I have loved the pink flamingo since the '80's when it made a come back. How can you not love an awkward, knobby-kneed pink bird?!?
The plastic pink flamingo considered tacky in the late '60's had a resurgence and became kitsch in the '80's. I love the '80's! Big hair, fake tans (sometimes real with the help of baby oil), Sun-In, pastel coloured clothes, Cyndi Lauper, Miami Vice, Sixteen Candles, $2 Tuesday at the Village Tree Mall Theatres... I dug through some old photos for your viewing pleasure.
But enough about me and my love of the '80's. The flamingo has been used in decor for many centuries.
In 1957, the plastic pink flamingo lawn ornament was created by Union Products Inc. employee, Don Featherstone. That first pink plastic bird's name was Diego. Some fun facts about Don Featherstone: He kept 57 flamingos on his front yard, him and his wife dressed the same (we have seen people on cruise ships who do this) and he won an IG Noble Art Prize for the creation of the flamingo.
I was thrilled when the flamingo came back in a couple years ago and have quite a collection of items with images of my fav bird. Dog bed, phone cover, shirts, pj's, cookie cutters, socks, salt & pepper shakers, pens, throw pillows, mugs, trays, a plant stand, notebooks, stickers...
But what does the flamingo have to do with Airstreams? A lot. There is a culture that goes with Airstream owners - we love shiny objects, we name our trailers (and receive official certificates from Airstream), there are caravan clubs to join, we despise hail and we display plastic pink flamingos. Airstreamers for decades have travelled with the flamingos and display them outside their trailers as a way to call out to or connect the Airstream community. It's kind of like a welcome mat.
One of the first things I bought for our site in 2016 when we set up Phoebe were Ned and Fred - our first flamingos. They are from Wal-mart and they have lost their pink colour over the years. However they still do a tremendous job guarding our wood pile. Not to sound elitist but they are not Featherstone flamingos. Many knock offs have been made but the originals have his signature.
We wanted to add some original Featherstone flamingos to the site so James went on Amazon to order a pair. Finally, the Amazon delivery arrived but I was perplexed because the package fit in our mailbox. Turns out James ordered a coffee table book. It's an odd book and we are not sure what to do with it.
Round two of Amazon ordering and our flamingos arrived. I LOVE the box.
And here our the girls...Midge and Madge. They don't stay out over the winter.
I also love seeing the real live flamingo. I've seen them in the Caribbean, Sardinia and at zoo's. Even West Edmonton Mall used to have some on display.
I recently asked James if he thought I would:
1. be around and
2. be interested the next time flamingos are back in "style".
He said 'yes'. Whew!
Even though we are not camping for the foreseeable future because of COVID-19, I made a cocktail to enjoy on our patio. Here is the review and recipe for the Blackberry Basil Mojito
Wow - we haven't blogged since last July. There is a very good reason and some day, I will share why in more detail. For now though, we are happy to be back!
We are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nothing is open except for essential services and people are urged to stay at home. At this point we are not sure what the 2020 season will look like at Shadybrook.
After doing some Easter activities, like dying eggs and my fingers, we decided to take a drive out to Seba Beach to check on Charlotte. We haven't visited her since we winterized in September.
We met our friend, Val, at the Shadybrook office and walked in to the trailers together - but apart. Two meters apart. We are adhering to social distancing rules! It was great to see her and her little dog Sochi.
There is a lot of snow at Shadybrook. Even if we weren't in a pandemic, I don't think the season would start on May 1!
Ned and Fred never disappoint - they are the best wood guarding flamingos! The wood piles look fully intact.
Charlotte smelled Irish Spring fresh when we opened her up. It doesn't look like we have any rodents but there is some evidence of water leaks. This was an issue that we noticed at the end of the 2019 season and we will need to deal with it as soon as we we can.
There doesn't seem to be many changes at Shadybrook except for new site markers. Our old marker is discreetly nailed on the tree in the distance, the new one looks like a provincial campground marker.
We drove over to the lake to check out the new pavilion under construction. It looks really nice...and big. We are excited to see it open.
Since we went out to the trailer, I decided to make a cocktail back at home. And since it is the Easter weekend, the Cottontail Martini sounded like the perfect drink to try. You can find the recipe here.
There is so much uncertainty now with COVID-19, the economy, and income loss. It is effecting all of us. We truly hope that we will be able to spend time with Charlotte this summer and share more blogs...and cocktail recipes!
Mellissa & James live in Edmonton, Alberta and enjoy exploring. Currently our Airstream is parked at a seasonal site about an hour from our home.