Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The Flamingo's Are Back In Action

Well I do wish this dull, wet weather would disappear soon. I find it all a bit depressing and with no sunny summer holiday booked for myself, am hoping very much that the sun comes back to visit us soon. To cheer me up a little I thought I'd get on with a much over due project. I mention here my fondness for the flamingo. In fact my fondness was so much that I fell in love with a pair of Don Featherstone flamigos I had bought. 

After a while of them being in the garden and sadly being used as goal posts by my football loving 8 year old, their lovely long legs soon bent, broke, snapped, and eventually became no more. (inserts sad face) 
They were then destined for the bottom of a dark lonely draw and the job of finding them some new legs went on my 'to do' list. 

Well, after a long, long time in the draw, it was time for the flamingos to have their mini makeover. 


I purchased 2 long metal rods from B&Q in readiness to cut each rod in half to make a pair of legs. I could tell they were getting excited at the prospect of having new dainty legs again.


The current holes for their legs were a little too small so after a little negotiation I made them a bit bigger to fit their new pins. You can see a before and after of the holes in this photograph. 


Next up, legs in, and the lovely flamingo's are now back in action, albeit on a rather over grown lawn. Yippee...


 I shall now be keeping a very close eye next time the son decides to play some impromptu football in the back garden ;) 

X

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Lovely Orchids

Well hello on this very sunny day.

 I love the sunshine and really enjoy delving into my summer wardrobe at this time of year. Dress wise, I am definitely a summer person and I especially like to grab all the colours of the rainbow to wear. 

Take this lovely floral dress from good old M&S that I bought many years ago, I still wear it often and the hot pink lace really jumps out at you amongst all the pretty florals. 



Talking of pretty florals, I also like to have the real things surrounding me and I was delighted to receive a surprise delivery of the most gorgeous selection of orchids. My looking after abilities with orchids can be, hmmm, lets say a bit hit and miss. I can have one orchid last me years and years, and another no matter how well I care and look after it, doesn't seem to bloom as well. 

I know for sure these beauties are going to get my most bestest attention and I shall do lots of research for each variety. I found three pretty pots that weren't being used and I think they look great. Most orchids cope very well in small pots so I think they shall be fine in them for now.


First up we have the Dendrobium Starclass, with its bright pink flowers and yellow centre, which grows along the stem. I think it a very elegant and charming orchid.


Then we have the beautiful Oncidium which produces dozens of small flowers at the same time. Due to the distinctive shape of the blooms carried on many branched stems, akin to dancing sprays, its no wonder this orchid is also known as 'The Dancing Lady'. 


Such a perfect sunshine yellow.


Finally, its the glorious twin stemmed Phalaenopsis orchid, a wonderfully sleek and graceful orchid and perfect for any shelf. 


I think this has to be my favourite, perhaps it's all that lovely pink! 


I have found a comfy place for the orchids inside and am keeping my beady eye on them. I may even be having a little chat with them on occasion, well they do say it helps and its been scientifically proven that plants respond to sound and it encourages growth, at least now I can't be given funny looks for talking to myself ;) X


Disclosure: Orchids were provided by Fresh Retail, for more information on orchids, please visit Orchids Info