FLIBBERTIGIBBETS, FISTFIGHTS AND FUCHSIAS

Flibbertigibbet is a Middle English word referring to a flighty or whimsical person, usually a young woman. In modern use, it is used as a slang term, especially in Yorkshire, for a gossipy or overly talkative person. Its origin is in a meaningless representation of chattering. It does not always apply to females, however; it has also been used to describe Jiminy Cricket due to his whimsical, chatty nature. (Sourced on the net.)


Here, then, my flibbertigibbets from the week that was:
In the past week, I have:
Been surprised by my husband, who splurged at the nursery and bought miles and miles of plants for my garden; mostly floral shrubs and border blooms. It will be interesting to watch how the hydrangeas change colour according to the iron content of my garden soil.

Witnessed a fistfight! After many years of parking chaos, the management of the centre where the salon is have changed the parking lot to a one-way entry/exit system. This makes some people very cross. Last Saturday a man (Mister BMW) insisted on exiting the way he had for years. He ignored the car guards and sped along, going smack-bang into a car entering the lot. The driver of the other car (Mister Baldyman) got out and explained that it was a one-way and Mister BMW promptly punched him on the nose, which brought Mister Baldy’s wife running; she duly gave Mister BMW a few clouts upside the head and he boxed her right back. Mrs Baldy suffered a broken thumb. Mrs BMW joined the fray; the two men were wrestling and tearing one another’s shirts; the two women were at it like angry dogs, I believe I saw one sink her teeth into the other’s arm.
Mister and Mrs BMW jumped back in their car and reversed, bumping into a parked vehicle. They then sped forward, almost knocking over a car guard, who proceeded to whack at the car with a steel pipe, before the BMW made its speedy escape.
It was all very thrilling for me to watch. Had I not been so fascinated by the unfolding drama, I’d have grabbed my camera and done a photo essay for Sidey’s weekend theme … Instead, here is a picture of one of my new fuchsias; appropriately enough, it is called ‘Gentlemen’s Agreement’.

Next week I will:
Cook with Alvin from Masterchef Australia and Tandy Sinclair!
Change to posting only once or twice a week on my blog! I am battling to keep up to date with my blogger friends’ posts and find it impossible to get to the blogs every day … From now on; I will catch up on Sundays and Mondays, which are my days off.

Wear blue nail polish on my fingers and toes and drink pink wine!

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71 Comments Add yours

  1. slpmartin says:

    Oh my..the parking lot events would have made a great youtube video…alas no video…but I’m sure people with this level of IQ will repeat their actions so keep the camera at ready…only one other thing…pink wine? I’ll have to sleep on that one my friend…take care.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hello Charlie, don’t be too alarmed; the ‘pink’ wine is a fine Hill & Dale Dry Rose Merlot that I have recently discovered. Just perfect for our hot weather 😀

  2. ceciliag says:

    Days off will avoid those metaphorical brain fistycuffs.. good thinking.. i am off tomorrow! c

  3. Sparkle says:

    Morning Cin, maybe if Mrs BMW was not present Mr would not have behaved the way he did. I have noticed when a person is with friends or a partner they tend to want to prove they are not “sissies” (lack of a better word) Now the poor guys are left with costs fixing their cars, I hope someone took down the beemers reg!
    Have a lovely weekend and enjoy your new flowers.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Many people got cellphone footage, Sparky, Mr BMW was arrested the next day 🙂

  4. SidevieW says:

    That was why although I loved driving my BMW I hated being a BMW driver. Being a Merc driver puts me in the category of ‘brille and pille’ – exactly right.

    Love the new plants. I believe it’s acidity and not iron for the hydrangea colour. Have I been misled all these years? For one you are supposed to put all your tea leaves on the plants. I only have a ‘red’ one that i bought last year, and I’m dying to see how these pale little flowers turn to burgandy as advertised.

    I also bought a new fuschia yesterday – all white like a ballerina

    1. theonlycin says:

      I was always told to add iron filings to the soil, Sidey, will have to do a bit of research …

      1. SidevieW says:

        maybe we are both right and need to cobmine knowledge?

        enjoy cooking today, you’ll be their star, twinkling away and making everyone’s experience more pleasurable

      2. theonlycin says:

        Thanks, Sidey, what a lovely thing to say 🙂

  5. dearrosie says:

    Great post Cin. I love your title -have never heard the word “Flibbertigibbet”

    Good lord how horrible to see grown men and women behaving like that! No one would get away with that kind of behaviour in this country. I’m surprised the cops didn’t come, and that the BMW could just drive off like that. Why didn’t the security guard at the parking lot or one of the 24/7 armed response vehicles driving around stop them?

    1. theonlycin says:

      The cops did eventually arrive, Rosie 🙂

  6. Wow… I’ve heard the word but never tried to spell it! I actually thought your story of the fist fight was hysterical! Still laughing… and wishing I could laugh AND drink some pink wine!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Go ahead and find the pink wine, Smidge, and keep laughing 😉

  7. nrhatch says:

    We had a hydrangea plant that had purple, blue, and pink blossoms all at the same time. Absolutely gorgeous.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Goodness, Nancy, all the colours? Never seen that!

  8. I love hydrangeas. I had one beautiful medium sized bush but every time a certain person mowed the lawn he ran right over it until it was gone 😦

    A real honest to goodness fist fight just like in the cowboy movies, how exciting.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Your lawnmower-man is a meanie 😦

  9. souldipper says:

    Mr. BMW will surely be receiving a hefty bill if he did damage to people or vehicle. What a great demo of being resilient, flexible and malleable.

    If you know of a good way to dry hydrangea in a way that retains their colour, please pass on the information, Cin.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I place mine on a layer of silica gel in a baking tray and put them in my linen closet for a few weeks, Amy.

  10. Sally says:

    Scratch the surface and humans are not so sophisticated! Love the nail polish updates!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, Sally, I do worry that people find my nails a very silly topic, but I do have fun 🙂

  11. adeeyoyo says:

    I adore fuchsias and hydrangeas. My ones (3 plants), under my kitchen window ranged from a lovely blue on the one side to pure pink on the other. I heard rusty nails in the flower bed changed the colour but not sure if they make pink or blue!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I also heard that about the nails, adee 🙂

  12. Wonderful pictures, beautiful flowers!

  13. “A flibbertigibbet, a will-of-a-wisp, a clown…” – I’m sure that was the line from “How do you solve a problem like Maria” from The Sound of Music! 🙂

    Fistfights can be very exciting to watch if you’re far away enough to feel safe (glad you were, Cin!), and the flowers are just gorgeous! I check in on blogs once or twice a week too – I just don’t have time to do more at the moment, although I’d love to.

    Take care, have fun with Alvin and the gorgeous Tandy! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      We’re going to have the most fun, Celia, I can’t wait 😀

  14. Wow, road road takes to the parking lots too now!
    SO VERY excited for you be cooking with Alvin and Tandy this week – enjoy!
    🙂 Mandy

    1. Oops, sorry that was meant to say road rage…

      1. theonlycin says:

        Wish you could join us, Mandy 🙂

  15. Tilly Bud says:

    How exciting! But what a stupid thing to fight about. I once witnessed two pensioners in a fistfight – unedifying.

    You are right to pull back if it’s too much. We will miss the daily posts but be grateful for what you give us.

    Enjoy the cooking!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Unedifying indeed, Tilly, must have been very sad to watch …

  16. colonialist says:

    So we get pictures of flowers instead of the scene with flowery language and violins? *disappointed*
    Will Alvin bring the other chipmunks?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Please, no chipmunks, Col …

      1. colonialist says:

        *indignant* What have you got against my cousins?

  17. colonialist says:

    btw – Thanks for the education. I always thought it was ‘flipper’ instead of ‘flibber’. They sound exactly the same, when you say them.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I also thought it was flipper … 😉

  18. hotlyspiced says:

    That fight scene sounds like something out of a movie. Unbelievable behaviour. I love the look of your hydrangeas. Such a beautiful plant. And you’re cooking with Alvin??? What a treat.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It is a great treat, Hotly, I am like a little girl on Christmas Eve 😀

  19. Mal says:

    O M G!! Your flowers are to die for (do you know you’re married to an incredible man?) and the fist fight was…punchingly ‘road rage-ous’!! 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      He can be enfuriating, Mal, but – yes – he is a keeper 😉

  20. suzicate says:

    Wow, those are some crazy people! Flibbertigibbet-love that word!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was quite surreal to behold, SuziCate :O

  21. Fistfights! Fab! (Oh dear, the UK hooligan in me has just outed herself.) Lovely to hear about all the plants and waiting with baited breath to hear: pink or purple?

    Flibbertigibbet: a common way to describe a problem like Maria. Along with (as we used to say as children) a will o’ the wisp and a cloon.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks to you and others, I now have that song on my mind … 😉

  22. leigh says:

    “Pink and blue will never do, all the peeps will laugh with you” or something like that 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ve tried it sartorially and found that the boys don’t, as predicted’ wink at you … 😉

  23. Ruth says:

    Flibbertygibbet had me humming the (how do you solve a problem like) Maria song from Sound of Music… Love fuchsias, not so much fistfights – I expect, though, I would have found this particular piece of histrionic nonsense entertaining to watch from a safe distance.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh, you too, Ruth … I will never be able to get the song out of my mind … 😉

  24. johnell74 says:

    I keep thinking how lucky you are to have the spring, but I realise we have to go through winter or we will never appreciate it! Enjoy the flowers, Cindy.
    John

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks John, I wouldn’t mind a spell of coolth … we’re sweltering 🙂

  25. My goodness! Can you be so wrong and make such a mess refusing to admit it. tsk, tsk 😦 Now imagine his version of the story to everyone else… “So, Beamer, what happened to your car?” – “Oh, let ME tell YOU!….” 😀

    A colorful garden is so pretty. Right now ours is near completely covered with autumn leaves, and with the wind blowing as much as it is right now there is no point in trying to rake it. Should we even try?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Don’t bother, Lee, the leaves fall for a reason, no point in trying to fight Nature 😉

  26. Beautiful plants!! LOL @ fistfight!! Enjoy the cooking!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, Pinky, I am going mad in my kitchen today 🙂

  27. Leeswammes says:

    You’re such a colorful person, Cindy!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Baie dankie, Leeswammes 😀

  28. Tes says:

    Umm your days off sounds very enjoyable with ink wine and color garden 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Pink wine, garden and dim sum, I am having a grand time, Tes 🙂

  29. nursemyra says:

    The fight in the car park sounds hysterically funny. for the observer anyway. Love the hydrangeas.

    1. theonlycin says:

      The fight was funny, we’re all still laughing 🙂

  30. Tammy says:

    Your hydrangeas are gorgeous but I’m not one for pink wine. I hope you have a lovely time cooking with your friends.

  31. theonlycin says:

    7 hours to go, Tammy, I can’t wait 🙂

  32. johnlmalone says:

    another wonderful post; entertaining; you should run a Masterclass on How To QWrite Catchy Titles For Blogs

  33. libraryscene says:

    What a hoot…why didn’t the gals duke it out, too (well, with each other)…stand by your man, indeed! Glad you’re allowing yourself a break; this blogging stuff is very hard to keep up on (writing & reading)…never worry about hitting my blog, I know you will when mood strikes, cheers ~

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for being understanding, LS, I still read all your posts, though I don’t always comment 🙂

  34. bluebee says:

    Oh, funny – one wonders if their cheeks are now burning with embarrassment or arrogant indignant pride – twits

  35. Tokeloshe says:

    Great post!

    Enjoy your lovely garden 😉

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