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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

It's All About the Flamingo

Yes, I'm participating in Susan's Tablescape Thursday. But the post today is not so much about the table, but a flamingo. You see, he has quite a story, he's a survivor.

If you want to see "real" tablescapes, head on over to Between Naps on the Porch for creative and beautiful settings ~ all carefully constructed.

Here's his story. Last summer we had a beach house on a small sleepy peninsula near Galveston, Texas. It was the perfect retreat ~ a weekend getaway ~ and filled with seashell crafts made with little, loving hands, and gloppy glue. It also housed sea glass, well loved books, and of course a flamingo.

One stormy summer evening, IKE hit with a mighty blow. He struck with such force that homes were destroyed like matchsticks. One knew that building on coastal land was always a gamble, but a gamble that many took.

Here are before and after shots:

These pictures were actually taken by the United States Geological Survey. They were the first pictures we saw of the area. It was devastated. For comparison, USGS used yellow arrows. Our house is in the first picture, in the middle, and it's yellow. In the after picture, you can tell it's completely gone.

After it was safe to approach the island, we trekked our way through miles and miles of debris to try and recover any of our belongings. Guess who we found?

So this post is for my flamingo who survived IKE. He's a little battered, but still makes a memorable table.

He's a little rusty and his tail feathers are a bit crumbled...

...and he's missing a wing......but his feet are in good shape.

I think he's happy that he was found and brought home... be the centerpiece of this summer table.

Mmmm....watermelon...a summer favorite. No longer eaten at the beach house, but enjoyed just the same.


  1. Ike was such a tragic event. So sorry you lost your home. The flamingo has bitter sweet memories I am sure. Great tablescape. Hugs, Marty

  2. Oh my goodness, I am so sorry to hear about your beach house. :( I can't even believe the before and after pictures... just unreal. I am glad to see that Mr. Flamingo survived and is back with his rightful owner. :)

  3. What a great story. How great to have that wonderful survivor!


  4. Thanks for sharing your story. Sad to hear about your beach home and can't even imagine how you felt when you found your old friend Mr. Flamingo.

  5. Love the flamingo -- we were in Galveston in January and were amazed at the devastation that was still evident. I am so sorry that you lost your house.

  6. Cheers to the flamingo who survived IKE. He must be a treasured object now! Thanks for sharing this touching story and all the best with rebuilding your beach home.

  7. i am sorry for you loss, but he makes a special table for all now...

    and i love your last pic, gorgoeus~

  8. Thanks for your story - didn't even realize what you guys went through ! Glad you got your friend back !

  9. Your little guy is adorable and the symbol of a spirit that we must have to be able to bounce back from tough times. He's an inspiration and makes for a very cheerful summer tablescape. Sorry for you loss, but glad that you are ok!

  10. wow...that was a great story. That flamingo is so darling.

    thanks for sharing.
    I couldnt make tablescape thrusday but stop by and say hi if you have a moment. :)

    TTFN~~Claudia ♥ ♥

  11. Great story and sorry about your house.

  12. Hi Sharlotte! LOVE this tablescape!!! Really cute!.. Great post!! ~tina

  13. Your flamingo is SO special and sweet- he's a forever keeper. Great post and table and thanks for sharing your story.

  14. So sorry that you lost your home and all of its memories - so sad. Enjoy your flamingo and all of those memories. Love all of the pink and those April Cornell napkins.
    - The Tablescaper

  15. So sorry for your loss and love the table setting especially those gorgeous napkins.

  16. You're certainly a "glass half-full" sort of girl! I admire that. And I think the flamingo is beautiful, damaged or not. He's very special because he survived such a horrific event. I love your napkins, by the way. So cheerful. Actually, for something so devastating, this was a very happy tablescape! Thanks for sharing!

  17. I'm sure this little flamingo will always have a very special meaning for you. It's wonderful that you were abot to find him - so sorry about your house being lost.

  18. Oh, I think the fact that you salvaged and cherish that battered little flamingo, and give him a place of honor on your table says a lot about who you are.
    Beautiful post, thanks for sharing that heartfelt story.
    All the best,

  19. I enjoyed your bittersweet story, so sorry you lost your home. The flamingo is so cute, just the way it is (what's his name, Ike?? Probably not!)

    Pretty TT! The napkins and dishes are very pretty!


  20. So sorry about your home...but how sweet to have your little pink flamingo. He looks so happy to be there on your beautiful pink tablescape. I am glad you have him. Hugs!

  21. I'm glad you have at least one piece from your beach house. It's so inconceivable to me that nature can be so desctuctive.

    Your lunch table is beautiful. I especially love that napkin.

  22. Thank you for sharing a very moving survival story. Your battered, but still festive, friend certainly earned the right to be the inspiration for this beautiful summertime table.

  23. I am looking at some tablescapes that I have missed. I love your flamingo and napkins--all the nice punches of colors!

    My tablescape blog is :

  24. I don't think anyone here in the Houston area will ever forget Ike-at least for a very long time. I'm sorry about you loosing your beach house but I am glad that you flamingo made it through ok. Oh the stories it would tell if it could talk. Your table looks very nice and summery.


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