I thought I was coming out of my vintage tat phase, but alas possibly not. Concrete garden ornaments were genuinely fashionable in Australia for about five minutes in the 1950s and then by the 70s, certainly, they were more likely to bring joy to lovers of kitsch, people from Mediterranean countries and old people who hadn't moved on, in more ways than one. Thank goodness. They are always a delight to find tucked away in a garden. Usually still there because they weigh as much as a small car and Granny's just worked around it since the 60s.
This episode of ABC's blueprint for living (available to those in Australia) deconstructs the fetish for concrete garden ornaments beautifully. I couldn't have said it better. Tyre swans. I'd forgotten they ever existed until I heard this and then had a sudden urge to consider making one. Maybe not.
However, yesterday I was poking about in a second had shop (I know! I know I said I never would again!) and came across this.
I'm struggling to think of much else, and how wonderful it would look in my front patch with a bit of old-lady-plant of some description cooking away inside. Hmm...