel to Spike Lee's film Mo Better Blues?

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24 comments:

Julie said...

Nice one - thanks for your comment on mine and good to see you.

lynn said...

he he what a great model. It's a pig of a job to get the right angle though huh,

You, having posted lots of British gaffs in the past, will enjoy my post today at Cheltenham. Chortle all you like, do, David, i certainly am. Shame though it is, i give up. England is not what it was.

Mima said...

You guys have a wonderful sense of humour which you gleefully express - I'm sure if you tried to put something like that on the roadside here the police would remove it as a driving distraction!! Great photos.

i beati said...

hilarious I would have to stop also a turf jacket hahaahahahah

imac said...

Nice one David.

Hilary said...

That's sow funny. What a great photo-find.

Monique said...

You do find them, don't you?

willow said...

Oh that is FUN-eee! How did I know that your Pygmalion post would include a clever photo?? Love it.

Maggie May said...

Yeah, really funny! Was he a pygmy?
In England we have The Angel of The North and The Wicker Man by motor ways and & once saw a camel! Not real.

D... said...

LOL! That's a hilarious photo find! Perfect. :)

It makes me wonder what else is in their yard...

RuneE said...

I suppose they had "Miss Piggy" attending to the flowers just around the corner?

If you think this pig somewhat special - have look at my dog!

Vi said...

they could have at least given him trousers!

Medic 61 said...

This is priceless! We have a truck in my hometown that's parked on a lawn, and every time I go by it, somebody's added something new to it. The pig is much cuter though!

quilldancer said...

I see you went whole hog on this photo shoot.

Yesterday we were driving through a quaint little surfing village here on the North Shore and there wasn't a parking place for miles. Of course I saw photo op after photo op. I told Amoeba that I could try a "David" and climb out the car window, but that I wasn't David, and I'd probably drop the camera or lop off my head or arm on a passing surfboard, and muff the photo to boot.

CrazyCath said...

What a cracking post - again! Trust you to find a slightly different slant again - you have set a precedent here you know and set yourself a challenge. We expect the unexpected now... :0)

Misty Dawn said...

Ahahahahaha - I LOVE it. You always encounter the strangest sights hehe.

Tammy said...

Hehehe...that's funny!

John said...

That's sow funny David. Great catch. LOL

Sandi McBride said...

mow better blues...good one David...won't attempt to top it
Sandi
ps
have you noticed your word verification is rather screwball?

Colleen said...

THis is hilarious and riduculous. i hope my mom doesn't see this, she will want one.

alicesg said...

Hahaha, the pig is a cutie. How I wish I have a pig to do my housework...lol

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mpickett1 said...

Hi, that piggy outfit was my work when I worked @ Newturf...I am the St Kilda supporter hence the garb....you neglected the yellow tie to match his jacket.

Cheers