May 7th, 2012
Is it Wood or Faux Bois?
Posted by F&S
Before our recent surgeries, we Frenchies, decided to pay a visit to the patio behind the Summer House where there is a very lovely bench to sit on. Looking around, we noticed some odd pieces of, what looked like wood, resting on the patio. We got to wondering what we had found.
1 Fancesca, the temperatures are very pleasant to sit outside on this bench. We haven't been in this area for quite a while. I hope your cone isn't terribly uncomfortable!
2 I'm getting used to it, slowly but surely. Sometimes I get frustrated and try to shake it off, but then I remind myself that wearing it is for my own good!
3 I wouldn't want to wear one either, but it does serve a purpose. Now what do you suppose is going on here?
4 The patio has some strange wood-like structures on it.
5 Well, Sharkey, let's think about this logically. We know that Martha has plans for a beautiful stone walkway and formal gardens in this spot.
6 So where does this fit in, Franny? It looks like wood but it's actually faux bois, which is French for false wood. These pieces appear to be some kind of metal with cement molded around it. Do you suppose they all fit together?
7 Right now, the height of this thing makes for an excellent back scratcher! Ahhh...that feels good!
8 Wait a second! I remember Martha saying something about having a faux bois gazebo in storage! I bet she's planning on building it in the new garden back here.
9 Yes, I can see that all these pieces do fit together. Do you know that many gazebos are built to provide shade while others, like this one, are ornamental?
10 Gazebos have been around for centuries. Members of Egyptian royalty had them in their gardens 5,000 years ago, as well as the affluent Ancient Romans. In Japan, gazebos serve as tea houses.
11 Francesca, did you have anything to add about gazebos or are you following the scent of a squirrel?
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