Jaqui's Daily Blog

My Potty Restoration Project

 

Faris the Rascal has made a list of all I need to attend to. It is quite long but, even so, probably not completely comprehensive.

 

I need to locate four new eyes, a couple of buttons and three wigs. I also need to carry out a thorough clean and try my hand at joint replacement surgery. Fortunately Faris thinks I am up to the task…

 

The objects of my attention are the three Flowerpot People who stand guard in our back garden. Faris and the Twins call them “Our People” because they made them. With a little bit of help from Yours Truly. It wasn’t a completely original idea, I found a picture by accident on-line and decided it would be an excellent project for the Trio and me on their next visit. In preparation, I had to purchase six large flower-pots and three flowering plants. I already possessed a whole variety of buttons (collected over many years in my button box), goggle eyes (bought some time ago when I was immersed in a Minion Making Project - don't ask!), small flower pots (used for transplanting sunflower seedlings) and cardboard party cups (left over from somebody’s jungle-themed party.) It’s amazing just what you can lay your hands on when you need to.

 

I did have a potential problem because I’d only been able to find two green and one black flowerpot for our people’s bodies - but Faris was mollified when I pointed out that his mother always wore black. It was sheer genius on my part though I say so myself as shouldn’t.

 

That was back in October 2019, since when the Flowerpot People have attracted much admiration from visitors to our back garden. Come Spring 2022 and they were, however, looking a little sorry for themselves - time for a little sympathetic refurbishment. As on The Repair Shop, (one of Mr B’s  and my favourite TV programmes), I knew I must retain the character of the originals. That meant replacing the missing eyes in exactly the same position, even though Faris’s person’s eyes had slipped  down to the bottom of its face when he tried to stick them on. It meant I had to keep the original bodies, faded though they were from nearly three years in the sun, just giving them a good wash. It meant that the replacement buttons didn’t quite match, even though I could have switched them for a whole new, matching set. The Trio need to recognise them as Their People. Just cleaner.

 

The most difficult part of the entire restoration was the joint replacement surgery. The jungle-themed party cups which formed the middle joint of the arms and legs of all three Flowerpot People had completely disintegrated and had to be carefully removed and thrown in the bin. I couldn’t find any party cups quite so, well, jungly, but managed to find pink for the girls and blue for Faris.  Being no stranger to joint replacement surgery (I am more or less bionic and likely to become more so in the next year or so) I knew exactly what amazing difference my efforts would make to Our People; I had, however, completely forgotten how very fiddly it was threading two tiny flowerpots and one party cup together with garden twine to make each limb. That’s twelve limbs in all, don’t you know? I doubt most orthopaedic surgeons get through so many in a day.

 

Now would they ever have experienced finding a tiny snail tucked inside one of the flowerpots while I was washing them. I removed it gingerly, imagining it was obviously long deceased and placed it on the draining board - where it surprised me by emerging from its shell and making its shiny way across the kitchen surface. I did wish the Trio had been there to see it. In their absence, I showed Mr B who demonstrated zero interest, probably because I had interrupted the snooker world championships on the television…

 

The Flowerpot People are completely restored to health. I can’t wait for the Trio’s visit  to see if they approve of my handiwork. I have planted them with trailing petunias because I quite like the idea of them growing their hair long, like modern day hippies. 

 

Or Flower People, as we used to call them, back in the day….

 

  

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23.04 | 20:15

lovely and heartwarming - an inspiration to us all x

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09.03 | 12:07

Love this story told as ever beautifully.x

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10.11 | 21:31

What a super account of a special event. I loved meeting you last night and seeing your creation come together. I’m so pleased you got so much from the activity

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07.09 | 13:17

I have broad shoulders x

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