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.

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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!

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!

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!

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!

I wouldn't want to wear one either, but it does serve a purpose.  Now what do you suppose is going on here?

3 I wouldn't want to wear one either, but it does serve a purpose. Now what do you suppose is going on here?

The patio has some strange wood-like structures on it.

4 The patio has some strange wood-like structures on it.

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.

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.

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?

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?

Right now, the height of this thing makes for an excellent back scratcher!  Ahhh...that feels good!

7 Right now, the height of this thing makes for an excellent back scratcher! Ahhh...that feels good!

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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

Francesca, did you have anything to add about gazebos or are you following the scent of a squirrel?

11 Francesca, did you have anything to add about gazebos or are you following the scent of a squirrel?

Comments (13)

  • Hello Ladies,
    You are both ever the investigators. I know these were taken pre surgeries, so please someone give us an update on the girls. I just hope with all Mama's galas and events on her book, she has had a lot of time still for "cc" time. Well, the neighbor won on the derby but not me--I didn't bet, just liked the name of Gemologist. The boys came home with just a fish each--said terrible bad wind, so they came home early. You know it's bad when they come home early. Well ladies at least you were exploring on the new things on the farm. I am sending hugs and love your way for a quick recovery. I didn't see Mama Martha on the ancestry show last night. Here it isn't scheduled until next week for her. I will watch Two Broke Girls tonight and imagine you both having "cc" time with her watching it also. Take care. Can't wait to hear what Cora Belle got for surprises over the weekend.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Morning Ladies,
    Here I thought your eye was better, Frannie. Then I read Lynn's note & checked the photos again & saw that Sharkey still has 2 dew claws. Can't fool us! Hey, Lynn, Mimi chose Gemologist, too. You ladies must really like sparkly things! LOL
    I wonder when Martha will run out of places for new projects?
    I'll check in later to see how everybodys weekend went.
    Your Pal,
    Rebel

  • I had a chuckles seeing the photos...#1 Franny I can't see you and it looks like a new breed of dog, #2 is adorable of you, #11 looks like a doggie suction cup! :-) Sharkey you look adorable as well.

    Lynn is that Ancestry.com that MS is on? I entered a video contest on Ancestry to win a subscription to finish my search. See it on my Family Crest lens (Webpage) Good to see you here Lynn!

    Another day of ugly and cold weather...what is going on?

    Hope you two Frenchies are doing better!
    hugs...
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hi Girl Friends, &G.K.+Glue Squad, You two girls look so cute in these photos that I want to rush over there and hug you to pieces and give you lots of licks!We remember Martha talking about making a gazebo in that special, beautiful area she has been producing over the years! Can't wait to see the finished project! You show us so many beautiful things there at the farm! My Mom has been doing lots of 'clean up' all around the outside of our house and it will probably take all summer to get it done. We are having another dry, warm day and I think I'm going to have my paw nails clipped today so I won't have any problem like you had, Sharkey! I think I got bit by a mosquito near my right eye, but it looks OK now-didn't have to wear a cone like you did, Franny! We are doing all kinds of things to get rid of the ants inside and outside of our house-what pests they are! Hi Lynn, nice to read your comment today and it was the only one here when I commented! I agree with you about hearing up to date things about our beloved Franny and Sharkey! Hope everyone has a great day and will check back later! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • The ancestry show I was speaking of is one called Finding Your Roots. It is on Sunday nights on PBS and Martha had talked about it in her blog on Friday,that it was to be on yesterday. In Colorado it is scheduled to be on this Sunday and I have it set to be taped. It is a rainy day today and I am glad, we need it. Meant to say thank you for my friend that dedicated her walk Saturday in a fund raiser for the Denver Dumb Friends League, called the Furry Scurry, to our Warrior Prince Basil. He is gone, but not forgotten.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Hopefully the two of you will be feeling better by the time the patio is finished.

    Franny and Sharkey, I hope that you two are feeling better and getting much needed rest and "cc time" with MommyM. She's so busy these days, I think she needs some "cc time" herself.

    Dudley D. you take care of yourself. I used to get bitten by mosquitoes all of the time when I was younger and it's no fun.

  • Hi Francesca, Sharkey, Mr. G.K. and all my glue squad friends,
    The gazebo project looks very interesting and it was adventurous of you girls to explore the structures. We like learning new french words too. Can't wait to see you feeling better and running around the gardens again. Sharkey I hope you leg is doing well and of course Franny's eyes too.
    We missed most of Mama Martha on tv last night except for a part where she was laughing about a relative of G.K. I wish we had seen more. Maybe Mr. G.K. will comment on this sometime! Imagine G.K. is named for a historical figure that came up in his Mom's ancestral history. Wow. He must be proud. Wonder if maddox watched it??
    Yes we picked the wrong horse but he was beautiful. Cora belle those maple bars sound so good. Enjoy your stuffed porcupine too. Hugs to Lynn and all my glue squad buddies. back home after three nightshifts and all day sunday at work with Mom. We travel back tonight. High paws to all- Tired Abby

  • ..you frenchies are always busy exploring..my kind of doggie..guess what? I was outside yesterday..warm and beautiful and playing with Lucinda..and stuck my nose thur a crack in one of the shed doors and a naughty feral kitty swatted me on the snout..blood and everything..of course I tried to munch it..so there was lots of yelling,but i ignored it and and finally let go of the little offender..it was no worse for wear..geez just tried to be friendly!..got a pre-b.day gift I did not like..brushed from head to toe..I HATE being groomed, as I am au natural..but I must secretly say I feel and look really good..this morning I got a sack of dental treats (what kind of gift is that?)..another warm day..so I must get out there and soak up some rays..Lucinda put the lawn furniture out..so we can all relax together..I even have an umbrella to get under if i get too warm..all my fellow glue squaders have a great day and i will fire off some barks for each and everyone of you while I'm out...bye..Cora-Belle

  • Scent of a squirrel over-rides any cones, Frannie girl! :)

    Sharkey you are very resourceful, using the gazebo for a back scratcher.

    Seems like there is always something happening on the farm.

    Please update us on how the both of you are faring.

    Hugs to everyone!
    gail

  • Can't wait to see what Mama Martha does with the gazebo. It's amazing all the nice ideas Martha comes up with for the farm. I'm back in Chicago with Mommy and Dad. It was a good weekend @ Gran's but she didn't hand the treats like she usually does. I was a very good girl during our visit except for a little accident when I had to check out the brunch table and managed to pull one of the place settings off of the table onto the floor. The crash was pretty loud. Thanks Cora Bell for the info about the maple bars. Abby, we missed last night's show too. :( Hi Mr Dudley Do Right, have you been helping your Mom with the outside cleanup? That's always a big job isn't it, although things look so nice afterwards. I need a nap after the weekend. Better get it in before the storm coming in from Indiana arrives.
    Love, Peace and More Treats
    Little Lola

  • I know this is late but I am very concerned for all my Glue Squad/Daily Wag friends. I just received a special alert e-mail from National Pet Pharmacy in regards to a huge dog food recall that is causing Salmonella. This is where I would get Basil's low-residue prescription canned dog food shipped from and they carry tons of brands. I worry for all my friends, so be sure and have your folks listen to the news for the information.
    Hugs,
    Lynn

  • Hi Girls,
    I am posting late today. Mom had a painter here early painting the family room so it was very crazy around the house today. But, I have to say I was very good. Only got paint on my nose one time. :) Ken (the painter) said I was sooooo beautiful.

    We have a gazebo out in the yard. Mom doesn't let me in it though, cause I can get out into the lake from there. LOL And I just love the water! I over heard mom say she was getting me my own baby pool for the summer. I can't wait.

    Well, it's getting late for me. Off to watch some TV with mom and Abbie and maybe chew on a new bone.

    Have a good night everyone.

    Chloe xx

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    What a day this has been. Every time I tried to get onto the blog, I got an error that said the page was not available. It’s after 7 PM now and I made it today after all. Daddy said that he was going to build one of those gismo things in the back yard but hasn’t found the time. Let’s see now, that was over two years ago. He’ll be to old unless he starts soon. Some folks seem to slow down when they retire but not Mommy and Daddy; they run more than before. Makes me tired. Speaking of which; nap time again.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

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