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Title: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: John on June 04, 2009, 11:11
Scarecrows and Bird Scarers - there's some amazing scarecrows to be found and weird and wonderful contraptions, dazzling displays of CDs So get snapping! Don't forget to put a little description with your photo. Perhaps where you saw it, what makes it special to you?

There's a prize! Either a copy of one of my books (http://www.allotment-garden.org/book/index.php) or if you've got them all (bless you!) a copy of Virginia Shirt's The Right Way to Keep Chickens (http://www.poultry.allotment-garden.org/keeping-chickens/hatching-chicks-eggs.php)

This competition will run until 26th July - with voting open to members for a week after.

The simple rules:

  • You can enter one photograph into the competition which should be no more than 640 pixels wide.
  • It can be anything you want that scares birds!
  • It should be accompanied by a short title and some description.  
  • The competition is open to all "Full Members".
  • At the closing date we will add a poll for members to vote on and the most popular photo will be the winner.
  • The winner will receive a prize as listed above and the winning photo may be placed in a permanent photo gallery along with the best runners up.
  • Closing Date for Entries: Sunday 26th July 2009 when voting will be allowed by all members until Monday 2nd August

Full rules can be found
Here (http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=15798.0)

Help Posting Photographs (http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=19476.0)
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: DD. on June 04, 2009, 15:34
Posted this elswhere on the site of my bird scarer, but seemed quite apt.

"Decor's lousy, but the food's fresh"

(http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c182/G4IAR/Untitled-1-21.jpg)

Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: John on June 04, 2009, 15:42
Now you've done it! 300 puddy cat pictures to come  :wub:
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: DD. on June 04, 2009, 15:48
Something wrong with that?
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Bombers on June 04, 2009, 20:50
Pease keep off!!!
(http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm278/srebmob/0d264fde.jpg)
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Parsnip on June 04, 2009, 22:13
 :lol: :lol:

I'm going to have to give this some thought... ;)
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: matron on June 07, 2009, 18:03
I am being traditional here - Guess Which One Is the Scarecrow  :)

(http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm28/matron_photos/EdenProjectHols2007053.jpg)
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Aunty on June 07, 2009, 18:07
He's a beaut matron :)
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Yorkie on June 07, 2009, 18:20
I can see the scarecrow's the one on the left, are you the one on the right matron?  ;) ::) :lol:
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: matron on June 11, 2009, 08:56
If my son wasn't in his best clothes it would be very difficult to tell them apart! This was taken at the Eden Project.
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Parsnip on June 23, 2009, 17:50
I have just acquired myself a scarecrow...well, I'll have him after the garden walkabout this Sunday the 28th, he's currently wearing a wedding suit and top hat, but I'll be adapting his clothing sightly and putting him on the plot...pics to follow :)
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Beetroot queen on July 05, 2009, 21:41
Didnt know about this post. finished our scarecrow today and thought i would search and look at other peoples before adding his, I searched and came up with this post.

The children have named him Mr. Tom

He has scared fellow plot holders to death but the birds seem to love him  :lol:  :mellow:

(http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s184/judey_wooo/IMG00638.jpg)





Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: matron on July 06, 2009, 09:25
He's brilliant Beetroot queen. I would keep an eye on him though as you may find his clothes going walkabout as they look in good condition.  :D
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Beetroot queen on July 06, 2009, 18:18
He's brilliant Beetroot queen. I would keep an eye on him though as you may find his clothes going walkabout as they look in good condition.  :D

Hubby used them when we used to show the ponnies but we dont keep horse now so they came straight from his wardrobe lol  :lol:

I will get up there one afternoon and he will be naked  :ohmy:
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: wighty on July 06, 2009, 20:36
I've shown our ponies before (Shetlands) but why is there such emphasis placed on what the 'shower' is wearing than the pony itself.  The rules for this are as bad as showing an onion in a show! :)
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Beetroot queen on July 06, 2009, 22:29
I've shown our ponies before (Shetlands) but why is there such emphasis placed on what the 'shower' is wearing than the pony itself.  The rules for this are as bad as showing an onion in a show! :)

I just followed the rules, first and last time I ever have or will  :lol:
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: too many girls on July 06, 2009, 23:24
we took our pony Ziggy ( her registered name is Syon Signet) to Redcar show when Sam was 7, the judge placed her as highly commended and then told my dad that Ziggy was streets ahead of the other ponies and would have won had she been wearing the correct tack, he asked what was wrong with the tack and she said she needed a show saddle, Ziggy is difficult to fit, and had the only saddle we could find which was a GP, my dad was furious and said he thought it was about turn out, presentation, and how the pony went, on the way home he said right! we'll get her a b****y show saddle,  with her high withers and being narrow she needed a specially made one and the cost would be over 1000, needless to say Ziggy never got her saddle and was never entered in anymore show classes.
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Aunty on July 29, 2009, 19:07
Even though we've not had many entries, I think the voting will be close.

They are all great pictures :D

Voting closes in 7 days from now.
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: matron on July 29, 2009, 22:24
I am afraid I have been loyal to DS and voted for my photo. I'm not sure which is the best scarecrow though, the stuffed one or son  :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Yorkie on July 29, 2009, 22:29
Is this like Big Brother and if you discuss voting you're sent to the norty step and have to do a forfeit  :lol: :lol: :lol:

'This is Aunt Sally.  Would Matron please come to the garden shed'  8)
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Aunty on July 29, 2009, 22:31
I'm voting for Worzel - where is he ?  ::)
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Paul Plots on July 29, 2009, 23:39
I'm voting for Worzel - where is he ?  ::)

The puddy cat got him!
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: matron on July 30, 2009, 07:21
Is this like Big Brother and if you discuss voting you're sent to the norty step and have to do a forfeit  :lol: :lol: :lol:

'This is Aunt Sally.  Would Matron please come to the garden shed'  8)


Ooer  ???

In my defence Your Honour I have never seen big brother  :D :D
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Aunty on July 30, 2009, 07:27
Stand on your head for an hour Matron (or get someone else to stand on it for you)  ;)
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: DD. on July 30, 2009, 07:43
Is that taken at the Eden Project Matron?

Which one did you leave there? :tongue2:
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: matron on July 30, 2009, 07:47
Is that taken at the Eden Project Matron?

Which one did you leave there? :tongue2:

Yes it was DD. I'm not sure which one I left behind  :nowink: My DS sometimes acts as if he has straw for brains  :tongue2:
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Paul Plots on July 30, 2009, 10:05
Is this like Big Brother and if you discuss voting you're sent to the norty step and have to do a forfeit  :lol: :lol: :lol:

'This is Aunt Sally.  Would Matron please come to the garden shed'  8)


Ooer  ???

In my defence Your Honour I have never seen big brother  :D :D

Best not to - in my opinion.
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Aunty on August 07, 2009, 08:24
The competition voting is now closed (late I'm afraid) and the results are:


1st - Matron with 9 votes

2nd - Beetroot queen with 8 votes

3rd - DD. with 7 votes

4th - Bombers has bombed out with nul points


Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Bombers on August 07, 2009, 08:33
The competition voting is now closed (late I'm afraid) and the results are:


1st - Matron with 9 votes

2nd - Beetroot queen with 8 votes

3rd - DD. with 7 votes





Well done Matron, deserved winner.


4th - Bombers has bombed out with nul points[/size]


Must try harder next time. ::) :D
I'll get Bomber junior on the case
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: matron on August 07, 2009, 08:34
 :ohmy: :ohmy:
I don't win things.
Thank you to the folks that voted.
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: matron on August 07, 2009, 08:35
Thank you Bombers - obviously my 'junior' helped me  :D :D
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: John on August 07, 2009, 09:06
Congratulations :)

Maybe not the most entered competition - but all good fun anyway!

I've PM'd you Matron re your prize.

Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: matron on August 08, 2009, 11:48
 :D :D :D :D
Wahey, a prize. My book has just arrived so plenty to read later when I have dug up the potatoes.
Thank you John.
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Rangerkris on August 08, 2009, 15:59
Well done Matron, enjoy your book
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Paul Plots on August 08, 2009, 18:05
Well done Matron, enjoy your book


And so say all of us..... Happy reading!  :)
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Yabba on August 08, 2009, 18:35
plenty to read later when I have dug up the potatoes.

I hope your potato harvest was just as rewarding :D

Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: matron on August 08, 2009, 20:58
I have dug up most of our earlies now. The weather turned as they were ready so we haven't been able to get out and dig. They are Rocket and most of them are rather large for earlies but they are fine. Hopefully will be digging the Desiree tomorrow.  :D
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: John on August 09, 2009, 20:08
You can read the book over winter when the dark nights come :)

Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: matron on August 10, 2009, 08:10
You can read the book over winter when the dark nights come :)




Ooooh, too late - already a third of the way through.  :D :D
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Sadgit on August 13, 2009, 11:00
bit late but I have this all over my plot and it works a treat :D :D

(http://www.constablerobinson.com/images/news_item/large/harrison_john_cropped1.jpg)
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Ice on August 13, 2009, 11:09
Tis the work of the devil sadgit.  (http://bestsmileys.com/scared/8.gif)
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Paul Plots on August 13, 2009, 12:36
A good idea those ear-phones, Sadgit.  :)

I guess you too have neighbours who want to talk far more than they want to tend their plots!  ::)
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: John on August 13, 2009, 14:15
You should have warned us!! It broke my monitor :)
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: matron on August 13, 2009, 18:10
Glad you didn't post it Sadgit - it would probably have won  :D :D
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Yabba on August 13, 2009, 18:18
I'd have voted for yah :D

Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Sadgit on August 13, 2009, 18:35
You should have warned us!! It broke my monitor :)


Sorry John, I was feeling rather cheeky.... nice headphones BTW r u hangin wiv ur homies? :)
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Yabba on August 13, 2009, 18:58
Sorry John, I was feeling rather cheeky.... nice headphones BTW r u hangin wiv ur homies? :)

It'll be decades before monitors are capable of showing his homies as well ;)

Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: John on August 13, 2009, 23:30
Sadly those headphones demonstrated that you need to be careful where the cable is when using secateurs :(

I'm usually plugged into radio 4 but if I'm alone on the site then the MP3 player might get a go. Have to be alone as they run screaming when I sing along.
Title: Re: Photo Competition #12 - Scarecrows & Bird Scarers
Post by: Paul Plots on August 14, 2009, 01:06
Sadly those headphones demonstrated that you need to be careful where the cable is when using secateurs :(

I'm usually plugged into Radio 4 but if I'm alone on the site then the MP3 player might get a go. Have to be alone as they run screaming when I sing along.

I avoid being plugged into radio 4 when others are around - sometimes I've been known to answer back to some programmes or even laugh out very loud. This can disturb the neighbours even more than my singing.