Saturday, July 2, 2011

Flamingo fun.

(Flamingo is another one of those words that looks really wrong if you write it enough.)


I grew up visiting my grandfolks
who had one of those fabulous cement flamingo garden statues
in their front garden,
nestled amongst the cement garden gnomes, rose bushes and prickly pears.
(This was Tasmania in the 1970s. Prickly pears were in gardens,
at least in Tasmania, back then.)

I loved it
and have always harboured a secret "want" to have one in my own garden ever since

Of course, nowadays, you can't easily (at all?) get a good cement flamingo.
Hard to even find a photo of those original ones anywhere on the web.
I couldn't find a single one that was my memory of my grandfolk's garden.

Surprise, surprise.
There is a plethora of plastic ones and even aluminium ones
but not those solid cement ones that they made in the 50s.
Yeah, the plastic ones are cute
but they are, well, plastic.


When travelling overseas in 2001,
we saw the gorgeous creatures in real life in Spain.


I wont turn around and tell you that I have 174 flamingo ornaments
or anything like that.
Though having searched the web for flamingos this morning,
the words "tacky" and "flamingo ornament" seem to go well together.

I do, however, have a couple hanging around my sewing space.

Little Boozle 2011

Little Boozle 2011

So, when the talented Vic offered to draw me something,
I thought a flamingo would be appropriate.

Little Boozle 2011

Vic has many talents.
The two most notable ones are her op shopping karma
and the other is her creativity.

Little Boozle 2011

Isn't it gorgeous?

And so me.

Thanks, Vic.
I love it.


Vic said...

You're very welcome. And you know who not to call when you need quick action. ;)

bec said...

I know who to keep an eye out for in my oppying jaunts, I'm sure i'll come across a flamingo and think 'who could I get that for" teehee

Mary said...

I have a stork but have longed for a flamingo since forever too.

Sarah said...

What a fab illustration! There's a cement swan in a concrete front yard just down the street from me. Not quite a flamingo, but in the spectacular bird garden ornament category nonetheless. If I ever stumble across a genuine concrete flamingo I'll know who to tell!