A few months back, I posted that Phinny’s bedtime swing had been damaged beyond repair. Initially, so Phineas had somewhere to sleep, I gave him the Toyboys’ ttmss swing as they only used theirs sporadically.
Parcel from the US of A
Phineas breaking in the hot pink perch
A manly Phineas on his hot pink swing
Phineas loves his swing
When the new replacement swing arrived, that was slightly different to the old one, I gave it a ‘test drive’ in the Manor. Both Cagney & Bezukhov completely ignored it. The next test was in Phinny’s cage. One day, when he was out & about I replaced the Toyboys’ old swing (I hope you are keeping up with the swing versions!) with the new replacement swing. However, that did not have as good a reception as I had hoped. I found Phineas stopped dead in his tracks on the perch next to it (where he then jumps onto it), looking puzzled, confused & bewildered. I put the old swing back.
It was then time to return to the internet for a proper replacement. Previously, I had found it online but the cost for postage & packaging was expensive, hence buying the slightly different (& now I know, completely inadequate) one. I thought I would bite the bullet & pay the P&P costs, but it was out of stock! Cue another frenzied internet search!
So, I found another swing that looked pretty similar, in the US. P&P was obviously high for the UK, but was not as high as the out of stock one. I decided to get it! Surprisingly, the swing arrived within a few days & with much hope, I opened the parcel….
Fantastic! It is virtually the same swing!
Oh goodness me! What a bright, garish, girly PINK!
Well, I knew they would not have a problem with the design & structure…. but the colour? Even *I* had a problem with the colour!
I checked to see if the old perches could be interchanged with the new one, thereby reducing the amount of pink on the eye, but they were too fat to fit into the gaps. The new perches would fit the old swing though, so to break Phineas into the new swing (& colour!) gently, I gave him one hot pink perch. Would he sit on it?
Naturally, the change was made whilst he was out & about. The first one to notice it was Cagney. He bounced onto the open door platform, about to go in to eat Phinny’s seed, but looked up at the hot pink, stopped suddenly, then turned tail & flew back to the safety of the Manor! This did not bode well.
Phineas it seems, is made of sterner stuff though. He took the new hot pink in his stride, so much so that the very next day the whole of his bedtime swing turned hot pink. You will see from the photos that he is happy with it. It also has an extra feature of a little loop on the bottom so I was able to hang some beads in case he wanted to count them to help him sleep.