Set­tled in for a snooze

Landscape (UK) - - In the Garden -

A sleepy owl is sim­ply carved from an oval-shaped pump­kin to make a charm­ing garden dec­o­ra­tion. First, the top of the squash is sliced off and the seeds and in­ner flesh scooped away. This can be set aside and used for plant­ing or, al­ter­na­tively, to make a soup. Next, the out­line of the eyes and beak are scored into the skin and a metal spoon used to dig it out. A sharp knife is em­ployed to care­fully cut out V shapes for the eyes, the tri­an­gles which form the chest feath­ers and long slices to in­di­cate the wings. The owl is put to roost in a nest of twigs, ar­ranged within an old bird bath in the garden.

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