This pink flamingo is up so high on metal legs that I had to crop the bottom part of them off to make my picture square for Becky. (Trust me, it’s better to see extra foliage than extra gravel.)
We’ve been in lockdown too long: it’s easy to read the look on the pink bird’s face as appealing for support or sympathy because of the one at the back that loftily has its nose up. A clear example of air sneck (an explanation is here).
Finally, a yellow necked metal bird that is up close to the tree. Pretty bark too! I found them all in the garden shop at Kew Gardens.
I’m sharing these for Becky’s SquareUp challenge.
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They look nicely weathered. That pink one would look pretty much at home on our patio 🙂 🙂
I like the pink one. The weathering seems half for real and half artifice.
Quirky set of birds and I DO like the texture of the bark in your last photo. Sneck must be a Lancashire term, I don’t recollect it from my Yorkshire roots.
The dictionaries in which I found snetch included define it as ‘a latch’. Of those dictionaries, only Wiktionary adds the ‘nose’ sense. My conjecture is that the way certain latches protrude reminded people of the way a nose protrudes.
The spell check doesn’t approve of sneck either. You are right – our locks used to have a sliding thing next to them that could fasten the bolt open or closed, so you might be asked to check if the sneck was down.
Oops: I meant sneck; my mind jumped ahead and grabbed the ending of latch.
There’s a surprising variation of words over a geographically small distance, for some things more than others and I suspect many words from my era may not be commonplace with younger people.
A wonderful set. A day for necks 🙂
They’d be needing long scarves to venture out here today.
I like the two closeups, particularly the last because of the way the tree bark has a texture roughly similar to that on the bird.
The bark was better than the beak – or is that a step too far?
That’s a good one. I’m alway on the lookout for a way to springboard off the saying about of a bark being worse than a bite.
What a great collection! Love them!
The tree of the last picture looks like a pondrosa pine, although it is unlikely that such a tree was introduced there.
The picture was taken at Kew and many plant collectors have been associated with the garden, so you never know.
Oh, of course. North American spruce and fir live there, so why not ponderosa pine as well?
The most popular lawn ornament, the pink flamingo
And with good reason, although they aren’t as often found as the garden gnome where I live.
Ever been flamingoed? It’s where you put out hundreds of fake flamingos in someone’s yard. Quality laugh, but thanks for sharing mate!
Those are some confident birds! And some lovely plants.
Are they going to become a long-term fixture in the garden?
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