Friday, April 20, 2012

Flamingo Love

I've always loved Flamingos. My facebook picture is a stuffed flamingo I crocheted a couple years back. When I saw that Heidi had a new hat pattern I had to buy it.  As usual I had most of it done but I needed to sew the wings on and make the earflaps. It sat like that for a couple weeks before I got tired of seeing it sitting there and finished it.  I think she looks cute sitting in our lemon/orange tree.

This tree was here when we bought our house 10 years ago. Each year it looked like it was dying and Hubby wanted to chop it down but I wouldn't let him. Every few years it would produce 1 or two fruits. They looked like oranges but they tasted sour like lemons. Last year it poofed out with all this foliage and think it looks cute. Last year it produced 8 fruits but most of them fell off before they ripened. Some birds made a nest in it 5 or 6 years ago and we see different birds use it each year. When I put the hat in there to take pictures I saw a second nest. I love watching the birds work on the nests and seeing the new babies.

*** I just saw an episode of Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives and they were using a sour orange that looked just like the fruit that grows on our tree. It sounds right. ***


Maria said...

Love you Flamingo.....
Yes we have a gum tree I wanted to cut down as it was struggling to grow and my DH said NO. So pleased he did as it is beautiful now. The birds also love it as it is about 4mts tall.

Allie said...

Oh your flamingo is darling! I'm a flamingo nut too. LOVE them. You'll have to get some recipes for your sour oranges!!

Sue said...

Oh my goodness, I'm squealing with delight over that flamingo hat. If I lived somewhere cooler, could knit and crochet and thought it would suit this old crone I have to get one of these!
clever you for making it.