This summer we planted a puppeteer and a marionette in a new flower bed.
For Christmas, Chuck surprised me with a metal (artistically rusted) statue that he commissioned one of our favorite Dubuque artists to make. Gail Chavenelle folds and bends metal into wonderful statues of all shapes and sizes. He gave her photos of our puppeting and she rose to the challenge to create this piece.
It stood in our livingroom all winter while I planned a butterfly garden to go around it. So far I haven't seen any butterflies and the birds and bunnies ate a lot of the perennials I planted, but the snapdragons and pansies are looking good.