|Fantastic Mr. Fox
Over Christmas 2006 and during a period of great building activity, we took delivery of a friend’s old oil tank just like the one in the picture! We were, of course expecting an empty oil tank. We weren’t even suspicious when the friend, not only offered to deliver it but, arrived the very following day with armies of muscle to unload it. Al endured its presence in the drive for several days – next to the skip, next to the rubble, next to the builders’ sand, next to the concrete mixer, next to the pallets of bricks…………….sigh!
|Pin up for the grils
Work on the first panel started quite soon as one felt obliged to prove what actually could be done with pieces of rusting metal. After a few minutes with a piece of chalk and Chris's skill with a jig-saw; the rest is, as they say: history. The outcome, so far, is two foxes: Ferdinand (running) and Fantastic Mr. Fox (pouncing) and a rather thug-like owl called Wol. Since 2007, Chanticlere the cockerel was born out of the same tank and guards the northern gate. A hare was added beneath Fantastic Mr. Fox – as his dinner! Other animals lie in wait as we still have some panels left over!
Since this page was written, Wol moved house and now lives up in the old pear tree. Chanticlere was promoted to the Hen Pen gate - a pin-up for the girls! See Chicken Wars and All round Bird Changes: