It’s a double whammy in Denmark today, 5th June. Firstly it’s Constitutional Day (Grundlovsdag) and secondly, it’s Fathers’ Day. Have a lovely day all you Danish dads out there. Hope you are getting spoilt!
I must admit not knowing very much about Grundlovsdag so I’ve had a look on the official website of Denmark for more information. This is what it says:
“5 June is the anniversary of the coming in force of the first Danish Constitution, the June Constitution of 1849. The day, which in many places is a full or half holiday, is celebrated around the country with political rallies, which especially formerly were in the nature of popular festivals, for instance on the popular nature spots Himmelbjerget and Skamlingsbanken in Jutland”.
Whatever you lovely Danish people are getting up to today, have a great day from all of us at FKHQ!
What’s been happening at FKHQ then? We took the children camping to Worcester and had a most pleasing time sunning ourselves (not often I type those words), catching up with friends and having a brilliant all round time.
Here are the birthday girls blowing out some improvised candles.
Aren’t they cute?
The navy sun dress is one I made for Katherine and will be up on the website to order in the very near future.
We are already looking to autumn/winter 2013/14 and the emails are already landing with previews of new fabrics to order. The Scandinavians really do know how to brighten up the dark nights with their beautiful Nordic designs. Expect the unexpected, as usual.
In other news, we’re having a mid-season sale at the moment in both the fabric and funky stuff departments. Lots of lovely bargains to be had so go have a rummage. Stock is limited so be quick!
In the near future we are thinking of offering a gift wrapping service at no extra charge and welcome your thoughts on this. We are always open to suggestions and ideas and would love to see photos of our products that you have received and any anecdotes of products you have bought from us.
After the recent Royal Mail price increases we have taken the decision to stop using their services where possible and will be sending future orders out using a courier. This should not affect postage prices in the UK although we are still looking into international delivery prices.
And finally, here’s birthday girl Verity in her Bambi dress. I’m told from a reliable source (her mum) that she loves it. Rightly so too.
I’m not sure if the older sister is laughing or crying or both, but if it doesn’t make you smile then you must surely have a heart of stone. The mum had been trying for a baby for over two years and was blessed with twins for her valiant effort.
As most people know, I am a huge fan of gnomes. We have several in the garden and a huge one in the shop (Graham). They’re iconic, kitsch, happy, sinister and dare I say, ahem, sexy.
I’m utterly thrilled that Royal Horticultural Society lifted it’s ban on gnomes at the Chelsea Flower Show 2013. The previous ban had been in place for a years and although I’m not really sure why they were excluded from the show, I’m sure they’ll provide a fun, colourful and quirky angle on what is usually seen as a straight laced affair.
Anyhoo, here’s a potted history of gnomes for your delectation.
Garden gnomes, believe it or not, are not the product of a 20th century lapse in good taste, as their garishly colored clothing and smiling countenances may indicate, but rather an 19th century one.
In the second half of the 1800s, German sculptor and potter Phillip Griebel started a business molding ceramic into lifelike busts of animals, a fashionable home and garden decoration at the time. Inspired by the gnome myths of his home, he began fashioning small, pointy-hatted ceramic gnomes for gardens; the first gnome went to market in Leipzig in 1884 and was an instant success.
Production was halted during World War II, and following the fall of the Nazis, garden gnomes were banned briefly as the German Democratic Republic rose to power in East Germany. Still, the gnomes managed to pull through and Griebel’s garden gnome dynasty exists even now, although in a much diminished capacity, owing to the cheap labour and even cheaper materials coming out of China.
Nowadays, garden gnomes can be found in a wide variety of attitudes and poses: Reclining on one elbow, smoking a pipe; fishing with a wee fishing rod; standing proudly, hands on hips; pushing a wheelbarrow; or holding open his robes to reveal his naughty bits.
Do you have any nice pictures of gnomes for me to admire? Please email me and I’ll feature them on the blog.