* Gazing balls: How about a little whimsy in the garden, like a gazing ball? Back in the late 1940s and early '50s, it was the height of fashion to have a reflective gazing ball perched atop a gleaming white, waist-high pedestal in the garden. Children (of all ages) loved them because by standing very close they could see the reflection of their nose distorted to enormous proportions.
Now they're coming back to catalogs and garden gift shops. Available in traditional chrome, plus blue, gold or red, they're larger than a basketball and have a stem that gives them a familiar shape.