Please visit me in my garden, among the flowers and weeds, as I carve out a little patch of heaven in this rainy Pacific Northwest. I hope to share with you some of the joys, the triumphs, the techniques I learn along the way, and maybe some favourite garden recipes and art projects, too.
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I guess I have upgraded my main computer (which I use to work from home) twice in the past 6 years, but have kept the older ones also (for example, one acts as our home network's file server). In the process, we have tried to move along any significant files and photos and such, but each time some is left behind. Today while looking for some old files, I was delighted to discover some photos from 2004 of my first - and only - attempt at watermelon carving.
According to the accompanying HTML pages (which are no longer posted anywhere, but I was glad to recover the narrative in them), I had taken advantage of a quiet Christmas morning (since we open gifts on Christmas Eve), and "with the children happily playing with their new toys, I took out my 4" Henckels knife, and tried my hand at carving a watermelon". My inspiration for trying came "from the Zozocyan Carving Room displaying wonderful, detailed soap, vegetable and fruit carvings by Shiyo in Japan". The cool thing is that Shiyo seems to be still carving and posting to that site - so you can still visit and see what I mean by inspiration!
I went on to say that "after only two hours of carving, I was pleased by the result, which made a nice addition to my sister Rose's dessert table for Christmas dinner that evening", and ended with "I hope my simple photos will inspire you to pick up your kitchen knife and give it a try, too".
I've posted photos here. It brings back great memories. I'm impressed that I did such a nice carving in only two hours. It inspires me, I should try again some day.
If this post inspires any budding vegetable & fruit carvers, please remember to return and share your creations with me.