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August 22, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge



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Once fired, grains’ gain.©

Be the grain

Not that bothersome wheat, oat, or barley. Those too corny.

Be rock solid. Whether SiO2 or CaCO3.

Sharp crystals.

The builders.

Be the grain: pile on the poundings, repeated washes, all the tumbling and sunning.

Be not the pail.

Those of the never-ending of “half full” or “half empty”

Those far too quick to spill it all.

Be not the shovel.

Who knows where they’ve been or done.

Those too sharp and rigid. Cutting in the wrong hands.

Be the grain

Soft to the touch, yet inevitably dominating.

Undeterred by obstacles or nature’s stormy temper.

Be the grain of grit.

Make people squirm in their seats.

Just be wary of tires and feet.

Life of the beached.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Fine grains: AIA Sandcastle Competition 2016 photos.

Can your architect do this? Takes some grit to get it done.

More? 2016 Galveston AIA Sandcastle Golden Bucket Winner. Video.



  1. easyweimaraner / Aug 22 2016 7:17 am

    I agree ….never be the shovel… specially not the shovel my momma just used…. the shovel always get’s something and will lose it one moment later ….

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 22 2016 7:26 am

      And there’s those mysterious bits stuck to the shovel…
      Molly says shovel handles are to be chewed…serves those troublemakers right for falling down and making so much noise in the garage. Thanks for digging up a comment to leave!


      • easyweimaraner / Aug 22 2016 8:41 am

        Easy agrees…we have nothing without chewed handles…but to chew the handles of the wheelbarrow was mean… it is so darned uncomfy now to use that thingy :o)


  2. Audrey Kalman / Aug 22 2016 9:19 am

    What a cool video. Though I expected the end to show everything washed away. We might also aspire to be the water.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 22 2016 10:02 am

      Good to go with the flow unless you’re building materials for sand castles. 🙂
      Water and sand is a fine dance couple – they say opposites attract!
      Usually the contest castles and creations last for a week so people can leisurely view without fighting the weekend beach traffic and parking, but we’re in a stormy weather pattern now.
      Thanks for scooping up a comment to add


  3. D. Wallace Peach / Aug 22 2016 1:49 pm

    I love sandcastles and these competitions are always amazing. Your post reads like a poem 🙂


  4. robincoyle / Aug 22 2016 4:41 pm

    No big deal. I have a sand castle of the Taj Mahal in my backyard right now. Oh wait. That might be a hill a mole made.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 22 2016 4:55 pm

      We have tried to train fire ants to build creatively….
      Thanks for the giggle and dusting up the comment pile.


  5. The Hook / Aug 22 2016 4:51 pm

    And be the ball…
    Loved this post to death.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 22 2016 5:00 pm

      Some rave to be the belle of the ball, but that rarely rings true..especially after high tide wipes out Cinderella’s castle. Thanks for kicking a sandy comment this way


  6. sustainabilitea / Aug 22 2016 5:18 pm

    I’m always amazed at what people can create with sand or, in winter, ice.



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 23 2016 8:24 am

      Castle or creatures. No matter the material the sculptures are stunning. Interesting that with ice or sand scluptures water is the ultimate ending…so with that “Rock, Paper, Scissors” game is missing something? Thanks for sanding down a comment to add


  7. nrhatch / Aug 24 2016 8:23 am

    Here’s to building castles in the sand . . .


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 24 2016 10:09 am

      They appear and then disappear with little trace – That’s magic and a grain of hope. Thanks for stacking in a sandy comment


  8. susielindau / Aug 24 2016 10:17 am

    I just returned from an endless sandbox after playing all weekend. No shovels, all fun.

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  9. pegoleg / Aug 24 2016 1:56 pm

    How cool! I don’t have the temperament to work that hard on a work of art only to see it destroyed by the next wave – same for chalk pictures.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 24 2016 3:33 pm

      I’m with Molly – a quick review and then head for the AC. Maybe if they held the contest in the winter..usually it’s in June, but we had that big flood that weekend.
      While these creations are built far back from the high tide line, nothing can stop foot action by an excited kid ( of any age). Grity reminder that nothing is permanent (or safe from dogs). Thanks for scooping up a comment to leave.


  10. angelswhisper2011 / Aug 25 2016 2:12 am

    Granny loves the sculpures, but I see a great litter…MOL 😀 Pawkisses for a wonderful day 🙂 ❤


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 25 2016 8:23 am

      And with all the space, sun, and waves no litter box could be finer! (It comes with sea gulls and water birds to chase, too. How thoughtful! Now that’s making visitors feel welcome.) Thanks for herding a comment this way. Hope and as sunny garden spot adventure waits you. Paw waves!

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