Monday, October 15, 2007

Dilemma of the Gurgling Cod

The title of this post sounds more like a Sherlock Holmes story...and in a way it is becoming one! A few weeks ago I brought an American woman who works with my husband to her first auction. She told me she was looking for a "gurgling cod." Now the first thing that jumped to my mind was those battery operated singing fish that were popular a few Christmas's ago...I'm glad I didn't say anything! When we got to the auction she pointed out a ceramic jug shaped like a fish that in fact makes gurgling noises when you pour water out of it. (Note: I had to learn how to spell gurgling just for this post!)

The next weekend my DH and I go to the bootsale at the racecourse. (It is a great place to buy plants...ok, I admit to going there for the doughnuts but I've already confessed that in earlier posts!) As we wandered around we saw 4 gurgling cods! They were only a couple of pounds so I bought two. When I got home and washed them up I really liked the off white one and decided to hold onto the green one for a Christmas gift.

Now the dilemma.....My DH goes to work and tells his coworkers. He had failed to tell me that another coworker (who has been very good to us) had also asked him to find a cod. CW1 (the one that went to the auction) immediately laid claim to the green cod, assuming that I bought it for her. CW2, the one that has helped us out, said she would like the green cod. So this weekend we went cod hunting. Of course if you want to find something at a boot sale it will not be there...trust me. After scouring boot sales and local antique shops we came up with one small cod. Here is the dilemma - it looks great with the off-white one. I think it would be a shame to split them up. So I either find yet another cod or give the pair to CW2 (not knowing if these are the type she likes or not?! Which would be a shame since I like these better than the fancy ones!) Yikes.

On the quilting front (this is a quilting blog after all) I finished a baby quilt! I couldn't post it in-process in case the recipient logged onto the blog. Several members of the quilt group made the blocks and I put it together and quilted it. I put the binding on the night before the baby shower. (finished is better than perfect...finished is better than perfect.....) All and all a busy weekend.

11 comments:

Andrea said...

I'm laughing like mad about the gurgling cod dilemna ! As problems go that's a new one on me - lol ! Lovely baby quilt - wonderful colours. Oh and do you know when your episode of Flog It will be on TV ?

joyce said...

I'd say keep the cod at least until you are sure the other person would actually like it. But then who wouldn't like a gurgling cod?

Dawn said...

You know, I think my grandma had some of those gurgling cods! Not that I ever heard them called that! Way too funny. I think you have to keep the big and small one you like for yourself. You might come across another one yet before christmas. Such a hard spot your in. I think you look a bit before you panic! OK, go ahead and panic but still look!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

I'm with Dawn. You like them, keep them for yourself. Keep looking and when you find good ones, grab those for gifts. thanks for explaining what the mysterious gurgling cod - they're new to me!

Sewcatherine said...

Great funny story...keep looking for more to pass along. Maybe you'll find ones you like more than the ones you have!!

Marilyn R said...

I have not heard of gurgling cods before either. So much fun! Now I want to keep an eye out for them too! The baby quilt is adorable!

anne bebbington said...

You're obviously a very accomplished fisherwoman :o)

katelnorth said...

Gosh, a true cod dilemma - how often does that happen? :) I think you just need to hit more boot sales (always my advice). I'll probably see a dozen cod in various colours next time I'm at one!

Jeanne said...

This must be my lesson for today. I always say I learn new things daily by reading blogs. I have never heard of nor seen a gurgling cod. I'd keep them both for now. Have DH explain at work that you've developed a liking to them yourself.

Karen said...

So funny! Who would have thought gurgling cods were in such demand! I love them now myself lol.

Bonnie said...

Gurgling cod??I've NEVER heard of these things! And now I want one! *LOL*

Bonnie