What do you get a house and garden renovator for Christmas? Power tools! A new paint brush!. No.
You make a garden sculpture out of recycled materials and put it into the front garden. At least that’s what I did. Of course this necessitated the start of the revamp of the front garden, laying carpet on the grass and barrowing lots of mulch from the backyard to the front. The demise of a very large willow tree and hire of a mulcher meant that we had a large pile of mulch. This combined with not wanting any grass in the front yard and a pair of white Blundstone wellie boots that I found on the riverbank in Bathurst, NSW a couple of years ago led to the creation of Gabby.
She is made from corrugated tin that was removed from our roof when that was replaced as well as the top of the water tank that was on the western side of the house (rusted out) , some Tea tree for her arms and facial features cut from fence palings. The skeleton was rewelded steel piping structure from Launceston tip shop Eco-salv as was her wings.