And The Winner Is

All the votes (mine) are in. The winner of the photo caption contest is… da da da da da da DAAAAAAA: The Owl Wood. San Geraldo thought he deserved to win on volume alone; but San Geraldo did not have a vote. The Owl Wood’s keepers did tell me it might be good for his morale (and also that they could take no responsibility for what he might do if he lost). So, here’s the photo with the winning caption.


I loved all the contributions. So, thanks to those of you who contributed and also commented. I wish I could send you all elegant gifts tacky souvenirs from Sevilla. But I’m just too cheap.

So, on their way some time next week from Sevilla, Spain, to The Owl Wood in England go two very rare (they’ve got to be one-of-a-kind at least) mementos of Sevilla. The first is a pair of castanets that I know The Owl Wood (a professional photographer) will keep with him at all times and will use skillfully at all future photo shoots.


The second valuable prize is a bola de nieve (snow globe) containing a flamenco dancer. The bottom of her dress forms the base for the snow globe (brilliantly clever). She could be hand-carved of rare Spanish marble or maybe even white jade. She could be. But she’s not.


The original photo — so creatively captioned by so many clever minds — was really from San Geraldo’s cousin’s wedding in 1966. That’s (from left to right) Aunt Lillian, Grandma Gudrun, and San Geraldo’s sister Linda (bridesmaid).

Thanks to Linda for kindly permitting me to use the photo (she’s got no shame) and to Lillian and Grandma for being such good sports, as well. (They’re no longer with us, but I’m sure they wouldn’t mind.) Lillian was a lot more fun than that photo suggests and San Geraldo and Alice (his mother) — and everyone else — adored Grandma. So, although I never met her, I do too.

And in case you’re wondering, Gudrun and Linda never did forgive Lillian for lauding it over them with that glove.

And, of course, special thanks to The Owl Wood for bringing so much laughter into this house!

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

19 thoughts on “And The Winner Is”

    1. Judeet:
      I agree about all the captions. The "lovely souvenirs" are going to be difficult for me to part with. If only they weren't one of a kind, I'd go buy some for myself.

  1. Sir, I am both honoured and safely re-medicated. I shall treasure the awards! The last time I won anything was in the Old Bailey and the Judge said I only won that on a technicality.

    May I briefly take this opportunity to thank my theatrical agents, 'Smigglesborough, Smigglesborough, Smigglesborough (Deceased) & Wolfitdown Ltd', my mother, my father, my grandmother, my nursey, Miss Slap-Yourlegs my home tutor, my make-up artist (Eduardo), my publicist, my legal team 'Deceased, Deceased, Deceased (Smiggleboroughed) and Coughitup Ltd', my feng shui consultant, my shiatsu therapist, my colonic irrigationist, my jogging partner Sebastian Lightfoot, my joggers-nipple treatment specialist, my gym coach (Jim Bunny Coaches Ltd), my plastic surgeon, my concrete surgeon, my nutritionist, my tailor, my dental reconstructionist, my leg, back, neck and forehead waxer, and, of course, my probation officer. Without their help I could not have won this competition all on my own.

    I should also like to point out for the biography section that I like world peace, housework and helping the poor. My childhood inspiration was Fanny Cradock and I shall use the prize money to travel to India to study enlightenment using strong spirits (with ice) under the Bagwash Pastrami in Delhi.

    Mwuh! Mwuh!

    God, I LOVE success and it DOES suit me so!


    1. Whoops. Special thanks, of course, also go to my sister, Pear Tree Log, who has served as an inspiration to me ever since I discovered what she could do with two Shire horses, a tin dustbin, two cats and three sticks of TNT from the gardener's shed. Pear Tree Log is currently on active under-cover duty for MI5, MI6 and the M62 in Belgium and cannot be contacted but a short message of gratitude has been left in her post pigeon-hole in the Whitehall office.

  2. I totally agree with your decision, sorry unanimous vote, and the short thank you from The Owl Wood is fitting.

    Just hope you peeled the "Made in Taiwan" sticker from both prizes before you send them off. 😉

    1. Peter:
      Yes, I forgot to mention that I was unanimous in my decision.

      Funny you should mention the "Made in Taiwan" stickers. I looked, expecting to find "Made in China" on both items (which I thought would be really funny), but they're labeled by a company in Valencia. (I'm holding onto the belief that they're only the importers.)

  3. Congratters to Owl Wood, an excellent choice and my favourite. He sure has a unique way with words! I'm sure he'll treasure those very special prizes. 🙂

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