i got mine at Macro Polo in Portsmouth NH, but century
novelty carries them:
i saw some on eBay go for $39 *each*... i paid around $9 for
lee <spreading dead flamingo love>
Last night while sitting in my chair
I pinged a host that wasn't there
My son & daughter in law are big pirate (as in ARGH!) fans and also go all
out for Halloween. They've moved into a new house and will have the House
Warming first weekend in June. A pair of these will be a perfect addition to
go along with the dogwood tree I'd planned on giving them. Too darned funny,
they're going to love it!! LOL
WTF is the deal with pink flamingos? They are like so effing
tacky?!?!?! My Dad had the damned things around his house, even had a
concrete flamingo in his bathroom?!!?!!?!??
Maybe it's a daddy thing with me.....
SHeesh, I just don't get it....what is this ethnic thing? I get the
jockey ethnic thing.....most of them got smashed years ago in these
parts. Flamingos just get stolen and show up elsewhere!!
Eff me......just like taking a drive thru the southern part of my state
and seein' all the concrete statuary for sale.........maybe that is my
Charlie, needin' some enlightenment here, I'm tellin' ya'
i think the whole idea *is* the tacky factor now. they're so
tacky it's humorous
maybe, but then, maybe your dad liked flamingoes? my SIL has
elephants everywhere & an ex-coworker collected frogs...
i don't think flamingoes are ethnic, i think they're
"tropical". a lot of Jimmy Buffett fans have flamingoes...
(maybe because they're easier to find than plastic parrots?)
the jockeys are making a comeback around here, but at least
50% of them are white now...
garden art is a big thing right now. <shrug> i have a
concrete griffin next to my front door. i've had him for over
15 years though. actually, this is my 2nd one. i had Simon for
6 years, moved him out here, bought Garfunkel to go with him 9
years ago, then Simon had an accident (snowplow) & broke...
Gaefunkel kindly holds yard tools, hats & gloves when we go
into the house for short periods. he also gets dressed up
seasonally, because i'm sick like that ;) i find a griffin
with flashing pumpkin deelybobbers at Halloween pretty
silly... or bunny ears for Easter or a shamrock necktie for
lee <he can't be seen from the street>
Last night while sitting in my chair
I pinged a host that wasn't there
FWIW, when I moved into this neighborhood one of the first things I
noticed was a black lawn jockey. The lawn jockey is still there in
the same place but it's changed its race several times (at least it's
been red, yellow, and white, in addition to the original black).
Personally if I had one I think I'd paint it green on the principle
that if the Martians don't like it they're welcome to come out of
hiding and sue me.
FWIW, there's a place down the road that has some quite nice (in a
socialist realism kind of way) nearly lifesize concrete firemen for
sale. I haven't stopped in to ask why firemen. Maybe manana.
I believe the PC term for the flamingoes would be "kitsch" not tacky LOL
They have a cult following. Friends in Montana had a flock of these plastic
birds in their back garden and I made little fur ear-muffs and plaid wool
neck scarves for all 18 if them. They became appropriately attired for
winter when the first flake fell.
SHE had spent a full summer building a little fish pond and small corner of
'tropical paradise' in their garden, Florida transplants seem to get a
little weird in the wilds of north western (Yak River) Montana. A large
plastic palm tree mysteriously appeared one morning in her 'tropical
paradise'. Then a large plaster frog wearing a pink polka dot bikini and
sunglasses..then a blow-up alligator ...and so on. It became a game to find
"Florida stuff" and sneak it into her garden. On her birthday we were all in
on the Flock of Flamingoes Caper. After the first winter everything
disappeared except the flamingoes and frog. SHE removed the flamingoes the
third year she was there. The little local newspaper (town population of
almost 300) was so inundated with letters to the editor about the demise of
the flamingoes that SHE was shamed into putting them back out. It had become
a landmark. That's when the 'costuming' began; bunny ears, Leprechaun hats,
sunglasses, etc. It was a game to sneak over when they weren't home to
embellish the birds. It's humor and FUN, Charlie. Save your passionate
outrage for politics and global warming. You will make yourself too old too
soon my dear. Yard art is just harmless fun.
Simon & Garfunkle, I like that, these things need names and extra points for
good names. LOL
IMO gardens need a little whimsy. I have the Three Graces tucked into the
greenery. I found the 2 foot plaster statue at a garage sale. How can you
pass up "culture" for a mere 50 cents?! I spent an entire rainy Saturday
carefully fitting them out with patent leather tap shoes complete with
gosgrain ribbon bows. The subtle addition of bright red 'lipstick' was a
stroke of genius. They are now referred to as "La Chorus Coquette", so much
for Greek mythology. I also have Gnelson. He lives tucked back between two
pots by the door. Gnelson is a Gnome who looks like a very plump, jovial
Buddha raided the closet of the 7 Dwarfs, he posses a certain
je-ne-sais-quoi. Gnelson has been with me for over 30 years of gardens. I'm
not sure I could garden without him after all these years.
Thanks, Val. I do have trouble changing hats and you are correct, many
days I do feel too old.
Hmmm....me own dear wife tells me the same thing sometimes. :-)
I seem to need knuckles applied to head on occasion.
Charlie, tryin' to stay on the sunny side of life today
In a way just plantings can be considered and art form. Some like it
wild and woolly some like it tame and formal. Both show the impact of
Garden art can be a foil for the wild things growing about. I'd suggest
the addition of simple sculpture made of things available. Bricks and
concrete metal iron etc. I got a bronze sculpture by the pond but it
must go back to it's creator (My Friend Madd) soon as it is a labor of
love and belongs with her family. I got it as a gift 30 years ago.
Yep. Looking back at older pictures, it is interesting to see how our
visions change over the years.
We tend towards natural objects and old ironware...intersting rocks,
old cistern pump, hundred year old park bench that is riveted, cast
iron signage, etc old cast tools......lots of what we had, we have
moved on to our sons families as they start their journey. We are
making the effort to simplify and relinquish those things that possess
Thanks for the links....made me feel gooder. The Python boys are
marvelous at imparting truths.......
Years ago I was driving my elderly Aunt (Grandmother's sister) to the store
when she spotted a garden with a wonderful, old weathered hand plow sitting
in a beautiful bed of flowers in somebody's front garden. "Why in the hell
would anybody put a piece of old junk like that in their front
yard!?!"..........said the woman who had about 50 assorted whirly-gigs
mounted on everything for the mailbox to dahlia stakes, a cement donkey with
the flower pots (planted with plastic geraniums), a brightly painted plastic
windmill, two totem poles and a chainsaw carved bear that looked to be
chasing the 'deer family' who had adopted a bright orange baby giraffe and
enough elves and gnomes to put Snow White into a life time of
institutionalized therapy. I wisely made no comment.
..........I'm just sayin'....LMAO
What is the expression ...Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Aesthetics to complex for me but I know campbell soup cans don't make
it and rain drops on a leaf does.
Rain and wind last nit
Plants wondering why so cold
Fireplace makes pleasant sound
Yet taking out the trash required clothing
Task is done
But never so much color when I did it.
Ya' know....sometimes I just gotta give you that sideways, funny
eyebrow look, you old fart.
Foo, Robert said it best....
"Ah, but I was so much older then,
I'm younger than that now."
You know the rest of the words.
Yer Brudda in Arms
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