So Jos turned the car around so I could jump out and take some photos. It was perfectly in tact still which is amazing as it was next to a bus stop.
There were two 'normal' sized ones on each side of it but this one was just so unbelievable and beautiful. Is it simply a toalstool or perhaps......
- NDER a toadstool crept a wee Elf,
- Out of the rain to shelter himself.
- Under the toadstool, sound asleep,
- Sat a big Dormouse all in a heap.
Fearing to fly away lest he get wet.
To the next shelter--maybe a mile!
Sudden the wee Elf smiled a wee smile.
Tugged till the toadstool toppled in two.
Holding it over him, gaily he flew.
Soon he was safe home, dry as could be.
Soon woke the Dormouse--"Good gracious me!
"Where is my toadstool?" loud he lamented.
--And that's how umbrellas first were invented.
~ Oliver Herford (1893 - 1935)
Isn't that the sweetest poem? Humm...I am thinking perhaps this is not simply a poem but a true story about how the first umbrella was invented. What do you think? Of course, it does mean that you must believe in elves too. *grins*
Excuse my support glove on my hand as I took the photo and did not think to take it off first. I wanted to show you how large the toadstool is. I have long hands and I did not quite span the length of the surface.