Stuff I see, which you might not.

Garden & Gun

Catchy title, isn’t it? To me, it’s a confusing combination of relaxation and terror: like Library & Land Mine, or Beach & Bazooka. But to hundreds of thousands of readers in the USA, Garden & Gun is a leading magazine covering all that is great about the South (of the USA). According to its President & CEO, Garden & Gun “…is a metaphor for the South—its land, the people, their lifestyle, and their heritage.” And their gardens and guns, presumably.

I’ve never read the magazine (having no real connection to the South, nor to gardens or guns), but the website is certainly an interesting and informative place to visit. Since I’m guessing that you probably haven’t read the magazine either, here are some highlights that I found on the Garden & Gun website…

From the Sporting Life section.  [image from gardenandgun.com]

From the Sporting Life section.
[image from gardenandgun.com]

From the Food section, an article entitled Build a Better Hot Dog includes a description of the creative dogs produced at a shop called Frank in Austin, Texas. “…like the Jackalope (antelope, rabbit, and pork sausage with a cranberry compote, Sriracha aioli, and cheddar).” Yes, really.

And, in what I think would be a great title for a sister magazine, the Arts & Culture section features an opinion piece God, Gators, and Gumbo. Uh huh.

There is another cool section called G&G Reader Good Dog Photos, which is pretty much what you would expect it to be – a heap of photos of Good Dogs (split into categories like ‘at play’, ‘on water’, ‘at rest’ and my favourite: ‘dogs being dogs’). Here is the impressive winner of the ‘dogs on water’ category: Fritz – a yellow Labrador retriever from Charleston, South Carolina.

Fritz, a dog who helps catch giant fish.  [image from gardenandgun.com]

Fritz, a dog who helps to catch giant fish.
[image from gardenandgun.com]

There is a Garden & Gun online store, which has some great things for sale. Also on sale for $300 is “Bird in Hand” – a photo of a man holding a dead bird. Not my cup of tea, but am sure the “Gun” part of the Garden & Gun readership would appreciate the art. The “Wear” section of the store features branded shirts, caps and leashes (for dogs) as well as pocket squares and a women’s shooting vest. And a “Croquet Golf Set”, which sounds intriguing and looks quite fancy.

If you would like to check out the very interesting website of Garden & Gun, it’s here. I’m no fonder of the garden or the gun, but I still like the insight into another world, from this magazine representin’ the South. Yeeeeeee-ha.

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Virtual friends, I need your help!

Greetings and Merry Christmas Eve to you and yours, virtual friends. Apologies that Everyday Sparks has become more like OnceAWeek Sparks in recent weeks – I’ve been without an internet connection and it’s the festive season and, like my running program, my regular blogging has fallen by the wayside. But I’m back now and, like a pesky old uncle at a Christmas lunch, I plan on hanging around. (And maybe stealing some of your turkey, drinking some sherry and regaling you with stories about the good old days.)

But in the meantime, I need your help. Not in the Ugandan-prince-send-money kinda way, or even the Sponsor-me-to-jump-on-a-pogo-stick-around-Australia kinda way, but in the easy Help-a-virtual-mate-via-Facebook kinda way. You see, Expedia (the travel website folk) are running a comp to find new bloggers from Australia and New Zealand to write for their site. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that I love to travel and write about the people, places and things that I discover along the way. So, a gig writing for Expedia Australia would be pretty much an ideal job for me!

My photo application

My photo application

To be in the running, I need to collect as many votes as I can by 31 December – which is where you and your Facebook friends come into the picture, I hope. It only takes a minute to vote for me via Facebook – the link is here (or search ‘Expedia Blogger Search’ on Facebook) and I’m in the ‘Lifestyle’ blog category: you can’t miss my bright green EverydaySparks avatar on the second row. And every vote counts, so please spread the word to your Facebook friends too!

Hope you don’t mind this cry for help on Christmas Eve – I’d really appreciate your support!