Hop on over
to my pad
A larger-than-life statue
of the celebrated bullfrog
Dennis Hopper (no relation to the actor) sits in the center of Twain Pond.
It's early evening now, and fireflies flicker overhead.
a staggering accomplishment for even the most athletic of frogs.
Twain Pond's cultural significance (It's Dennis Hopper's birthplace.) led to its designation as a California Historical Landmark. Environmental rules are strictly enforced. Rustic signs, in keeping with the natural surroundings, help direct visitors to specific areas of the pond.
Regular harvesting of the rushes around the banks of Twain Pond increases both the quantity and quality of plant and animal life. Placemats, woven from the harvested rushes, are popular souvenirs among the tourists.
Shortly after Dennis Hopper retired from competition, there was a movement among the locals to rename the pond "Hopper's Place" in honor of their hometown hero. Dennis, humble frog that he was, would not hear of it.
Stretching the length of Twain Pond, pink votives and pebbles provide light and a natural resting spot for Hopper's decedents.
Lily pad salad plates float on the surface. Bright pink water lilies bloom in profusion. In 2003, the water lilies were registered with the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society under the name of Nymphaea 'Pink Leaper'.
The lilies, indigenous to the area, can be purchased through Friends of the PondReally? You really thought there might
be a Friends of the Pond site? Really?, an organization that works tirelessly to preserve the beauty of the pond and its surroundings.
Chocolate covered crickets are kept under glass until dessert and coffee are served. Surprisingly, these little morsels closely resemble Raisinets.
Tablecloth: Moda, Meadow Friends Pond, Blue Camouflage, Heart to Heart Fabrics, through Amazon
Placemats, Bed Bath and Beyond
Napkins: JoAnn's Fabrics
Dinner plates: Fiestaware, Periwinkle Blue, borrowed from my daughter
Salad plates: Bordallo Pinheiro, Cabbage Green, Sur la Table
Pink bowls: Lenox Floral Fusion, fuchsia, Macy's
Flatware, Pottery Barn, purchased years ago. PB now sells a hammered pattern much like it.
Green tumblers: Bed, Bath and Beyond
Ceramic Frog centerpiece: a gift from my friend, Sarah
I am linking to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch and
A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesdays.
Prior to creating this leap year tablescape, I did an internet search for "fog pond tablescapes" and found this pond tablescape at the fabulous site, Mid-Atlantic Martha. The pink napkin/lily idea belongs totally to Martha.
Dennis Hopper normally resides on the ledge of our garden fountain. He is NOT porous and has a high gloss finish. A light coat of thick water base paint was applied with a sponge.. Smudges were wiped away before they dried.
When he goes back outdoors, I'll use water and a scrubber to return him to his original look.
Glue-soaked paper towels were squished around wooden dowels and dried in front of the fireplace.
A second, single layer is added in an attempt to smooth out some of the bumps. Paint follows.
To make the napkin rosettes (aka Big Water Lilies)::
Fold the napkin into a triangle.
Starting from the bottom fold, roll into a long tube..
Roll rather loosely, as I did, for a big flower, more tightly if you want a truer looking rosebud.
Start at one end and roll the tube up on itself.
Tuck the end into the bottom, center hole.